Post # 1
Our current plan is to have our Ceremony at an outdoor location that is about a 8-10 minute walk from the Reception site. It is a straight shot down the same street, and they are four blocks apart.
What do you bees think? Do we have to provide some sort of shuttle? Is it too far to make people walk? Driving between the two is less of an option for the guests because both venues are in downtown Baltimore, and reparking in two different city lots is less than ideal.
We do not have too many elderly folks coming, and we will be providing cabs for the few that are. Mostly I’m worried about the gals in heels, but we’ve noted the walking distance on the invites, so hopefully they’ll come prepared.
Post # 3
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
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
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 # 6
Thanks for the input! The wedding is in mid-October, which is the most pleasant time of year here in the Mid-Atlantic. The one concern, of course, is always rain.
@lilbluebird: It is level terrain – all sidewalks – and it’s kind of a pretty walk through the city as well – cute shops on each side. That is a good idea about having people park closer to the reception site, rather than the ceremony site. The reception site is also about a 6 minute walk from the hotel we are using. (It goes Ceremony, Reception, Hotel, north to south along the same street, with 3-4 blocks in between each, but the hotel has a free shuttle that can take people to the Ceremony).
@mypinkshoes: I will look into the price of renting a shuttle, the problem is that there is often a 3 hour minimum, and we’d really only need it for the short distance/time.
Post # 7
@oracle The distance is 0.4 miles. It didn’t seem like that big of a distance to me, but when I spoke to the caterer, she said it would be a lot to worry about and that we should consider having the ceremony at the reception site (especially because we prefer the reception venue to the ceremony indoor space if there ends up being rain.) The whole idea was to have the ceremony outdoors though, and there is no outdoor space at our reception venue. There is a parking lot by each venue, but I do feel bad making people repay/repark.
Post # 8
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
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.