Post # 1
Hello Bees! I’m after your valuable opinions again!
The ceremony venue I am looking at is about a 30 min drive to the reception venue (13 miles). Is this too far? It is a garden on the outskirts of town – in town guests will need to travel between 10 – 30 minutes to get to the ceremony, and then another 30 mins to the reception. Is this too much to ask?
I plan to have substantial snacks, drinks and entertainment at the ceremony venue after the ceremony whilst photos are being taken, so guests will not need to leave and find somewhere to go between ceremony/reception.
Post # 3
@DeeWee: I think it’s too far!!
Post # 4
@DeeWee: If I was a close friend/family member of yours then I’d be happy to drive 30mins. anything more than 40mins is pushing it I think, but 30mins is fairly reasonable.
Post # 5
Lol, maybe because I live in Canada where lots of things tend to be far apart… but 15 to 30 minutes is NOTHING in my book.
My only concern would be in regards to Drinking at the Reception… so let me get this right… it is aprox 30 Minutes back to the Hotels ???
All that means tho is that people might drink less, or leave a tad earlier, if you aren’t providing transportation.
Hope this helps,
Post # 6
I’ve never been a fan of people having to travel from ceremony to reception. The few weddings I’ve been to that did that–guests complained, and it was FAR less than
Offering shuttle transport would help. But still, 30 minutes is a long travel time. Remember too that you’re going to have to pay extra for that half-hour for your photographer and other vendors, who won’t be taking any photos during that time. It’s kinda a waste of money.
Post # 7
I thin half an hour is reasonable. Realistically, you can’t pick a location that is 100% convenient for every last guest. More than half an hour is pushing things but up to half an hour is fine in my book.
Post # 8
I live out west where things are spread out. 30 minutes isn’t a big drive to me. I know for others it is substantial. It depends on your region I guess. But no, I wouldn’t bat an eye at a 30 minute drive to the reception.
Post # 9
@DeeWee: Well, perhaps I’ve been living in Sydney too long, because that doesn’t seem too far to me lol
I think as long as you organise transport for out-of-towners (bus), and there is a toilet and food/drink at the ceremony location, there will be nothing for people to complain about (unless they were already going to complain anyway!)
Post # 10
I think that is a fair distance, especially for people who don’t have transport.
Post # 11
I hate driving so much. 30 minutes is kind of a lot…
Post # 12
I think that 30 min is fine! Mine is the same distance and we talked to people in FH family and they agreed it was fine as well.
Post # 13
Our reception is about 20 minutes from our church ceremony. Many of our guests live either near the church or the reception location.
I think 30 minutes is okay. I would say that is the max, though. If the place is perfect for you, I think it’s okay.
Post # 14
I live in Los Angeles and it takes me 30 minutes to drive the five miles to work sooo… in the grand scheme of things that’s not very far. I wouldn’t love it; of course I’d prefer closer, but I’d suck it up without question. I think it’s okay, but as PPs have said, if there are OOT guests without cars you will need to provide some sort of shuttle (there AND back)
Post # 15
Thanks for your thoughts! I guess the argument is pretty even on both sides! I am from a medium sized town, people arent used to travelling more than 15 minutes to get places. Hmmm… its a hard one.
Post # 16
It does sound far but I would do it without complaining.