(Closed) Need help selecting ceremony site!

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: Where should I have my wedding ceremony
    Parents Church (20-25 minutes away from reception site, but meaningful) : (26 votes)
    79 %
    Local area church (close to the reception site, maybe 10 minutes away, but not a member) : (2 votes)
    6 %
    Reception site (outdoor locations only for ceremony, no privacy from rest of resort) : (5 votes)
    15 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

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    Post # 4
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I say have it at your Parent’s church. It has special meaning to your family and most people won’t be annoyed with having to drive there and back. Make sure you some good maps (with alternate routes, I know how bad traffic can be here) and ask some friends to offer rides to some people that might not want to drive alone.

    Post # 6
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Perhaps investigate the cost of the churches that are closer and see if you could have the minister from your parents church officiate there?

    Post # 7
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    I said the closer church. In our area it is not at all uncommon for churches to allow a different officiant to do the ceremony, so I think it’s definitely a possibility you hsould look into.

    Post # 9
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I’d go for your parents’ church.  It is someplace you are already comfortable with, the officiant is comfortable with, and it holds meaning to you and your family.  I’ve had to drive farther than that to go from a ceremony to a reception, and honestly I didn’t mind!!

    Post # 10
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I think the drive is totally worth it. People can handle it–the distance from reception to hotel for guests is most important.

    Post # 11
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    First off, I’m in NOVA too do you mind PMing me the reception location? I’ve just started looking and I’m overwhelmed by prices/locations!

    And to your issue: How many out of town guests will you have? Will people have to rent cars/taxi if transportation isn’t provided? If there aren’t many people from out of town, or you can offer transport I would  definitely do it at your parent’s church. I’ve done this as an out of town guest and it’s not really a huge deal!

    Post # 12
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    @Taylor4: Not to threadjack, but if you are looking for a great place for a small wedding (less than 80, think 50-60 comfortablly), try 2941 Restaurant in Falls Church. I had my wedding there and just went back last night. The food is awesome- 5 star and the waterfalls and koi ponds are beautiful.

    Post # 13
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Have it at your parents’ church. 25 minutes is not a long drive at all, especially if you provide a shuttle. They say the reception is about the guests and the ceremony is about the couple, so have your ceremony wherever you want 🙂

    Post # 16
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I was also in a similar situation. My Fiance & I had originally picked a Venue to get married at that did it ALL…Ceremony,Reception & everything that goes along w/ it. Then I realized my Mom was dissappointed that we weren’t getting married at our family Church…my Mom & Dad also were married at this Church. So we changed our minds & decided to go w/ the Church & the Reception is about a 15 min drive from the Church. So if means alot to you to go to your family Church..then do it!! The ppl that are attending care about you & I don’t think they will mind the extra driving! I know the big factor in me changing my mind was thinking about looking back when we are older & being able to say…”Yep, I got married in the Church my Mother & Father got married in!” Good luck on deciding!

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