Post # 1
How far is too far to ask your wedding guests to travel to your wedding? My FH and I are looking at several venues that are in the range of an hour to an hour and a half away from our home, which is near where most of our guests will be coming from. Is it too much to ask people to travel? Is it presumptuous to assume that everyone will just be able to get a room and stay? Help! What is the proper etiquette here?
Post # 3
I’m by no means an etiquette guru, but as a guest, I’d do it! No problem to me! Surely the people meaningful enough to make your guest list won’t mind driving a couple hours or so.
Post # 4
I would also do it. I normally stay over when I need to Tavel but I once went to an evening do (I’m from the UK) and we drove there at 7 and drove back at 12 and it was 1.5hrs away, so people have together choice to stay or drive
Post # 5
We will obviously have a block of rooms held nearby for anyone who wants to stay, and we hope they will because we want everyone to stay late and have fun with us! But I would just hate if all our friends, family and loved ones were all ‘grumble grumble I hate this wedding bc it’s farrrr” you know? haha
Post # 6
I don’t think that’s too far at all! I would just block off a couple rooms at the venue (if at a hotel), or at the nearest hotel just in case people are drinking.
We are having our wedding about 4hrs. away from my FH family, and my immediate family. And several states away from the rest of my family. We chose our location based on the fact it’s a special location to us and our relationship, its beautiful, and we love it there! (plus if my family comes down from Chicago to Florida I’m pretty sure they will want to be near to the beach! lol)
If your family can’t drive 1hr. that would be pretty ridiculous. I absolutely don’t think that is too much to ask for people.
Post # 7
The people who can afford it will book a room.
Those who can’t, will not be able to drink and will leave early.
Post # 8
That’s not that far. They’ll know in advance where it is when they receive the invitation and can make arrangements for themselves.
Post # 9
I think that’s perfectly acceptable. I’ve traveled similar distances for a few weddings in the past couple of years. It was no big deal. I’m sure some people will complain, can’t please everyone, but if it’s the venue you want then go for it!!
Post # 10
I think that’s fine. About 1/2 of our invited guests will be traveling 8-10 hours.
Post # 11
Oh my gosh, every wedding I’ve ever been to has been greater than an hour away. That would be fine, I’m sure!
Post # 12
Thanks so much guys! I was starting to think I was going crazy because FH was making me feel like all our friends would hate us if they had to travel an hour to our wedding! I pointed out that we have traveled to weddings an hour or more away more than once for our friends and never pouted about it!
Post # 13
An hour isn’t bad at all. My wedding is 8 hours from my family (driving), and 24 from FI’s family… soo, people do travel for weddings!
Post # 14
An hour and a half sounds fine to me… I have guests coming in from all over the world! Also, most of them wll probably want to book hotel rooms nearby anyway, seeing as they can’t drink and drive. So the most important thing to check is that there are plenty of reasonably priced places nearby for them to stay in!