Post # 1
I am concern whether some of my guest won’t be able to attent the wedding because it might be to far.
We are thinking of getting married in Cape Town and we live in Pretoria, i have always wanted a beach wedding.
We have done some calculations of the cost. The flight tickets will be R1600 pp return flights if they book through us then we get discount.
And the accomodation at the resort is R350 pp for the night, so we are looking at R1950 per person for the stay and the travel.
Is that to much to ask?
I see it as a weekend away for very cheap!!!*
We also want to send out the date a year before, so for those who needs to save up can save R160 a month.
Please give me some advice??
Post # 2
Just did a conversion to see what that was. Google tells me less than £150 I would probably pay it to attend a close friends wedding, maybe not for a casual aquaintance. The bigger problem for me is the flight time of 2 hours, plus the arriving at airport checking in etc. then the same on the way back, feels to me like a hassle for an overnight stay, and depending on when your wedding will start it might be a rush getting to Cape Town and glammed up before the start of the wedding. So its more time issues than money to my mind.
However great choice, we visited Cape Town earier this year and enjoyed it hugely.
Post # 3
- Wedding: July 2014 - Prague
I would do it! I would probably take a day off work to make it less stressful if I could afford it, too.
Post # 4
Thank you so much for the reply**
We are helding the wedding in Plettenberg bay, it is not in Cape Town it self.
The flight time is 8am-10am, from Johannesburg to George, were the hotel transport will pick them up at the airport. droping them off at the hotel at 11:30 where they can check in at the hotel.
Wedding will be starting at 3pm, gives them more than 3 hours to get ready.
Then the next morning breakfast is at 8:00am and the hotel transport will take them back to the airport at 9am for the flight back at 11am
I tried to make it easy for the guest with no stress and rushing to the wedding and airport
Post # 5
Biancareyneke: I would definitely do that for a good friend (or maybe even an acquaintance because I love capetown).
One thing that might help you decide- just casually talk to some of your (nonjudgmental, supportive) gfs abt it and see what they say. I talked to a bunch of my friends before choosing our date & location- they were so so great, so I knew it wouldn’t be a problem for most and then we did lots to make it as cheap, easy, and comfortable for them as possible.
Post # 6
Thank you all for th adivice.
My FH and i decided to look at an alternative.
So we have decided to hire a bus. which means bus starts driving at 19:00 on thursday and arrives at the hotel at 10:00 on the friday, with a lovely friday to relax on the beach and recover from the drive, the wedding starts at 15:00 the saturday and the bus leaves for pretoria at 15:00 the sunday. With 3 meals per day and 2 nights stay for R1200per persons.
Will you pay R1200 for transport, 3 meals a day and 2 nights stay at the resort, with the only drawback that you need to put in 2 days leave, for friday and monday.
Please help me decide which alternative will be the best?
Post # 7
Biancareyneke: I wouldn’t want to do an overnight bus trip. I’d rather fly.
Post # 8
I would much prefer paying more to fly than to miss work and take a long bus ride.
I’m having a wedding that is a bit inconvenient and expensive for guests to get to (out of town for most and it’s a busy holiday weekend). But my friends have reassured me that nothing is unreasonable and that I’m over thinking it. I’ve attended MANY out of the way, expensive, time consuming weddings, but they were all for people I care about and I wouldn’t have missed them for the world
Post # 9
Biancareyneke: I think that no matter how cheap you think it is or how great a deal or such a great holiday there will be others that will not. We had a DW and we paid for our guests to come and we still had guests not want to attend for various reasons.
You can control the costs and make it as cheap as you can but you will still have to accept that some people may not come. As long as you are fine with that then plan the wedding how you want.
As for your transport dilemma, I personally would prefer to fly than take an overnight bus trip. If I have to use 2 leave days to attend your wedding I would rather use them to relax at the resort after a short flight than use them on a long bus trip. I think you need to let the individual guests decide what they want to do.
Post # 10
Biancareyneke: If I am doing the conversion right, yes, I would travel for to a weekend and make a weekend getaway out of it. That is normally what I spend to go anywhere else.
Post # 11
I’d rather fly than take a very long bus ride. Is it customary for you to make the full travel arrangements for your guests? In the US, generally we tell guests where the wedding is and make a hotel block with discounted rates, but leave the travel plans up to them. I wouldn’t want to feel stifled that I could only spend a day or so at a resort that I had to take time off from work to get to. I’d prefer to make it into a mini vacation and stay for a few days.
If you give people enough notice, they will come if they want to be there. You’ll always have some people who just won’t come. That’s life. Just plan the wedding you want, and the VIPs will find a way to get there!
Post # 12
the closer i am with the person, the farther and more money i would pay to attend their wedding.