Just Said Yes December 2020

Ceremony to reception

Rosalila, on October 31, 2019 at 10:02 AM Posted in Wedding Reception 0 11
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My FH and I are both Catholic so we will have the hour long ceremony at 2pm. I came across a very, very budget friendly venue that also includes what I want but the venue for the reception is an hour away. Is an hour away too far after attending an hour long ceremony? We have a good handful of old relatives and I have family that would fly in from Miami or Colombia.


  • Kelly
    Champion October 2018
    Kelly ·
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    Yes. 30 minutes should be the maximum between ceremony and reception. Unless you want to provide transportation for everyone.
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    VIP July 2019
    Veronica ·
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    Personally, I wouldn't want to drive an hour from the ceremony to the reception. Some people might not have an issue with it, but I would find it very inconvenient especially if I then have to travel to a hotel.
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  • Amber
    Master February 2020
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    It's one thing if the venue is an hour away and it's for both the ceremony and reception, but I wouldn't want to drive an hour between them. I would avoid that option if at all possible.

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  • Caytlyn
    Legend November 2019
    Caytlyn ·
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    Yes, 30 minutes should be the maximum.
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    Dedicated October 2020
    Erin ·
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    This is an unpopular opinion here but I personally would not have a problem with that if those are the two places you really want. I think about an hour would be my personal limit. In my case our venues are 50 minutes apart, but it works a little in our favor by helping kill time in the break between our ceremony ending around 3 (we're also having a 2 pm catholic ceremony) and dinner being served at 5:30 since we did not have an option of a later ceremony time.

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  • Sabrina
    Devoted April 2020
    Sabrina ·
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    Is the reception close to where most guests will be staying? That may also make a difference on whether its too much to ask or not.

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  • MrsD
    Legend July 2019
    MrsD ·
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    I would plan on some people not going to both the ceremony and reception if they have to travel that far, especially if transportation isn't provided.

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  • Melle
    Rockstar June 2019
    Melle ·
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    I think an hour away is fine. I went to a ceremony that was far shorter than that and was longer than an hour to drive.
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  • Stefanie
    Devoted December 2019
    Stefanie ·
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    It’s kind on far but a good option would be to rent a bus to take them all there. I’m Venezuelan so I know the struggle of family coming from another country. I think it might be easier if you offer transportation
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  • Jeanie
    Super February 2020
    Jeanie ·
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    It is far, but depending on where you're located, there may just not be any other options closer. So if that's what it needs to be, you'll just have to figure it out. As others suggested, maybe hire a bus to take your family to the ceremony and then to the reception. There are things you can do to help with that drive time, you're just going to have to look into it and figure out a plan. Think of it this way, some people have a short drive time but choose to have an extended break between the two for pictures and whatnot. Just be prepared for some people to skip out on the ceremony. If you're not ok with that, you're going to have to choose a different reception venue.

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    Lady ·
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    An hour is way too long.

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