(Closed) Would you drive 30-45 minutes?

posted 8 years ago in Parties
  • poll: Would you want to travel 30-45 mins for a rehearsal dinner or day after brunch?
    Yes : (47 votes)
    68 %
    Yes, but only if transportation was provided : (6 votes)
    9 %
    No : (13 votes)
    19 %
    Other (please explain) : (3 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    6597 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I would for a dinner – I doubt I would for a brunch! Unless it was a late (lunch time) brunch!

    Post # 4
    3125 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2009

    If I had just traveled by air and waited for my bags, then the rental car, then checked into the hotel – I wouldn’t be interested in driving to the rehearsal dinner if it were far away. But – if I lived nearby, or had transportation, or a decent carpool etc, I’d be fine with it. I think transportation would be $$ – why not work with your mom and friends maybe to set up a carpool situation? It could be fun! And people could mingle a little.

    Post # 5
    8353 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I wouldn’t mind driving at all to either one or both. Having it low key and at home means someone will have to prepare everything and also do the clean up. I wouldn’t want to put that on anyone. And I sure wouldn’t want to do it myself. It is nothing for most people to drive 30 to 45 minutes to get somewhere. Transportation for the dinner people would be great, especially if there will be alchohol.

    Post # 6
    2208 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Yes for dinner, less so for brunch (hangover….)

    If the brunch were later and kind of a real event, as in a full meal, I would probably go. My after wedding brunch is just muffins and a slice of cold quiche, so if you are doing what I’m doing, I would have her host the rehearsal. If it is a full on brunch, I adore brunch and would drive that distance to be there.

    Post # 8
    4485 posts
    Honey bee

    People drive 30-45 mins all the time, no matter what the event. I wouldn’t have any problem with it.

    Post # 9
    2821 posts
    Sugar bee

    I would be more likely for the rehersal dinner but probably wouldn’t for the brunch.  The rehersal dinner you’re excited to see people and you’re already there so it’s not like other plans would get in the way.  For the brunch you already hung out with people for the past two days and are kinda antsy to just get back home so I’d probably be a lot more likely to just eat something close by and leave.

    Post # 10
    13099 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I’ll be honest – I wouldn’t want to drive that far for either event – especially if I’d just travelled in from out of town.  After flying, renting cars, finding the hotel, etc, the last thing I want to do is go travel far away (whether transport is provided or not).

    I’ve been told that as a guideline, you shouldn’t ask guests to travel more than 15-20 minutes tops between the ceremony and reception (obviously sometimes this doesn’t work out).  With that said, it seems a little much to ask them to drive 2x-3x that far for a rehearsal dinner or brunch, especially when there are a ton of places closer where you could hold the events.

    Oh – and I rarely have to travel more than 20-25 minutes to go anywhere, Ember78, so I wouldn’t say that 30-45 minutes are common travel times for most people.

    Post # 11
    7173 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    I would do the drive for either – but would rather do it for the dinner than the brunch on Sunday.

    Post # 12
    383 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I agree with the other posters who said they’d probably do it for the dinner, but not the brunch.  Unless my travel day was extremely taxing and exhausting, I think I’d be jazzed enough about the weekend that I’d be willing to drive that far for a rehearsal dinner.  The morning after, however, I think I’d be too tired to get up early, especially with a long travel day (possibly) ahead of me.  So I wouldn’t be very willing for a morning-after brunch.

    Post # 13
    4547 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I agree with the posters who said they would be more likely to drive for a reherseal dinner than a brunch. I guess it also depends on what my role was in the wedding party. For example, if I’m IN the wedding then I’m most likely going no matter what.

    Post # 14
    522 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Sure. I drive 30-45 minutes to get to work every day. I wouldn’t bat an eye at it.

    Post # 15
    5148 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    30-45 minutes is nothing where I grew up (Western Kansas where you have to drive at least that far just to a convience store, movie, etc.; Walmart is over an hour away); nor is it that far where I live now (Kansas City, which is quite spread out).

    I personally don’t think many people will be upset or put off by a 30 minute drive.

    Post # 16
    10367 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Wow, i’m surprised people think that a half hour is such a big deal! Where i’m from (Texas) you can’t get anywhere in less than that. And where I live now (Boston) you’re lucky if traffic allows you to get places that quickly….and that’s if you can find parking. I think that’s perfectly acceptable!

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