Is a New Orleans Destination Wedding Right For Me?
A great destination wedding will be remembered by bride, groom, family and friends for decades to come. However, destination weddings might not be right for everyone. Before you start imagining the best place to say “I Do,” here are a few questions to make sure a destination wedding is right for you.
Do I have time to plan it?
Since you will be traveling out of town, things can get a bit more complicated. You will want to have plenty of time to finalize all those important details, including what vendors to use, where to have the ceremony and how to get people to a location. While some couples seem to pull everything off within 5-6 months, typically destination weddings start planning 12-14 months in advance.
Can my family get there?
Everyone you invite will be delighted to attend a wedding, particularly in an exciting location like New Orleans. However, make sure to give your guests plenty of time to purchase airfare, schedule time off and travel. If you arrange accommodations and your wedding in New Orleans, be sure to inform your friends and family as soon as possible.
Are there the appropriate religious institutions for me?
New Orleans offers a number of different religious centers for all denominations and faiths, although historically the predominant religion in the city is Roman Catholic. The bride and groom should get to know the religious leader at these locations before making a commitment to a particular destination. Different religious leaders may have different views and policies than your hometown leader.
Be aware that some religious centers require marriage counseling before any ceremonies. Be sure to contact the religious leader ahead of time and sort out all the details before scheduling your trip.
These are just a few questions to consider and to start a conversation about destination weddings. Your destination wedding promises to be enjoyable and provide a unique mix of excitement and romance!