I got married last summer. Now I may be biased, but I believe Shane and I threw a pretty fantastic wedding. We definitely did a lot of things right. Mind you, if I were to get married again (knock on wood, let’s hope I never do!) there are a few things that I would do differently.
Over the next few weeks I’d like to share with you some of the successes and shortcomings our wedding, and advice based on my experience of planning the first and hopefully only wonderful wedding that I will ever throw.
First, let’s start with our successes!
Throw a local destination wedding
I have been to quite a few weddings where folks came from all across North America. When a friend comes from Dallas or Denver or Vancouver, you’ve got to spend more than just a day together. Taking cues from our near and dear friends and their weekend to weeklong wedding vacation extravaganzas, Shane and I knew we wanted our wedding to be a whole wedding weekend. We wanted family and close friends on both sides to really get to spend time and get to know each other. We are blessed to have so many great people surrounding and supporting our love and it was important to us that we created time and space for the love to flow, and for our loved ones to form social bonds.
When you have a wedding locally, it can be hard to pull folks away from their day to day commitments to spend quality time together. This is why for many people a destination wedding is attractive. We didn’t want people to have to incur the expense and inconvenience that a true destination wedding sometimes causes, so we decided to throw a local destination wedding instead.
For our local destination wedding we sought out a venue and accommodations that were driving distance from Halifax so that people who didn’t want to stay the night could make it a day trip, and close friends from away could come and stay a few days. We decided on the Annapolis Valley. The valley is a great place for a destination wedding, as there are a nice range of accommodations in the Grand Pre, Wolfville, Canning, Port Williams, and Wolfville, and lots of hiking, tubing, and wine to drink in the area.
Besides the valley, there are tons of other nice places in Nova Scotia that would make excellent local destination weddings. Picturesque towns like Annapolis Royal that are full of B&Bs or The Magdalen Islands; venues such as The Keltic Lodge, The Digby Pines, Trout Point Lodge, Shobac, Atlantica Oak Island, Liscombe Lodge, Pictou Lodge, White Point Beach, Oceanstone, St. Mark’s Place—the list goes on—are all excellent places to getaway, turn off your cell phones, celebrate a lifelong commitment of love, and make new memories.