Post # 1
Hello Lovely Bees!
The fiance and I have picked our date (9-10-11), the dress, the tux, the flowers, the rings, the invites, and the ceremony location. We are stumped as to a reception location. =/ We will be getting married outdoors on a farm about 30 minutes from where we live. The debate is whether or not we should have an outdoor reception or book somewhere for the reception and a back-up rain location. It looks like our options for potential indoor reception locations are either 15 minutes from the ceremony (and about 15 minutes further from where we and most of our guests live) or a site here in town (30 minutes away from the ceremony site). What do you ladies think? Further away or closer to home?
Post # 3
Depends on a couple of things….is it normal in your area to drive 30- 45 min to an event? If so, then just have it in the place you like best. If your guests are balking at having to drive 30 min to your ceremony, then I would have it back in your hometown. Also, what about your guests drinking at the reception? Are you concerned about them driving home afterwards? If you have it in-town, can you arrange a group bus or are there at least taxi’s if needed?
Post # 4
I dreamed of an outdoor wedding my whole life. I knew for sure it was what I wanted, but when I was actually engaged I luckily realized very quickly that having an outdoor wedding would turn me into a stressed out nut job. I literally would be watching the weather every minute for weeks leading up to the wedding and would likely have an ulcer by the time it was all said and done. I know how worked up I get when they are predicting rain the night before a big ride I’ve been training my but off for goes – and thats peanuts compared to my wedding 🙂
I would say – if you are a more laid back type (and not getting married in April) it could work otherwise save the stress for all the other stuff that hits you leading up to a wedding.
Post # 5
I’m a tad confused.
Are you debating between having an outdoor reception AT you ceremony location vs having a reception elsewhere with an indoor backup?
We started venue searching with the intention of a outdoor reception. But towards the end we leaned more towards indoor reception. Logistically it’s A LOT easier! 🙂
Post # 6
oops, I did miss read that I apologize! So you are having outdoor ceramony and are debating a reception place? Surely a reception could work as a back up ceramony location right? I would absolutley have an indoor reception planned or at least a really good tent or something.
Post # 7
For me I would rather drive longer to the ceremony and be closer to home for the reception. At the end of the night, that’s a better option for me. So I would choose the in town indoor site.
You may be able to use that location for a ceremony back up as well if needed.
Post # 8
Thanks for the input, ladies! We live in a pretty rural area, so driving 30 minutes isn’t a huge deal, but I do think having the reception closer to home is a good idea.
The ceremony itself is going to be outdoors in the orchard on our family farm and we’re trying to decide between a country club venue (45 minutes from town) or a venue in our hometown.