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To ask friends and family to drive 10 mins from church to christening venue..?

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abandonedbyenergy Mon 10-Oct-16 11:45:05

We literally cannot find any venue available near us - not that there was much of a choice to begin with.
Family have already booked flights over for it so the date can't be changed. Silly us for assuming finding a venue wouldn't be a problem. confused

All will be driving to the church anyway. Is 10 mins drive to the venue too far?

MaudGonneMad Mon 10-Oct-16 11:46:10

No. Why on earth would it be? confused

MiddleClassProblem Mon 10-Oct-16 11:47:15

No, I've never been to a christening though so am basing this off weddings or the idea of a party at home after the church.

Is it possible to have money in the pot for transport? A minibus or coach?

ExitPursuedBySpartacus Mon 10-Oct-16 11:47:18

I don't understand? Is the christening taking place in the church?

PotteringAlong Mon 10-Oct-16 11:47:53

No, why would it be?

YelloDraw Mon 10-Oct-16 11:47:59

Can't you have cake and sandwiches and some bottles of fizz in the church hall?

wigglesrock Mon 10-Oct-16 11:48:16

Pretty standard I'd have thought. All of my kids christenings have been about a 10/15 minute drive from the church to the "do". I know people have something in the church hall but that's not done where I am.

Silvamoon Mon 10-Oct-16 11:49:33

Being invited is an honour!

I wouldn't question up to 30 minutes between venues, maybe more. X

Ratbagcatbag Mon 10-Oct-16 11:51:26

Erm nope. We did christening local and then took everyone for a Sunday carvery about 40mins. I think only 4 people didn't come. No bother either way. grin

shrunkenhead Mon 10-Oct-16 11:51:27

Like weddings in a church, you go to church do the Christening thing then go to a venue for the party. This usually involves a short drive. 10 muns is a short drive in my book. It's fine.

abandonedbyenergy Mon 10-Oct-16 11:52:47

The christening will be taking place in the local church. Its the afters venue that's the problem. We hoped to find a hall, function room or even an area in a pub local (I.e. within walking distance) but the few venues there are in the area are already booked or don't do Sunday's.
Venues 5 mins drive away are also booked so we're having to look a little further out.

We can't have it as home due to large amount of people attending (incl at least 20 kids under 5).

abandonedbyenergy Mon 10-Oct-16 11:54:12

P.S. Church hall is also booked out!

abandonedbyenergy Mon 10-Oct-16 11:54:24

P.S. Church hall is also booked out!

0pti0na1 Mon 10-Oct-16 11:59:09

It's fine, but perhaps with the invitations ask people to let you know if they need a lift from another guest or could offer a lift.

RandyMagnum Mon 10-Oct-16 11:59:21

Don't think I've ever been to a christening where the party afterwards hasn't been at least a 15 minute drive away, would have thought that was pretty standard.

Foggymist Mon 10-Oct-16 12:01:32

Guests drove 25 minutes from the church to the venue for ours, 10 minutes is fine/standard?

redskytonight Mon 10-Oct-16 12:13:47

If people are flying over to get to the Christening, will they have access to a car? That would be my only concern - but if you are prepared to facilitate lifts, then not a problem.

MitzyLeFrouf Mon 10-Oct-16 12:21:10

Why would that be a problem? Isn't that what always happens at christenings?

Sounds pretty standard to me, do what you can to sort out people who can give lifts to those who are otherwise stranded, or if you are really worried, lay on a minibus or coach - we did that for our evening do for our wedding but only because it was in the middle of nowhere and people would be drinking.

FeelingSmurfy Mon 10-Oct-16 12:28:15

I think its fine but if people are flying over I would arrange a lift for them with someone, or if they have hired a car I would pair them with someone to follow (and swap mobile details in case they split up) as they won't know the area like other guests

OlennasWimple Mon 10-Oct-16 12:30:31

It's fine! Maybe provide a map or detailed directions for non-local people, and if it isn't obvious tell people where they can park

ExitPursuedBySpartacus Mon 10-Oct-16 12:44:41

Of course it is completely normal and perfectly ok to expect people to drive to the party venue. Not everyone lives within walking distance of a church.

Rattusn Mon 10-Oct-16 13:19:01

I was going to suggest the church hall, it's a pity it's booked. If you have no option then of course, yanbu.

abandonedbyenergy Mon 10-Oct-16 13:34:17

Great, thank you ladies! smile

liquidrevolution Mon 10-Oct-16 13:50:52

we had to use a village hall in a village 15mins drive from our village. Its pretty standard so wont be unusual.

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