Post # 1
- Wedding: September 2013 - The Skinner Barn
I wasn’t quite sure where this post belonged, so sorry if it doesn’t quite fit in this board…
My fiancee and I are getting married in Waitsfield, VT, which is a very small area with not a whole lot of big-business. There are a bunch of beautiful, cozy B&Bs in the area but no large chain hotels. The closest is a Best Western about 13 miles (25 minutes) away. My family and I have chosen to rent a vacation home in the area for the days surrounding the wedding in order to save money/avoid this issue. Do you think we should bother blocking off rooms at the Best Western? Or should we just list all of the options on our wedding website (B&Bs, Best Western, and rentals) and let our guests take charge?
Post # 3
I have a similar problem. I am still blocking a bunch of rooms at a hotel that is about a 15 min drive away, but I am going to add information about a couple of smaller BnB’s/motel that will be a much closer drive. I’m also considering renting a car to make a few round trips to the hotel and back at the end of the night, or getting a few hundred bucks in cab chits to hand out to encourage people not to drink and drive.
I think blocking the rooms is a good idea, because it shouldn’t cost you anything. They only hold until a certain period of time, then they will open them up to the public again if no one is taking them.
Post # 4
Our block will offer a discount price only for reservations up to 30 days before the wedding. The information is on the website and will be included on one of the inserts of the pocket invitations. Other hotel option are included on the website, within a few blocks distance (city) and one is much cheaper than the rest. The ceremony and reception are taking palce in a hotel ballroom. I’m just worried that if half the guest want to reserve a room – according to what we hear they do – and there won’t be enough. The hotel promises to add to the original number of rooms blocked, but may not be able to do so, due to availability. ARGH…
Post # 5
I think offer all the options. The bnbs in vermont are awesome, and it would be a wonderful experience for your guest.
Post # 6
I had a very similar problem. No hotels nearby, just B&Bs. AND I knew only a few (total of 6!) guests from out of town would need a hotel room. AND they were all coming from different areas, not just from the airport (or I could have just decided on an airport hotel, which was just as close as any others). I couldn’t see trying to reserve a block of rooms if only THREE rooms would need to be reserved. So I just didn’t. We put a note on the wedding website that we had information about hotels and B&Bs in the area, if people needed the info. A few of my friends decided to get hotels in the city nearby, actually, which i would have never guessed!
Shrug!! There’s only so much I can do! (And then I’m not even doing those welcome bags for the people who ARE in hotels, because they’re scattered all over, and they’re all from the area anyway, just have moved away.)