(Closed) wedding ceremony and reception in different places???

posted 13 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
80 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

the link isn’t there

Post # 5
1652 posts
Bumble bee

Your post didn’t link in the websites, I think you intended to put in.

But  I would say there isn’t a problem with having ceremony and reception in two different places.  Most people who have a church ceremony will have a reception someplace else.  I think if you give them notice in the invitations, no problem.  So no, it isn’t rude to ask them to drive to the reception.  And 15 minutes is not that far away.

Oh, got the picture…  That’s a beautiful place.

Post # 7
398 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think that is totally fine! A lot of people have the ceremony one place (ex: church) and the reception another place. I’m doing that!

Our ceremony is on the beach at the hotel where everyone is staying and we are renting trolley’s to take everyone to the reception site and back (destination wedding and open bar so this is a must in our minds!). Are you getting a block of rooms at the hotel? Your guests may actually really like that!

Post # 8
1315 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Like the other posters said- it fine to have the ceremony and reception at different sites.  I had my ceremony in a church and the reception at a lodge.   Friends have had the ceremony in a park and the reception at a country club- so church ceremonies aren’t the only ones!

Post # 9
282 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

Wow…your ceremony place is GORGEOUS!

Most people have their ceremony at a church, then move their reception to a hall or a catered place. I did that, and it was about a 15-20 minute drive. It’s nice that you’re having it at a hotel too so that you can book a block of rooms for your guests at a discounted price. So even though they drive to your reception place, no one has to drink and drive elsewhere…they can just stay at the hotel!

Post # 10
138 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

So pretty!

I think its totally acceptable and am doing the same thing. Our ceremony is at a historic site whose rules are too strict for our reception and not really big enough, so we planned a reception elsewhere. I just think it’s really important that if you’re not providing the transportation between locations (which we aren’t) that you have very specific directions to hand out at the ceremony to make it as easy as possible to get there.

Post # 11
1172 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I actually have never been to a wedding that had the ceremony and the reception at the SAME place. I will be attendind my first same venue place in a month!

I think it is absolutely fine! If you are concerned that guests won’t like to relocate you could always rent a trolley or shuttle to get guests to and from.

Post # 12
3686 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Eh, we’re doing the ceremony and reception in two different places.  We put up directions and maps on our wedding website, and I printed off some copies to hand out at the ceremony.  I think that having two separate locations is a really common thing, and I doubt anyone will even think twice about it.  Good luck!

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