7 Ways Travel Plays a Role in Hometown Weddings
TRAVEL ISN’T JUST FOR DESTINATION WEDDINGS! IT ALSO PLAYS A MAJOR PART IN HOMETOWN WEDDINGS, AND YOURS IS LIKELY NO EXCEPTION.
Let’s take a look at all of the ways that travel can play a role in hometown weddings, or those close to home.
1. Out-of-Town Guests
Unless everyone you know and love lives in your hometown (which is unlikely), you’ll probably have several guests attending the wedding from out of town. Whether they are coming from overseas or the next town over, transport and accommodation will need to be coordinated for them. They are taking the time to travel to be there for your special day, so it’s important to help them in any way you can and make them feel welcome.
If you have many guests coming from out of town, consider negotiating a special group rate at a local hotel so that they can save money on their stay. You can also reach out to your community and see if anyone has a spare room where guests can stay.
2. Local Tours or Activities
A great idea when hosting a wedding with guests from all over is to plan activities and local tours so that they can see the area while in town. You could negotiate with a local tour company to provide your guests with a private group tour of your city, arrange a wine tasting, or go hiking at your favorite spot.
When you do this, attending your wedding will feel more like a vacation and allow you to spend quality time with your loved ones. Plus, they’ll get to see a new location and experience the sights and local culture.
3. Travel To The Venue
Hometown weddings still require traveling to and from the wedding venue – and then to the reception as well! It’s important to plan this in advance, as a glitch in transportation can make your day awkward, ruin the timing of events or make guests stressed out.
Here is a great post from The Knot about coordinating transport between your wedding venue and the reception. It may take more planning than you originally anticipated, but it’s a crucial part of your wedding day!
4. Bachelor / Bachelorette Parties
Another point at which travel may enter your wedding plans is during the bachelor or bachelorette parties. Either you or your partner might want to head out of town and enjoy a little weekend getaway for your special party.
This can be a lot of fun! There are many activities that you could enjoy on your mini-getaway – from hiking to musicals, go-karting, camping, or even a weekend trip to Vegas!. In fact, there are many companies that specialize in bachelor or bachelorette parties and can help you to organize all of the details with ease.
5. Out of Town Vendors/Entertainment
Don’t know a local DJ or photographer you like? You may want to hire wedding help from a different city. After all, the perfect band for your reception might just live states away, or your friend swears by a seamstress fifty miles from your home.. In this case, you will have to figure out how your entertainment will travel to your wedding, or how you will travel to them beforehand.
When you book a wedding band from out of town, do you also have to compensate them for their mileage? Or, is this included in the amount that you will be paying them? Will they also need a hotel room where they can stay after the event? Can this be coordinated with the hotel where you have booked your event? These are all important considerations for any bride or groom!
6. The Post-Wedding Brunch
The post-wedding brunch is a time-honored tradition that may include some traveling. After all, why not have your post wedding brunch somewhere new so it becomes a chance to check out a new and exciting location?
Is there a ski resort just outside of your city? You could consider hosting your brunch at a beautiful hotel or restaurant there with views of the mountains. Or, you could look for a quiet cottage or pub in the nearby countryside for a more peaceful setting. There’s nothing like a change of scenery to get everyone in a celebratory mood.
7. The Honeymoon
Of course, this is one of the most expected ways that travel plays a role in hometown weddings. Even if you have your wedding at home, you’re still likely going to head somewhere different for your honeymoon. It’s a very special time for you and your partner to celebrate your new life together, explore somewhere new and enjoy yourselves as a couple.
When you start planning early, you will be able to take advantage of better prices on plane tickets and hotels. For some smart tips on planning the best honeymoon, take a look at this helpful article from Brides.com.
How will travel play a role in your wedding?
When you are planning your special day, how will travel be a part of it? If you need any help coordinating group travel, Travelers Q are experts and can make sure that everything goes smoothly on your wedding day. Contact us today!
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