Post # 1
I was wondering if theres a general rule of thumb as to how close a hotel should be to the reception. We will be serving alcohol. Problem is a lot of venues i’m finding are off the beaten path and hard to find hotels that are like down the street. So you’d have to drive to a nearby city.
Is a half hour away too far?
If it helps, we are looking at venues an hour or 2 away so everyone would be coming from out of town. A great deal are coming from out of state. Some might fly so airport is a half hour… but so is hotel… Is that too far?
Post # 3
I think half an hour is pushing it. We’re selecting our hotels to be within walking distance of the venue, and then a few further out if people want to save money. Can you block out two hotels and give people the option of choosing the close one or the farther one? If you’re serving alcohol, do you really want the liability of someone driving home after the wedding for half an hour to their hotel?
Post # 4
It does seem far, but I think yu’re limited to what you have. While it’s good to give your guests choices, they’re obviously not limited to them. My venue is downtown and where I’m from people aren’t used to paying $200/night, so my blocks will be about 15 minutes away. So while I’m not getting blocks at downtown hotels, I will let people know they are there.
Post # 5
I think half an hour is too far if you are serving alcohol and not providing shuttle transportation to the hotels, even if you are providing shuttle transportation 1/2 an hour is a long time to be on shuttle with drunk guests.
We had it so our hotel was walking distance from both the ceremony and reception locations. We also provided a shuttle for those less able to walk.
This let us be completely comfortable that no one would drive drunk and allowed our guests to have a good time without having to worry about how they were getting “home”.
Post # 6
I think that’s a little too far, especially since they’ve already driven a distance. Typically, wedding venues have hotels much closer. Particularly because a lot of guests drink and don’t want to drive.
Our wedding venue has 2 hotels across the street for our guests to stumble… errr.. walk to after 🙂
Post # 7
A half hour is too far away, in my opinion. Is it possible to arrange for a shuttle? I know it adds a huge expense, but then you don’t have to worry about people drinking and driving afterwards.
We looked at one venue that we absolutely loved – but we decided not to use it purely because it was no close to any hotels and we didn’t want to pay for a shuttle. I’m still slightly heartbroken about it.
Post # 8
If I was drinking at your reception, I’d rather pay more to sleep closer than spend a 30 minute taxi/bus ride home.
Post # 9
We found a venue that is a resort we did not want them to drive and many remote areas dont even have taxis or buses available.
Post # 10
Our hotels ARE 30 minutes from our venue and that is because our venue is a bit in the middle of no where and those are the closest respectable hotels. That being said we are providing shuttle service to and from the hotels to alleviate any drinking and driving issues.