I'll explain my predicament - just looking for some thoughts. I have two venues picked out; one for my ceremony and one for my reception. I would have preferred to have my ceremony and reception at the ceremony venue, however it is a smaller space and can't host a reception for the number of guests I have. The ceremony space is about a 20 minute drive into the country and about a 25-30 minute drive to the reception space.
Our ceremony will likely be around 2:00 or 2:30 pm and the reception won't begin until after 5:00 pm, so I was thinking of offering a few cocktails (signature drink, wine and beer) and small appetizers after the ceremony so guests can choose to have a couple of drinks before heading to the reception.
If you were invited to something like this would you be annoyed with the driving time?, would you be likely to hang out for a cocktail or just go do other things until the reception?, would you be not concerned at all and just enjoy the different flow of the day?
I really like both venues and don't find the reception venue as fitting for what I picture for my ceremony, but I also don't want to annoy my guests or make them feel like they have to pick one location over the other.