Post # 1
I am not a normal poster, but I need some advice.
I recently began looking at potential venues for my reception as we plan to get married in the church (although we are not set on this). At this point I have visited 2 venues and was not very impressed with either of them..I am looking for something unique a small mansion or an estate. So I did some more research online and found this venue (http://www.mvmanor.com/)that from the pictures looks amazing!! It is about an hour and 20 mins from my house and church so I was skeptical about even inquiring. (I was secretly hoping it would be so far out of our budget that I couldn’t even consider it.) Well of course I sent out an e mail and received a response with prices and its CHEAPER than anything I’ve looked at to this point.
I’ve showed the Fiance and mother the website as well some professional pictures of another couples wedding and we are VERY interested in getting married here.
The problem is my mom is freaking out about how it’s too far away and how inconvenient it will be… mind you if we got married at a venue local to my home 65% of the guest would be Out of Town anyway.
So I guess I’m coming to you guys for your advice, and input anyone ever have a reception over an hour away from their home and how did it work out??
Post # 3
I have booked my ceremony and reception in 2 venues that are aprox an hour away from eachother! ALL of my guests will be Out of Town. There was nothing that compared to my reception venue that was any closer and our ceremony location is symbolic to us… I hope guests don’t mind but I plan on preparing them for the distance on our website
Post # 4
I think it would work fine. If your mom is really worried – you could talk about organzing carpooling or even rent a bus or something? As long as you plan the wedding day properly – it will be nice to have a long break and drive to the reception.
Post # 5
Our wedding was 45 minutes away. I felt bad for making people going that far, but it was our perfect place so we did it anyway, and it didn’t seem to stop people from coming.
I’ve been to a wedding that was 2 1/2 hours away from home, it was between the bride and groom’s families and where they met and went to school. We just made a weekend out of it, and again, everybody came and didn’t complain about it.
Post # 6
I think since it is the perfect location and the price is right, you can definitely make it work. Research some options (like the bus, cheap hotel rooms, offer to pay for her room if need be) and then come to your mom with all of your data and lay it out for her.
Also, visit the venue and see what other brides have done/ where they have stayed to get a better understanding of the logistics of having it there.
Post # 7
Thanks everyone for your feedback. Everyone had good suggestions, I’ll have to look into everything if we do indeed choose this venue. I never realized how hard this was going to be!!!
Post # 8
If you are not set on getting married at your church why don’t you consider doing both the wedding and reception at the place you found? I think it is much easier for guests to have the wedding and reception be within 20 minutes of each other or at the same location if possible. The venue looks great so I would research church options closer to it or just see if your local pastor would be willing to marry you outside of the church at the venue.
Post # 9
I agree with the PP, I would forgo the church ceremony and get married at the reception venue, if possible, or another nice location closer by.