(Closed) Have guests stay 20 mins away from venue?

posted 11 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: Where should our hotel blocks be?

    Washington, DC. I would rather have stuff to do aside from attending the wedding.

    Maryland Suburb. Being closer to the venue is more important to me.

    Offer hotel blocks in both locations. (Ideas on how to handle this are appreciated.)

    Other. Please elaborate in comments.

  • Post # 4
    327 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I know you’re going back and forth with your suburban venue… So, I’ll ask this: Are the majority of your guests flying or driving?

    If they’re flying, you may want to consider a downtown hotel and arranging a shuttle bus if you can afford it. (I’ve also been to weddings where they ask $5-10/person to pay for the shuttle, which I’ve done HAPPILY to avoid cabs and cars.)

    If they’re driving, you may want to have it at a suburban hotel, hotel parking in cities is generally outrageous… Most hotels in San Francisco, for example, are $50+ per night for parking alone.

    I’m biased because it’s what I’m doing, but I’d try to find a venue in DC within walking distance of the hotel and church (if applicable.) Your out of town guests will appreciate the convenience of not having to rent cars and drive all over an unfamiliar area. Check ethnic clubs (Italian, German, Russian, etc,) sometimes they have great ballrooms hidden inside and they don’t generally advertise in the normal wedding channels… PLUS, because they’ve been around forever, they don’t have the overhead and pricing is often much more affordable. (The Italian Club here was about 1/3-1/2 the price of hotel weddings.)

    Post # 5
    295 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I would do both, and then let people choose. Our hotel block is about half an hour from our venue, and most of the out of town guests don’t seem to have a problem with it.

    Post # 6
    1696 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 1991

    I would say both. That way the guests can decide whether they want to stay in a fun area, or a boring location that is closer. How long are guests going to be staying at hotels though? Our guests are most likely coming Friday night, and won’t have time to do any fun events. If they really wanted to do something fun, 20-25 minutes isn’t that long to have a day excursion, depending on how much time they have.

    As far as transportation, I let my guests figure out how they want to get there. If they stay 25 minutes away, then they’ll have to drive themselves or make accomodations accordingly. I never knew why people expect the bride/groom to figure out transportation for everyone. It’s just as if you’re on vacation. Rent a car if you’re flying, or bring your own car. Don’t drink too much so that you can’t drive back or have a DD. Oh well 🙂

    Post # 7
    1626 posts
    Bumble bee

    Give them both options. They are adults. They will choose what is right for them.

    Post # 9
    4211 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I say offer blocks in both locations. On your wedding website and on your RSVP card maybe you could have guests let you know where they plan on staying. On Friday we went to a wedding that was about 20 mins from the venue and for driving back it was a little concerning. They didnt have a shuttle and it wasnt clear who was sober or not. If you have people stay 20-25 mins away you need to make sure they know it is that far! That way they can make arrangement for transportation if you cant provide a shuttle.

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