Post # 1
So, I’m getting married in early July my hometown, which is a tiny tourist town. It wasn’t meant to be, but I’ve realized that it’s essentially made the event a “destination” wedding. Argg…!
It’s an evening ceremony with dinner after and is 4 hours from most people’s homes; for the fiancé’s family, they are coming from the opposite coast. The problem is that I made a few calls to hotels and they are already filling up for the busy summer season.
I’m sending out my Save the Dates at the end of January and am wondering about how to get people to make their lodging choices ASAP? I put the link to our website on the Save the Date and made it prominent on the site, but how can I get people to actually GO to it to see the message? (I personally never go to a couple’s wedding website until the week of the wedding, to find out where to get their gift). Or is there a creative, Martha Stewart-friendly way to say it on the invite or in an insert into the Save the Date’s envelope?
Or…do I let them fend for themselves?
Post # 3
I would do everything….include it on your website, include an insert of the hotel block with your STD, and personally call/email or tell your parents/FILs to spread it word of mouth also.
Post # 4
Is there a way you can gently ask them to put a hold on their rooms?
Post # 5
You may want to ask the venue coordinator or host if they have a hotel they work with that will put a hold on rooms as Melddst mentioned. Also, depending on the location, you may want to look into sites like homeaway (vacation home rentals) rather than just traditional hotels.
If neither of these are an option I would just add a small additional not card in the save the dates that has information of a few hotels with a little line like ‘lots of people love our hometown, please book early’ or something more formal depending on the tone of your save the dates and wedding.
Post # 6
I’d say website + save the date
Post # 7
Thanks for all the feedback! I already reserved 25 rooms at a hotel in the town, and listed quite a few options (like 10) on my website, including vacation housing rentals and even the yurts at a nearby state park.
But based on your responses, I also added this line to my Save the Date:
For more information and to book lodging in advance (highly recommended!), please visit: [website address]