Post # 1
Early February we booked all our vendors for our wedding over a 2 week period.
For our reception we chose a local restaurant with a small function room as we were looking for a small and initimate and something that didn’t scream wedding. On Friday 13th we were driving home and we got a call from the restaurant that they are closing in 2 weeks and they will be returning our deposit. They have no idea what the new owners will be doing with it.
Not wanting to risk waiting to find out we are on the lookout for a new reception. We are limited with options being its Spring and a popular time to get married. So far we have two restaurants but it would be a 40 minute drive between ceremony and reception but with a massive hotel across the road. At our old venue it was 20 minutes drive. I have emailed over venues closer to our ceremony and no luck on availabilities. There is 1 left that we are waiting to hear back from that’s close to our ceremony.
My fiance doesn’t think its that far but he loves to drive so doesn’t bother him.
A lot of guests would be coming up from Sydney so they may be put off with the drive between the ceremony and reception but At the same time I am trying my best with what’s out there.
Post # 2
I’m sorry this is happening it sucks :/
I just wanted to weigh in and say I think 40minutes will be fine, I’m in WA but I’ve gone to quite a few weddings with a 30-40 minute drive. Most of the drive is spent discussing the ceremony and it goes pretty quick. If you can supply a shuttle bus or organise a car pool though that could make it easier for your guests x
Post # 3
I would back up and rethink the whole set up. Why are you locked into a particular place for the ceremony? Try to find a setup that allows for the ceremony and reception to be close together, or better, at the same place. There are restaurants that will rent out a banquet room where a couple can do the ceremony and the reception in the same space. If it’s a small crowd, it shouldn’t be hard to make it work.
Post # 4
We have paid a deposit for the ceremony and we lose it if we cancel.
We have looked at options that hold both together but they are booked out on our date.
We are very limited with options with having our dogs at the ceremony which I spent a lot of time finding a place that would allow for 2 small dogs in the first place and we only allowed as the owners are pug people too.
Plus there is the other issue not all places will accomodate a DJ and Photo Booth thst my parents have already paid.
Post # 5
Maybe it’s cause I’m from Texas, but a 40 minute drive wouldn’t bother me at all. Good luck!
Post # 6
If i loved you enough to come to your wedding I wouldn’t even blink at a 40 minute drive! People will understand! I think it will be fine 🙂
Post # 7
why don’t you ask for the contact info for the new owners? If you show them your contract they might be willing to make the same deal for you, as that’s guaranteed business… Since your wedding is still this year they might not be planning any big changes by then, but could be worth the ask.
Post # 8
I’m so sorry OP. My venue cancelled my wedding date about a month ago so I know how it feels. My situation was different in that they had a glitch in their systems that double booked the room so we had to figure something else out.
A forty minute drive is really not bad at all. I wouldn’t rule those options out just because of that! Good luck and I’m sure it will all work out
Post # 9
Is the 40 min drive to reception venue taking them further from Sydney? And was the original venue drivable back to Sydney? I mean driving an extra 20 mins is not that bad as it doesn’t add to much to the trip. What I would do is check with your VIP’s/those you would miss if they didn’t attend and ask. Because we could all say no big deal but we aren’t your guests. pugmummy87 :
Post # 10
That’s unfortunate. I’ll tell you that as a guest, I wouldn’t drive 40 minutes to the reception, unless I was close with the bride or groom. Fingers crossed that the last one you’re waiting on will have availability. I would try to get the new owner’s contact information from the original restaurant, and get in touch with them and see what they can do.
Post # 11
As an Aussie, I certainly think 40min drive is easy enough for me. I’m quite used to driving long distances! Wouldn’t mind it at all so don’t stress, worse case scenario is that some people might just choose to go to either ceremony or reception.
Post # 12
I am an Aussie bee and I don’t think I’ve ever travelled less than 30mins to get to a wedding so 40mins would be nothing. Plus there is less traffic on weekends so not like it’s a peak hour drive.