(Closed) How far would you drive for reception?

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I have driven 45 minutes to an hour (through saturday traffic) to get from the church to the ceremony. So I think that anything under that would be good.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Agreed.  I wouldn’t drive more than 45-60 minutes.

Post # 5
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Worker bee

I think that anything under an hour is reasonable.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2008

Ditto on the hour.  Most people would love for everything to be in one place, but we can’t all have that.  I’d say that everyone will be fine with the 30 mins.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I think that is  a perfect amount of time..I definitely would be happy with anything under and hour

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

In a big city, an hour is doable, considering you can be traffic forever and not go far.

I’d consider an hour too far in suburban / rural areas – 40 minutes would be my max in terms of convenience. BUT if there’s nothing in the area, a longer drive is understandable if the reception’s closer to a hotel, so in that case up to an hour would be fine. Just give people the head’s up about the time it’ll take.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

pick the venue that works for you – agree with the others that anything under an hour is great.  if it’s 30 mins or less, even better!

the only concern i would have would be return transport should any guests overindulge.  you may want to have some taxi numbers handy or a back-up plan if it is far from the reception to the hotel(s).

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

We drove almost an hour from ceremony to reception once (and it was an out of state wedding)… i think it’s ok, we’ll do what we can to be w/ our loved friends on their special day 🙂 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I would just have the hotel next to the reception venue, not the church.  People can drive 30 minutes from the hotel to the church for the wedding (they’ll be sober) – and then get in their car and drive another 30 minutes back to the hotel where they can hopefully cab it to the reception.  I would keep in mind that it is round trip – so people are driving an hour (not just 30 min).  To be honest, of the 20 weddings we’ve gone to in the past 2 years, none required more than a few minute drive, and one that we were invited to (but didn’t go because we had 2 weddings that day in different states) did have a 45 minute drive, and boy did we complain about it.  If it is avoidable, I wouldn’t do it.  I would like to have a few glasses of wine and not worry about driving 30+ minutes in a city I don’t know, at night, etc.  Can you arrange transportation between the hotel and reception venue?  I am using school busses – not fancy, but the price can’t be beat.

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