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Is a 35-40 minute drive too far between the ceremony and reception sites? I want to get married overlooking the valley that I live in, then have the reception at a hotel on the beach. It’s a pretty drive…
If this is what you want, you should do it – it happens all the time. But, you need to be realistic about the distance, in order to make it work. First of all, 30-45 minutes is at least an hour, given “people flow” (TM Liz), the amount of time it takes folks to leave, get in the car, figure out where they’re going and how to get there, and arrive. Oh, and traffic. Traffic is not going to miraculously disappear because it’s your wedding day. I wish it would, because that would certainly make my professional life easier, but it won’t, especially if everyone else is heading to the beach, along with your guests.
So, what does that mean? It means that you have to figure out the logistics of decorating two locations that are a two-hour round trip apart. It means that you have to make it very, very clear to your guests that the ceremony and reception are not a hop, skip and a jump away from each other. It means that you have to schedule cocktails and dinner both early enough and late enough so that everyone will actually be able to enjoy them. It means that you have to be prepared if some of your guests can make either the ceremony or the reception, but not both. A lot of thought, a little bit of effort. Prepare for the worst, and work towards the best solution.
I have a question relating to destination weddings. My fiancé and I have chosen to wed in Italy, because frankly, it’s surprisingly less expensive! We also wanted to highlight the true celebration of marriage, which is Love, and avoid the big circus production of a wedding, too. With that being said, are brides still allowed to have bridal showers despite having a destination wedding? Are honeymoon registries tacky? We will celebrate with close friends & family on our return.
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You can have a bridal shower, as long as someone is willing to throw one for you – you can’t host it for yourself. “Etiquette” also says that you shouldn’t invite people to the shower who aren’t invited to the wedding, but I think there might be a little wiggle room in there, depending on who you’re inviting to the wedding, and who’s hosting the shower. As far as the tackiness of honeymoon registries, the debate rages on. Me? I’m a fan.
So, what are you doing to make the travel between your wedding and reception easier for everyone involved? Any tips for managing a destination from home? What do you think of my advice? Let me know in the comments below. And, if you would like to find out more about me and my little part of wedding world, go to www.silvercharmevents.com.
See you at the end of the aisle,