Post # 1
I’ve found a fairly ideal venue for my ceremony/reception. There is a huge house (5 bedroom/4 bath) for rent as a vacation rental nearby. From the reviews, it’s been used as a family reunion venue several times, and all the reviews are very favorable. The price is $500/night, which means for $1000 I’d have a location from Fri night until Sun noon (perfect for rehearsal, setting up, ceremony, & reception, plus Sun brunch if we decide to do that). My thought is that it’d also be perfect for lodging for my family or my girlfriends who are all coming in from across the country. To me it sounds ideal, but I wanted some other opinions before I make a decision. What are your thoughts? What are the logistics to having your hotel and venue together? Has anyone else done anything similar? I’m planning a small wedding (around 50), so it’d be similar to an at-home wedding, only not at my home.
Post # 3
We are doing that. Our wedding is in 16 days so I can’t tell you about the turn out yet. We have a huge lodge that sleeps 60 and so most of our 90 guests will be staying there. There is a chapel next door and then weather permitting we will eat outside. It just made sense for us to do it this way. Guess I’ll let you know in a month how it worked out for us!
Post # 4
@OkieHeart: Sounds perfect! I’m having my wedding at a resort, and we’re staying there Friday through Monday, along with most of our out-of-town friends. We’re excited to be able to spend an entire weekend to celebrate our wedding so we don’t have to worry about the day itself feeling too short.
Is there a hotel nearby for other people who won’t fit at the house? Or do you anticipate lots of people sharing rooms?
Are you planning on having it catered or DIY?
Post # 5
I’m doing a similiar thing too! My venue comes with a big lodge (6 bedroom/4 bathroom) and a farmhouse (4 bed/2 bath) along with the reception hall.
How many people are you planning to fit in a 5-br house? I’m thinking my lodging will end up being for the bridesmaids/groomsmen and their families. I’m not so sure how I feel about them staying in the same lodge as FI and me on our wedding night, but it’ll be fine.
I had the exact same thoughts as you as far as it being perfect for everyone to be able to get ready together and stay together and have brunch on Sunday together instead of all splitting off to different hotels..
I’m excited to hear how it goes for cstylist12!
Post # 6
Right now I’m thinking of just specific people. I have 4 college girlfriends coming in, my MOH (who is local), plus my FI has 1 or 2 female friends/like sisters he’s inviting. Right now I’d plan for all of us to stay there, that way we could work on some set up. As for the rest, I have a friend who has a vacation rental, which would work for either my family or FI’s like family. Most everyone else would be local or get a hotel room.
Thanks for the positive comments. I’d love to hear how yours turned out, and what things I need to think about or keep in mind with having a non-traditional venue.
Post # 7
We’re doing this! For our reception location our “fee” for the reception space is having our guests stay in the hotel/B&B/lodge’s 11 rooms. Thankfully, there is also a nice but inexpensive hotel a mile down the road.
I love the idea. I think it will be super convenient for a lot of people (since everyone is traveling). I think that this is an AWESOME option for a non-traditional venue. I’m thinking our’s will probably feel pretty “cozy” which is great. =)
Post # 8
We WERE going to have our wedding at a bed & breakfast, but the “extra costs” were eating us alive.