Second guessing ceremony location… advice, please!

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
414 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I say stick to your guns and get married under the tree. A lot of people do similar things like this at weddings. As long as you communicate it to guests, then reward them with delicious food and a good time, then do what you want. 

Eight miles between the ceremony and the reception really isn’t that much. I’ve previously had to go to another town for the reception after a wedding ceremony. And the reception was six hours after the ceremony. THAT was annoying. 

Aside: is there any way the restaurant/lodge could reserve the parking spots for your guests?

Post # 4
3889 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

It may be worth hiring a couple of passenger vans, getting a family member to drive them, and asking people to meet at the reception site for a carpool to the ceremony site. You can usually get about 12 people in one passenger van. Just make sure whoever is the driving volunteer is going to stay sober all night, or can make arrangements to return the van before they begin drinking.

Post # 5
2562 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Don’t worry so much! Things will be fine.
Besides, your FI likes the location – he has an opinion too! And I think it’s a good one ;P

Wish I could get married in a place like you’re describing.
I’m getting married indoors, next to a fireplace.
I’d LOVE to have ceremony photos like you’ll have!!!

Post # 6
1648 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Does the restaurant/lodge have a shuttle or bus? If so, maybe you could have guests park at the lodge, hop on the shuttle to the ceremony site, stay for the ceremony, then have the shuttle pick them up and take them back to the lodge for the reception. Maybe have just family drive to the ceremony site so they can stay for photos?

Or maybe encourage guests to meet at the lodge, park multiple cars there, and then carpool to the ceremony site? 

If that’s not an option, I still think guests will be ok parking and walking a bit to get to the ceremony site. Don’t freak out, it’ll be ok! And it will be a very memorable experience for everyone. 

Post # 7
6073 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@l2fly:  Will there be chairs at the tree for guests to sit?


I’d go with what is easiest for your guests, then slip away for photos at your big tree.

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