how far is too far??

posted 2 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

For a Sunday evening wedding, it would make more sense to be more mindful of time constraints.

Even on a weekend, I don’t think most guests would want to drive an hour between the venue and church.

That said, you have to know your crowd and what they will accept.

I was concerned about my vow renewal being too far away because my guests would have to drive at least an hour. I was assured by many that one hour is not a big deal and it is worth it for Niagara Falls. 

Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Jlynn167:  I wouldn’t mind as long as there are decent hotels near the reception venue so I don’t have to do that one hour drive at the end of the evening.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

An hour’s drive in between would annoy me even if the wedding were on a Saturday. Would there be extra waiting time once the guests arrive at the venue (before dinner I mean)?

If the “in town” guests have to drive an hour back home (assuming that home is where the church is) on a Sunday, they will drink less and may leave early. It may not be a big deal for your out of town guests if they have to take the Monday off for travel anyway.

Post # 5
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Busy bee

While I feel bad saying this, if your ceremony and reception are this far apart, then I would likely skip your ceremony unless it was on my way to the reception anyway.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2050

Jlynn167:  It’s considerate of you to think of this because that really is asking a lot of your guests. Like… asking too much in my opinion. It would asking a lot even for a Saturday, but Sunday…. It’s probably going to put a lot of people out.

Post # 7
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Busy bee

as an out of town guest, once i get to your city I don’t want to travel any more! especially not an hour drive- beacuse an hour there means another hour driving back 🙁 no please no!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I agree with others. An hour is to far in my opinion. I’d say half hour at most.FI and i are having ceremony and reception at the same site because we wanted to avoid this. Would that be an option?

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

I would be super annoyed to be honest.

Post # 10
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Helper bee

I don’t think I’d like another hour drive.  My fiance and I have a lot of out-of-town guests as well, and I would never consider a venue distance of that far.  Maybe a half hour, but definitely no more than that. :/ Can you maybe move the ceremony venue if you like the reception place so much?

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Yeah I gotta be honest. I’d be annoyed with that huge of a distance between the ceremony and reception. I understand being totally in love with a certain reception venue, however, I still feel it’s important to be mindful of your guests, as it’s asking alot of them. Some of your guests might not mind the drive, but I guarantee you there will be guests that will grumble about it. Trust me, you don’t want grumpy guests at your wedding or for people to look back on your big day and say “wow, what a pain in the ass her wedding was”.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Jlynn167:  could you pay for a shuttle between the ceremony and reception venues? As long as guests don’t have to drive, they might not mind the travel time. 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

Jlynn167:  Although popular opinion leans toward it being very rude to do so, I would have to skip the ceremony, unless the reception was directly on my way back home.

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper

Jlynn167:  I think especially if already traveling and it being on a Sunday, it’s going to make it so it is likely that people will stay very long, if they make your wedding at all.  Sorry.

Post # 15
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Helper bee

The general consensus is that half an hour of travel is reasonable, but anything more would be unreasonable? I’m curious about this too. 

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