Whether you want to return to where you grew up or say your vows in a picturesque location, hosting a wedding out-of-state is an option. But while these events are truly memorable, they will involve a few additional steps when it comes to planning. From booking a dependable wedding reception venue to accommodating your guests, here are a few tips that can simplify your long-distance planning.   

How to Plan an Out-of-State Wedding

1. Consider Professional Help

Rather than trying to be in two places at once, you can hire a local event planner to research, interview, and hire vendors—such as caterers, DJs, and photographers. With their knowledge of the community, they’ll be able to select premium vendors that fit your wishes. You might also choose an all-inclusive wedding reception venue that can help take care of catering and other needs so you don’t get overwhelmed by juggling vendors.  

wedding reception2. Visit the Destination

Ahead of your wedding, visit the destination once or twice. During these trips, you can meet with vendors, conduct tastings, inspect venues, and get a feel for the area so that you’ll have fewer surprises when your big day arrives.

3. Manage Formalwear With a National Franchise

Bridal gowns, groom attire, and rings should all be arranged in the place where you live so that it’s not difficult to make alterations. But when it comes to bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen tuxes, it’s better to work with a national franchise. With these companies, the members of your party will be able to try on outfits where they live and then order them for pickup at the wedding destination.

4. Organize Lodging & Transportation

If your out-of-state ceremony will also involve a lot of out-of-state guests, make sure to arrange appropriate accommodations. Reserve rooms at a hotel near your wedding reception venue so people can get back and forth with ease, and possibly, benefit from a group discount. You might also arrange a party bus service to help transport guests to and from the reception location.

5. Arrive Early to Sort Out Details

If at all possible, try to arrive early in the week leading up to the wedding. While this approach will take more time out of your schedule, it will allow you to address unresolved matters, check in with vendors, and settle in before the special day.


Whether you’re a local or an out-of-town visitor, Havelock Social Hall is the premier location for wedding receptions in the Lincoln, NE, area. Around for over two decades, this provider can help arrange everything you need for your big day—including on-site food and beverage services, decorations, set-up and clean-up, sound systems, and more. They’re also equipped with two eye-catching banquet halls that can comfortably accommodate 250 to 400 guests. To learn more about their amenities, visit this reception hall online. For assistance with bookings or tours, call a friendly associate at (402) 467­-3002.