I hope all is well. I am recently engaged (Sept. 1) and we are expected to marry November 2020. Everything is booked – venue, DJ, photographer. Great! Got it all done in three or so weeks. We are Philadelphia natives with the bulk of our family in Philadelphia too. However, we found the perfect venue in a township approximately 20 minutes outside of Philadelphia in Norristown. Norristown isn’t far whatsoever. People travel frequently to the three malls that sit outside of Norristown (Plymouth Meeting – approximately 10 minutes from N.Town; King of Prussia - approximately 10 minutes from N.Town & Willow Grove - approximately 20 minutes from N.Town). Our venue has a ceremony room, the reception hall, open bar, cocktail hour, is beautiful AND has parking.
However, my FMIL seems to think it is too far AND claims that practically none of FI’s family will come because of distance. Thus, putting such a damper on our wedding planning.
I wanted to get married in my home church in Philadelphia but decided against it because I considered my guest and the travel. Now, we’re having our ceremony on-site. It’s still a problem.
I just wanted to know your thoughts, what you’d do in my situation and, best steps for moving forward in our wedding planning process.