Post # 1
So the wedding is in a small town. We included lodging information in the invites (including the hotel we’re staying at/block of reserved rooms), we’ve emailed other lodging leads (B&B’s, camp grounds, other hotels, etc.) when people have requested, and have verbally told people what other options are. Why are people expecting us to make their reservations? That’s insane, right? And totally not our responsibility, right? Why is there this general sense of “oh, your wedding is so far far far away…sigh…I guess we have to stay over night, huh?”
And here’s my rant: We are all grown ups! Figure it out, people! We sent the STD 8 months ago! Invites are out with info! I’m assuming that you are capable of doing some googeling or yahooing and sorting it out on your own! It’s our wedding, so please stop making us feel bad that you have to travel! And we’re Alaskans, for heaven’s sake! We judge distance by TIME, not miles, so why is this so huge?!
Of all the stuff we have to deal with, trying to sort out guests’ specific hotel stuff just seems nuts to me. I would never expect a bride/groom to do this for me! Thanks, bees, for the venting space. 🙂
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It boggles my mind when I see how much resposnibility brides are assuming on behalf of their guests. I agree with you. I am an adult. I manage to make a reservation, rent a car, and reserve a hotel when I go on vacation. I can also do that when I am invited to a wedding .
I can use my GPS or google maps to find my way. Please don’t stress yourself out making a cutesy map unless you totally have nothing else to do. I appreciate the information on lodging you included, and I will use that to make my plans.
See you at the wedding!
Post # 5
Im with you. As long as you give them the adress of the wedding venue and you suggested hotels, they should be able to figure the rest out themselves.
Post # 6
@An Alaskan Bride:LOL! We are totally going through this too. What are we? Convention planners? Even conventions won’t always book your hotel for you.
Post # 7
I’m worried about this one, too.
I’ve already asked my mom to use “word of mouth” to let the guests know that if they want any “travel agent” type advice, they need to call be by August. September and October will be TOO busy!
Do you have a friend you can designate?
Also, why would you make hotel reservations for anyone else?! Its not like Alaska is a foreign country.
Post # 8
Thanks everyone! Sometimes planning this thing makes me question my sound judgement, and I find myself going “Oh, should I be making those hotel reservations?” I think I’ll steal your idea, Sonj818; word of mouth that come June, you’re on your own. 🙂 Thanks everyone. I appreciate it!
Post # 9
My friends who just got married block several rooms at a nice, but reasonable, hotel in a fantastic location for their Out of Town guests. They really got a great deal considering the location of the hotel too. Unfortunately, they did have some guests who lagged on booking rooms and then were looking to my friends to find them a hotel. I told the couple to defer the people to me if they needed help because I thought the last thing I thought the bride and groom should be doing was making travel arrangements.