(Closed) Semi-local destination?? several questions…

posted 7 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@MamaHusky3: Are you having an evening reception? If so, I’d assume some guests may stay overnight.

I don’t think you need to pay for your guest’s hotel rooms, but it’d be nice to recommend near by hotels and maybe even arrange a hotel block for a discount. (i.e. if enough rooms are booked, your guests get a small percentage off their stay).

You don’t want to have to worry about your guests driving 2-3 hours home tired or after having one too many to drink.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

If we are looking at a 4-6 hour round trip, I’d think most people would want to spend the night.  You don’t need to pay for hotel rooms, but arranging a block at a nearby hotel (or at least providing suggestions for places to stay at varying price points) would be helpful.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I agree with the previous poster, I’d recommend hotels near where the wedding will be but not pay for them. If you talk with a hotel though you may be able to get a cheaper rate if there will be a lot of guests needing to book rooms. I’ll be having a wedding (hopefully if I can get the fiance to agree on the place) 2 1/2 hrs away. Its close enough if people want to head home after they can but I’ll also recommend hotels near there. Since its just a few hours further I’d still think around the same amount of guests would come.. And my philosphy is “If they really care about you and want to be at your wedding they will be there no matter how far”.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

We are doing what you are–the locale is about a 2 hours drive for most guests. We recommended hotels and blocked some rooms but didn’t pay for them. About 40% of our guests are out of town as it is; we’re getting about a 70% acceptance rate. 

I don’t necessarily agree with the whole “If they care, then they will come” if you are going to be that long of a drive and if you have 30-40% out of town. For some of our guests, it would have cost them close to $1k to get to the wedding and stay overnight, between plane flights for 2, car rental, and hotels. Add more money if there are kids involved. So don’t feel bad if you find that your acceptance rate is lower–that’s the price of doing a semi-destination wedding!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I was going by the response I’ve gotten by the people closest to me.. I’ve had a dozen people tell me that no matter where we got married (the options are 2  1/2 hrs to 9 hrs) that they would be there & make it work.. If its not but a few hours drive it shouldn’t cost much more than gas & even at most $100 extra for a hotel room..

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

We’re doing this!  It’s about two hours from us and three to four from everyone else (not including people that were a long plane ride away anyway).  We picked a Sunday evening since we knew everyone would want to stay the weekend anyway and it made things cheaper and more available.  And we are considering it a destination wedding and yes, people have said that they probably can’t come because of distance.  We invited 46 people but only have 30 chairs if that helps because we kind of went off of what people were telling us and those that we know we wanted to invite but probably can’t come (like my fiance’s uncle who is a contractor in Afghanistan/Thailand for all but like two weeks out of the year).  

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’d contact the rental company & ask how many you need to rent up front & if you can change that number closer to the wedding. Luckily where I’m leaning towards for our wedding the chairs are included.. I’m probably going to send out about 50-60 invites but I am guessing only 30-40 will come.

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