(Closed) Walking distance between Ceremony & Reception

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I personally wouldn’t mind an 8-10 minute walk in heels unless we are talking very uneven terrain (e.g. cobblestone) or uphill/downhill. If it is level and smooth without big gaping potholes/cracks in the sidewalk, I think it is reasonable. Is it going to be very cold, windy or hot?

Do you have people from out of town? I would consider giving them a head’s up (e.g. weddding website) to perhaps park in the second lot rather than the first lot. If you have a wedding that goes until later at night, I would prefer to exit the venue and be at my car versus exit the venue and walking the 4 blocks back to my car. The amount of walking would be the same in the grand scheme of things.

Post # 4
11272 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

my first concern was for the elderly, women in heels and the weather.

i would look into renting some minivans to shuttle people to the reception.  how many guests are you expecting?  the minivan could make a few trips if it’s not far.  do you know someone with a minivan that could shuttle people?

Post # 5
7173 posts
Busy Beekeeper

What’s the actual distance and do people have the option of moving their car if they don’t want to walk?  I know you said it is downtown, but are there parking options closer to the reception site (if guests REALLY don’t want to walk)

I went to a wedding like this – we walked from the church to the reception site (it was a 0.4 mile walk) and I was in heels and it wasn’t a big deal at all.  It was much more convenient than moving the car.

Post # 8
1 posts

Just a thought…

I attended a friends wedding in London that had a 15 minute walk from church to reception. They asked me to play my saxophone as a ‘pied piper’ to lead the guests to reception. It was great link . It kept up a celebration feeling between the two locations and the guests felt part of the procession, rather than drifting from one place to another.


They enjoyed it so much they’ve encouraged me to offer it to other wedding parties. Could this be an option for you (not me, someone more local!)?

Post # 9
2335 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

First, I’m assuming this is a good part of Baltimore.  Is so, 4 blocks isn’t a big deal as long as isn’t not raining or cold.  Defintely have a back-up plan for the weather.  Mrs. Turkey (blogger bee) walked from her venues, maybe ask her about her plan.

Why not make the walk a celebration- kind of like a second line in New Orleans weddings?  You could give guests bells and ribbons and they could wave them as you walk to the reception site.

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