Post # 1
In narrowing down my fav possible reception venues, we keep leaning towards vineyards and ranches…problem being, most of these places are not super close to hotels (40 min or so)… or airports for that matter. There are still a few resort-venues on our list, so maybe we’ll choose one of those and then problem solved? We are expecting about half of our guests to have to fly in and stay at hotels to attend our wedding.
The question is how far is too far? 20 minutes? 40 minutes? an hour? There’s the airport to hotel distance to consider… and the hotel to venue distance… I mean, when I attend a wedding, I love convenience… the closer everything is to each other, the less driving or shuttling the better. Fiance says we shouldn’t worry about making it convenient for other people (probably bc his friends and fam would make it no matter what). Mine…are more inclined to logistical error and bouts of moodiness, so I have my doubts about making it any less than super easy and fun.
Anyone have advice on getting married at an “inconvenient” location?
Post # 3
I think it’s fine if the venue is a little far from the hotel as long as you provide transportation to the guests staying there. If guest transportation is not in your budget then keep the venue somewhat close to the hotel so that a cab ride there wouldn’t break the bank for your guests, (assume that many of them will not rent a car when they are in town).
Post # 4
If you are not providing a shuttle, 30 minutes should be the max drive from the hotel to the venue. More than that is still stretching it in a shuttle – will there be staggered rides back to the hotel at various times in the evening?
Post # 5
I am planning renting shuttles, though I haven’t really priced it out yet. Just read a few other threads that are making me think it’s really best to keep the shuttle distance as short as possible…otherwise you have to either rent more shuttles $$$, or only have a few runs :-/
I’ve been to weddings that had shuttles, but I’m not a big drinker so I always just drove myself so I don’t have any personal exp. with feeling like I couldn’t make the shuttle or like I was “stuck” at the wedding..I imagine people have these concerns… it seems to me logistically now that I’m thinking mathamathically that one would want to rent as few shuttles as possible (budget-wise) that could make as many runs as possible (time-wise)…
Post # 6
I think you have more wiggle room if you are providing a shuttle, vs assuming that everyone will drive themselves. That said, I think that over 30 min on a shuttle gets long. Can you make parts close together? Like ceremony and reception at one place or close, with shuttles to and from the hotel? One wedding I can think of had the ceremony/reception site pretty far from the hotel…. shuttle picked up at the hotel, drove guests to the ceremony, we stayed for the reception, and then took the shuttle back. It was probably a 45 min ride each way. It felt long but was not the end of the world since we didn’t have to drive ourselves, and the ceremony and reception were in the same place.
I’ve been to weddings where I had to drive 30-90 minutes from one part to another (ceremony/reception/hotel), and got cranky.
Post # 7
OMG I can’t believe it’s me again, I do feel like every section of this wedding is a bloody trauma!
So I’ve just discovered that my H2B family have booked hotels, online (and did so over a year ago).
Whats the problem? You might say?
Well the venue is at my families home, 20miles from my home, not a big problem even in the UK, apart from I live in the heart of the Peak District and out road are not notorious for their ease (we aren’t talking motoways, or even dual carriageways, for the most part it’s single track road.)
Anyway I’ve just dicovered about this hotel booking, and they happily told me they’d booked a hotel close to our home, oh I thought a little odd, as we won’t be there obviously, but shrugged, 20miles not sooo bad.
Only they haven’t booked any of the hotels in our village, they have ALL booked into a hotel 17 mile away from our house in the opposite direction to the wedding!!!!
Oh yes 37 miles away from the venue! Halfway up a mountain, along twisting roads, where they HAVE NEVER BEEN!