(Closed) How Far Would You Travel For A Wedding/Vow Renewal?

posted 7 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: How Far Would You Travel For A Wedding/Vow Renewal If You Weren't Staying Overnight?

    30 minutes or less.

    1 hour.

    Over an hour.

    Obligatory Other.

  • Post # 32
    1160 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Seeing as you aren’t throwing a party or anything like that I wouldn’t travel more than 30 mins. It all depends on the kind of event I think.

    It sounds relatively laid back, so I wouldn’t be invested. If you were throwing a large wedding-like bash I would travel about an hour, but if it was a milestone anniversary (hey, 10 years defs counts! :P) I would travel however far (same for a wedding, no limits so long as I can afford it!)

    If you were worried about if they will travel that far, you could always include other activities (are you doing a big dinner? A drunken atmosphere isn’t always neccessary, but many would possibly appreciate accessibility of alcohol during your event/celebrations?)

    Good luck, you know the important ones will always travel for you, especially if the mothers have been hanging out to have a weddingy event 😉

    Post # 35
    9209 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

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    @PositiveThinking:  I wasn’t trying to turn it into that. I just got the feeling that you were not doing it for yourselves but for other people which I would advise against.

    Post # 36
    1007 posts
    Bumble bee

    For a vow renewal I would probably travel up to 45 minutes each way.  For a wedding I would travel up to 2 hours each way.  The only reason that I am differentiating between the two is because your poll asks “How far would you travel for a wedding/vow renewal?”, and my answer for the two is different.  I am definitely not saying that you shouldn’t have a vow renewal!

    Post # 37
    535 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

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    @PositiveThinking:  If I wanted to trash your vow renewal, I would have told you what I thought about them. You asked “how far would you travel for a wedding/vow renewal” and I answered. To me, an anniversary party isn’t as big of a deal as a wedding, so I’d be less inclined to drive more than an hour or so. If it were your actual wedding, I’d be willing to drive farther.

    Post # 38
    6432 posts
    Bee Keeper

    @PositiveThinking:  I’d travel up to 3 hours each way for a close friend/family member, and up to 1.5 hours each way for someone I wasn’t so close to; it really wouldn’t bother me.

    I mean, I travel into London frequently to see friends, and door-to-door it’s over an hour; and that’s just for a couple of casual drinks. So for a wedding, to me that’s no big deal.

    Post # 39
    2022 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @PositiveThinking:  I have travelled hours for weddings.  Of course it depends on how close I am to the couple but an hour is nothing to me. 

    Post # 40
    263 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

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    @PositiveThinking:  Hi! So, i just want to reassure you that there are those of us who completely understand what you’re doing and why. We’re getting married in Florida in a very small wedding in order for me to get my visa organised before my student visa runs out- i know, super romantic ;P. As a result, we haven’t invited a bunch of my extended family, and no friends (i’m from Australia, so we couldn’t justify asking people to fly for 30 hours for a small, intimate, brief wedding- not to mention the cost of travel and accomodation). This pissed a lot of people off as they wanted to travel to see us – family will travel as far as necessary for weddings i find. 

    I’m also curious about how far people will travel for a vow renewal as we are delaying our honeymoon until we can take a significant chunk of time off (and i am allowed to travel, which may take some time getting approval at the moment)- so, 6 months, and spend 6 weeks in australia, where we will be doing a vow renewal/reception for my family and friends. Everyone except my extended family (so, my friends and special people etc) aren’t super happy with this idea, but it is what we have decided to do. I have a gorgeous venue in mind thats about an hour away also, so i’d hope people would be ok to travel that far. 


    Anyway, just my situation, i guess I didnt help that much, but just know you’re not alone! I’m always worrying if we’re crazy and know how nice it is to have someone understand. 🙂 

    Post # 41
    3723 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @PositiveThinking:  I drive over an hour to go shopping. One hour to 1.5 hours is not excessive unless the wedding runs into the wee hours or you are 80 years old.

    Post # 43
    11533 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    Well, my DH and I have traveled three hours in each direction (making a six-hour, round trip) in one afternoon/evening for a friend’s wedding.

    Post # 44
    508 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I’d definitely go an hour, but anything more than 30mins I’d want a hotel so I could drink!! (would taxi if closer) But would be happy to organise my own.


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