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Melissa
Frequent user November 2019 Ontario

One stop shop venue?

Melissa, on February 6, 2018 at 12:46

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Just curious on how many people are having their ceremony and reception at the same venue? Is it too much to ask guests to drive to one venue and then ask them to drive another 40 minute to the reception?

Just curious on how many people are having their ceremony and reception at the same venue? Is it too much to ask guests to drive to one venue and then ask them to drive another 40 minute to the reception?

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  • Melissa
    Frequent user November 2019 Ontario
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    Appreciate your input! I'm still hoping to stumble on a venue I love that can accommodate both!

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  • Melissa
    Frequent user November 2019 Ontario
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    That sounds romantic! It would be nice to have that flexibility. My stubborn FH would like to be married specifically at 3:00pm.. wish me luck on my hunt!


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  • Melissa
    Frequent user November 2019 Ontario
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    Thanks for sharing Jackie, maybe that'll happen for me as well and I won't have to make the decision after all! Smiley smile

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  • Melissa
    Frequent user November 2019 Ontario
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    Thank you Janelle, appreciate your thoughts! Smiley smile

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  • Melissa
    Frequent user November 2019 Ontario
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    Thank you Rebecca! I would prefer to have both at one venue to make it easier on everyone like you mentioned, but I'm having trouble finding a venue I love both spaces. I either love the ceremony area or the reception area..maybe I should take this as a hint to keep looking!

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  • Melissa
    Frequent user November 2019 Ontario
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    Appreciate the feedback! I'm so tossed between whether I should stick to one venue to make it easier on everyone, including myself or if I should do both! I loved the ceremony venue I saw but wasn't crazy on their reception area.. decisions decisions..

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  • Bianca
    Master August 2019 Ontario
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    I’m having my guests do that! Not 40 minutes but 20.
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  • Melissa
    Frequent user November 2019 Ontario
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    Wow, your wedding sounds beautiful! Thank you for your input Lydia!


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  • Vinod
    Featured August 2017 Ontario
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    We did everything at one venue too to cut the driving down and in a remote and remote area away from the city.

    The welcome dinner was only 15 minutes away from the venue making it easy for the guest driving one road.
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  • Mandy
    Devoted July 2019 Alberta
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    We are doing everything at one venue. We are also getting married around 6pm so it’s nice people aren’t waiting around afterwards.
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  • Jackie
    Devoted April 2019 Ontario
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    We to are doing everything in one location. Easier for all of us but really it just worked out that way. I would have done the two different locations if it weren’t for the fact that the venue I wanted was booked.
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  • Janelle
    Beginner July 2019 Ontario
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    We are having everything in one spot, but we are in cottage country and it will all be at a resort. Honestly I chose this more because it made planning easier, rather than just thinking of guests. As a guest at weddings in the past when we had to travel between ceremony and reception, that never bothered me. If you can arrange for transportation then that's great, but people usually don't have a drink and really need to park somewhere for the night until cocktails/reception anyway! As long as guests are aware of the schedule ahead of time, they probably won't mind.
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  • Rebecca
    Frequent user October 2018 Ontario
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    Honestly this was one of those things that was important to me. To make it easier for everyone just because they’re already coming from all over. I’m having my ceremony and reception at the same place. However I’m not having a religious ceremony so its easy for me to have everyone at the same location.. as I’m not going to a church. Some people won’t be going to the ceremony no matter what you decide to do unfortunately ! It’s usually just close friends and family. All depends on what you want, do what makes you happy !
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  • Courtney
    Super July 2018 Ontario
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    We're doing it all together... Ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. Our venue has a lot of different areas to it and we have exclusive use of it, so it worked out well.

    I personally didn't want to make my guests commute in the middle of the day, however, as long as you communicate with them in advance it'll be fine.

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  • Melissa
    Frequent user November 2019 Ontario
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    Yes, I have considered transportation; it's just all of our guests are from all over the GTA so I don't know how productive arranging transportation would be as they would all be coming from different places/going home to different places.

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  • Melissa
    Frequent user November 2019 Ontario
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    Although our preferred venue will not allow our guests to arrive before 5:00pm. I guess I may have to start looking at other options. Thank you Christina!

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  • Lydia
    Devoted June 2019 British Columbia
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    Both the ceremony and reception are at the same location for us, but we're up on a mountain and most of our guests are coming over from Europe, so even if we would want different venues it'd be hard for them to move around since they don't know anything here.

    I think in general it shouldn't be too much to ask tho. If you're really worried and it fits your budget you could always provide transport for your guests?
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  • Christina
    Frequent user August 2023 Ontario
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    If you have a time gap like that maybe have some games or photo booth there for guests to do. Or maybe a longer cocktail hour so guests could socialize. Smiley smile
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  • Melissa
    Frequent user November 2019 Ontario
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    Thanks Jamie, this is great! I was thinking of a shuttle bus but all of our guests are coming from different areas of the GTA and it isn't far enough to get a hotel for the night. The two venues I am looking at are 35-40 mins from one another, however, I'm worried of what my guests will do during our pictures (after the ceremony) as the ceremony will end at 3:00pm and the reception will only start around 5:00pm. I can't send everyone home to ask them to drive back for our reception.

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  • Jamie
    Frequent user September 2018 Alberta
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    Our venue is a one stop shop! We will have the ceremony and reception there, and they do all of the catering for us! It has been so easy to coordinate everything with them!

    Is the first venue far from where your guests will be staying for the wedding? I think as long as your guests are aware of the distance between the two, it isn't a huge deal. The only thing you may want to look into is the possibility of arranging a shuttle for your guests - you could do one from a specific pick up location to the reception venue, and then back to a select few drop off locations? Just a thought Smiley smile We have one arranged for our guests, as it is a 20-30 minute drive from our hotel selection to the venue, just a nice gesture!

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