Sh!t…there are no hotels out near my venue!! :( :( :(

posted 2 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
2831 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

“Bunk up”? Sorry, but as much as I love my family and friends, I want my own hotel room. I’d look into a less expensive bus that can make two stops at different hotels or something.

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Post # 3
202 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

We have hotels near our venue and booked a room block with the understanding that we could continue to add rooms as it filled. Now, 6 weeks before our wedding, the entire hotel is booked. There are 3 nearby hotels that are also booked full. Not all of oit guests have found rooms.

The point of my story is that even if your hotel situation seemed ideal, there is always the possibility of things going wrong. I’m sure that anyone who wants to be at your wedding would be willing to stay a little further away and drive.

Post # 4
668 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

colorofmyheart:  yeah I agree.

I am not trying to travel out to nowhere for a wedding and then have to double up in a hotel room after a half hour bus ride (probably tipsy, definitely tired). This is something that you should have seriously considered before booking the venue 

Maybe you should get a big enough block of rooms to accommodate all of your guests at the second hotel and cancel the first block.


Post # 6
2792 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

To be honest, providing transportation from the hotel to the reception is nice, but so not needed.   You would never be asked to or expected to provide transport to an adult to any other event that you may host.  Why are you suddenly expected to do it because you threw the word “wedding” in the mix?

Post # 7
9859 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

BurlapnLace:  I would do what you’re thinking – switch hotels.  We opted to have our guests stay at a hotel farther from the venue because we could get them a MUCH better rate there (DH works there) and we opted to bus them to and from the wedding (Which people really really appreciated).

I also liked the bus because it meant we didn’t have to worry about people drinking and driving. 

Post # 8
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Have you looked into other lodging such as bed & breakfasts, campgrounds, maybe even college dorms? [the college near us rents them out]

Post # 9
6963 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I don’t think it’s a requirement to provide transportation. It’s nice, but we always take our own car and one of us just doesn’t drink much.

Post # 10
3659 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I would not be thrilled to go to a wedding reception where the hotel option is 30 minutes away.

Post # 12
42089 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

BurlapnLace:  I think too many brides are assuming too much responsibility for their guests’ lives. If they were going to attend else, no one would be providing a shuttle or booking hotel rooms for them.

Your guests are adults. Let them make their own arranagements.

Post # 13
9859 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

BurlapnLace:  We hired a school bus, we had it for 10 hours, 2 trips each way and it was less than $800 and DH and I agree it was some of the best money we spent.

julies1949:  I think a lot of us want to be kind to our OOT guests.  Our guests travelled a really long way to be a part of our wedding.  Expecting them to get from the hotel to the venue would have been a $100-$150 cab ride EACH WAY or they would have had to rent a car and driven themselves.  We weren’t comfortable with either.  People preach about being a good host and all the things that have to be done or you’re a bad host.  If you’ve chosen a venue that you know won’t be easily accessible to guests, providing transportation, while maybe going above and beyond, is being a (really) good host.

Post # 14
1043 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Is there enough room in the 30 min away hotel for all guest and just cancel the original rooms?

Post # 15
5767 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

OP, kudos to you for hiring a bus. Yes it’s not required but it shows you genuinely care about your guests’ enjoyment. The “let them fend for themselves” attitude that is so rampant on the ‘bee these days makes me feel sad. It’s like the guests are a major inconvenience for some brides, rather than loved ones who deserve to be spoiled a bit in exchange for taking their day (or in some cases, their weekend) to celebrate with us.  

Can your guests get back and forth without you taking on the responsibility and cost of hiring a bus? Sure they can!  If they can figure out how to get to the hotel, they can surely figure out how to get a little further down the road. But it makes you a much more gracious hostess for taking care of this detail on their behalf.  I would be thrilled if every wedding I attended had a hostess as gracious as you.

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