Post # 1
So, I’ve had major major drama trying to select a reception venue. I found one with no tunnel in between that looks kinda cool…. but it’s STILL a 40 min. drive. Granted, it’s a easy peasy relaxing drive through the “country” and traffic is non-existent. But, it is 40 min. according to google. 30 min. to me 🙂
right now the timeline is a 2 pm wedding so the reception would be over by 9 probably. So it wouldn’t be like people were out too late far away
Post # 3
Are you getting a hotel block? Where is it? My reception was 20 or so minutes away from the church, but we got the hotel block by the reception.
Post # 4
I’ve been having the same problem… we have so many amazing venues, but they’re all at least 15 miles out from the church. Huge bummer, and I’m still not sure I’m willing to compromise it.
Post # 5
Our church is a non-negotiable. It’s where we met, he asked me out, asked me to marry him, and it is where we will be married 🙂 But man, there’s crap for interesting venues around here. Since I’m a vendor and I have weddings every weekend it’s really important for me to not got to the “usual” which is a ballroom. We do have a few fun places but they only hold half the people we would need them too!
Post # 7
Are you going to serve alcohol at your reception? Unless you are arranging transportation for everyone (like a bus or something) then it might be irresponsible to have it that far and serve alcohol – I know I would be frusterated to have wine served to me but know that I needed to drive home 40 miles later!
Post # 8
Where is the ceremony taking place, relative to the reception and hotel? I’m leaning toward 40 minutes being a bit too much of a drive, but it’s even worse if the guests have to drive 20 minutes to get to the church, another 40 minutes to get to the reception, and then 40 minutes back to the hotel.
One of my friends got married this summer, and their venues were also pretty far from the hotel. However, they arranged for shuttles to take their guests everywhere, and it worked out really well. While I still would have somewhat preferred to have not been sitting on a hotel shuttle bus for a half hour, it was certainly better than worrying about having to drive back.
Post # 9
I’m with oregonbride, it just depends. If you are having alcohol, and no transportation to and from there.. people will not like that at all. If there’s no alcohol, 40 mins is a breeze!