My dude proposed on September 18, 2009 and we launched into wedding planning and immediately set our date for May 28, 2011. My big sister’s boyfriend surprised her by proposing on her 24th birthday, January 9, 2010. After a short period of worrying about having 2 weddings in one year, they decided to be married in December of 2010 roughly six months before us.
After we got engaged, one of the first unknowns hanging over Plumeria Dude and me was choosing where to hold the wedding. It’s harder than it sounds; I grew up in Florida but only a few family members still live there. The rest are scattered across the US along with many of our friends. Plumeria Dude’s family is largely concentrated in Maryland. And we’d been living in Atlanta for the majority of our relationship.
His parents, of course, pressed for Maryland. Mine voted for Florida. And Plumeria Dude and I argued for an Atlanta wedding– midway between our families, easily accessible and convenient to plan. To add to the confusion, around the time of our engagement, our families were going through some health and job-related issues that made planning a year in advance difficult at best.
After much back and forth, we ended up choosing Florida, but going with Islamorada instead of my hometown. That meant we’d signed on for a destination wedding and all the inherent joys and difficulties.
How did you choose your wedding location?