Recently engaged and planning to have your wedding in or around Newport? Congrats! You’re going to love having your big day in The-City-By-The-Sea!

If you live outside of Rhode Island, wedding planning from afar can certainly be challenging and confusing. Our friends at Blackstone Caterers are back this week to help us out with some advice on what those who are planning from afar can do to make the time between their engagement and wedding day a bit (or a lot) more enjoyable!

How To Plan A Wedding From Afar

1 – Hire a Local Wedding Planner – Any local vendor will be best to know the area and who they think will work best with you. A wedding planner can give you a sense of relief knowing they are holding down the fort on your wedding turf.

2 – Allow for Plenty of Time – Planning a quick wedding is stressful as it is, especially when you are planning from out of state or even the country. Think about planning at least 1 year to 1.5 year out from the big day.

3 – Research Marriage License Requirements – Each state and town has different requirements or restrictions when it comes to applying and receiving so it is best to do your research since this is your legal document of making it official.

4 – Create a Specific Timeline the Week of – Let your wedding planner know where you will be the week of the wedding, if you’re traveling to the destination early. If you don’t have a planner, this will keep you organized with vendor final meetings or last minute drop offs for set up items.

5 – Don’t Stress about the Details – Planning a wedding is one of the biggest life stressors and planning when you’re from afar is never easy either. Remember this day is about you and your fiancé, so don’t worry about anything out of your control.

That’s all for now. Happy wedding planning!

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