Post # 1
My wedding is on a Saturday at 10:00AM, and I’m asking guests to come as early as 9:30 to find parking.
Some of my guests are potentially driving 2 hours to get to my wedding.
If you were them, would you mind getting up early to leave around 7:30AM to 8:00AM?
Would you stay at a hotel the night before, instead?
Or, if you were friends of the bride and groom’s parents (not very close to the bride and groom), would you skip the ceremony and go straight to the lunch reception?
Post # 3
I would probably just go to the reception.
Post # 4
@fzesguer: I would get up early to get there. Come on people! I get up way earlier than that for work. A wedding is a special day and I would do whatever I needed to do to be there. If I was family of the bride or groom, I might use that as a reason to treat myself to the hotel the night before.
Post # 5
This is probably not helpful, but if there is someplace I want to stay, apart from the wedding (like it’s a resort town or family is around there) or if the hotel prices are really good, I would stay over. Otherwise I would drive the day of and not think twice, especially since it won’t go late, which is my bigger concern.
I live in SoCal, so 2 hours…that’s a one-way daily commute for many people, lol.
Post # 6
Depending on my relationship with the bride or groom and where the wedding is located, I would drive in the morning of or stay in a hotel the night before. I wouldn’t skip a wedding because its in the morning.
Post # 7
@fzesguer: Honestly? I normally HATE when people skip the ceremony but if I wasn’t close to the bride/groom, I’d probably just hit the reception in this case. Leaving the house at 7:30am in wedding appropriate hair/makeup/clothes would mean waking up at around 6 for me and yeah… I sleep in on weekends. I would probably have every intention of going to the ceremony and realize somewhere around 8 that I was too late.
Post # 8
@2BeeMrsE: Oh ditto the “if I want to stay there” idea. I’m in LA too so I was thinking “OK… if I was invited to a wedding in San Diego….” Even then, though, I would only stay the night before if I was tight with the couple.
Post # 9
I’d definitely stay somewhere if there were cheap lodging in the area. If not I might just go to the reception, if we weren’t close.
Post # 10
Morning weddings aren’t very common in my circle but I think if we were friends, we would be willing to get up at 7:30 a.m. We probably wouldn’t bother with a hotel unless the area is a resort area and we can make it a mini vacation. I don’t like to skip ceremonies and only go to the reception so for us, it would be all or nothing.
Post # 11
I’d drive, no biggie. Of course I would have some delicious coffee, some tunes, and my handsome escort.
The biggest reason is I like to get all dolled up with my usual bathroom set up. I usually prefer to have all my different makeup at my disposal, and the option to switch up outfit or accessories.
Plus I’m cheap.
Post # 12
2 hours isn’t that far.
I would probably stay in a hotel the night before but then I’m in England and we’re wimpy with long distances as it’s not a very big island. However, if I couldn’t afford a hotel I would not concider it a big deal to drive there on the day. I certainly wouldn’t miss the ceremony
Post # 13
@MexiPino: Lol, I was thinking “Well, if the wedding was in LA…”
Post # 14
It depends…my college town is 2 hours south of me, so I would get a hotel if it were there, b/c I know the area and could make a real trip out of it. Otherwise, I’d just get up early and drive. I have no problem giving up some sleep for a friend!
Post # 15
I would definitely splurge to avoid having to wake up at 6 am to be out of the house by 7:30. Also, I would hate myself for it, but I would skip the ceremony if we weren’t close at all. Just out of curiosity, since you’re having a 10 am ceremony and lunch reception, is the ceremony a couple hours long or is there a gap?
Post # 16
I’d drive. I’d absolutely HATE getting up so freaking early for a wedding (they’re a later in the day sort of thing, imo), because that means waking up at like 6 to make sure I can do my hair/makeup and grab some coffee.
BUT I would absoutely do this for a friend. 🙂