(Closed) Who pays for guest accommodation? And how much is TOO much?

posted 7 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
1231 posts
Bumble bee

@BerryBerry:  As a guest, I would pay for my own hotel. Can you give your guests a variety of hotel choices with different prices?

Post # 4
4675 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Normally the guest pays (at least in the US).  I would try to offer your guests a few options with different price points.  Its hard to say how much I  would pay.  Hotel costs are different in different areas and it depends how well I know the person.  

Post # 5
9 posts
  • Wedding: July 2012

Try to reserve a block of hotel rooms at a nearby inexpensive hotel. They might give you a discount, you have to call and ask. This is what I’m doing. Also, I gave my guests other suggestions of nearby hotels/inns/b&bs

Post # 6
7901 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I would pay, and how much weould depend on whose wedding it was, how many other trips I already had planned for that same part of the year when I found out about the wedding, and whether there were other options around.

In America, you usually only host guests for destination weddings, and then sometimes not even.

Post # 7
109 posts
Blushing bee

We went to a wedding in Sacramento last year, and the couple provided information for two hotels to choose from.  We did receive a reduced rate of $96, and the hotel was in walking distance of the reception.

Post # 9
2232 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

As a guest I would pay for my own accommodations. 

$200 a couple would be a bit much IMO, but again it depends on location. In most big cities around me I can find nice accommodations for closer to $130-150.

I think you’re OK as long as you’re giving your guests options other than your reception venue. 

Post # 10
7901 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@BerryBerry:  At my hotel, rooms start at $249 at our discount. Nearby hotels are about the same; you have to go about 15-20 minutes away to get to the $100s. This does not include breakfast (which, ps, is freaking $49 for the brunch) or valet, which is like $29 overnight/$15 daily, I think.  It would be nice if it were less, but it is what it is, and we weren’t going to get much better anywhere in the area.

So, no, I don’t think $200 is too much. We did make a point though or recommeding on our website hotels further away that cost less.

Post # 11
11166 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

We have rooming blocks available to our guests with rooms at $100 per night, which is the typical rate for the area. However, I don’t think $200 for one night is too expensive, especially if they know well enough in advance.

Just keep in mind that there may be a guest or two that can’t /won’t spend that money and might find an alternative. That is why recommending a lesser expensive option might be nice to accommodate everyone.

Post # 12
5993 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

So would you think $200 a couple a night is too much?

for me no, for my brother yes – depends on the person so 2 accomodation options at a min is a good idea so guests have a choice or they can look into something else themselves

Post # 13
4046 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

this is tricky. As long as you have a range of hotels and prices in the area, it’s fine. I dislike when there is only one choice, either too expensive or too cheap. In this case I’d probably suck it up and drive to the $100/night place, unless there was something more awesome about the $200/nigjht place (right on the beach or something) etc.

Post # 14
1586 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

It would really depend on who invited me, I love weddings so the bar is high when it comes to cost but i would obviously shell out more for a relative or good friend rather than a friend i only see once and a while

Post # 15
13251 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

About 80% of my guests will be Out of Town (we’re having the wedding where we live, which is in the middle of our two families), so I can’t afford to pay the hotel costs for 140+ people.  Guests will be responsible for paying for their hotels, but I will be blocking out rooms at multiple hotels in the area in various price points. 

Post # 16
2889 posts
Sugar bee

As a guest, I expect to pay for my own hotel. However, 200 is a lot IMO. I am totally happy to pay 100 and even a bit more but after 150 I would be skeptical. I also think you need to consider how many people are coming from far enough away that they would need to stay more than one night. I just booked 4 nights for the nexe wedding I am attending in order to get in in time for the rehersal without coming directly from the airport and staying long enough to not have to wake up and go directly to the airport on Sunday. In such a case I would stay somewhere else before paying 200 per night.

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