Post # 1
The church we picked and the venue we decided on are 20 minutes away from eachother. It is a friday wedding and I am wondering if that is going to be okay to have guests drive 20 minutes to the reception site?
Is that too long of a drive from point a to point b?
if so, what do i do if there really isn’t much around where we are having our wedding. Do i try a resturant or something? There aren’t any banquet halls around us but there are plenty of resturants and such.
oh and if you know any venues in the rockford mi area.. feel free to let me know 🙂
Post # 3
I don’t think that’s too long at all. Our venue is 15-20 minutes away as well. I think when you’re having a church ceremony (or even an outdoor ceremony at a separate location) guests expect a short drive between the two. Almost every wedding I’ve been to has had separate venues that distance apart.
Post # 4
Is that 20 minutes with Friday rush hour traffic or 20 minutes no traffic? If the former, that should be fine.
Post # 5
I think that’s fine, we’re doing the same. You might want to hire a coach, if you think the journey will be a problem, but it’s not expected.
Post # 6
I don’t think a 20 minute drive is bad at all. Assuming the majority of your guests are local. If you have out of towners, that may be a bit difficult, especially if they’re relying on someone for transportation. I went to a wedding ceremony that was an hour away from the reception. That was a lil annoying but still, I don’t remember actually complaining.
Post # 7
Where I live I feel like it takes 20 min to get anywhere so for me that doesn’t seem bad, regardless of what day its on. I was invited to a friday wedding that was 45 min away from me and then another 45 min from ceremony to reception…you should be fine.
Post # 8
It’s not bad at all =) For the ceremony venue we were looking at, it was about 45 minutes away. But we just decided to have it onsite at reception venue
Post # 9
I agree 20 minutes is no big deal, pending the traffic situation. You could do a group transport option if you’re worried. Pick everyone up at the reception site, bring them to the ceremony site and back.
20 minutes is the perfect amount of time for your guests to debrief how gorgeous you are to their significant others. 😀
Post # 10
That’s sounds fine I’ve been to many wedding wher the drive to the reception has been 20 minutes plus!
Post # 11
I hope that is okay. Ours is 30 mins apart. I know because of this that I may have more people not come to the church and go directly to the reception but I haven’t heard my guests mention anything about the distance between the two.
Post # 12
My Fiance cousin got married last october in Rockford, and we had to drive about 20 minutes to their reception from their ceremony. It was fine, we ended up waiting over a hour for them to show up due to pictures but anyways. The drive wasn’t bad. I mean it is your day, and I feel that if it is only 20 minutes that is fine. It takes me 20 minutes to drive to work each day, and I am ok with that, so why wouldn’t I be ok with driving that long to be with a family member or friend on their special day.
Where are you thinking of holding your reception? His cousins reception was beautiful, at Giovannis, I believe it was called? (It was last October so I am not sure)
Post # 13
okay that is so good to hear! my dad was worried that it would be too long of a drive and many people would choose between one or the other..
but seeing all of your replies makes me feel better about it. and it shouldn’t be in the middle of rush hour traffic. we haven’t completely figured out a time yet though.
we aren’t sure how late we should do it. There is a dress rehersal for the wedding on the next day after our wedding so we can’t do it too late.
what time is usually perfect for a friday wedding? I have never been to a friday wedding before. It was just a lot cheaper and we liked the date 🙂
Post # 14
we were thinking the Bluff banquet center. but I have never heard of there before. I will have to check that place out.
It turns out since I am not 18 yet that our contract isn’t technically liable yet. So.. we are double checking and making sure its really where we want to have it before we have one of our parents go in and make it liable (yes it kind of frustrates me. But what can i do? )
Post # 15
Our reception facility was about 35 mintues away from the church & we had about 2 hours in between. Not a single person complained.
Post # 16
20 mins is normal and fine. 45 mins or longer is considered too far.