Post # 1
I found a beautiful waterfront venue for our ceremony and reception. The only problem is, it’s approx. 45 mins away from where we, and our friends and family live. My fiance feels it may be too much to ask our wedding guests to drive that far. Do you think most of them would mind? I would gladly make arrangements at a nearby hotel for anyone who’d like to stay- including us.
Post # 3
I don’t think it would be to far away at all, but you need to consider who you are inviting and what time your ceremony and reception are. If you have it there, I would also recommend having some cards printed up with an alternate mode of transportation for those that will be drinking alchohol.
Post # 4
I also considered hiring transport for those who did not wish to stay overnight. The ceremony will probably take place in the early evening- around 5 or 6pm.
Post # 5
I think as long as you have the transportation covered, you should be fine.
Post # 6
I definitely don’t think that’s too far! Our venue was an hour from our home, north of the city. For some of our guests coming from the east end of the city, it would have taken at least an hour and a half to get there. We blocked hotel rooms off and arranged for a taxi shuttle service for anyone who opted to stay the night at local hotels which was much appreciated by our guests.
I would say, personally, that I would willingly drive about two to three hours for a wedding. Anything longer than that and I would just book a hotel room. That being said, I also don’t drink, so having to drive at the end of the night isn’t a big deal for me so long as I’m not too tired.
Post # 7
I say do it! a waterfront wedding sounds wonderful! Anyone that lives in Florida probably loves the water and would take any “excuse” to stay near it for an evening!
Post # 8
I live somewhere where it can take 45 minutes to go just a few miles, so that sounds very reasonable to me! If your guests are not used to driving that far, though, you might have some grumbling—but there will always be grumbling no matter what you do.
It’s funny, these “my wedding is X minutes away from where my guests live” posts are so foreign to me. For my wedding, everyone but 4 people were from out of town, and there was not a place we could have had it that would have been driving distance from home for than a handful of guests.
Post # 9
i would say its fine to have the wedding and reception at the same place. its great that there not driving around for both of them. just make sure you put in a detailed map that you do yourself. when i was younger we went to a wedding and we had directions, but they were completely off and we ended up being an hour late to the reception. i say go ahead with it, but give good directions so no one is lost 🙂
Post # 10
We are in the same boat. Our venue is about 45min away from where ppl will be staying also. We are going to organize a shuttle. Sometimes for the right place, the place that makes you most happy, you have to go for it. Just make sure to cover the bases so your guest dont have to worry too much. Just be sure at the end of the day, your really pleased with where your wedding will be. Thats the most important!!