There's a lot to think about.

By Helen Sondag
October 25, 2019

There are clear advantages to both a traditional and nontraditional wedding location. The former comes with the convenience of accessibility and readily available amenities, while the latter—think secluded lakesides or landmarks—offer a one-of-a-kind experience and picturesque views. Of course, the flipside to a faraway celebration is that there are a lot more logistics to work through. Here's what couples should consider when landing on a distant locale.

Hire a wedding planner.

Unconventional venues require additional planning, so you'll need all the help you can get. Professional wedding planners won't just support the couple and their guests along the way—they'll also help obtain permits and liability insurance and look into things like alcohol and noise restrictions, says Sherene Hulugalle of Wisteria Lane Flowers and Jasmine Vine.

"When possible, hire a team of wedding professionals who have worked together," she adds. "Having a group of vendors, or 'friendors,' who support each other will ensure all of the details are covered and that you have the celebration of a lifetime."

Make it accessible.

Though romantic, remote weddings are, as is implied, hard to reach. If there are elderly or people with disabilities or other mobility issues on your guest list, accessing your ceremony or reception could be even more difficult. You'll want to make sure there's a clear, safe, and well-lit path to and from your event space, parking area, kitchen, and bathrooms—and not to mention proximity to hospitals and pharmacies.

"Whether planning logistics for a conventional or unique wedding, we are always mindful of the safety and comfort of our clients and their guests," Hulugalle tells us. "We are committed to full inclusion in all the events we plan, so we take great pains to ensure that every guest not only has physical access to the location, but also is able to fully participate in all the activities and celebrations."

Know the forecast.

This goes for all wedding venues, but especially unconventional ones, which may not include structures for shelter. "Check the weather patterns during the time of your wedding, Hulugalle advises. "Plan your attire and ceremony accordingly." You wouldn't, for example, want to have a destination wedding on a beach during hurricane season. Either way, have a plan B.

Bring in your own amenities.

A remote wedding location likely lacks basic amenities, so the supplies you'll be bringing in go way beyond tables, chairs, and décor. We're talking portable bathrooms, kitchen equipment, and potentially heating or air conditioning. All that calls for generators and multiple water sources as well. You'll also need to coordinate trash and waste removal. The good news is that seasoned vendors will help make the process as seamless as possible.

Don't sweat the small stuff.

"Cliché, but true!" Hulugalle says. "Think of your wedding in this beautiful, meaningful place as the backdrop to celebrate your marriage with people who matter."


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