(Closed) How far is too far to drive between ceremony and reception?

posted 10 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

I think 1 hour is a lot, but 30 mnutes seems more reasonable (obviously the less distance the better). 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Ditto IndianBride here!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

One hour is unreasonable.  The goal should be to find something as close as possible and under 45min away.

Also make sure that you let your photo/video people know of the commute. This GREATLY affects them in doing their job because it’s time wasted on commuting instead of taking photos, which needs to be made up somewhere = a longer day.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I should add : under 45min which includes traffic.

In LA brides have done weddings in Pasadena and receptions in Long Beach or Santa Monica. On a map it doesn’t look too bad, but with traffic it’s absurd. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2018

i’d say twenty minutes max.  But I always like to keep things close.

Post # 8
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Newbee

i went to a wedding last weekend where the chapel was 30 miles from the reception place…it wasn’t so bad but all people did was complain. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee

Ours is about 25 minutes and that doesn’t make me very happy, but we’re just trying to make the ceremony very memorable so people will talk about that to pass the time on the drive up to the reception area. 🙂

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Ours is approx 20 mins away.  It’s a simple drive down one toll road (which everyone would have taken, anyway), and that’s it.

 

I’d keep it simple and quick as much as possible. 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I think with such a long distance, you would have a lot of drop offs, or people who make the choice to go to only one or the other. My reception is 11 miles and part of it is a country road so about 20 minutes and my mom thinks that’s way too far. Of course, I don’t, but I think more than 30 minutes would be unreasonable.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

im worried about my distance. its like an hour away. in fact its been really hard to find anything close to the ceremony. the church im getting married in is a little stone church on the water far out of town in the woods. and since i have always wanted to get married there we are doing it. but its like an hour drive to the reception (which is much closer to downtown, bars and hotels). plus i would like to provide a 10ppl limo for the guests for the last two hours. im hoping that will make up for it. cuz then they could leave theyre cars at the reception close to downtown anyway. rather than all the way at the church. im still nervious. what do you ladies think?

 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@cinderellasmom:  I think 45 mins maximum. 20-30mins is pretty comfortable 🙂

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I would say under a half hour.. anything more and you might lose alot of people in transit.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Woah, five year old thread! I think the OP has probably already made the decision on her ceremony/reception location for her 2009 wedding, lol.

 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

The less the better. If I was invited to a wedding with an hour between sites, I would probably decline. I’d say 20 minutes, maybe 30 at a push.

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