(Closed) How far is too far?

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: How far is too far?
    10-15 minutes : (4 votes)
    7 %
    20-25 minutes : (12 votes)
    21 %
    25-30 minutes : (13 votes)
    23 %
    30+ minutes : (27 votes)
    48 %
  • Post # 3
    5494 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I think anything over 30 minutes is too far.

    Post # 4
    2273 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    After 30 mins it is too far. Ok maybe not your concern but we considered it – your guests travelling arrangements. Often for weddings we get dropped off by a family member or taxi at ceremony site, and then taxi from there to the reception site and then taxi from the reception to home/hotel. A 30 min taxi ride here costs approx. $45-50 so we could spend upwards of $100 just travelling around for a wedding.

    Honestly if it was more than 30 mins then someone would drive and not being able to enjoy a few drinks with mates would suck. I know that is a choice of how the guests get there and not really the b & g problem, but it can be a concern for some guests 🙂

    Post # 5
    9483 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I went to a wedding in July that was almost 2 hours away.  It was pretty cool because we had the option of staying over.  I think a 40+ minute drive to a venue would suck to drive home at night – especially if it ends late.

    Post # 6
    124 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I’d say anything over 20-30 minutes is too far.  

    I have a friend who is having her reception about an hour away from the ceremony location.  I understand that she wanted to have a beautiful reception site, and get married at her family church, but I don’t think she really gave it enough thought.  The grooms family is from a different state, and she has a number of friends (including those in the wedding party) from out of town coming to the wedding.  These people will have to book two different hotel rooms, one in her hometown where the rehersal dinner and ceremony will be held, and another an hour away so they can stay after the reception ends.  I think it’s WAY too much hassle to put your guests/wedding party through.  

    Post # 7
    5296 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 1993

    I think 40 minutes is fine. Ours was about 45 from the church, but we lived in a very rural area, so everyone was used to driving a ways to get to anything anyway. Unless we wanted our reception at the community center, we had to go further out!

    Post # 8
    7587 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2010

    Anything longer than 20 minutes makes me cookoo

    Post # 9
    87 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Unless it’s like, Disneyworld, I think 40 is too far. But what context? Is it far distance-wise (are you somewhere rural)? Is it city and there’s traffic? If this place is super awesome and one of a kind and you think your guests will forget all about the drive the moment they lay eyes on it, then go for it! But realistically, I would probably at least try to find a closer place that you guys will love. Good luck!

    Post # 10
    1512 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I think anything other than walking distance is too far, but I’ve never been to a wedding where it was further than a 2 minute drive. Usually they’re at the same place. Honestly, if I had to drive another half hour to get there, I would only go to the reception or the ceremony- not both.

    Post # 12
    1755 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I’d say it depends on the area where you’re having your wedding and your guests.  If someone lives in a big city where parking is expensive & difficult or that many people take cabs, then anything more than 15-20 minutes is too much.  On the other hand if you live in a more rural area or small town, everyone has cars and drives, then I’d say the 40 minutes you mentioned is quite reasonable.

    Post # 13
    87 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @miss.wiggums: Also consider then how easy would it be to find your reception? Even with directions, out-of-towners or the directionally-challenged (like myself) may take a wrong turn and wind up at your reception an hour late. Just food for thought.


    Post # 15
    4194 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

    I’m guessing that lodging is close to the reception? If not, I would arrange shuttle transportation for your guests. I don’t mind driving that distance, as long as we don’t have to move our cars again after the reception/drinks.

    Post # 16
    2416 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I’d say 30 minutes…BUT, if you provide transportation it could be a fun drive! I went to a wedding in Chicago where the ceremony was held at a church about 40min outside of the city and the reception venue was in the city…they provided beer for the ride back in the shuttles! It was fun!

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