Post # 31
We got married in the city where we live, which is about 40 minutes away for his family, and two hours away for my family. I think his family grumbled a little more than mine did because they had to drive in to the city, and don’t like dealing with parking, etc., etc. My family always thought I would get married where we lived, and didn’t mind at all. Our wedding was a reflection of us.
Post # 32
Our venue is about 10 minutes from our house. 🙂
Post # 33
Our church and venue is an hour and half from where we live. That is where I grew up. However the actual church and venue from each other is like maybe 2 miles. Most of my side for the wedding will be from that same town now Fiance he is originally from a differ state so his side you are talking probably a 10 to 12 hour drive depending where they are coming from. So we don’t expect to many from his side to come
Post # 34
Fiance and I live in Los Angeles and are getting married in upstate NY – so its a trek. My family is scattered throughout the west coast and his lives on the east coast. He has a huge family and they are very tight knit. My family is very small and honestly some of them would complain about crossing the street. It just made more sense to have it back there. Plus the cost differential was insane – we can have a much nicer day for a fraction of the cost. I’ve gotten a few comments from my Dad about the travel, but I just ignore him. Our friends are all over the states now. So, someone will always have to travel. Just do what you want and ignore the complainers. It is not their wedding. If they want to foot the bill then they can have a say. I agree with Bubu62 – just say, I understand and we will fully understand if you can’t make it due to the 1 hour of travel time (I mean seriously – it’s an HOUR).
Post # 35
We live near DC, but had to get married in Massachusetts (since DC didn’t have same-sex marriage at the time). Then again, the guests were my brother and his wife from Oregon, my sister from southern Mexico, my ex-husband from DC and his sister from Massachusetts, one friend from Chicago, and three friends from DC. No matter where we had our ceremony, it was going to be a long trip for most of the guests.
Post # 36
I voted other. We are seriously like less than 5 minutes down the road.
Post # 37
Our venue is 45-60 minutes from our house and the same distance from the city where most of our guests will be coming from. We’ve made the drive a few times and I don’t think it’ll be a big deal at all!
Post # 38
We are having our ceremony in the main big city and then our reception is about a 15-20 minute drive away in the smaller city we live in.
We have had no complaints so far and are planning on starting the cocktails and nibbles straight after so the guests can go ahead to the reception straight from the ceremony if they want to.
Post # 39
@tntrav44: My ceremony and reception are literally a 1/2 mile away from each other, on the same exact road. That’s ok, but all the (safe) hotels are about 10ish miles away, which I know there’s nothing I can do but I feel it may not be as convienient. There are a lot of hotels around where I live, but not super close to the venue. I hope everyone is ok with that.
Post # 40
@7SEVENJ9: The complaint about having to cross state lines to get to your wedding amuses me. We live in the Maryland suburbs of DC. We end up constantly crossing state lines to or from either DC or Virginia. Seriously, folks, it’s not like they check passports at the border!
Post # 41
a 3 hour flight. i don’t consider it a dw because it’s a hometown wedding. it’s local for about half of our guests.
Post # 42
My venue is actually on the same road I live on 🙂 About a 5 minute drive, if that.
Post # 43
Our ceremony and reception venues are about 20 minutes away from where we live and only a couple minutes apart (:
Post # 44
Um I can’t believe people would even complain. it’s not their place to really say anything. It’s your wedding. why should you accomodate them? They don’t have to come.
Post # 45
Our venue is about 40 min from where I grew up. So half of the guests will be flying in from Out of Town. My in-state guests are all within a 30-40 min drive. It’s funny b/c when looking for venues, I took care to not pick something too far outside of the major city (i.e. airport for Out of Town guests). And I almost picked a closer venue (about 20 min closer) that I didn’t like as much b/c it was closer to the airport, hotels, and stuff to do. But I didn’t love the venue (and it was a bit more costly). MY Maid/Matron of Honor said I was being waaay too accommodating for guests. Driving an extra 20 min to the venue site and hotels is not that big of a deal. So I changed to the venue that I love!
Now I’m concerned that the hotels near venue aren’t “nice” enough, but at least they will be really cheap, so hopefully no one complains!