(Closed) Is it okay…

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
721 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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
1254 posts
Bumble bee

Is that 20 minutes with Friday rush hour traffic or 20 minutes no traffic? If the former, that should be fine.

Post # 5
183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
4001 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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
3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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
1328 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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
177 posts
Blushing bee

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
140 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

That’s sounds fine I’ve been to many wedding wher the drive to the reception has been 20 minutes plus!

Post # 11
5670 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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 # 15
1752 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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
1465 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

20 mins is normal and fine. 45 mins or longer is considered too far.

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