Post # 1
I’m having a lot of trouble finding a reception venue close to our ceremony site (our church). Being in a small southern town, our options for reception venues are lacking. We’re planning on at least 225 people, and everywhere we can find within 20 minutes holds at most 175 for standing (not seated).
I can possibly get one of a few different (and potentially amazing) sites about 30 minutes away, but I’m worried that will be too far for guests to travel.
What do you think? How far have you had to travel between sites?
Post # 3
The furthest I have travelled was 1 hr. from PA to NJ!! On the avg, I expect to travel about 15 to 30 min. so I think you’re okay.
I don’t mind the travelling so much, as long as there is no huge time gap in between. There was one wedding I went to where the locations were only 15 min apart, but we had about an hour and a half to kill. I’m sure they got nice photos, but that was horrible.
Post # 4
Don’t forget that some guests will decline.
The furthest I’ve had to travel was about 30 minutes. It was only an issue since the couple didn’t tell us the distance… it was more like, turn right when you see the red house 🙂
Post # 5
I think 30 minutes is okay…. but I wouldn’t want to go too far beyond that.
If the sites 30 minutes away are that much more amazing than the ones 20 minutes away, though, I’d say go for one of the further ones that you love more. It’s still not TOO far! And people will forget all about the drive if the reception is that much more amazing.
Also, if one of the further sites is a hotel where a lot of Out of Town guests could stay, you could always provide a shuttle from the hotel to the church and back to the hotel for the reception, if you want to save people the hassle of driving themselves.
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2007 - Ceremony at a cement and stained glass cathedral and reception at a boutique hotel ballroom
30 minutes is probably the furthest travel time that guests should travel between locations. i would definitely pick the 30 minute drive if it means having a seated over a standing reception. guests will appreciate being able to sit and they’ll probably linger around longer and feel more relaxed throughout the night.
Post # 7
30 minutes is fine for travel time. Maybe for guests’ convenience, you can find a hotel block closer to the reception site.
Post # 8
my guests are travelling probably closer to 40 mins. but there’s like a 3 hour gap between cocktail hour and end of the ceremony, so they’ll have to go and chillax somewhere anyway. but most of my guests are used to weddings being this way.
Post # 9
I went to a wedding where the ceremony was about 45 minutes from the reception and there was an hour and a half from the end of the ceremony to the start of the reception. I was a little frustrated because the ceremony was only about 20 minutes long and totally cookie cutter, and the hotel was right near the reception. This means we drove 45 minutes out and 45 minutes back to spend 20 in the synagogue. It wasn’t too big a deal though and I would do it again if invited to a wedding with a similar plan. One thing I will say is that quite a few guests skipped the ceremony (I guess due to distance) so keep that in mind when selecting a hotel location.