Post # 1
My fiance have decided to get married at our church. It’s where we met & it’s a big part of our life so it’s special to us to have our ceremony there. The chapel part of the church is large enough to fit 240 people (though it doesn’t appear to be big enough, it is!) It’s just a cute little country church that we love. The only problem is the fellowship hall isn’t large enough to accomodate our guests, so we’re thinking of having it somewhere else. My question is, is that a common thing to do? I hate to have to make our guests travel somewhere else for the reception, but that’s why we’re going to do it at a place that’s about 10 minutes away. So it’s not too bad.
I just wanted to get all of your opinions and see if y’all think that’s a bad idea. I appreciate all the advice!!
PS. Ignore the boarded up stained glass, that will be fixed by the time of the wedding 🙂
Post # 3
Our church won’t even do receptions in the fellowship hall anymore, so we didn’t really have a choice. Our reception venue is about 20 minutes away and it is really not that uncommon for a church wedding at all.
Post # 4
- Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna
This is very common. I can only think of one wedding I attended where they were in the same location. The rest had up to a 30 minutes drive.
Post # 5
We are doing the same thing. I think the church and reception hall are about 15 min apart (i haven’t been to either yet!) I’m a little concerned too cause the latest the church would do the ceremony is 3:30 and reception is at 6. Most wedding I have been to have been ceremony in the church and recption at a different location. Don’t worry!
Post # 6
no its not uncommon at all!! probably more common actually. all the weddings i’ve been to have had 2 locatins, mainly because the ceremony was at the church and didn’t have a large space for the reception. my reception site will be a few minutes away from the church as well. 10 minutes so most of your guests will probably go! that house is gorgeous by the way, congrats!
Post # 7
I’d really never heard of having your reception at the church until I started looking at wedding webpages. I’d always just heard of having them in ballrooms. So it’s very common.
Post # 8
Its extremely common for people that chose to get married in a church.
We’re getting married in a church and having our reception about 5 miles away.
Post # 9
- Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas
It’s VERY common! I’m actually finding that it seems to be almost more common to have them at different locations than at the same location. Definitely nothing wrong with it!
Post # 10
I think it’s very common to do the reception at another place. We are. And I think every wedding I have ever been to has been that way. Also, I love that you want to get married in the church that’s important to you.
Post # 11
- Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country
Super common and usually not a problem at all for guests, esp. if they’re driving to the wedding anyway! I’ve traveled 20 miles between a church and a reception and didn’t think much of it at all… anything more than that is sometimes a little dicey, but it all depends on traffic, day, etc. but a 10 minute communte between ceremony and reception is totally normal!
Post # 12
It is extremely common, and 10 minutes is very reasonable for your guests to travel!
Post # 13
I’ve actually never been to a wedding where they both were in the same location! We once had to drive about 45 minutes between the church and reception site. I think that was the farthest and that kind of sucked.
We selected our church based on the fact that it was close to the reception site (and we’re not members of any church in the city that we’re getting married in). I think that as long as you think about your guests and make the transition as easy as possible, it’s completely fine. Oh and make sure to include maps/directions :o)
Post # 14
That’s a really common thing to do. In fact, that’s what my Fiance and I are doing. We are having our ceremony in the chapel at my college and the reception is going to be in a mansion down the road from the school. I agree that it might not be the best idea to have your ceremony and reception really far away from each other, but 10 minutes is not a big deal at all!
Post # 15
Totally common! We’ll be doing the same thing since we want a big party… while we could do it at the church, there are some awesomely beautiful places in lexington to have parties, so I’d like to take advantage. Except our drive will be more like 30 minutes.
Post # 16
- Wedding: July 2007 - Rosary Chapel & Monterey Marriott, Monterey, CA
Just as everyone said… it’s incredibly common! The only time I haven’t “travelled between” is when someone IS NOT getting married at a church and they have it all at a location instead.
We selected our reception venue on ease of transport for our guests from the ceremony location, as it was the chapel that was the most important element of the day. There were lots of locations we would have loved to use, but a 30+ minute confusing drive was not something we wanted to hamper our guests with on our wedding day.