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Practical Tips to Help You Plan Your Wedding from a Different Time Zone

Here's how to make it easier.

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Are you planning an elopement, destination wedding, or a hometown celebration despite the fact that you now live in another state? No matter which kind of ceremony and reception you're throwing, know that planning a wedding in a different time zone can be difficult. Luckily, we can help make that process easier. Here's a few tips on what to do if you're planning your wedding from afar.

 

Related: Tips for Planning a Destination Wedding

 

Set Your Clock Accordingly

Whenever you're booking an appointment with a vendor, make sure you're always thinking in the correct time zone. You don't want to accidently schedule something a few hours ahead or behind. Be sure to consult the clock and always confirm appointments in both local time zones. 

 

Use Friends and Family to Help

If your wedding is taking place in a town where you have family or bridesmaids and groomsmen nearby, ask them for help. Need items that might be too expensive to ship to the wedding from where you're currently at? Your loved ones are likely more than happy to pick them up for you. Can't fly home to listen to a brand you're considering play live? Ask a good friend to check them out, and to call you during the performance or record it for you to hear later.

 

Get Used to the Time Zone Before the Wedding

If you're getting married far from home, make sure to give yourself a few days to get used to the time zone. If you're not able to get there early, at least start getting acclimated to the time change from home. The last thing you want is to feel like you're going to fall asleep at the reception!

 

Scheduling Appointments

Try to schedule at least two planning visits to your venue, and fill each trip with as many appointments as you can. It's best to look at venues and meet with prospective vendors on visit one, then nail down the details at the next visit. If it's not possible to be on-site more than once, be sure to take lots of photos and use video calls to your advantage.