(Closed) Driving Between Ceremony and Reception

posted 5 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Is it tacky to ask guests to drive from the ceremony to the reception?

    Yes! You're the host and you should make the event convenient for your guests.

    Not at all. You're putting a lot of money into the event and should have the locations you dream of!

    It's only OK if you provide transportation assistance.

  • Post # 2
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

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    bluehydra:  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 # 4
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2025

    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 # 6
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    Blushing bee

    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
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    Busy bee
    • 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
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    Buzzing bee

    10 minutes is nothing. Neither is 20. Go on and book.

    Post # 9
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    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
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    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
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    Bumble bee

    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.

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