(Closed) How far is too far??

posted 9 years ago in Reception
  • poll: How far away was/is your ceremony and reception from your house/where most of your guests are from?
    less than an hour : (39 votes)
    48 %
    1-2 hours : (18 votes)
    22 %
    over 2 hours : (24 votes)
    30 %
  • Post # 17
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    156 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    i’m getting married an hour and half to two hours away from where my family lives. the way i see it, the people that care will make the trip regardless. i have traveled all over (including a trip to spain) for weddings and just look at them as vacations. it’s your wedding do what you want. 

    Post # 18
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    49 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    My reception/ceremony is about 15 minutes from my house and about 10 from my fiance’s mother’s house!:) It’s really close to everybody in town! 

    Post # 19
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    200 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    We’re getting married about 10 minutes from our house, but 90% of our guests will be from out of town — a few from halfway across the country, a few from all the way across the country, and the majority about four-hour drive away.  The hotels we recommended are all about 10 minutes away from the ceremony & reception site.  (The few local guests all live about 20 minutes to a half-hour from the site.)

    We figured that since everyone was going to have to travel anyway, we may as well make it convenient for us as we planned it.  I only had one guest complain about the cost, and while it hurt my feelings I basically just responded with, “Well, I hope you can make it!” and left it at that.

    Post # 21
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    134 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    We booked our locations near the beach about 15-30 minutes drive from our home (depending on traffic in OC).  We’re having an intimate affair & initially thought of having it in NorCal where 90% of our guests are from.  Things changed & we decided to have it down here.  They can surely drive 6-9 hours or fly down to SoCal (depending on traffic on the 5/405).  It’ll be a fun weekend get-together w/ those closest to us.  

    Post # 22
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    4581 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Our venue is 10 minutes from our house and I’d say within 1 – 2 hours for most of our guests, though we do have a good chunk of people coming from out of state.

    ETA: We just attended a wedding that was 1 hour away and we didn’t mind at all.

    Post # 24
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    887 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    We are getting married 20-50 minutes (depending on traffic) from our house but over 50% of our guests will have to fly in. I have also driven over an hour to get to a wedding. Sometimes it’s almost nicer to have it a little farther away so that you can justify getting a hotel room instead of having to drive back the same night. =)

     

    Post # 25
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    6392 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    First of all, I just have to say I hate the theory that if people want to be there, they will be. Sometimes things happen and stars collide and you have to miss a wedding!

    Secondly, I don’t think an hour is too bad if there’s sentimental value or if it’s cheaper for you or something. 

    Post # 26
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    1843 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I drove two hours for a wedding for a coworker that I wasn’t all that close to.  The only downside for having to drive that far is that you can’t really party and drink at the reception unless you plan on staying the night (which I didn’t want to do).

    I drove 3 hours to my nephew’s wedding and 5.5 hours to my brother’s wedding and stayed the night at both.

    It really depends how close the guests are to you and their financial situation on whether they can get a hotel room/pay for gas to travel.

    Post # 27
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    5993 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2010

    i voted 1hr but have attended a wedding where we had to drive 3hrs to get there

    as a guest i ask for the love of all things good please make the bride and groom leave at a reasonable hour – we had a 3hr drive home and the B&G were partying it up so much a few times we tried to apologize and leave (after 10pm), explaining we had to travel with his elderly parents and each time the B&G said they were leaving so please stay – yeah right, at 1am we gave up and left and they were still paryting

    Post # 28
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    611 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I wouldn’t worry about it–in my group of friends, everybody expects to travel–usually even fly–and it’s an unexpected bonus if you don’t. That’s partly because we’re in NYC, where almost everybody is actually FROM another part of the country and it’s exorbitantly expensive to get married here even if you wanted to–but people get it. I’ve never heard anybody complain.

    Post # 29
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    134 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @tjhasba34:  Yeah, that’s what we’re hoping for! mini-vacation.  We’re hoping most will be able to come down for a 3 day weekend.  I’ve been looking at different hotels in the area, but it’s expensive pretty much everywhere.  Undecided

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