Post # 1
We are about to book our venue, but I have also fallen in love with a particular chapel, however, the chapel is 17 miles away from the reception site…which seems like an awful lot to me.
What do you guys think? As guests would you totally hate driving so far from one place to another or is this acceptable?
Post # 3
I’ve gone that far, it was fine. I think as long as they can make it in 20-30min they should be fine.
Post # 4
It doesn’t sound unreasonable to me. Really, once you get in the car you might as well drive 20 minutes as 10 minutes, you know? I agree with emilyjen that as long as they can make it in 30 minutes or less it should be okay.
Post # 5
My reception site (a hotel) is 33 miles from the ceremony site (my church). It’s a bit of a drive, but once people arrive they will probably stay at the hotel. At my cousin’s wedding last fall the reception site was 45 minutes away. I’d say less than that and you are fine, especially if the reception site is near hotels for out of town guests.
Post # 6
My ceremony site was a good 25 minutes away from my reception site, but the hotels were all less than 5 minutes from the reception. I figured it worked out all right, especially since it was pretty much a straight shot down the highway from ceremony to reception.
Post # 7
a similar post was posted before so you may want to look at those comments too-
I think it depends- you don’t say where you are having the wedding- if it is So Cal 17 miles can take over an hour. . .
Post # 8
i think you fall into a good range.
my cousin got married 2 summer ago and her reception was nearly an hour away from the church. most guests made it and i heard no compaints or grumblings.
i’m the type of guest who wouldnt bat an eye at an hour or less drive.
my locations are pretty close, but the university’s home game has yet to announce what time it will be. the traffic from that game could easily make our venue which is only 3 miles away, as far as the next city over……….
sigh…….i can’tdo anything about that, so i’m not worrying.
Post # 9
I think you’re fine. What is more important to me as a guest is that there are clear, easy directions. 17 miles on a highway is a lot different than 17 miles down a winding, pitch-black single lane road with 5 poorly marked turns!
Post # 10
I personally don’t think 17 miles is that bad, but it depends on where you live. If you are expected alot of out of towners, I would take that into consideration.
Post # 11
We’re getting married in Louisville, Kentucky. About 20% of our guests will be from out of town…thanks so much for everyones response!
Post # 12
We really wanted to get married in our church but we live out in the country and haven’t found anything for a recption that we liked so we will be driving about an hour to get to Montreal…I fisrt I felt really bad (especially since some of our family will be starting out in Montreal to begin with!) but I’ve decided that it’s important to us to get married in that church and if the guest aren’t willing to dedicate they’re whole day to us then I don’t care. Worse come to worse they don’t come to the ceremony but I’m sure they will cuz it’s close family and they are used to visiting us out in the country all the time.