How far would you drive to a reception after the ceremony?

posted 3 years ago in Beehive
Post # 2
518 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

This is exactly our situation.  I agonized over it before committing to it.  But in the end, our ceremony venue (our church) and the reception venue we REALLY loved were 30 min apart and we decided it’s not the end of the world.  So that’s what we’re doing!

Post # 3
1627 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

That’s fine.  If you can designate a car captain for guest s who want to leave and drove as a group that would be nice.  The car captain would hand out directions and be the lead vehicle. This way guests are not looking to the bridal vehicle or limo to signal its time to go to the venue. you can take photos while your guests make the drive over and get settled at the venue.

Post # 4
2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I don’t think half an hour is too far between ceremony and reception especially as your guests will end up near to the reception area. I’d certainly be happy to drive that distance even in tiny little England where we consider 50 miles a whole day trip away!!

I think the fact that your out of town guests are staying near the reception makes all the difference. It isn’t as if you are then expecting them to make another 30 minute drive when the reception ends.

A ceremony in the Redwoods sounds just awesome too. 

Post # 5
6446 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

A half hour would be okay with me. Our ceremony site was about a half hour from our reception site and I didn’t even give it a second thought.

Post # 6
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

A half hour would be okay for me, but that’s probably my max.

Post # 7
2070 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

I think half an hour is fine. Don’t sweat it! 

Post # 8
8720 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Half hour would be my max so that sounds fine. 

Post # 9
11593 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Half an hour is definitely fine.  Any more than tha and I might start to get peeved, but I wouldn’t bat an eye at a half an hour drive.  Plus, the ceremony location sounds gorgeous and like it would be worth the drive!

Post # 11
365 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - The Fox Hill Inn

I think a half hour is totally fine… I’ve been to weddings with a slightly longer drive and it was no problem. Will you be providing any transportation for your out of town guests? The wedding I went to with a long drive between the wedding and reception, I was on a shuttle so it was zero hassle as a guest.

Post # 10
643 posts
Busy bee

I think a half hour is reasonable. It’s not ideal but I would accommodate my friend or family member. It’s not the end of the world. 

Post # 12
10748 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Half an hour is nothing!

Post # 13
954 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

MissDahlia08:  Half an hour is fine! My drive is actually slightly longer. But I realize that people may not go to the ceremony because of it, but I get it. I won’t be offended.

Post # 14
6959 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

A half hour would probably be my max.

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