Since Monsieur P is from southern California, a lot of his family and friends still live across the country from where we live. Since we are getting married in Pittsburgh, this means that nearly half of our wedding guests will be flying cross-country. This fact has impacted SO.MANY.ASPECTS of the wedding planning. For example:
- We know we want to host a bangin’ welcome/rehearsal dinner for all of our out-of-town guests to attend, and so we get to spend a little more time with them after they make such a big trip to be with us!
- We want to keep costs down as much as possible for the bridal party, since they have to make such a financial commitment to travel here already.
- We want to make the right choice for hotels so that our out-of-town guests have a budget-friendly option, enjoy exploring the city that we love, and have easy access to transportation for the wedding as well.
- We know that not everyone we invite will have the ability to travel this far to come to the wedding. And that’s sad, but ultimately we had to do what was best for us (and my sanity!), which meant having the wedding where we live.
Monsieur P’s family is no stranger to traveling cross-country for family weddings, however. In 2010 (after we celebrated our 1-year anniversary), Monsieur P and I took our first trip (via airplane) together to attend his uncle’s wedding in Tampa, where I finally got to meet his mom and her side of the family.
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