My reasons are similar!
~ With a local wedding there is much more obligation to invite more people
~ Better chance of a majority of the invites to show up (even if you can do without it) whereas there is less of a turnout for a DW - saving you money and making it more intimate
~ Doing a wedding/reception is SOOO expensive in NY - a DW is more expensive than I thought but still doesn't come even close to the cost of planning something at home.
~ So much more planning goes into a local wedding - more stress!
~ It's one day/ several hours of celebration locally instead of a celebration/vacation for everyone
~ We love the beach :-)