Would your wedding guests be willing to travel thousands of miles for your special day?
Travel is undoubtedly one of the biggest factors when it comes to deciding whether to accept a wedding invitation.
Guests may have to book time off work, find a babysitter, book a hotel and pay for transportation – and that’s before they’ve even thought about the gift they’re going to give you.
So it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that 23 per cent of Brits would turn down a wedding invitation if they thought the location was too difficult to reach, while 51 per cent agreed that they wouldn’t travel to their own child’s wedding if the journey was three hours or more.
In the survey from HolidayAutos.com, almost a third also agreed that travel was the factor they thought about the most after receiving a wedding invitation, with 16 per cent admitting that they just don’t have the transportation to get them there.
How do you make a long journey worth it?
A popular choice for many guests is to expand their trip and turn it into a mini holiday – in fact 45 per cent of those surveyed said they’d visit a local beach as part of their visit, while 41 per cent would go to a local heritage site or area of outstanding natural beauty.
Travelling in your own transportation will also make the journey much easier, says Lauren Gourley, head of brands for HolidayAutos.com. “As long as there is a road, you can get there!”
“If you’re hiring a car, you can opt for more space in a larger vehicle, which will help keep your Sunday best wrinkle-free.”
“Plus, car hire gives you freedom to do what you want, when you want, so you can change the obligation of a wedding into a fun staycation.”