WASHINGTON (AP) — You don’t have to get an official invitation.
It’s up to you.
You can get one, or you can wait and be left to sort it out yourself.
The key is finding a wedding destination that’s close to you, that will provide a memorable experience for you and your guests.
Here are the key questions to ask when deciding where to go to get a wedding invitation.
Are there good locations?
Are there large groups of people?
Are you looking for a place with a large pool or pool tables?
If you have kids or pets, make sure they are in the same room with you.
Will there be a restaurant?
Will the restaurant offer you dinner?
Will you get to meet other guests?
Will there have a bar?
If so, make your reservation early, as reservations can fill up quickly.
If you don’t want to have to make a reservation, you can pay online or check the venue’s website.
Are the people friendly?
Are they friendly?
Do they respect your time?
If not, don’t worry.
Some venues have special rules for wedding guests, so don’t be afraid to ask them to leave you alone if you don.
Are you the only one who’s interested?
Are any of the guests older than 18 or older than 65?
Are people with disabilities, older adults, veterans, students or anyone else allowed?
Are the guests in your party invited?
Are their families invited?
If they are, make arrangements for them to stay with you and bring their pets to join you on your trip.
Are they invited to join the group?
Are parents invited?
Do you have a wedding photographer?
If yes, how do you plan to get them?
Is there a website to check?
Does the wedding venue accept credit cards?
Do the venues accept reservations?
Are all of the wedding guests staying with the same family member?
Does that family member also have to be a party to join?
Are guests being asked to bring their own wedding attire?
Are families getting married at the same time?
Are children getting married?
Is your family being invited?
Is the venue accepting credit cards, check cashing machines, or any other form of payment?
Is a wedding planner being brought in?
Are your guests being invited to participate in the ceremony?
Is an officiant being brought to your wedding?
Are a wedding party wearing matching outfits?
Are wedding gowns being made?
If the venue does not have wedding attire, will you be allowed to get the wedding gown you are interested in?
If it does, do not bring a dress or bridesmaids dress unless you have been told they will be made for you.
Are flowers being kept to a minimum?
Are gifts being exchanged?
Are decorations being kept for your guests?
Are candles being lit?
If there is no venue, do you have to bring the flowers to the ceremony in a container?
Is it legal to leave your wedding gifts at the venue?
Will your spouse be wearing your wedding gown?
Will guests have to leave their own jewelry?
Are other guests being allowed to bring flowers?
Do guests have any special requests for you?
Is anyone dressed up for the ceremony, like a flower-giving party?
Are photos taken?
Are music or dance performances permitted?
Are cakes being baked?
Are flowers allowed to be used in lieu of cake?
Is any other event being held at the wedding location?
If your party doesn’t have a venue, can you go to the venue and meet someone you know?
If people are dressed up and you don´t have the wedding invitations or photos to prove it, you might be able to get in touch with the bride and groom to arrange a date to meet for dinner.
Do you think you can afford to get there?
Are tickets available?
Are reservations available?
Will all the other guests be allowed in?
Can you meet anyone in the wedding party?
Can the guests stay together and get together at a hotel together?
Can guests rent rooms at the event?
If a wedding is being held for someone other than the bride, it could be a challenge to find someone who is willing to pay for the wedding.
Can you arrange for someone to be the bride’s family member or friend?
Can they have a photo taken with the groom?
Will they be able wear matching attire at the reception?
If that doesn’t happen, is there anyone you can talk to to find out if you have the room you want?
Are dress codes enforced?
If all of these questions are not answered, it may be time to get out of the planning stage.
It can be a hassle to plan and coordinate the event, especially if you aren’t in a position to set up a private party.
But you can’t do that if the event is not open to the public.
So if you are looking for wedding venues to attend and don’t feel comfortable getting married on your own, it might be