(Closed) How far away is your venue?

posted 11 years ago in Reception
  • poll: How far away is your venue from where you live?

    Under 30 minutes away

    30 - 60 minutes away

    Over 60 minutes away

    Destination wedding


  • Post # 16
    89 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Our wedding and reception venues are 18 miles apart and people are complaining about it.  The wedding is about 30 minutes from my hometown.  Oddly, my family complains about this but not FI’s family who are traveling 6+ hours to our wedding.

    Post # 17
    4211 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Our venue was 10 hours from where we live! So I consider that a destination wedding

    Post # 18
    3441 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    We actually had our reception in a different state than our ceremony. We live not too far from the border so it was only a 30 min drive. My Mother-In-Law went around telling everyone is was almost 3 hours away and put up a big thing and other people told me noone would come to my ceremony since they were in different locations.

    But the wedding turned out perfectly, we had only a 10% decline rate and had no no-shows. If you can try to block out the negative comments, people will be there to support you and your Fiance no matter what.

    Post # 19
    1557 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    We are the only ones from where we currently live attending the wedding, it is a 2.5 hour drive from our town (wedding in my partner’s home town).

    About 1/3 of our guests live in the same town as the wedding, and it will be a 15-20 minute drive for them. Some of my family live about 1.5 hours away from the wedding site and a few other family members will be flying in. So aside from a handful of guests everyone is Out of Town, including ourselves.



    I agree, I don’t think an hour is bad at all, especially if it is a trip to a city fromt he surrounding area.

    Post # 20
    1472 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Ours is 3 hours away. We used to live in Dallas and recently moved to a smaller town, but we’re getting married in Dallas to keep travel easy for our Out of Town guests. I also used to work at our venue, so that was definitely an added incentive in choosing where to get married!

    It can be sort of complicated planning things from a distance, but luckily we’re close enough we can come in every month or so for meetings and to take care of contracts.

    Post # 21
    1373 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    We are getting married about 90 minutes from where we live, and a 5-6 hour plane flight away from most of our guests.  So 20 miles seems like nothing.

    Traveling for weddings is pretty common in our group of friends since people are pretty spread out.  The closest I’ve ever had to travel was an hour drive and that was only because we were moving out to the area anyway so we bumped up our move a couple weeks to be here for the wedding.  The second closest was about an hour and forty minutes.  The rest were somewhere between 200 and 10,000 miles away. 

    Post # 22
    1412 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    Our ceremony and reception are being held in the same location. Which is in fact in a different state than I live and it is right at the border of the next state up lol. I live in Ohio, our venue is in WV and PA’s border is 2 min up from the exit. Talk about a Tri-state area lol. It will take local people 25min max to get to the venue and some out of state family 4 to 5 hrs. But, for the most part it’s all local and under a half hour driving distance.

    Post # 24
    1065 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Our venue is 45 minutes away from where FH and I live, but it is 15-20 minutes away from where the majority of our guests live.

    Post # 25
    3856 posts
    Honey bee

    We had a hometown wedding – meaning we got married where we grew up, not where we’re living now. It wasn’t destination though, because 70% of our guests live there (1/2 of my family, most of his family, some mutual friends, parents’ guests).

    It was about 20 minutes from my parents’ house and about 30 from his parents’ house.

    Post # 26
    5166 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Our ceremony venue is about 40 mins from where we live. and the reception is about 10 mins from the ceremony venue.

    Post # 27
    146 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    We chose our venue because it’s the most convienent for US.  It’s only sevearl miles away. 

    Post # 28
    7 posts
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @tntrav44: Whats sad is people are so worried about themselves and how convenient it is for them that they forget that the bride and groom are going out of their way to make it a magical night for everyone. 

    Do whatever you want to do. It’s your day and in the end the only thing that matters is that you’re married to the one you love

    Post # 29
    342 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I’m in the same situation as you are! And I thought I was the only one 🙂 I wanted my wedding in an oceanfront hotel or venue because there will be a lot of people coming in from out of state (groom’s family), and I really wanted to have a tropical wedding. My hometown does not have any oceanfront venues that we liked and there’s not a lot to do in the area either, so my fiance and I booked a hotel an hour and half away. There’s family that live closer, but some are far. I worried that they wouldn’t do the trip to go to our wedding, but at the same time I know that those that want to see me getting married, will be there.

    Post # 30
    744 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Ha, if it were me, I’d have put on my sweetest, most understanding face and said, “We completely understand if you can’t make it. We know not everyone likes to travel.”

    Seriously, it sounds like it totally makes sense in your situation to not have the wedding in the small town. Your family member can always choose not to come if she really hates traveling 60 minutes that much.

    As for us, our venue is about 10 minutes away from our home. Most of our family & friends can drive there in about 45 minutes or less, so that’s lucky for us!

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