Love under the lights
A big-city celebration has modern conveniences. At the top of the list for why an urban wedding should win out? Practicality. First, you have your pick of venues, from traditional hotel ballrooms to modern museums and art galleries to hip converted warehouses, restaurants and more, all of which are likely practiced at working with big events. Many may even include everything from tables to lighting and the sound system with their venue fee or catering minimum.
Similarly, getting married in town enables access to numerous qualified vendors, allowing you to pick the caterer, florist, baker or DJs that best suit your needs, personality and budget, says Constance Curtis of Southern California-based Constance Curtis Events. There are no travel fees, delivery charges will be minimal if any, and competition may open the door to special packages, discounts or deals. Plus, it’s easy to meet with your vendors pre-wedding on a lunch break or after work if you need to hammer out centerpieces or sample the menu.
Also, metropolitan weddings are über-convenient for guests, notes Curtis. Those who live close by don’t have to pay for lodging and may be able to use public transportation to avoid driving after a night of revelry. Out-of-towners can book a room upstairs from or within walking distance of your bash.
As for a city affair’s downsides, traffic takes the cake. You’ll also want to mention if any large events may impede public transport or clog the roads for drivers. And be sure to note parking garages near the venue, as you don’t want to walk down the aisle with half-empty rows because half your guests are driving around in circles looking for a spot.
More things to make you think twice: If you have chosen a major city, expect to pay a premium for all your vendors, and know that those venue fees and minimums don’t come cheap.