Hey there DC NearlyWeds!
I am Miss Charleston and I am one of the new bloggers on this site. Like Miss Outer Banks, I live in Arlington, VA but Mr. Charleston and I are planning our October 09 wedding to take place out of town. However, due to our jobs and school, we are planning everything here in DC--meaning we are buying everything in the DC area, and are attending wedding events in the DC area. I hope that I can offer some insight to other brides from out of town planning events from the area or brides from out of town planning their wedding in DC. I think that planning a wedding via email/fax/phone call is one of the most daunting tasks that I have ever encountered and I hope I make it to October sane and in one piece.
But a little about us! Mr. Charleston and I met through a mutual friend. We actually hit if off right away considering we were set up on a semi-blind date:-) One thing led to another and 3 years later being surprised with a proposal while we were on vacation. So here I am today trying to plan my wedding from my couch in Arlington hoping that it goes off without a hitch.
Here are some of the reasons that we are planning a small wedding out of town:
1) We had family and friends planning to come in from all over the US and overseas. Since everyone except a handful of people from this area that we were planning to invite, there would be travel involved. So in order to have a slightly bigger guest list, we found a venue for the ceremony and reception for a much smaller price tag than we would have here in DC.
2) Mr. Charleston has family in Charleston, WV, so we have support from them in terms of knowing the vendors for the big item things, so it has been helpful to have that.
3) You can't beat WV foliage in October!
We do, however, have so much to do here in the area. So I hope to hear from you all about all the great places to find great deals in the area, and I hope to impart some of the things that I have learned or plan to learn in the process of planning this wedding.
Have a great rest of the weekend!