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It’s another beautiful Monday here at Mercantile Hall! As I write this, I am hearing the beautiful sounds of construction happening in our new UrbGarden, and it’s beautiful music to our ears.

Recently, I’ve been working with couples who are planning their weddings from out of the area or even out of the country. I can totally relate to the hurdles that this can create when trying to plan a wedding as I planned my very own wedding long distance up in Door County. While it’s certainly a logistic challenge, we are always here to help our long distance couples plan their dream day, no matter where they’re from.

During one of my favorite tours I’ve given, we actually FaceTimed in the bride so she could walk though the space “with” us! We could see each other, have a conversation and answer each other’s questions virtually. While there’s no substitute for experiencing a venue in person, technology makes it so much easier to connect from afar.

When we were planning our local destination wedding, I did my best to consolidate all of our meetings and appointments into one trip up to make the most of the time we did have in the area. When a couple lets me know that they are planning a trip to our vicinity, I make every accommodation to get them a tour and a meeting while they’re here. I plan in a little extra time for them so I can be sure all of their needs are taken care of while they’re here.

It’s a great idea for non-local couples to incorporate their family members into the planning as well. It’s nice for us to meet family members before the big day, and especially when you’re planning long-distance, it’s so helpful to keep a local contact in the loop of everything that’s being planned for the big day. Asking the help of local family members is a huge way to keep all of the planning on track.

We also offer coordinator packages that provide extra help to couples that go above and beyond our normal services. Especially when planning long distance, we can provide suggestions for and reach out to local vendors, run your rehearsal for you and even set up and take down all of your décor on wedding day so you (and your friends and family) can relax and be in the moment. Planning from afar doesn’t have to be tough and overwhelming; with the right team by your side, it can actually be a ton of fun.

Have a great rest of your week, and we will see you next week!