(Closed) How far is too far for ceremony and reception?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Roughly how many minutes apart are the venue and church?

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I wouldn’t go further than Woodbridge in you go into Virginia, probbaly no further than PG County for Maryland.  I think anything over a ~30 minute drive is too much, personally, but you can get to Woodbridge in 30 minutes even with some traffic.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

If most of your guests are coming from VA, I’d have the reception closer to home for them– that way they’re not making the longest drive at the end of the night.  I woudl reccomend no more than a 30 min drive between the two though– also, since it sounds like your event wont be “local” for many of your guests you don’t want to have too long of a gap with nothing for them to do between the ceremony & reception because they’ll get bored and want to go home instead. 

Another option would be to do a smaller/more intimate ceremony guest list, then invite everyone else to just the reception part. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

I think it depends on your guestlist. people with small children, older relitives and those who do not have reliable transportation would probably find it a huge hinderance to travel more than a 20 or so minuet drive. I was recently at a wedding that was a 35 minuet drive away from the church, it was beautiful, but it was a huge hassle for many of the guests who had to keep a child quiet, get them back in the car for another half hour etc. I am not a parent, we were fine, but it is something to consider. Is there a way to get your venue closer to where they are staying? on the way home prehaps? 

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

If you keep the drive time between venue/ceremony less than an hour, you should be okay-most people living in NOVA are used to long commutes. Half an hour would be better, though.

How long of a gap are you talking about? If you had a 10am ceremony, and a 5pm reception, most guests would go home/do other things in between. The farther out from DC you get, the better venue pricing you’ll probably get- friends of mine from Arlington got married in Bel Air, Md. since it was a third of the price.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I wouldn’t want to drive more than half an hour to a reception.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@serendipitywedding2014:  Could you arrange for a tour of DC during the afternoon so that guests have something to do?  I think you can reserve those tourist buses for a large group of people.

If you don’t mind, why 10am?  That seems super early to me unless you’re wanting a brunch reception (which you’re not, right?).

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