Post # 1
Hey ladies, I know the “appropriate” or “standard” time to ask your local guests to drive to your venue can vary depending on where you live, but what do you consider normal or what did you have?
Did you choose your venue based on how far away you lived from it or most of your guests?
My potential venue is exactly one hour away from my FIs parent’s house, about 40 miles (my own live OOT) and it will probably also be about an hour for most of our local guests.
I’m in LA and used to commute about 50 minutes to work every day (mind you, because of our crappy traffic – it was only 7 miles) but I still don’t think it’s too bad by California standards. What do you say?
Post # 3
2.5 miles from our house, 2.4 from the main hotel where Out of Town guests are staying.
We have a couple of friends who live out in the country, who’ll have a half-hour drive to get there.
It’s more rare here to get married in town, as we are. Most people here seem to prefer the lovely estates on the river, but we’re downtown people, so this suited us.
Post # 4
Most people I know commute an hour each way so I think 45 minutes to an hour is normal.
Post # 5
Our ceremony venue is about an hour from our town and the reception venue is close to downtown. This calls for about 2 hours of driving BUT we’re providing a bus in case guests don’t want to drive. The reception venue from the hotel our guests are staying at is about 5 minutes and no more than 20 minutes from any local guests
Post # 6
Our venue is right smack dab downtown, so maybe half an hour if traffic is bad.
However, almost all of our guests are Out of Town, so they’ll be travelling anyways. : )
I would say that it would be NICE to keep the drive to an hour or under for “in-town” guests, but honestly I’d still drive longer than that to make it (I’d just consider it an Out of Town wedding, LOL).
Post # 7
Our venue was 1-2 hours from most of our guests and everyone made it there and loved it. It’s only one day, after all! (and they get food) lol
Post # 8
Our venues are both less than an hour from our guests. Its also on SUnday where there is less traffic so it’ll be at most 30 minutes from guests. Bonus is the venue is about a 5-7 minute drive from my house.
Post # 9
My venue was 1.5 hours from where I and most of my friends lived. However, it was three hours away from Darling Husband and his friends and even further for all of the rest of the out-of-towners. As a result, my wedding was a bit of a Destination Wedding for everyone who attended, including Darling Husband and me.
Post # 10
Our venue was 1 hr away from where my husband and i live (as well as our local friends), one hour away from my family, and one hour away from his family (all in different directions).
Post # 11
Our gorgeous venue was just about two hours from us and most of our guests (not including those significantly OOT). No one complained that I heard and most opted to stay in a hotel the night of the wedding instead of driving home.
I personally think for the right venue at the right price it was worth it and everyone seemed to love it, thank goodness.
Post # 12
@Tessarie: and @Brielle: but nobody seemed to have a problem with the time/distance?
Post # 13
I’m having a “semi-destination” wedding – the venue is about 90 minutes away by car with a ferry ride. We haven’t sent invitations or received RSVPs yet, but most people take no issue. It’s in a really pretty part of the state that people vacation on anyway.