(Closed) My dream venue is 1.5 hrs away, too far??

posted 6 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
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Helper bee

@Equine_Breeder: As far as the distance, i  think as long as you send out Save the Dates alerting future guests that your venue will be in that particular area, you shouldn’t have a problem! 

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

If there is a hotel near by, I would reserve a block of rooms. That way people can decide to stay closer or make the drive. Their choice 🙂

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I say send out STD’s as soon as you have the venue booked. Others say 6 months out. I think the more notice, the better (especially if many are coming from out of state).

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think as long as there is a hotel nearby you’re fine. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I posted something similar to this a while back. I was worried about making everyone drive the distance.  Everyone told me that its normal to drive 2-3 hours for a wedding. Our potential venues are both 2-2.5 hours away from where we live. It’s YOUR day, go with your dream venue!!! 🙂

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2000

1.5hrs is nothing!

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I turned down a beautiful venue because it was too far away. I didn’t want my guests having to travel to my state THEN drive for 1.5 to get to the wedding. I also didn’t feel like dealing with “I’m lost!” phone calls the day of the wedding or “OMG! I left the (fill in the blank with something important) at home! Can someone run and get it!?” 

My current venue is 20 minutes away from my house and right in the city center.

 

If you want the space, then notify people as much as possible and arm them with maps, directions, phone numbers.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’d do the drive! My friends got married north of Santa Barbara last year. I was living in LA- it took more than 2 hours… The brides lived in OC- 3+hours away.

We drove up Friday and stayed the night and had to drive back the night of the wedding because I needed to be somewhere early Sunday morning. It was no problem!

I recommend asking some of your potential guests/bridal party… Especially the extra fussy ones. See what they say.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Equine_Breeder:  This is almost word for word our wedding situation!  While I haven’t gotten much flack about the distance, ours is also 1.5 hours from our home and we are saving a ton of money by holding it there…plus we LoVe the site!  I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it at all, but I could be a little biased 😉  Considering that you’re about 7 months out from the wedding, I say go ahead and send the STD’s if you’re able to do so.  Bottom line: while the location may be slightly inconvenient for some people, the ones who truly love and care about you guys will make the extra effort to be there with you on your special day – especially given that you’re giving such a good heads up.  You said yourself that you love the space so do what YOU want!  It’s your day and those that matter the most will be there to share it with you.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I would be less concerned about the 1.5 hour drive and more concerned about it taking place on a Monday. For me that may be the deal breaker. Is there ample accommodation near the venue? That’s something to remember, as most people probably won’t want to drive 1.5 hours home after drinking.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I’m worried about the same thing. I’ve asked a few people on my invite list and they’ve also said that for your wedding, the people that love you will make it as long as they have ample notice. Your wedding seems far enough out that people can plan to take a day and half off to drive a few hours to see you get hitched. Hope it all goes well!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Wait, Texans are complaining about a 90 minute drive? Isn’t that just a trip to the grocery store for y’all? (I was born in Ft. Worth so I am allowed to make fun.)

I don’t think the location is an issue. Monday will be an issue for some people, but you’re on a tight budget, and I’m sure they understand that.

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