Post # 1
Fiance and I have found what we belive to be the perfect venue for our indoor reception, but personally, I don’t really care for the ceremony location. The venue is at a public lake. It’s beautiful but I feel as if the ceremony might be a little too.. public for me. I’ve seen reviews about the venue where people mention screaming kids and geese.. When we went to go check it out, there were people barbequing not very far from the gazebo spot. I know they block off the area surrounding the gazerbo, but not grassy areas somewhat nearby. Plus, I’ve seen pictures from the site and it doesn’t seem like a very “photogenic” location. Lots of fences and public signs, etc.
I had actually found the venue that we initially wanted to do our wedding at but it was too small to hold our expanding guest list.. however, we have agreed to have a smaller ceremony to keep it intimate since our reception will be about 300 people. We would LOVE to have our ceremony at the first venue, it’s beautiful and surrounded by giant oak trees and is very private. Then it would be about a 3 or 4 minute drive to the other location.
Does this sound like a giant pain? I’m not 100% sure but I think the ceremony site might also require a short shuttle ride up to the ceremony site. If that’s the case, then I’m really nervous about how people might take it. :/
Post # 3
@Teacher2Be: Do what is going to make you and your guests the most comfortable. I’ve only attended one wedding where I didn’t have to travel to the recption. It was fine, we always just chip in and pay for gas and buy the dd a nice bottle.
Post # 4
I don’t think a short drive is a big deal at all. I’ve been to plenty of wedding where the ceremony and reception are in different locations and often a few hours apart.
Post # 5
Well, we’re having our ceremony at a different venue than the reception (I actually asked this very question too). While my fmil does not like the idea, it’s pretty much the norm. And the reception venue is literally a 4 minute drive away (I am renting a micro-bus/shuttle for guests who didn’t arrive to the ceremony n a car).
Post # 6
No way. My reception was 30 minutes away from my ceremony spot and we didn’t have a single complaint, and my church was packed!
Post # 7
As I am thinking about it, I don’t think I have ever been to a wedding where the reception was at the same place. I have been to some that are walking distance, and some that are driving. A couple have even been in seperate towns! But I almost expect it to be in different places because I don’t know any better.
(p.s. my ceremony and reception are about 5 minutes (driving) from each other).