Post # 1
i think that we’ve decided that a church ceremony is important (more like, his mother said it was, and i kind of agree with her maybe). but, my church is in my hometown. and if i get my dream reception site, it’ll be 30 minutes from the church (the other reception venues i have in mind are also at least 30 minutes away from the church, with the exception of one)
is that normal? i don’t want our guests to get lost or frustrated with the distance.
but i also don’t want to have my wedding at a random church that i don’t know. does that make sense?
Post # 3
I dont think there’s a problem with having your guests drive 30 minutes to the reception site, particularly if you give them enough time in which to do so. One of my best friends was married 6 years ago and did this. It worked out okay!
Post # 4
I really hate driving distances for the reception. It just really bugs me. For me, 30 minutes is pushing it, especially if there will be more waiting for the wedding party at the reception site. With the weddings I’ve attended, waiting another hour or more for the wedding party, on top of the drive, makes me very cranky.
Post # 5
I think 30 minutes is fine, but would there be an option for you to provide transportation for your guests? I think it also depends on what city you live in and how available public transportation is.
I live in Chicago, and while public transportation is readily available, we are providing transportation for our guests b/c our ceremony site is about 30 minutes away from our reception site.
Post # 6
It’s not ideal but also not the end of the world. Is there a church closer to the venue that you could hold the ceremony in?
Post # 7
thank you for the responses!
i live in a small town, and public transportation wouldn’t work. i could look into renting transportation though, i hadn’t thought of that.
i could look that up as well. i’m way more comfortable having the wedding at my home church, but i could look up churches in the area.
we would do the photos before the ceremony. i agree, i hate waiting as well. i’d never want my guests to wait another hour while i do photos. thanks for reminding me of that, i hadn’t remembered until you said something.
most weddings i’ve been to have either been completely inclusive, or the reception venue has been 10-15 minutes away. but i’m glad to know that you’ve been to a wedding where the reception was a half hour away.