If your heart's desire is a wedding in The Lone Star State, you will have 267,000 square miles to roam in search of the perfect place for your event. From the Rio Grande to the Gulf of Mexico, Texas offers wonderful beaches, scenic vistas, and plentiful wildlife. If you enjoy bustling cities, Amarillo, Dallas, Fort Worth, and San Antonio are just the beginning. A destination wedding Texas style will always be a grand affair!
The name Texas comes from the Indian word "tejas" which means "those who are friends.? The name suits this state perfectly. Most of the 21 million or so Texans take pride in their state and enjoy sharing all that it has to offer with visitors.
When planning a destination wedding in Texas, you have a lot to consider. Questions that will come to mind include:
- Who can help plan the wedding?
- Where should we have the wedding?
- What kind of ceremony and reception will work for us?
- How much travel is required?
- What kinds of accommodations are available?
- What is there to do for our honeymoon?
To simplify your wedding planning, hire a wedding planner located in the area of Texas where your wedding will be held. A wedding planner will know the local resources for flowers, lodging, reception venues, hairdressers, taxi companies, and more. The expense of hiring a planner will pay off with a beautiful wedding and will also bring you peace of mind. Make sure to locate a planner early, and add his or her services plus a tip allowance to your budget.
Location options for your Texas wedding will seem as numerous as the stars in the sky. You can choose a famous landmark like The Alamo, a state park, an historic church, a working sheep ranch, a waterfront resort, or a hotel in the city. Your wedding and reception sites are all up to you and should be based upon how you wish to share your special day with friends and family.
From an outdoor ceremony with a barbeque reception to a church wedding with a formal dinner in a hotel ballroom, Texas weddings run the gamut. Once you decide on a general location and tone for your ceremony, look online for specific sites. Think about feasibility, and consider your guests and your budget when making your final decisions.
Assuming you will be traveling to Texas for your wedding and remaining there for your honeymoon, investigate your travel options and the costs associated with all of your travel needs. If your friends and family will have to travel to attend your wedding, see if you can obtain group rates through your travel agent. Consider renting a bus so your guests and wedding party can travel together. If you want to include a sightseeing tour, set up an itinerary in advance and make sure you have both the resources and stamina to enjoy the trip.
Accommodations are plentiful in Texas. Resort hotels and spas, dude ranches, inns, and the standard motel chains are all available. When contacting any of these places be sure to mention that you are planning a destination wedding. Special rates and package deals are often available, as are coupons for local attractions. Tourism is encouraged, and Texans are eager to show you how they got their name.
With warm temperatures for much of the year, plus 80,000 miles of rivers and streams, the Gulf of Mexico, and 190 man-made lakes, water sports such as waterskiing, jet skiing, and both fresh and saltwater fishing are popular in Texas. There are 126 state parks and monuments throughout the state. Hiking trails, campgrounds, and beaches are all available for the public to explore.
The cities provide excellent opportunities for internationally trained chefs to share their fine cuisine, and for you to discover art galleries, museums, and designer shops. Your nightlife can include a few games of pool at a local cowboy bar, or dancing all night at a chic penthouse club. In the daytime, experience concerts, art shows, rodeos, and festivals. If you enjoy sports, national-league baseball, football, and basketball teams can provide fun for your honeymoon.
If you want to have your wedding in a place that offers friendship and some of the best sites in America, consider a destination wedding in Texas.