The short answer is yes, but it really depends on your venue and what type of couple you are.
Claire and Dan's wedding reception venue entrance with doors open

Are you planning a destination wedding? Depending on how far it your locale is from your hometown, making trips to visit the venue, for meetings with vendors, or to choose décor option can quickly add up. So, is it possible to plan a wedding without ever visiting the venue? The simple answer is yes; the more complicated answer is that it really depends on what type of couple you are. If you're thinking about tying the knot somewhere you can't physically visit before the big day, there are a few things to keep in mind throughout the planning process. It's also important to note that most major resorts and popular wedding venues are use to working with couples who live out of state or country, so they will know how to adequately help you.

Ask Questions

During your initial phone calls, emails, or video-chat sessions, resist the urge to ask only a few high-level questions; instead, plan to ask a number of detailed questions. Make sure you are working directly with whoever is in charge of arranging events at the property you're looking at, and get clarity on everything you'd have wanted to see or discuss in person.

Get a Wide Variety Pictures

Before booking, ask for photos of the entire property, including any spaces that are available for you to use during the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception, as well as any rooms you could use for getting ready or as overnight accommodations.

Work with Your Wedding Planner

If you're tying the knot far from home and you're not physically able to visit your venue, working with a wedding planner is especially important. They'll ask the questions you aren't able to, are able to see parts of a venue you can't, and can share their thoughts and photos from any of their own site visits. Make sure you hire someone you trust; it's their job to work with industry professionals and make sure that your wedding is the best day ever, so let them do their job!

If You're Feeling Uncomfortable, Try to Plan a Short Visit

Planning a wedding without seeing the venue is totally possible, but if you inevitably feel like you absolutely can't make it through without seeing the property, plan a short visit with your future spouse or friends. Your wedding-planning experience shouldn't be stressful, so do what you need to do in order to feel great about your upcoming big day.


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