Post # 1
So, my wedding is in NJ and we have decided which church we want to get married in. Now I’m trying to figure out which venues I like. I’ve been using google maps to figure out how far they are from the church, but I’m not sure how far is TOO far for guests to have to drive from the church. Does anyone have a good rule of thumb? The other thing is because it is NJ, there may or may not be traffic and its hard to figure out which places would neccesitate driving through congested areas.
Also, to complicate things just a little more, this is sort of a destination wedding for us. By that I mean, our parents live 3 miles apart in NJ (very close to the church), but we are in Indiana. (We’re sort of high school sweet hearts (I was in high school, but he had already graduated from my high school by the time we started dating.)) About half of the guests are local to our hometowns and the other half are from all over the country.
Post # 3
I’m not sure if there is a rule of thumb, but the distance between my church and reception venue was about 15 miles/20 minutes of driving. It didn’t seem to be a problem! I think people expect a bit of a drive between ceremony and reception.
Post # 4
We were about 25-30 minutes of driving from Ceremony to Reception site. I agree with Gemstone, I think people expect to drive about this much–no one seemed to mind. I was initially concerned about it but everyone I asked assured me that it’s just kind of the way things go : )
Post # 5
We are less than a mile between the ceremony and reception site. We lucked out that way. But I think anything over a 30 minute drive is too much. We had to drive over and hour at my cousin’s wedding and it wasn’t cool. Plus you had to go through security at the gate (it was on a base) so it was a mess trying to get in.
Post # 6
Thanks! I wasn’t sure. We’ve looked at a couple really close places, but my Fiance wants a limo and I think a 5 minute limo drive is kinda silly. Its tough narrowing down the venues! (Though to be fair, I would rather have too many choices than too few)
Post # 7
Yeah, 5 minutes in a limo is a bit much! I feel you on having too many vs too few! I didn’t have alot of options. There were all of 3 places in the town in which we’re getting married to have our reception. 1 smelled of chlorine, 1 is really old, and one is a gym. We picked the gym.
Post # 8
We are driving about 30-40 mins to the reception. We are getting married at the Air Force academy chapel.. its on an air force base.. and it takes like 10 mins to even come off of the base.
Post # 9
I’ve heard 30 minutes drive should basically be the high end of the spectrum.
Post # 10
Ok, this makes me feel better – I was looking for a thread on this topic because I wondered if 30 minutes between church and venue was too much. We’re getting married in the church where 3 generations of my family were married, and there’s only one reception venue really close (small town). I’m not sure if I like it. The reception for my sister’s wedding was held at an awesome spot about 30 minutes away, so I’m considering it as well.
Good feedback :o)
Post # 11
I think 10-15 minutes is totally normal/expected.