Hello, again, Event Crashers readers! It’s my pleasure to be back blogging about my wedding planning progress!
Travis and I have only been engaged for about a month and a half, but we have already crossed off a few major things regarding the special day. The hardest aspect of planning thus far has been deciding the general location of the ceremony and reception. We want to try and cross this off quickly because we both were off for the holidays and kind of had time to look around. Plus, so many people get engaged around the holidays we figured reserving our spot needed to be done early.
Here’s the backstory: I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, and Travis grew up in York, PA. They may be in the same state, but our houses are approximately 3 hours from door to door. Both of these places are obviously special to us, but that’s not it. We met at school in Shippensburg, PA, which is in the middle of the two. And then we recently moved to Salisbury, MD, which is anywhere between 3 and 6 hours from all of the other locations.
Since there were so many special places that could potentially be where we get married, it was important to weigh the pros and cons of each place. Immediately, we recognized the fact that Salisbury would require everyone but us to travel quite a distance. And that was enough to rule it out completely. Because every location required at least someone to travel, we tried to minimize the amount of people who would have to drive, which then ruled out Shippensburg, in which everyone would be driving.
So between York and Pittsburgh, we got to thinking about venues, churches, etc. Because Travis’ family has never been to Pittsburgh, and there are more things to see and do in the city, we chose to have our wedding there. This decision was also decided because I want to get married in my grandparent’s church. The church is also where my parents got married over 30 years ago.
I think Pittsburgh will be a good fit. We have set the date, chosen the church and reception hall, and have picked our bridal party. The nice thing is that, since my parents are in the Pittsburgh area, my mom will be there to do all of the dirty work while I am away. And I think my mom knows my taste better than pretty much anyone!
Picking the wedding location was tough. In the end, we had to realize that it was most important to choose the location in which Travis and I would be happiest. In the end, it is our special day!
Thanks to Steph for allowing me to share my process with you all!