Post # 1
We are having our wedding at the Kittle House in Chappaqua, NY. It’s kind of a spread-out suburban/ rural area.
My future mother-in-law is in the hotel business, so she is taking charge of finding the hotel and room block for out of town guests.
She suggested two places that are 20 and 25 minutes from the reception/cermony site, but there is a hotel 10 minutes away that may cost slightly more.
In your experience what is more important? Saving guests a few bucks a guess is worth having the extra 10 minute drive on either side right?
Post # 3
Could you do blocks at both places? For me, if I’m staying in a town I’m not familiar with I’d honestly rather pay a bit more to be closer to the places that I’m going, so I’d want to choose the closer venue. But I’m sure there are plenty of people who’d rather save money, too.
Post # 5
I’d rather stay close….especially if I’m not familiar with the area. That being said…I wouldn’t mind spending extra money a night to stay there…BUT…from my own experience with saving blocked rooms for my guests at my wedding…some people just do not like to spend more than they have to, so I would definitely block both and give guests a choice.
Post # 6
I would rather stay close. Lucky for me, the closest hotel was pretty affordable with a discount. They also are providing a complimentary round trip to and from the reception.
Post # 7
I would make a block at both. It’s good to let your guests make their own choices.
Post # 8
Closer. However, are you offering transportation, like a shuttle or something? If you weren’t and the hotel wasn’t walking distance, then I wouldn’t stay anyway.
Post # 9
Yes, we are planning to hire a shuttle. It’s a small wedding (80-100 people) with only about 16-20 rooms needed for out-of-towners. The places that are 20 minutes from the reception site are actually a little closer to where we are thinking of having the rehearsal dinner (offering a shuttle for that too). One of the farther places also has free breakfast.
I’m wondering if because of the small size, and hiring two shuttles it would be impractical to block 2 places.
Post # 10
@GretaCT: I think that if you have a shuttle for either the further hotel or the closer hotel, both would be fine and just block rooms at each hotel giving your guests options. Just a thought : )