(Closed) Is driving an hour to the reception reasonable?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I think it might be a little too far, you run the risk of having guests choose between the ceremony or reception, depending on their drive. Since it’s majority family, I would speak to a few key people and see what their opinions are on the drive. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I think it’s a bit far. What I’d you give the option of chartering a bus (people could chip in if they choose this option). Maybe people would feel more inclined to do this, as it still allows people to be together, and drink (if there’s booze) and not have to drive for several hours in the day. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m not sure, but that’s a ton of driving in one day for the people who’re already driving 4 hours to get to the ceremony.  I think the previous poster’s idea of speaking to some of your guests and getting their opinions is a good idea

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Honestly? That’s a lot of driving for one day for the out-of-towners. Especially considering that it’s the hottest month of the year in most places and anyone with a subpar AC will sweat through their nice wedding attire. BUT you should really decide by asking some of your guests and seeing what they think. If you’re worried about getting an honest answer, maybe have your mom or another family memeber ask. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

i also think it might be a little too far. it seems like your out of town guests would spend more time on the road that at your wedding. but as the previous poster said, ask your family and feel them out about it. if they don’t mind then you’re good to go 🙂

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

That’s a lot of driving, you risk having people either show up only to the wedding or only to the reception.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

If it is mostly family (and close family at that), you are probably okay. DH’s cousin got married 3-4 hours away (in rushhour traffic too!) and all of the family members showed up. We’ve also been Out of Town guests and drove about 3 hours and it was tough but she did an afternoon wedding so we weren’t stuck driving back to the hotel late at night, tired and sleepy in an unfamiliar area.

I would caution, however, having also been a July bride, that we had bumper-to-bumper traffic in July on a weekend with people heading to vacations/enjoying the summer. Perhaps this is different in Washington. The weather was also quite hot in July, but in Washington, that’s not as much of an issue.

However, for friends that are debating between their other summer plans and your out-of-the-way wedding, there’s a chance they will pick the other plans over yours because of the drive. That happened to both weddings we attended that had a lot of driving; the general turnout wasn’t “great”.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I would try to keep the distance between the ceremony and reception location to less than a half hour drive. I would shop around more for ceremony and reception locations and see if you can change one or the other to make them a little closer together.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I think that is too far.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

while i am all for having the ceremony and reception in two different venues i think an hour is a tad too far

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

It depends.. say theyre driving an hour west for the ceremony, do they then have to drive an hour west again for the reception, or do they have to drive back east (closer to where they came from)?

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I think that it’s too far to drive.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Its a little far.. is there a hotel near by guest can stay at?

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