(Closed) Wedding reception about 22 miles from the church?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll:
    that's totally fine : (19 votes)
    63 %
    no that's unacceptable : (11 votes)
    37 %
  • Post # 3
    2488 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    ours was about this long and it created some problems.

    My grandma actually missed the processional beaucse she was doing last minute touches at the reception place and then with the distance we just couldn’t wait to start any longer ( we had to start 15 minutes late!)


    Then when we left we were about 5-10 mintues late to the reception beacuse traffic was alot heavyer then we expected.


    I think as long as you plan for it it shouldn’t be a huge deal.

    Non of my guests complained but I don’t think they were uber happy with it.

    I had no other option tho in my case.

    Post # 4
    3886 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    22.5 miles in LA is like 45 miles anywhere else. Ouch. If the route goes on the I-5 at all, your time estimate may be a little low. Saturday == no traffic in LA, especially on the I-5.

    If I were your guest, of course I’d make the drive and I wouldn’t complain, but I’d not be thrilled. Even less so if I faced quite a drive back, as I wouldn’t be able to have any drinks at the reception. Have you considered getting a small hotel room block near the reception site so that those who choose to enjoy cocktails at your reception can do so without having to drive home?

    Post # 6
    1832 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    If you can avoid that kind of travel time please do so. Look at other reception options closer to where the ceremony is being held. It really is too far for guest to be driving, thats over an hour round trip, also consider that some guest had to drive a distance from their home to the ceremony location as well!

    Post # 8
    424 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - Muckenthaler Cultural Center

    We went to a wedding ceremony at the San Fernando Mission and then drove all the way to Monterey Park for the reception which was about 26 miles away. It was fine! 

    Post # 9
    5109 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I’ve been to weddings where the reception site was 45+ min away…It was fine!

    Post # 10
    9574 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I wouldn’t mind it as long as there was a hotel nearby

    Post # 11
    623 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    It takes 31 minutes to get there, and you’re giving guests 35-40 minutes?

    That doesn’t leave much time for stopping to get gas, going to the bathroom- even walking to their car and finding parking etc.

    Is your ceremony really going to last for an 1 hour & 15 mins? That’s a looong time.

    ETA: Your poll doesn’t make sense with your question. Expecting guests to drive about 30 minutes is totally acceptable, but pushing them to a tight time frame is just going to stress them out. You should expect some late guests if you intend to start your reception at 5.50pm.

    Post # 12
    39 posts
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I’m guessing you might have some people skipping the ceremony. I confess to doing that, in the past. This would be a possibility for the people for which the church it is out of the way for them, or those staying over at the reception hotel.

    Our day-of planner told us it was true that many don’t effort to attend the ceremony, when it isn’t on site. Our ceremony is in a smaller ballroom, above the reception ballroom.  We might miss some late arrivals, though.

     I went to a huge wedding in the New York City area, years ago, and was surprised to see the ceremony in a smallish church. And it was half full. About four times as many people attended the reception. I think there was 1 hour for photos, after the ceremony, after a 1-hour mass.


    Post # 13
    1114 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    My cousin did this, and to be honest it was a massive pain in the arse.  People got lost on their way to the venue, loads turned up late, people were really grumpy etc etc.

    Post # 14
    4464 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    To me, that sounds fine, but I also live in an area where people are used to driving to get places, and 30 minutes isn’t considered very far here. I think you have to consider this from your specific guest list point of view. 

    Post # 15
    3569 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    ARe most of your guest from La? I been there a few times as I have some friends out there, and most of them think it’s normal to be in traffic that long. I think it’s fine.

    Post # 16
    909 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    To me it sounds fine but maybe that is because my guests will be driving 50 minutes from the church to the reception. My parents live in the middle of nowhere so both my brother’s had about the same commute for their weddings and no guests complained.

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