Post # 1
I found a hotel that is approx 30 minutes from my wedding venue & approx 30 minutes from the nearest airport (we have a lot of out of town guest coming). They quoted me a price of $65 per night which is amazing & I don’t want my travelers to have to spend a ton. It is in a city where there are things to do so if anyone comes in early or stay late they will be able to be entertained. Is 30 minutes too far? I can’t decide. Please let me know what you think.
Post # 3
I think if the hotel is in a city, where people can walk to different places or take transportation, it’s okay. However, you might want to give them the courtesy of providing transportation for the actual wedding day (since that is far for them). That way, people can get away with not having to get a rental car and only worry about airport transportation.
Have you used hotelplanner.com? You can enter in your event info, and different hotesl bid on it. It’s super easy and you can look at some of your other options.
Post # 4
@neontl: you mind reader…hotelplanner.com is exactly where I got the information for the hotel. The place we are having the wedding isn’t so much of a touristy area so I want to make sure everyone can be able to enjoy the area. I’m absolutely planning to provide a shuttle of sorts, perhaps rent a van. I appreciate your input!
Post # 6
I think 30 minutes is acceptable. In fact, our hotel was 15 minutes from the ceremony site and 30 minutes from the reception. In retrospect, I think it’s better to have the hotel as close as possible to the reception site so people aren’t driving too far after they’ve been partying and drinking!
Have you visited this hotel in person? If not, I highly recommend doing that and taking a look at one of the rooms, just to make sure you won’t be sending your guests to a hotel that has dirty rooms or smelly hallways or noisy semi trucks parked just outside their windows.
May I also suggest (if you weren’t already planning to do this) creating a map to tuck into the invitations?
Post # 7
Can you make blocks at multiple hotels, the one you found and a more expensive one closer to your wedding? If I were a guest I would prefer to stay at the hotel closer to the wedding. Some guests, though, would prefer the great deal that is 30 minutes away.
Post # 8
Good call on the maps. That’s a cute idea and it’s something extra for the guests. I currently have a website set up on weddingmapper.com for the internet savvy people but I will absolutely create inserts for the invitations.
As far as getting a couple blocks set up. I will most likely do that. I’ll try to find hotels closer to the venue also (there’s not a whole lot and some don’t do blocks or various reasons). I like the hotel that we are currently looking at is because it is in between the airport & the venue, it is also close to the train station so if people go that route the can come and get to their hotel to relex, etc. I’m going to ask my mom to drop by and check it out when she can.
Post # 9
I think that’s completely fine, as long as you provide a shuttle to and from the wedding!
Post # 10
I think that it’s fine, so long as you explain things to guests clearly on your website and invitation reception card so they can factor in the cost of either public transportation and/or car rental.
I think it’s super-nice to arrange transportation for them, but honestly, I don’t think that’s a must and I certainly wouldn’t expect so much as a guest. If I were invited to a wedding and informed that the hotel was 30 minutes away from the ceremony, I’d accept it and figure out the necessary arrangements I’d need to make it work, whether it’d be renting a car, getting a metro ticket, or even staying at a slightly more expensive hotel that was closer.