Post # 1
I’ve been thinking about hotel block reservations and I have a bit of a pickle I want to run by you ladies –
Our wedding is in a city that is a 30-45 min drive from where we live. Many of our guests (about 2/3 of our guest list) are coming from out of state (some even out of country!) so I need to get hotel arrangements sorted. A lot of them are making a weeklong vacation out of their trip and staying for a few days before and after the wedding to visit with us and other family.
The question is – should I reserve the hotel rooms for the city we’re getting married in or the city we live in? The city we’re getting married in is a much bigger city with a lot more to do, but we will only be staying there the day before, day of and day after so if our guests stay there, they will have to travel 30-45 min to come to our city to visit us. However, if we reserve the rooms in the city we live in, the guests will have to travel from the airport (which is in the city we are getting married in) to our city and then back to the wedding site, back to our town and back to the airport. That’s a lot of driving for people who aren’t very familiar with the area.
What would you do?
Post # 3
I say definitely get the rooms for the city where the wedding will be. It will be easier for the guests to work out their timing for arriving for the ceremony and will be a closer destination to travel to after the reception, which is always a good thing especially if there is alcohol offered.
If they are going to stay a few days before and after the wedding, then I would think they have time to make a 30-45 minute drive if necessary to go where they want to go when not involved in wedding festivities.
Post # 4
I would say book a hotel between where you live and where the wedding is.
That way it’s easy for them to get to you & back to the hotel, from the hotel to the wedding, vice versa – that way days before and after the wedding they do not have to travel 30 minute to see you +/or family.
Post # 5
@karab819: We definitely cannot do a hotel in between the two cities because there isn’t a city between us. This is an either/or kind of situation.
Post # 6
I’m in the same situation!
We are having a rehearsal dinner and a post-wedding brunch for out-of-towners, and both will be in my hometown, so we are thinking that we’ll book a block of rooms in each city. Hotels in our hometown are a lot less expensive as well, so it also gives our guests more options that way.
Post # 7
Well in that case I would take into consideration what city they are going to be spending more time in and go with that.
Post # 8
You could always book a block in both locations and then be really clear with the information and locations of the hotels. That way, people will pick what they would rather do/how far they would prefer to travel.
Post # 9
@carly5482: i second your suggestion!
Post # 10
i would pick a hotel in each city and let guests decide…