(Closed) Distance between ceremony and reception????

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
614 posts
Busy bee

I tend to be pretty easy going about  people doing what feels easiest and best for their wedding day but an hour drive is pretty far between ceremony and reception. I would do it but I wouldn’t be very happy about it

Post # 4
1222 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I would try to find something closer.  I would hate to “lose” guests between the ceremony and reception because of the drive.

Ours is a 12 minute drive between the church and reception.

Post # 5
183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

IMO, that’s a lot to ask of guests after many of them traveled from out of state to attend the wedding in the first place.  Many guests with hectic schedules or who have difficulty traveling would likely choose between going to the ceremony and going to the reception.  Even if guests did come, I’d be worried that they might be too tired from the drive to really let loose.

Post # 6
9881 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think that’s too much of a distance.  I personally think that anything more than 30 minutes is excessive and should be avoided.  When your guests have already traveled a distance, asking them to travel this distance may be inappropriate. 

Post # 7
187 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Ours is a 30 minute drive. But we booked a block at a hotel 20 minutes from the church and 10 minutes from the reception hall (we will have a two hour gap between the ceremony and reception). We are also going to provide transportation from the hotel to the reception for anyone who doesn’t want to worry about driving. 

Post # 9
503 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - Iowa

I can see/agree with some of the pp’s opinions, if you had a ton of optons to choose from, but when you live in a more rural area, you take what you can get.

My wedding was at a beautiful winery in the country, and was a 45 minute drive to the reception hall. There weren’t many options to choose from for the reception while having my dream venue for the ceremony.

A friend of mine did the same thing, with different venues.

Often times there is a break between the church wedding and reception anyways so is it really that big of a deal? Your hotel is close to the reception and that is most important, that the guests can get to the hotel easily after the reception.

If it is a big issue, think about maybe renting a bus to take guests to the ceremony and back? We had considered it, but in the end I don’t think it was a big deal at all.

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