Post # 1
I’m busy searching for a perfect summer camp/lodge/farm rental in New England (ideally Massachusetts/Connecticut) for a 2011 wedding. I was surprised to find that many options aren’t nearly as cheap as I’d expected! One thing contributing to the cost is that a lot of places I’ve talked to charge a flat fee per person for the weekend. Even if that person is only attending the actual wedding, they’re charged for two nights’ lodging and 6-7 meals! Multiply that by 125 people, and it adds up. (We’re on a tight budget!)
I’m wondering A) if anyone has any great New England recommendations for wedding spots where about 50 guests (or more!) can stay overnight.
B) Is it acceptable to charge those staying overnight, say in a cabin at a summer camp, for their lodging? Say the camp is charging $175 per person for the weekend, including meals, and we woudl charge maybe $100 per person for two nights’ lodging. How is this even done, if we pay the camp on our own? And is it tacky?
Post # 3
I remember reading another thread where someone was asking about charging guests. I think the general consensus was that it’s ok to tell people you have reserved rooms at the location and it will cost x amount of money per night, but you cannot force them to stay at the lodging you choose. Also, work it out with the venue to have the guests book and pay though them. Then, you can pay the venue the remaining costs for your guests.
Post # 4
Are you having a lot of out of town guests and so are looking for a place for your wedding where everyone can stay for the entire weekend? Wow, that is a lot for you to pay for. I think usually guests are expected to pay for their lodging if they are attending a wedding out of town. I think in most cases, the bride try to get a “room rate” for a large number of guests. However, have you seen
That might help you. I used to live in MA and would be definitely be willing to help locate something that will work for you and your guests. Just PM me! 🙂 Rhonda
Post # 5
I don’t know if they do off season rentals (but I don’t see why they wouldn’t) – but check http://www.middlesexcountycamp.org/ It’s in Moodus, CT – more or less central CT.
I went to camp there for a long time… from like 11 to when I was 16 – did the counselor in training program. The grounds are very pretty, and there are cabins to stay in. good luck! Sounds like a neat idea!
Post # 6
Thank you, everyone! The consensus seems to be that it IS OK to charge people for camp lodging, even if they aren’t necessarily paying the camp themselves!
Post # 7
I am curious to where you ended up choosing. I am also from MA and am planning a camp wedding for the exact same day. Actually, we were originally doing a backyard wedding, but it was getting way to expensive. I am back to the camp idea. I have one in mind, but it doesn’t sound like the accommodations are nearly as nice, although the reception area in great. Not sure how many will stay over, but will probably just include that cabins are available for the night if desired. I will also probably include the list of the nearest hotel (which unfortunately is not anywhere nearby.)
Post # 8
A friend of mine just recently got married at Camp Claire in Lyme, CT. They didn’t need to pay a per-person fee, but there was a base fee to rent the camp ground for the entire weekend.
The camp ground typically had smaller weddings in the past, but my friend had 150+. The first for the camp ground and definitely something they supported.
Here’s the web site if you are interested: http://www.campclaire.org/