In the city or out of town?
In the City
– Since your ceremony and reception will be held in metro, this means you can invite as many people as you want. Chances are, more people will RSVP to say they’ll attend the event.
However, this is a double-edged sword since some acquaintances who hear about your upcoming nuptials will expect to be invited. A few would feel hurt if you don’t include them on the guest list.
– More people means more expenses, since you’ll have to make sure your venue will be able to fit all your invited guests and your food will be enough for your expected headcount.
– The reception venue will definitely be easier to get to as long as the guest has a car, can hitch with someone, or can even take public transportation to get to the party.
– City traffic is a big disadvantage which can easily be alleviated by picking out a day (weekend) and time (morning to mid-day) that has more acceptable traffic conditions.
– Since many couples get married in the city, it’s advisable to book your venue at least a year before the event.
Out of Town
– If your wedding involves booking a plane trip or traveling for more than two hours by car, some people might be disinclined to attend your wedding.On the flip side, if the out-of-town venue will be held in a unique destination, many people will be excited to attend it!
– There’s a bigger chance that less people can attend especially if they have work commitments and prior obligations. To be safe, you need to inform the most important people you want to grace your wedding—as in the people who will make up your primary sponsors, secondary sponsors, and entourage—as early as possible!
– To cut down on costs, you can have a very intimate affair that can be as little as 10 people or as much as 200 guests. You’ll have to consider where they’ll be booked, especially if the celebration takes place over the course of a few days.
– Though it might be more challenging to get to, your wedding reception can be more unique than the ones held in the city. You can have an amazing backdrop such as a view of the mountainside or a sandy harbor!
– Destination weddings are growing in popularity, but that doesn’t mean you’ll need to book too far ahead. If your venue is not as common, you can make reservations as late as six months ahead of your target date.
Read more tips here about planning an out of town wedding.