Post # 1
I just have a slight concern. My wedding ceremony will be about 22.5 miles from the reception afterwards. This will be in los angeles. There is usually no traffic during saturday night since it is a weekend. The estimated travel time is about 31 minutes. Is this ok? Our ceremony starts at 4 ends about 5:15ish. Then reception starts at 5:50 pm. No one complained or said anything so far.
Post # 3
ours was about this long and it created some problems.
My grandma actually missed the processional beaucse she was doing last minute touches at the reception place and then with the distance we just couldn’t wait to start any longer ( we had to start 15 minutes late!)
Then when we left we were about 5-10 mintues late to the reception beacuse traffic was alot heavyer then we expected.
I think as long as you plan for it it shouldn’t be a huge deal.
Non of my guests complained but I don’t think they were uber happy with it.
I had no other option tho in my case.
Post # 4
22.5 miles in LA is like 45 miles anywhere else. Ouch. If the route goes on the I-5 at all, your time estimate may be a little low. Saturday == no traffic in LA, especially on the I-5.
If I were your guest, of course I’d make the drive and I wouldn’t complain, but I’d not be thrilled. Even less so if I faced quite a drive back, as I wouldn’t be able to have any drinks at the reception. Have you considered getting a small hotel room block near the reception site so that those who choose to enjoy cocktails at your reception can do so without having to drive home?
Post # 5
@fishbone: We actually drove this distance back and forth on a saturday evening and it was in fact 30 minutes. I also do a regular google maps estimate drive with traffic it using the shortest route in never gets higher than 36 minutes drive with traffic.
Another thing I want to point out is the majority of the guest live down south and the reception is on the way to where they live. All out of town guests will be staying in the hotel (where the reception is) and all of the people in my bridal party will be riding in the limo with me.
Post # 6
If you can avoid that kind of travel time please do so. Look at other reception options closer to where the ceremony is being held. It really is too far for guest to be driving, thats over an hour round trip, also consider that some guest had to drive a distance from their home to the ceremony location as well!
Post # 7
@mishagirls79: the location of the reception is along the way home to about 90% of the guests. A significant portion of the guest will be staying in the hotel (reception)
Post # 8
- Wedding: July 2012 - Muckenthaler Cultural Center
We went to a wedding ceremony at the San Fernando Mission and then drove all the way to Monterey Park for the reception which was about 26 miles away. It was fine!
Post # 9
I’ve been to weddings where the reception site was 45+ min away…It was fine!
Post # 10
I wouldn’t mind it as long as there was a hotel nearby
Post # 11
It takes 31 minutes to get there, and you’re giving guests 35-40 minutes?
That doesn’t leave much time for stopping to get gas, going to the bathroom- even walking to their car and finding parking etc.
Is your ceremony really going to last for an 1 hour & 15 mins? That’s a looong time.
ETA: Your poll doesn’t make sense with your question. Expecting guests to drive about 30 minutes is totally acceptable, but pushing them to a tight time frame is just going to stress them out. You should expect some late guests if you intend to start your reception at 5.50pm.
Post # 12
I’m guessing you might have some people skipping the ceremony. I confess to doing that, in the past. This would be a possibility for the people for which the church it is out of the way for them, or those staying over at the reception hotel.
Our day-of planner told us it was true that many don’t effort to attend the ceremony, when it isn’t on site. Our ceremony is in a smaller ballroom, above the reception ballroom. We might miss some late arrivals, though.
I went to a huge wedding in the New York City area, years ago, and was surprised to see the ceremony in a smallish church. And it was half full. About four times as many people attended the reception. I think there was 1 hour for photos, after the ceremony, after a 1-hour mass.
Post # 13
My cousin did this, and to be honest it was a massive pain in the arse. People got lost on their way to the venue, loads turned up late, people were really grumpy etc etc.
Post # 14
To me, that sounds fine, but I also live in an area where people are used to driving to get places, and 30 minutes isn’t considered very far here. I think you have to consider this from your specific guest list point of view.
Post # 15
ARe most of your guest from La? I been there a few times as I have some friends out there, and most of them think it’s normal to be in traffic that long. I think it’s fine.
Post # 16
To me it sounds fine but maybe that is because my guests will be driving 50 minutes from the church to the reception. My parents live in the middle of nowhere so both my brother’s had about the same commute for their weddings and no guests complained.