Our ceremony and reception sites are exactly 1.3 miles apart – about a 3 minute car ride. Because they’re so close, a mode of transportation for the wedding party never even crossed my mind. Of all people, Mr. Sundae is actually the one who thought of it ((stunned silence)).
My stance on the issue was that I really didn’t care, it seemed like an added expense we could do without. I had actually budgeted for some mode of transportation at the very beginning, but now that I realized it was there, it seemed like money that could be allocated to something else (a candy bar! mini hamburgers at midnight!). But Mr. Sundae wasn’t having it…he wanted his getaway. It must be a guy thing, the idea of renting a large vehicle with a big engine to take you somewhere.
We’ve allotted for about 40 minutes between the ceremony and reception, which will give people time to walk back to their cars, drive to the reception site, park again (most will probably want to run up to the room to freshen up, etc) and then make their way to the tent and find their seats. So we first discussed renting an antique car and just taking a little drive around town in those 40 minutes, stopping along the way for a few photo ops. But the car was hard to find in the immediate area and we didn’t want to pay travel expenses for someone to come from Chicago or Milwaukee. There was a brief conversation about other cars (read: Mr. Sundae could taste a James Bond fantasy car within his reach) but then there was a stroke of genius…we’re on a lake, why not a boat? Hello, Lorelei:
Meet our getaway boat. She’s going to pick us up on the pier just steps away from the ceremony and drop us off at The Abbey Harbor (our reception site). Since we’re only going to be taking a short cruise, Gage Marine was nice enough to waive the alternate docking fee and actually listed two bottles of chilled champagne on our contract. I like anyone who gives me a discount and offers champagne.
Since the antique cars we researched had one hour minimums, the difference in cost between the boat and a car really wasn’t that much. Crazy to spend a couple hundred dollars on a 30 minute boat ride? Maybe. But I think the pictures and the memory of it all will be well worth it.
How are you getting from your ceremony to the reception?