Logistically we know that an Arizona wedding will be inconvenient for some people. However, most of our friends have spread out across the country and while most of my family lives in Ohio, James' family lives in Ohio, Michigan, South Carolina, Georgia, California, and Arizona. A lot of people we want to have at the wedding would have to travel no matter where it was located. We've also established a wonderful network of people here in Arizona. Two of my girlfriends from grad school (shout out to Andrea and Laura) will also be serving as bridesmaids and I have a number of other friends that I will be calling on to help with planning details. James has also become involved in the local music scene which means cheap (and possibly free) wedding entertainment!
We are planning on hosting a second reception in central Ohio for family and friends that cannot make it to the Arizona wedding. I love this idea because I can wear my dress more than once and I don't have to only pick one invitation or one favor...we can have different ones for the different receptions! What more could a girl want!
So that's all for now. The next few posts will focus on our hunt for a wedding venue! Stay tuned!