Post # 1
We’re considering a venue located in a suburb at a pretty boring location. A lot of our guests are from out of town and I was wondering it if would be a bad idea to have them stay in Washington DC where there is a lot to do both night and day. My only concern is that DC is about 20-25 minutes away from the venue. There are hotels within 10 minutes of the venue but there won’t be much to do there.
What do you think we should do?
Post # 4
I know you’re going back and forth with your suburban venue… So, I’ll ask this: Are the majority of your guests flying or driving?
If they’re flying, you may want to consider a downtown hotel and arranging a shuttle bus if you can afford it. (I’ve also been to weddings where they ask $5-10/person to pay for the shuttle, which I’ve done HAPPILY to avoid cabs and cars.)
If they’re driving, you may want to have it at a suburban hotel, hotel parking in cities is generally outrageous… Most hotels in San Francisco, for example, are $50+ per night for parking alone.
I’m biased because it’s what I’m doing, but I’d try to find a venue in DC within walking distance of the hotel and church (if applicable.) Your out of town guests will appreciate the convenience of not having to rent cars and drive all over an unfamiliar area. Check ethnic clubs (Italian, German, Russian, etc,) sometimes they have great ballrooms hidden inside and they don’t generally advertise in the normal wedding channels… PLUS, because they’ve been around forever, they don’t have the overhead and pricing is often much more affordable. (The Italian Club here was about 1/3-1/2 the price of hotel weddings.)
Post # 5
I would do both, and then let people choose. Our hotel block is about half an hour from our venue, and most of the out of town guests don’t seem to have a problem with it.
Post # 6
I would say both. That way the guests can decide whether they want to stay in a fun area, or a boring location that is closer. How long are guests going to be staying at hotels though? Our guests are most likely coming Friday night, and won’t have time to do any fun events. If they really wanted to do something fun, 20-25 minutes isn’t that long to have a day excursion, depending on how much time they have.
As far as transportation, I let my guests figure out how they want to get there. If they stay 25 minutes away, then they’ll have to drive themselves or make accomodations accordingly. I never knew why people expect the bride/groom to figure out transportation for everyone. It’s just as if you’re on vacation. Rent a car if you’re flying, or bring your own car. Don’t drink too much so that you can’t drive back or have a DD. Oh well 🙂
Post # 7
Give them both options. They are adults. They will choose what is right for them.
Post # 8
The wedding would be on Friday so they would have the option to stay the rest the weekend to explore the area.
Post # 9
I say offer blocks in both locations. On your wedding website and on your RSVP card maybe you could have guests let you know where they plan on staying. On Friday we went to a wedding that was about 20 mins from the venue and for driving back it was a little concerning. They didnt have a shuttle and it wasnt clear who was sober or not. If you have people stay 20-25 mins away you need to make sure they know it is that far! That way they can make arrangement for transportation if you cant provide a shuttle.