Post # 1
My husband and I will be renewing our vows in Niagara Falls Ontario.
It is going to be just like a wedding, both for us and my family who wasn’t there when we eloped.
Niagara Falls is about 1 hour away from our city.
I have seen my family travel more than 1 hour for other weddings so this shouldn’t be a problem.
Do you think an hour each way is too far? There is another venue we love but it is 1.5 hours each way and that is just too far. I am not going to rent hotel rooms.
Post # 3
It would depend on how close I was to the couple. I would honestly probably travel up to two hours if I was super close. Even if it was just a not-super-close friend, I would drive an hour without hesitation.
Post # 4
An hour is absolutely nothing to me.
Post # 5
For a wedding, yes I would travel an hour. For a vow renewal I would not attend unless it was in my town. That’s just me. Even though it’s like a wedding, you’re already married.
Post # 6
I like to party. You throw a good party and invite people I want to see and have it in place I want to go? I’ll anywhere. I definitel wouldn’t go less far for a vow renewal tan a wedding. It’s more about how well I know you. And maybe if Ihave to take time off work.
Post # 7
Probably 2 hours, maybe 3. Driving an hour is no big deal to me. I live out west, so everything is so spread out.
Post # 8
@PositiveThinking: Over an hour is nothing! I’ve flown to a good handful and dont think i’ve ever travelled for LESS than an hour to get to a wedding lol.
Post # 9
Family will usually travel farther than say someone who hardly knows the bride/groom. If its just family you are worried about, ask the ones that you wanna involve about how far they’d be willing to go.
Post # 10
An hour is nothing. I don’t think I would travel two or more hours for a couple that I don’t know very well, but I’d drive an hour for almost anyone’s wedding/vow renewal.
Post # 11
I probably wouldn’t travel as far for a vow renewal. Even though I (hypothetically) wouldn’t have been there for your elopement, I would have probably already celebrated or congratulated you on your wedding. If you want people to travel I would put on a big party and book hotel rooms.
Post # 12
An hour is nothing. We’re planning to drive 1.5 hours each way to celebrate a friend’s 30th birthday on a work night in a few weeks. We recently drove 7 hours each way to attend a friend’s wedding. She has already RSVPed to do the same (but opposite) for ours.
Even if you’re not paying for the hotel rooms, is it possible that your guests would book rooms on their own if they’re uncomfortable with that much driving?
Post # 13
@PositiveThinking: It would depend on many things for me like how close I was to the couple but most importantly in terms of a vow renewal the reason behind the renewal would determine whether I even attend or not.
Celebrating 20, 30 , 60 years of marriage or reconfirming your vows after a decent seperation then yes I would travel an hour or more.
Anything else and I would probably just skip it unless you were my parents or sibling.
Post # 14
We’ve done 2 hours each way in one night. Recently did 2 hours, but I decided to get a hotel room.
You can just do a block of hotel rooms, you don’t have to pay for them yourself, just reserve the block.
Post # 15
When was your wedding? If yoyre doing a redo wedding for a milestone anniversary I may be willing to drive an hour or two. For an actual wedding, I’d be more willing to drive 2-3 hours though I’d leave early to get home. If you’ve been married less than about 20 or so years, I wouldn’t waste my time. You’re already married so there isn’t a point in it.
Post # 16
If I was going to a wedding at the Falls I would just stay overnight and make a mini vacation of it while I was at it. You don’t have to pay for any rooms but it would be nice to offer a room block for those that don’t want to travel back later at night or those that have been drinking.