Post # 1
We are getting married at a winery/inn next year. The inn is so convenient since its right across the street from where the reception is being held. The only downside is the rooms are very elegant and expensive ($245 a night expensive). There is also a smaller place down the street within walking distance ($155 a night). The town is very small so the only other option is a hotel chain that is a 15 minute drive away.
I’m worried guests will leave early and not take advantage of the open bar we are paying for to avoid the cost of the rooms.
Do you think this is totally unreasonable? Has anyone had experience with guests complaining about accomodation prices?
Thanks for your feedback!
Post # 2
Depends on the region but $245 a night is pretty high, even worse if you’re in Califorina or a similar area where there’s an additional 20-30% hotel tax. Maybe get a room block at the chain hotel and rent (at your expense) a shuttle to take the guests back amd forth. At least that way your guests will have choices in high and low price range plus won’t be drinking and driving.
Post # 3
Can you get room blocks at both locations? Really these things are just set up for guests, it’s not like your forcing them to stay there. Ours are $250 a night, which I don’t think is horrible – it’s actually a great deal for the area. I suppose it’s region and what your guests are used to- no one has said anything about ours to me, I actually had to expand the block it was filling up.
Post # 4
emyv: Is this a destination wedding? I don’t know many people who come to a wedding alone so I assume all guests will have a DD. If a wedding is close enough to go home to my own bed at night then I will take advantage of that regardless of an open bar. You can’t ask or expect your guests to stay at any of these places…Maybe you can slip an extra card in the invitation that has a list of nearby hotels?
Post # 5
The venue is in a tiny town so it has a bit of a monolpoly on accomodations and can charge more. I’m sure my friends are used to spending $140 a night on a hotel so this will be beyond their usual price range.
I do have blocks at both places, but I know the cheaper one will fill up first. I am hoping family will suck up the larger cost rooms and save the cheaper ones for other guests.
Post # 6
emyv: I looked up my venues rate for the night of our wedding, its normally $229 for a saturday night (the hotel/casino overlooks the water hence the expensive prices). They are giving us rooms for our guests $165/night. We get a block of 10 at this rate but if we go over, they are going to accomodate and open up more rooms. Iwould give you guests a couple of options for places to stay for the night. I put something on the website saying this is the hotel but if you need one with cheaper rates let us know and we’ll help them find something to suit their budget. Maybe you can talk to the inn and get a block of rooms for a reduced rate which would still help their business!
Post # 7
You provide blocks as an assistnace to your guests. I think setting up both options is good and you just have to accept that some people will not take advantage. We had two blocks and had the cheaper one fill up and only a few stay at the more expensive option. Moreover, there were some people who left early but most people stayed the whole time even if they had an hour or two drive home.
I would not worry about it too much. I just made sure to remind people by word of mouth close to the blocks closing and then it’s up to them to worry about driving/hotels.
Post # 8
emyv: You have done more than yoou need to do by getting room blocks at the two hotels. Your guests are adults and likely used to making their own travel arrangements.
If they choose to book at the hotel 15 minutes away, they can always take a cab.
Post # 9
Your guests will likely stay at the cheaper hotel no matter what. I booked two hotels, one at $99 and a more convenient one in the French Quarter for $159. No one stayed in the French Quarter, even my own mother. I would try to book a shuttle if you want your guests to stay and enjoy the evening.
Post # 10
$155/night walking distance is not bad (how long walking exactly??), I would do that over a 15 minute drive. $245 is waaay too much imo. My limit is around $150. Just do those two and most people will probably go with those. How much cheaper is the one 15 minutes away.
Post # 11
Yeah, I don’t know many people who would spring for $245 a night. I really wouldn’t count on many guests taking that option. It’s very considerate to get the multiple blocks. If you’re really worried, I’d look into a shuttle to the cheap hotel. That way guests can party and stay late and not worry about it too much. Of course you don’t have to have all the pressure, as they can certainly get a DD or a cab.
Post # 12
The hotel we booked is $150 a night at our discounted rate. It includes great amenities like a shuttle to and from the airport, a great rehearsal dinner room and a hot breakfast for all the guests.
If I were you I’d do 2 room blocks, one at the hotel on location, the other at the walking distance hotel.
Post # 13
- Wedding: October 2014 - Church
emyv: It is hard to say what would be reasonable and unreasonable given I do not know your guests. For me, personally, I would have a very difficult time paying $245 per night as that is around how much we pay for groceries in a month! Some people are quite happy and can easily afford that price (and are used to it!). The blocks at both hotels is a good option. If there are taxis then the 15 min drive should not be a problem (you can even offer to hire out a taxi that would run between certain hours).
Post # 14
people might surprise you! we have two blocks, one is 99/night the other is 120/night and the place where we are staying (just for the night of the wedding) is 500/night…annoyingly i have had a few comments from people wanting to stay there with us!
my goal is to discourage that….
Post # 15
There is a hotel chain located about 10 minute drive from our venue .. annoyingly they have not returned my calls regarding booking a room block.