When planning a wedding, one thing that you need to take into consideration when choosing your venue is the amount of guest accommodation available. If you have friends and family travelling from far and wide to celebrate your marriage with you, the last thing you want is to make the logistics of the day too difficult for them.
The type of accommodation you can offer your guests will largely depend on the type of wedding you opt for, so here are some of the key things to bear in mind while planning your big day.
First thing’s first, you need to decide whether you’re going to cover the costs of guests’ accommodation or whether they’ll pay for themselves. The majority of the time, guests will be expecting to pay out of their own pockets, so don’t plan for somewhere that has limited options and will see them having to remortgage their home in order to afford to book a room.
It’s always a bonus if the venue where you’re tying the knot has accommodation on-site. This could be anything from large Birmingham hotels in the city centre, to remote, lakeside weddings in the Devonshire countryside that allow guests to set-up camp on the grounds. There’s nothing better than being able to stagger straight to your bed after the celebrations have finished at the end of the night.
Do your research
If there’s no guest accommodation available at your chosen wedding venue, do some research into the nearest hotel and accommodation options. Your guests will appreciate it if you can provide them with a list of suggestions covering a range of budgets, alongside their invitations.
Try and get a deal
If you know that a large number of people will be booking rooms at certain hotels, then ring around these hotels and see if you can reserve a block of rooms or come up with a special discounted rate for your guests. This might be a certain percentage off the cost or throwing breakfast in for free. Make sure you let all your guests know where they can get discount and give them any key information that they need to provide at booking in order to qualify for the savings.
If your guests aren’t staying at the wedding venue, but you know that there’s a large number of people heading back to the same hotels, you might want to put on a minibus or book a group of taxis to come and pick everyone up at the end of the night. Alternatively, if you’d prefer guests to arrange their own transport, it would be useful to them if you included a list of local taxi numbers in with the invitations, so people can plan ahead.
Ultimately, the thing to remember is that there are plenty of options when it comes to organising accommodation for your wedding guests. So, don’t let it deter your first choice of wedding venue, as there’ll likely always be a something to suit everyone.