Wedding Guest Accommodation
Find your guests the perfect accommodation so they can relax and enjoy your wedding day knowing they haven't got far to go once the celebration comes to an end.
If guests are travelling a large distance to your wedding, it is quite probable that they will need somewhere to stay, at least for one night. It is quite understandable that the bride and groom may not be able to host them themselves. It is a good idea to put together a list of guest accommodation which you can send out with invitations to help guests find somewhere suitable to stay.
Some reception venues will stipulate a minimum number of bedrooms to be booked for the wedding, so do make sure these are filled before suggesting other accommodation to guests.
Unless you are paying for guest accommodation yourselves, which is unusual, make sure there are options in a range of price brackets. If you have time, check out the hotels or guest houses beforehand, so you can make personal recommendations. If you have lots of out of town guests you could even strike a good deal with the hotel or block rooms. Encourage your guests to book their own accommodation rather than block-booking on their behalf, which can leave you liable for the cost of any rooms that are not used.
Some of your guests may like to stay on a bit longer, so why not look for self catering options as well.
If local accommodation is not an option you could ask family or friends that live close to the wedding to host families, but it is important to match guests appropriately if they don’t know their host families already. For example if you have an elderly couple, it is best to pair them with an equally senior couple. Similarly if you have a family with young children, if you pair them with a family also will children, they will be used to the noise that comes with having children. If you are going to do this you need to let the host know as soon as possible and make the host details known to the out of town guests so they can make arrangements promptly. If may be a nice idea to drop a note to the hosts thanking them for their generosity.
You are not expected to host wedding guests yourself, so it is a good idea to put together a list of suitable guest accommodation which you can send out with your invitations.
Traditionally, wedding guests pay for their own hotel rooms. While it would be a nice gesture for a couple to offer to pay, it is not expected of anyone.
If you have lots of guests you could strike a good deal with the hotel or block rooms. Hotel blocks guests to stay in the same hotel, which makes planning and transportation easier and often comes with a room discount. However, you might want your guests to book their own accommodation rather than block-booking on their behalf as this can leave you liable for the cost of any rooms not used.
Some reception venues have a minimum number of bedrooms for a wedding, so make sure these are filled before suggesting other accommodation to guests. If you need alternatives, there are guest houses and self catering options, especially if guests are going to be staying more than one or two nights.