Post # 1
I’m a brand new Bee and this is my first post! My head is swimming with how much there is to do. My biggest question as I get started is: Do you think it’s in poor taste to make guests drive between the ceremony location and the reception location? I have my heart set on a certain chapel and have looked and looked for a reception location in the immediate vicinity and just can’t find anything that a) I really like and b) is within our budget. I found another reception site, though, that I’m really excited about, but it would require that guests drive about 10 minutes. I’ve been to weddings like this before and know it’s a HUGE pain for attendees. But the alternative would be to sacrifice one of my ideal locations–what do you think??? We’re planning a small wedding of 50-75 close guests, so I might be able to provide transportation for *some* (like relatives who would have a hard time driving). However, our budget is small so I’m not even having a limo/car for myself, and I’m the bride. 🙂
Post # 2
I have never attended a wedding where transportation as provided between the ceremony and the reception venue. Your guests are not helpless. If they can get themselves to the ceremony, they can get themselves to the reception.
Post # 3
That made me LOL. Thank you for the reassurance I needed!! I think I’ve been way too concerned about what other people will think/want that I’m putting it way too far ahead of what I want.
Post # 4
10 minutes away is nothing. I would be unhappy as a guest if I had to drive a long way, like 30 minutes or more (and this has happened, and traffic made the event over one and a half hours late!), but 10 minutes, no biggie!
Post # 5
Thank you so much! It’s such a relief to be hearing this. I feel so much more flexibility with our venue options now!
Post # 6
I’ve been to several weddings with a 10-15 minute drive from the ceremony to the reception. I wouldn’t worry about it other than making sure someone is assigned to help any elderly relatives who may have a hard time. But I would assume they would have been brought to the ceremony location by someone, so that same someone should easily be able to also take them to the reception. Happy planning!
Post # 7
- Wedding: September 2016 - Blue Hound Farm
Honestly I think I prefer when they are at two separate locations. It’s a change of scenery and a much needed break normally. Plus, you can stop at a convenience store (that sounds really strange, but it’s honestly what I thought). The last wedding I attended was all in one spot and it felt very stale and monotonous. I would have loved an excuse to take a break in between the ceremony and reception
Post # 8
10 minutes is nothing. Neither is 20. Go on and book.
Post # 9
10 minutes? My guests had to do a 30 minute drive from our church to the reception venue. No one complained – it is what it is. Personally I would expect a drive between the two.
Post # 10
Driving 10 minutes is nothing, that is actually normal. I have had to drive 45 minutes, that was back before it became (somewhat) common to offer transportation for guests. But for 10 minutes, I wouldn’t even think about it.
Post # 11
10 minutes is nothing to worry about. If it were an hour or something, I would say be prepared for a lot of guests to actually skip the ceremony.