(Closed) how far is too far??

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
952 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We’re getting married and having our reception at the same place, so I can’t really comment on the aspect, b ut as a wedding guest, an hour between ceremony and reception location would be too much for me.

Post # 4
14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Kind of….you could have a lot of family taht travels to the church, then back to the reception, etc. You’ll probably get a lot of people that go to one or the other though.

My SIL’s wedding was about 30 minutes from her reception. But there was also a 3 hour gap. An hour is a long way tho. Too long.

Post # 5
1205 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Yeah, I’d say try to keep it within a half hour, especially in that area there’s a lot of traffic, problems parking, etc. I’d also say that the more out of town guests you have, the better it is to keep it simple.

Post # 6
3162 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

What’s your transportation situation? Do you have a lot of Out of Town guests? Where would people be staying? I would think people would want to stay closer to the reception, in which case they would be driving an hour (let’s factor in traffic – there’s always traffic) to your ceremony and then another hour back to get to the reception…

I hate to say it but I do think that is too much. I wouldn’t go over a half hour away, even that I think is a lot.

Post # 8
2634 posts
Sugar bee

I personally think that is too far and I’d do everything I could to avoid that much travel for your guests.  I’m concerned about my wedding and the reception site is only about 10 minutes away from the ceremony site.

Post # 9
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

Another thing to consider is the likelihood of your guests getting lost.  I recently went to a wedding where it was a good 30-45 min drive in between and there were a lot of people who took wrong turns-even when they were “following” their GPS directions.  If you have a lot of people who aren’t familiar with the area, it’s best to keep them relatively close together. 

Post # 10
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I was in the house party of a wedding that the ceremony took place in Austin and the reception was an 1 away.  So that meant that guests had to drive an 1 to somewhere else plus wait 30 minutes for the Bride/Groom to take pictures.  We were starving by the time they got there and we were all bored.  There wasn’t any music, slideshow or anything to help pass the time.

So if you can avoid having guests drive more the 20 minutes I would do so.  And if you do make them drive keep in mind you will be 20-30 minutes behind them because of pictures!

Post # 11
7174 posts
Busy Beekeeper

Yes, I think it’s a little too far.  I’m trying to keep mine within a 10 minute drive radius.  FI wants to do the ceremony and reception at the same place – that’s how much he detests driving between locations.

Personally, I think between 15-20 minutes is reasonable though.

Post # 12
2681 posts
Sugar bee

 Mine was at the same site – I think you should try to keep it to 30-40 minutes you should be ok.  Any longer than that is a little irritating, especially for people driving home late at night.

Post # 13
63 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Anything over a half hour is definitely too long. If you really love a reception site that is farther away I would definitely reccommend buses or some type of transportation for guests to get to and from the reception

Post # 14
853 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

An hour is a little far. where do most of your guests stay? how long would it be for them to get home at the end of the night? (is it 1/2 an hour to the church, then another 1 hr to the reception, so they’re driving back 1.5 hours at the end?)

will you be coordinating transport between the two locations?

Post # 15
22 posts
  • Wedding: August 2009

Hey if they love you and are close to you they will go the distance.  I live in Chicago and getting married there and our reception is about 45mins away.  I understand it’s far but it such a beautiful location and the majority of my family live about half to the reception site.  We have two and a half hours until we eat so we are doing tray passed apps to keep our family and friends for starving.  Also I’ve heard people rent trollys to take their guests to the hall.  The only down fall might be people won’t go to the ceremony, which for me is the most important part.  We are also blocking some rooms off at a hotel close by.  Don’t worry about the distance, people will get there and once they do they will enjoy it!!! 

Post # 16
279 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010 - Victorian Gardens of Two Sisters

My cousin got marred in a church in Brentwood, CA and her reception was in Valencia.  It was about a 40 minute drive with traffic.  I’m not 100% sure, but I think there were two hours between her ceremony and reception.  It gave everyone enough time for travel, to refresh or check into their hotel and get to the reception site.

I think it’s completely doable!  Just let people know ahead of time, and make sure directions are readily available.  Maybe you can include a little map in your programs (if you’re doing them) for the people who may forget the inclosures of their invites.

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