(Closed) Worried about making my guests stranded in the middle of France :-(

posted 7 years ago in Reception
  • poll: If you were a guest at my wedding, where would you prefer to stay?
    Closer to the wedding : (13 votes)
    65 %
    In the closest city : (7 votes)
    35 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2006

    Tough choice. I guess I’d choose in the closest city. 30 minutes doesn’t seem so very impossible…

    Post # 4
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    So his parent’s plan is to have everyone stay in Paris but take the train to Normandy. Then pick them up at the Normandy train station and drive them to the reception site?

    Or your alternative is have them stay in Rouen 30 minutes away?

    If I was a guest traveling to France for a wedding I would allot more time to play tourist. But the time of wedding events will be allotted for the wedding. So I would prefer that weekend to just stay in in Rouen. I would find the experience of staying in small town France awsome!

    Could his parents not arrang transportation from Rouen instead of the train station of Normandy? 30 minutes does not seem that far?  I would assume if the site is middle of nowhere it’s probably a good 15 minutes at least to the Normandy train station anyway?

    How many US guests do you have? Are there any B&Bs in Normandy nearby they can stay at in lieu?

    ETA: Also, I’m not sure I would like having to travel by train then car again in my wedding guest attire!

    Post # 5
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @Au Jardin: Can you tell guests about both options and let them choose? So those who want to stay really close by can do that and those who want to stay in the nearest city can do that?

    Post # 6
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Well perhaps it will be a big treat to be somewhere in the middle of french countryside in they will enjoy just relaxing-especially after a long flight! i wouldn’t worry to much!

    Post # 7
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I just went to a wedding in England (about 2 hours outside London) and we had a great time. We found a little inn near the wedding location and stayed there the night before and the night of the wedding. We went to Paris and London as part of the same trip and I have to say, the little town in the English Countryside was one of my favorite parts! Don’t be afraid of trapping your guests, they can stay wherever they like but part of the charm of attending an international wedding is getting to experience the culture of the town where the wedding is.

    Post # 8
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    The town where they would stay is Romilly sur Andele? Is the town walkable, and does it have a Saturday morning market, a cafe, and at least a few shops? In my experience these things are typical of many French towns. If yes, then I think it would be easy for them to amuse themselves from Friday into Saturday. Personally even after having been to France many times, I am still easily entertained by small things, like the grocery store (new and different foods!)

    Post # 9
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    My friends had their wedding somewhere in Normandy 2 years ago and I know they had this issue as well. Theirs was in a small town/village outside of Caen and I believe everyone ended up staying in the small town because it was just more convenient. 

    I wouldn’t worry about your guests being bored. There is always something to do. I would eat cheese and baguettes all day if nothing else (and I’ve lived on the Swiss/France border so I’m being serious, I spent most of my time stuffing my face). 

    I would just give your guests the options and let them decide on their own. Most will probably choose to stay at the hotel closest to the wedding. 

    Post # 12
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I  wouldn’t worry too much about the group discount in a town that small. In the English town that we went to, we all had to stay in different inns because each one only had about 4 rooms. I don’t think they would have even offered group discounts.

    Personally, I would much rather stay close to the wedding for the night before and night of than have to stress about traveling in a foreign country on the day of the wedding. Wandering in a small town is part of the charm – it doesn’t need tourist activities!!

    Post # 13
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @Au Jardin: Why do you say that you can only rent manual transmission cars? I just checked expedia and there are all sorts of automatic transmission cars for rent at Charles De Gaulle airport. 

    Post # 14
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2009

    Personally, I would not mind at all being stranded in the middle of no where France.  It sounds absolutely wonderful right now!

    Post # 16
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @Au Jardin: Google says that it’s an 1 h 45 minute drive from CDG airport to Rouen. If the train takes 3 hours, then driving is probably quicker. 

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