Country vs. city weddings

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Country vs. city weddings

There are plenty of decisions to be made in the run-up to your wedding. Should you choose a traditional white dress or something more unusual? Buffet or sit-down meal? Live band or DJ? But with more and more people choosing 'destination' weddings away from the home towns of the bride and groom, one of the biggest questions is where to tie the knot. Should you choose a rural idyll or a cool urban bolthole?

Which one you choose depends on the sort of celebration you want to enjoy. City weddings are great for those who want to do a minimum of planning. There are plenty of specialist venues for you to choose from who can take care of all the arrangements, and guests can usually sort out their own transport and accommodation when getting married in a major city. You'll also have a great range of spaces to choose from: as well as traditional churches, registry offices and hotels, everywhere from art galleries and aquariums to museums and public parks are now offering unique and unusual spaces where you can tie the knot.

Country weddings are great for those who want a more 'inclusive' experience. They are often a lot more work, with things like accommodation and transport needing to be considered well in advance, but on the up side it will feel like a holiday for your guests, and you will get to enjoy a wonderfully communal vibe. For glamorous city-dwellers, choose a boutique hotel or upmarket country manor to keep all of your cool credentials, while those who don't mind a real rural experience can save plenty of money by organising their own DIY festival-style wedding in a local park or field.

Whether you decide to go cool and glam in the city or relaxed and rural in the country, choosing the right space for your wedding will mean you're sure to enjoy a day you'll never forget.