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i must compose
Jul 4, 2010

i love you

Me and my girlfriend just got engaged after dating for 12 years, and we're trying to plan our wedding for next July. We plan on having seven guests, and we want a pretty small affair. We're trying to organize it so that we could get married in a large state park somewhere out west (we live in Louisville KY :banjo:), preferably either Washington, Oregon, or Colorado, but we have no idea how to go about doing that. Ideally we would want everyone staying in a larger city like Denver or Portland for maybe a week after, but that's not really an issue, we could work that out fairly easily ourselves. Could anyone tell us how to go about doing this? Oh, and the area we get married in should be easily accessible as her 88 year old grandmother is one of the guests.


Nov 5, 2009

If I were human, I believe my response would be: 'go to hell'.

Call state parks and ask? People get married in parks all the time.

Sep 9, 2007

With only 7 guests, just rent a campsite and byo everything.
If you don't even care which state you hold it in, why not plan around grandma?

Oct 5, 2002

Your argument is invalid.

Exciting Lemon

If you can't be there personally to set things up, I'd recommend finding a wedding coordinator near where you want to get married to organize everything for you.

They know how to get permits, find officiants, take care of catering, etc.

My brother got married on the beach in St John (US National Park) and the coordinator made it freaking easy for him.

Leviathan Song
Sep 8, 2010

My wife and I got married at Red Rock Canyon outside of Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago. I highly recommend it. The park is gorgeous, they have a simple form to rent the location, and it was absurdly cheap. It's located in Clark County so you can take advantage of the Las Vegas wedding industry for catering, hotels, photographer, and officiant; while still be located out in nature at the park. The only thing in your description that might make it unworkable is that you want to do the wedding in July which will be really hot.

Beyond that, let me know if you've got more specific questions. We didn't use a wedding planner but you may need one if you don't have a few relatives to help out with the planning. A destination wedding is a little tougher to plan on your own, since you don't know the local area. My wife had an aunt and uncle who could do some local scouting and I'm not sure that we could have done it without some kind of local assistance.

More than anything, make sure that you are sharing the planning burden. It's usually too much for one person


the holy poopacy
May 16, 2009

Fun Shoe

My wife and I did something similar. We just rented a big vacation house with a nice yard, which gave people a pad to stay at for a few days before/after as well as a private "venue" that we didn't have to transport to/from. We took care of the legalities at the courthouse back home before we left, so we didn't have to worry about lining up an official officiant. Brought in our own decorations (didn't have a ton), made/purchased food ad hoc when we got there, etc. Pretty simple and low key.

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