Photo: Erin Wilson Photography
Deciding on a venue is one of the biggest decisions in the wedding planning process. So, why not choose something familiar? It’s easy to get caught up in looking for a picture-perfect place that you don't realize what you really want can be found right in your own backyard—literally!
Check out these seven reasons why you should get married in your hometown.
The good thing about getting married in your hometown is that you know the ins and outs of the area, giving you a lot of connections. Your vendors are most likely someone you know through the grapevine. You will have family or friends who have used your photographer, videographer, event planner, caterer, cake baker, dj/band, etc. This means you can easily hear about the quality of service each one provided.
Familiarity is a benefit. Knowing your surroundings will make you less stressed, allowing you to enjoy the little perks of having your wedding in the hometown you grew up in. You can get dressed in your childhood bedroom, or you can walk down the aisle in the same spot you played hide-and-seek in. Throughout the day, you will be reminded of the past and look forward to the future.
Family and friends will have an easier (and faster!) time RSVP'ing. A lot of your guests won't need to spend too much money on travel costs. Also, you'll be able to better accommodate out-of-towners since you'll know exactly which hotels to book a block of rooms at.
Add sentimental value by getting married at the venue your relatives did. Having your ceremony or reception at the church, banquet hall, or country club your parents or grandparents said their vows will make it that much more meaningful!
After you tie the knot, you and your guests can take part in a few traditions that you have learned to love. For example, like playing board games or roasting s'mores. These bonding activities will invoke special memories that you hold near and dear to your heart. Also, it's a great way to introduce your significant other's family to those you want to possibly pass on to your own children.
The celebrating can last longer! Instead of just having one designated day, you can split up the itinerary throughout the entire weekend. That way you can have your rehearsal dinner at your favorite local hot spot on Friday, and invite the bridal party back for opening gifts and cards on Sunday.
One of the best perks of getting married in your hometown is that you can always revisit. Even if you move far away, there will always be that pull to go back. Continue to plan spontaneous trips with your spouse, especially for your first anniversary.