(Closed) How far should guests drive for reception

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
3943 posts
Honey bee

I would and have driven that far for many weddings. But I think it’s necessary that you get a block of rooms. Not everyone will stay but that can be a long drive after a night of drinking and dancing.

Post # 4
11752 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

30 minutes or less. 

Post # 5
1066 posts
Bumble bee

My guests are travelling 40 – 60 minutes to Auckland city,NZ  where they will be catching a 30 min ferry over to an Island then transported to our vineyard…I deserve it! LOL…

Post # 6
148 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@atroianos:  absolutely not! my wedding is a little under a 2 hr drive for everyone, and so far mostly everyone accepted!

Post # 7
163 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

As long as the wedding and reception are close to each other I would drive 3 hours for someone I loved and wanted to see get married.

Post # 9
10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

As long as the reception isn’t an hour and a half away from the ceremony, you’re good. I’ve driven farther than that for a wedding.

Post # 10
942 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@atroianos:  we had our reception in Sydney which was a 2.5hr drive from our hometown. 100% of our guests stayed in hotels that we did not pay for. Our reception didn’t end until midnight though, dinner started at 6pm and then there was lots of dancing. 

Post # 11
909 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Where my parents live you have to drive a ways to get to anywhere. Our reception will be about 50 minutes from our ceremony and it was the same for both of my brothers’ weddings.

Post # 12
6256 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

My ceremony/reception location is about 1.5 hours away from almost all guests. I hope people come…..but TBH I am terrified about large numbers of no-shows. We are thinking of paying for some if not all out-of-towners’ hotel rooms, but I’m really not sure how to do this without it looking like a bribe to come to our wedding. I would really love it if people came, though.

Post # 13
7174 posts
Busy Beekeeper

@atroianos:  It’s not obnoxious and some people will gladly do it, while others will not (or complain as they do).  If it’s your dream venue/location, I don’t see why you shouldn’t do it!  

Post # 14
1382 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I would say up to an hour.  The only time I didn’t mind was when FH and I drove down to NC from NJ for my friend’s wedding that I was a Bridesmaid or Best Man for 🙂

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