Ceremony & Reception venues too far apart?

posted 2 years ago in Venue
Post # 32
257 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I don’t think its that bad…mine is 20 min drive between each. However, I also have guests who are travelling 2 hours or a plane ride into the city where ceremony and reception both are.  Maybe ask your parents and close friends what they think?

Post # 33
67 posts
Worker bee

I was going to do something similar. My original ceremony location was going to be about 35-40 minutes from my reception venue. My extended family (grandparents, aunts, cousins), who do not like to leave their county lines for anything, are grumbling about having to drive about a hour to get the reception site in the city, so I knew that they would most likely skip the ceremony if I tacked that travel time on as well. So we decided to have our ceremony at the reception site. However, my FI’s family would for sure do the drive without outward complaining to me if I decided to have my ceremony 40 minutes away from the reception site. Therefore, I think it is a feel your crowd thing. If you think they’d be fine driving, then stick with your church, especially if it is important for you to get married there!

As a guest, I would be okay traveling that distance. Especially for an important event like a wedding.

Post # 34
1760 posts
Buzzing bee

Someone I know did this. All guests stayed at hotels near the reception venue. The bride provided transportation from the hotel to the ceremony, the ceremony to the reception and the reception back to the hotels. Can you do this?

Post # 37
6300 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

mackandcheese05 :  out of town guests could still attend the ceremony first and check in after, though. Even if they didn’t, I still don’t see the issue, as again, this could apply to a number of weddings (check in at hotel, attend wedding/reception, head back to the hotel). 

If there are no taxis in your area you might want to consider a coach or mini bus/van for those guests who would prefer not to stay, so that they can enjoy a drink. I wouldn’t say that it’s a necessity, though. 

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