Post # 1
So, our reception is in Hastings, Minn. The town is so cute, we thought we’d have no end of charming hotels. WRONG. The hotels I can see look less-than-optimal; think vinyl bedspreads sewn in a cube around the bed, tube TVs and Laura Ashley floral wallpaper.
As a guest, which would you rather do for a reception ending near 11:30 p.m.?
a) Stay at a cheap, but old hotel
b) Travel 20 minutes for a decent hotel
c) Stay at a local bed and breakfast that is fairly expensive (and has limited rooms)
I’m pulling my hair out; I don’t want our guests to be uncomfortable. Help!
Also, sorry I couldn’t figure out how to put a poll on this!
Post # 2
I would room block at the closest [old] one. If your guests don’t like it, they’ll make reservations for somewhere else.
Post # 3
MoonlitMagnolia: Unless you are paying for their rooms, I suggest you stop worrying about it. Your guests have been travelling and booking their own accomodation for years- some likely before you were born.
Offer them information on what’s available. They will book something that works for them.
Post # 4
MoonlitMagnolia: Where in hastings is your reception and what hotels have you looked at?
Post # 5
MoonlitMagnolia: As a guest I’d stay at the old cheap one. I wouldn’t be getting there until almost midnight where I’d most likely just crash (especially if there was alcohol at the reception) and get up in time to check out. As long as it doesn’t have bed bugs or anything the aesthetics are completely irrelevant to me.
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Post # 7
MoonlitMagnolia: Seeing that its hastings, which most people know as a historic town, I dont think anyone will be expecting extravagent hotels. Why don’t you list your top three on the invite and let the guests choose where they’d like to stay? Personally for me, after weddings I dont care where I’m at- as long as its clean and there is a bed! BTW Spring Lake Park is a beautiful area!
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas
I’d stay at the closest one.
Post # 9
Don’t worry too much, your guests can look these places up and decide what they want to do. I for one wouldn’t stay in a nasty hotel like you described. I know this about myself so I always research places to stay and choose an appropriate one, and plan to travel extra if required.
Post # 10
I would travel from the nicest one I could find within a 30-mile distance but I guess I’m in the minority.
Post # 11
I would just list all 3 options on your wedding website and letting your guests chose. We didn’t block off rooms for people, but just made a few suggestions. Most people didn’t take our suggestions anyway, so I wouldn’t put too much work into it.
Post # 12
As a guest I would happily travel 20 minutes for a decent hotel, but I don’t think that you need to worry about it as a bride – if I were you I would book rooms at the closest hotel, and then guests like myself who would prefer somewhere a little bit nicer will take it upon themselves to sort out their own accommodation.
Post # 13
Thanks so much everyone! You have put my mind at ease. I think I’ll list a few options – the B&B, the cheap in-town hotel, and then a nicer one outside of the town (with links).
Post # 14
MoonlitMagnolia: I think I’ll list a few options – the B&B, the cheap in-town hotel, and then a nicer one outside of the town (with links).”
This is exactly what I did for my wedding. I compiled a huge list on my wedding website with prices and all the info anyone could need, and then sent out a smaller list with my invites. Guests liked that I gave options and helpful insight about accomodations in the area, but that they were free to choose their own place. If the area is a touristy place or a vacation spot, it might help to note that places book up quickly, so booking early is better.