how far is too far for people to drive to a wedding?

I found a location about an hour from where most our guests live. it's a perfect little Victorian mansion with lights already all over the trees and a spiral staircase and you can bring in your own food or a caterer, has a tent for use and a water fountain that lights up, a gazebo and horse and carriage. the base the cost around what exactly you're using but it's only $3000 total for entire use of the mansion and grounds for 8-10 hours. my only dilemma is that it's an hour away, which won't sit well with my mom since she wants to cook bbq sandwiches for it (we're a total DIY family). any thoughts or advice? our guest list is about 150, just close family and friends, but i'm ok if only 75 show up :)
Posted on December 5, 2013 at 6:40 pm
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zeuster
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I think an hour is really not that far. Especially if you love the location and the price. For me personally I have driven up to 3.5 hours from where I live to attend a wedding.

On the food part is there a way to have the meat already made and then you could put out the bread and guests can make their own sandwhiches?  Is there access to a kitchen?  Is there some mature teenagers/young adults you could get to be in charge of this task?

Posted on December 5, 2013 at 6:59 pm
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 An hour is nothing! Zeuster a suggestions are awesome! I've driven a couple before no big deal-a wedding is a special occasion! :D

Posted on December 5, 2013 at 7:36 pm
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I would drive an hour for a wedding...I was thinking you were going to say 8-10 hours lol. 

Our wedding was in MD and we lived in VA at time (3 hour drive).   A lot of our bridal party lived in VA as well and drove 3 hours for the weekend festivities.  If people want to come they will drive to celebrate with you and your FI.

Posted on December 5, 2013 at 8:02 pm
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 I think an hour is fine. Are there hotels/B&Bs nearby that you could provide details for? 

Posted on December 5, 2013 at 9:23 pm
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 An hour is nothing! My venue is about 45 minutes away. I don't think its a big deal.

Posted on December 6, 2013 at 3:14 am
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 i would agree with the othr ladies.  plus if you think about it, many big ciites have huge traffic problems and traveling not too far...like 20 miles may take a hour.  

Posted on December 6, 2013 at 6:59 am
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An hour is nothing!  In fact, I can't think of a wedding I have been to recently that wasn't at least an hour away.  :) 

Posted on December 6, 2013 at 8:29 am
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 I don't think an hour is a big deal, my ceremony was 45ish minutes from my reception. I would research if there are hotels nearby that you can reserve a block of rooms for guests though since people may just want to crash locally. A lot of my guests did. (plus if there is liquor it makes if safer). If it's in your budget, I've been to weddings that have a shuttle run between hotel and venue. Just a thought!

Posted on December 6, 2013 at 8:29 am
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 Listen lady an hour is fine!  I'll be looking for my invitation in the mail (;

Posted on December 6, 2013 at 10:18 am
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thanks ladies! I feel so much better now lol. I am going to look into hotels nearby for those out of towners, and i'm going to talk to my mom about making the food ahead of time and then warming it up in their fully stocked and available kitchen! thanks for the suggestions, it's amazing what others think of that slip my mind :)
Posted on December 6, 2013 at 1:56 pm
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 Our venue is an r min from our guests. Its an hour from our home. My sister lives almost 3 you and she is my matron of honor. I would drive an hour and not even second guess it

Posted on December 7, 2013 at 9:59 pm
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An hour is not bad at all. ;)

I drove 2  hours for one of my cousins weddings.

Posted on December 13, 2013 at 4:12 pm

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