Post # 1
I just finished hotel blocks and I’m feeling a little guilty–we’re getting married in a rural location, and I blocked off hotels about 30 minutes from the venue. Is that too far? Will my guests be resentful?
How far do you guys normally go from lodging to wedding location as guests?
Post # 3
How late will your reception go? If it will be late, then they might have a hard time driving back plus you don’t want anyone drinking and driving. Are there any locations nearby for them to stay or is that the only place remotely nearby?
Post # 4
probably 11–but 10 for the older folks, I am guessing. I can look into getting a bus, but honestly, I think most people prefer to drive. I guess for recent weddings I’ve attended, we’ve driven about half an hour, so it seems normal to me, but as a bride, I am now a little concerned. There are closer accomodations, which I listed on our wedding website, but the main cluster of hotels were 30 minutes away.
Post # 5
I think people will understand. Plus the ones that are nearby might not be the best quality or best prices right?
Post # 6
ditto asb….if you’re having a late reception….you may want to get something a lil closer.
as for me…my blocks are booked in the hotel where we’re having our reception…made more sense..ya know?
Post # 7
I’m in the same boat, the only hotels (other than 2 B&Bs with about 4 rooms each) are 30 minutes from my wedding. People are able to camp at the reception site (though no showers) and we’re planning to have a shuttle to the hotel, so hopefully it’ll be ok. There really aren’t any other options!
Post # 8
If your wedding’s in a rural location I think people will understand that you had to look a little farther for accommodations. I think your guests will appreciate that you made the effort to block rooms rather than leaving them to fend for themselves.
Post # 9
I’m in the same boat! And I’m feeling a little guilty too! The only hotel available to reserve a block of rooms is about 20 minutes from our venue.
I have thought about reserving some sort of shuttle or or limo service that will go from the hotel to the venue and back, but I’m guessing that will be a little pricey.
Post # 10
If that’s all that there is, people will understand. They will probably go online and try and find a closer hotel, but then realize that’s all there is!
Post # 11
If it’s a rural area, that’s understandable. Are the closer hotels smaller B&Bs? Or not as nice? I think blocking rooms in a chain hotel is a safe bet because most people will recognize the name and know what they are getting into. In a smaller B&B, guests may not know what to expect and you may not get as many rooms as you need.
Post # 12
I’m getting married in Hawaii. Our wedding is on the beach and 1 hour away from the hotel/reception. It seems that not too uncommon though for Hawaii as most the good beaches a drive. Only the people from the states are guest with us at the hotel and they will be driving together in the rental cars. The other half locals so they used to driving alot.
Post # 13
Everything is at least a 20 minute drive away and those were in an airport town, so I booked the hotel block in a town the caterer recommended that’s 30 minutes away–out of town people will have cars anyway. There are some B&Bs closer, but they’re very small (like 4 rooms each), and I think our guests aren’t very into B&Bs–though I have listed all of them on our website, so people are free to take that option as well.
Post # 14
Definitely book closer if possible or perhaps offer transportation?