(Closed) Worried!!! How far would you travel to attend a wedding?

posted 6 years ago in Venue
  • poll: How far would you travel to attend a wedding?
    30 minutes or less : (2 votes)
    1 %
    30 mins - 1 hour : (28 votes)
    13 %
    1 hour - 2 hours : (28 votes)
    13 %
    It doesn't matter! I am willing to travel no matter how far if I'm close to the couple or 1 of them : (162 votes)
    74 %
  • Post # 3
    2494 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I didn’t vote because it depends on afew factors, such as how close I am to the couple and if I could get a hotel within a ten minute cab ride. I would hate to have to dd two hours to the nearest city late at night.

    Post # 4
    9202 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    Oh man, I hear ya.  Our out of state guests have to fly to the nearest airport and then drive between 2 and 6 hours (depending on whether they go to a big or small airport).  BUT, if they want to be there, they will.  I’ve flown, driven, and taken the train all over the damn country for my friends’ weddings!

    Post # 5
    6597 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I’m a little confused – your guests have to drive to get to the wedding and then have to drive home or are there hotels near by?

    If there are hotels and guests can stay overnight I would drive upwards of 8 hours to go to a close-friends wedding.

    Post # 6
    890 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I can’t vote because it depends on who it is. But my max for someone I am not close with would be 2 hours, but for someone I am close with it would be across the country=)

    Post # 7
    11272 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    @alotlikelove:  it sounds lovely.  are there accommodations available nearby for your other wedding guests?  is the wedding on a saturday?  these would be a major factors for most. 

    Post # 8
    2295 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    At 2 hours, I think you might get a few who won’t choose to attend because of the distance, but there are also some pros – people who want to make it a little getaway weekend can, you’re less likely to have no-shows because most people will need to make advance reservations if they are staying, and at 2 hours, it really is close enough that if someone WANTED to, they could drive there and back in the day.

    Our situation is a little different, in that one side lives at the north end of the state, one lives at the south end, and we live smack in the middle. We are actually picking a fourth, neutral location that is 2.5 hours from one area and 3 hours from another area. EVERYONE will have to drive. But we figured that was better than picking a far north or far south location and the other side having to drive 5+ hours each way.

    People will do what they are going to do. If that is the wedding that will make you happy, go for it. You can also put some feelers out to your guest list – “If we had the wedding in X, would you still be able to make it or would that be a hardship?”



    Post # 9
    9202 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    Oh and if there are no other accomodations nearby and everyone else would have the do the 2-hour drive after the reception, that could change things.  Personally, we almost always bring a tent if it’s an outdoor wedding so we can just crash out there (if allowed), so it wouldn’t change things for me.  But most people aren’t tent-crashing hippies 😉

    Post # 10
    130 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    All of our guests travelled between 30 minutes and 4 hours each way to attend our wedding. We only invited family and very close friends. But there were also several hotels within walking distance of the venue. If there were no hotel options and we weren’t invited to stay on the property, then I would travel less or maybe leave a little earlier.

    Post # 11
    1083 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    If they are close to you, they will be there. Keeping it small in your case is definitely the right choice. I live in NJ. My FI’s best friend used to live here, but moved to Utah with his Girlfriend. They got engaged and when they were planning their wedding, they were trying to decide on where to have it since all of their family was in NJ. They ended up having a smaller wedding in Utah and all the people that mattered to them made the trip for the wedding. A couple of months after that his family held their own small party for the people who couldn’t make it out to Utah. It all worked out for them, and it will definitely work out for you. Don’t give up on your dream venue because it’s “too far”.

    Post # 12
    10367 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Are there places to stay by the venue? Asking people to drive 4 hours round trip in a day for your wedding, especially if it’s an evening wedding (driving home in the middle of the night) is probably a bit much. If it was a cool location, we’d just stay the night.

    Post # 14
    427 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    To me 2 hours is nothing, I would drive that far for a wedding. I would want to stay in a hotel close by though because I wouldn’t drive 2 hrs to get back home after a wedding, especially one that takes place at night. The last wedding I went to I drove 10 hrs to be there. I think if people really want to be at your wedding they will make sure they are there.

    Post # 15
    3720 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @alotlikelove:  Ug. I’d be annoyed as I went. One of us would have to Dirty Delete and that makes a difference. I’d go, but I would be happier if you had a shuttle to the hotel or if it was an earlier wedding (where I would be driving back before I’m exhausted.

    Post # 16
    3886 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Not having an option for folks who want to have a few drinks but don’t want to drive would make me enjoy the reception a lot less, and probably leave earlier. I’m not saying “if I can’t get blind drunk, I’m not going.” But considering that the legal limit in most American states equals about two drinks in an hour, and that Europe is even more strict, it’s just too risky and dangerous. And if you’re used to celebrating with a few cocktails, then it makes for a less enjoyable time.

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