What is an acceptable distance for the RD? From where?

posted 3 years ago in Parties
  • poll: What is the MAXIMUM distance the RD should be and from where? Select one for each location.
    Distance from Ceremony/Rehearsal: Under 10 Minutes : (0 votes)
    Distance from Ceremony/Rehearsal: Under 20 Minutes : (4 votes)
    25 %
    Distance from Ceremony/Rehearsal: Under 30 Minutes : (5 votes)
    31 %
    Distance from Hotels: Under 10 Minutes : (1 votes)
    6 %
    Distance from Hotels: Under 20 Minutes : (1 votes)
    6 %
    Distance from Hotels: Under 30 Minutes : (3 votes)
    19 %
    Distance from Reception: Under 10 Minutes : (1 votes)
    6 %
    Distance from Reception: Under 20 Minutes : (0 votes)
    Distance from Reception: Under 30 Minutes : (1 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
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    774 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    As much as there are challenges to being in your area, I have to tell you about this wedding that my FI was best man in last year. We had to drive an hour one night for the rehearsal dinner to town A. The next morning we had to wake up early to drive to town B, 45 minutes away from our home and about 30 from where the rehearsal dinner was. After everyone got ready, we had to drive to this obscure little spot in town C that took another 30-45 minutes. By the end of the wedding weekend, we had covered a good part of the state just driving around. From that point of view, I wouldn’t make your guests drive around too much. A year later I still kind of resent it as the wedding took place in our days off between Christmas and New Year’s. I’d try to keep your RD within 20 minutes of the venue and hotel. 

    Post # 4
    Member
    42472 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @JJBelle:  One’s perception and opinion will depend on where they live and what travel and/or commuting is normal for them.

    When we lived in the middle of nowhere, I thought 20 minutes to the next town was long drive. Now I live in a city, and it takes 30 minutes to get even half way across town.

    Post # 6
    Member
    774 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @JJBelle:  If it were me, I’d rather pass some hors d’oeuvre’s around and only serve non-alcoholic beverages for the rehearsal dinner. Cash bars can really rub people the wrong way, especially those who have already put so much money into travel. It’s probably also cheaper to just pass the hors d’oeuvres anyway. 

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