Post # 1
Hello all, I need your help. I am afraid I am too into the wedding planning process to be objective and would love to hear your unbiased opinion.
My Fiance and I will be getting married on a lake. Both our reception place and the ceremony place are on the lake, but about 45 minutes apart. We were planning on having a meeting point at the reception in the afternoon, then all take a bus together to the ceremony, and then go back to the reception place for dinner.
We are now considering to move the ceremony to a different and closer place. If we manage to do that, the driving time would be reduced to 15 minutes. This also means that we could consider renting a boat to get us all there (it would take 30 minutes).
Here are the pros and cons the two ceremony locations:
OPTION A: Castle with view on the lake. Ceremony on the terrace of the tower.
Pros: The location is amazing, and the surrounding town is very pictoresque.
Cons: It’ll take 45 minutes by bus and there is a short uphill walk to get to the castle.
OPTION B: Lemon Garden of Villa. Near the lake, but no view
Pros: It’s closer to the reception place and we could rent a boat to get there. It’s also more accessible.
Cons: It’s very beautiful, but not as spectacular as the first location.
What do you think? Which option would you prefer as a guest?
And in any case, do you think 45 minutes either way by bus is acceptable or way too much?
Thank you in advance for your advice, it’s much needed!!
Post # 3
I think there’s a couple things to look at. Do you have any handicapped/hard of walking guests? Both options seem pretty difficult for them. Is the second option available by car as well? Some people aren’t comfortable in boats, can’t swim, etc.
Post # 4
@afbacher: Good points! Both locations are accessible by car, but the second one is definitely easier to reach than the first one.
As for guests that don’t feel comfortable in boats, this might be an issue.. I have no idea if any of our guests have issues with boats! We could organize it to have a couple of cars in stand by just in case…
Post # 5
Another thing to consider is the weather. Do you have a second option at each venue if the weather is rainy, super windy, etc? If so, what does that option look like? Also, you might want to consider this for transportation issues as well. I don’t know that I’d want to be on a boat in a storm.
Do you have pics of the venues to share with the Bees?
Post # 6
@Lexsy:Both options are tricky. i can understand not wanting to be on a boat inthe rain, I would not want to be on a bus for 45 minutes either. The hills pose a problem as well.
Post # 7
I think pictures would help too but without pictures I would pick Option B. I think being closer and more accessible brought me to this conclusion.
Post # 8
Thank you all for your comments! I have added some pics now so that you can visualize the place better.
Both ceremony locations have an indoor option if the weather is not nice. My major concerns are that I want the guests to be comfortable (so maybe 45 minutes is too much) and the weather if we go by boat (this option is still very much in the early planning stages, your input is useful to even determine if it’s an interesting option).
OPTION A: Castle (less accessible option)
OPTION A: View from Castle
OPTION B: Lemon Garden in front of villa (more accessible option)
OPTION 2: Inside Lemon Garden (best pic I could find)
Do these pics change or confirm your opinion?
Post # 9
Honestly, I think 45 minutes either direction is too far. Take the Italian traffic into consideration and it could easily be an hour either direction. It’s too long to travel for a 30 minute ceremony.
I’d either keep looking for a closer option or go for the lemon garden (which sound adorable). Is there no ceremony location at your reception venue?
Post # 10
@Lexsy – Thanks for responding. Such a tough decision. As much as I love the castle, I think I’ll have to go with the lemon garden. The garden will be beautiful with your extra touches. Best wishes!!
Post # 11
@melisslp: Thanx for your wishes and advice! Much appreciated…
@The Unsuspecting Bride: At the reception location we could have a symbolic ceremony, but I want the real thing 🙂 In both other locations it will be a legal civil ceremony. I see what you mean with the traffic – and the more drive there is, the more the chances of something going wrong!