(Closed) Too far from Ceremony to Reception? 30 min drive, 13 miles?

posted 4 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: is 30 min drive, 13 miles, too far from Ceremony to Reception?
    Yes - find somewhere closer : (24 votes)
    21 %
    No - that is reasonable : (79 votes)
    69 %
    Organise a bus : (11 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 3
    2955 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 1998

    @DeeWee:  I think it’s too far!!

    Post # 4
    579 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    @DeeWee:  If I was a close friend/family member of yours then I’d be happy to drive 30mins. anything more than 40mins is pushing it I think, but 30mins is fairly reasonable. 

    Post # 5
    9956 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Lol, maybe because I live in Canada where lots of things tend to be far apart… but 15 to 30 minutes is NOTHING in my book.

    My only concern would be in regards to Drinking at the Reception… so let me get this right… it is aprox 30 Minutes back to the Hotels ???

    All that means tho is that people might drink less, or leave a tad earlier, if you aren’t providing transportation.

    Hope this helps,


    Post # 6
    765 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I’ve never been a fan of people having to travel from ceremony to reception. The few weddings I’ve been to that did that–guests complained, and it was FAR less than

    Offering shuttle transport would help. But still, 30 minutes is a long travel time. Remember too that you’re going to have to pay extra for that half-hour for your photographer and other vendors, who won’t be taking any photos during that time. It’s kinda a waste of money.  

    Post # 7
    1755 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I thin half an hour is reasonable.  Realistically, you can’t pick a location that is 100% convenient for every last guest.  More than half an hour is pushing things but up to half an hour is fine in my book.

    Post # 8
    4049 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I live out west where things are spread out. 30 minutes isn’t a big drive to me. I know for others it is substantial. It depends on your region I guess. But no, I wouldn’t bat an eye at a 30 minute drive to the reception.

    Post # 9
    401 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @DeeWee:  Well, perhaps I’ve been living in Sydney too long, because that doesn’t seem too far to me lol

    I think as long as you organise transport for out-of-towners (bus), and there is a toilet and food/drink at the ceremony location, there will be nothing for people to complain about (unless they were already going to complain anyway!)

    Post # 10
    1082 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I think that is a fair distance, especially for people who don’t have transport.

    Post # 11
    686 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I hate driving so much.  30 minutes is kind of a lot…

    Post # 12
    293 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    I think that 30 min is fine! Mine is the same distance and we talked to people in FH family and they agreed it was fine as well. 

    Post # 13
    252 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Our reception is about 20 minutes from our church ceremony. Many of our guests live either near the church or the reception location.

    I think 30 minutes is okay. I would say that is the max, though. If the place is perfect for you, I think it’s okay.

    Post # 14
    2872 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I live in Los Angeles and it takes me 30 minutes to drive the five miles to work sooo… in the grand scheme of things that’s not very far. I wouldn’t love it; of course I’d prefer closer, but I’d suck it up without question.  I think it’s okay, but as PPs have said, if there are OOT guests without cars you will need to provide some sort of shuttle (there AND back)


    Post # 16
    158 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    It does sound far but I would do it without complaining.

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