(Closed) Is a 1 hr drive for ALL guests ( including me!) too far?

posted 7 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
1446 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m doing this….my venue is an hour and a half away and so beautiful and affordable! I said screw it, I would never get a place like this closer to the city we live in within my budget, so I guess we’ll see how it turns out. I’m worried about forgetting somethng important on the wedding day and having to drive back to get it!

Post # 4
46646 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

It takes that amount of time to get across many major cities! No, it is not too long.

People can remember to have  a designated driver or get a hotel nearby if they plan to indulge.

Post # 5
165 posts
Blushing bee

No I don’t think so! Infact the majority of weddings I have been to have been longer of a drive! Including one where all of my family members were forced to drive 5+ hours, and 2+ hours. And the fact that it is in between both families makes it fair!

Post # 6
45 posts
  • Wedding: August 2012

I don’t know if this is in your budget, but how about chartering a bus for your guests? That way you get your beautiful venue, and the guests can enjoy the party without worrying about the drive back.

Post # 9
46646 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

If you love it, either book now or ask them to give you right of first refusal.

 That means that if anyone else wants to book that date,they will call you first and you have to secure the date with a deposit right away or they will give that date to someone else.

Not all venues will do this.

Post # 11
14 posts
  • Wedding: November 2012

Can I ask what the name of your venue is? I am doing the exact same thing because we have family from NJ and PA so we met in the middle.

I think this is a very reasonable drive for a wedding, and we are also having hotel accommodations so that if people are too tired or have been drinking then they can stay the night.

I think if you are certain this place is where you want to have your wedding, no date is too early!!

Post # 13
2031 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

No!  Around here a very popular spot to get married is in Lake George, which is about an hour away from everyone I know, and further for some!  We’ve all gone without complaints, and never had an issue.  I think in your case your guests will appreciate that half won’t be driving 3 hours…you’ve made if fair for everyone.  And if you love it then go for it!

Post # 14
11166 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

Our venue is two hours away and it is amazing. I have arranged for rooming blocks at local hotels and have advised everyone of the distance. For the right venue accomodations can be made by the guests so no I don’t think an hour is too far.

As for booking too soon, is there really such a thing? I recently learned that my venue is booked solid through 2013 so in all honesty the sooner the better.

Post # 15
842 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We’re making our guests all drive around 3 hours, unfortunately.  We’re having the wedding in my hometown, which happens to be equidistant for all of our extended family.  Pretty much everyone will have a 2.5-3 hour drive (including us) except for my parents and brother. 

As for booking early – the only thing I would say, and this goes for EVERY decision during a long engagement, is that you just need to be sure about it if you’re going to do it 2 years in advance.  Do you think you’ll regret it in a few months, or even a year?  If you love the place and can’t imagine going anywhere else, then go for it. 

Post # 16
99 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@imalittlebirdie: Ha I could have written this post! Tho we’re a bit farther south in Bucks County, it’s the same situation! (Philly and north Jersey were both too far and too expensive).

We’re asking everyone to drive an hour and well, there really was no better option for us. We haven’t gotten a single complaint, but everyone wants to know if we’re having a shuttle from the reception back to the hotel (we are) since they’re unfamiliar with the area. I also agree with @Treejewel19: around here, venues and vendors are already booking into 2014!

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