It’s one of the obstacles anyone planning a wedding must face… where to accommodate guests? The answer depends on your location and the options available.
Out of town guests staying in the one motel is going to make things easier for guests who want to carpool to the wedding and for those catching a bus to and from the wedding.
If motels aren’t available in close proximity to the wedding, why not hit up your local Bed and Breakfast or guesthouse? These are a much better option for guests who have never been to the region before as B&B owners are usually full of local knowledge and will provide guests with a stay experience far less commercial than a motel. It really is at the hands of the community as to where guests stay based on what’s available.
Farm stays are also a fabulous option. Let’s think outside the box a little people! Farm stays will generally be far more flexible with guest numbers per room or cottage and most offer activities for guests to make the trip worth it.
My personal opinion is that if guests are travelling over 5 hours to the venue the host should arrange accommodation. The host should not necessarily pay for the accommodation, but choose something nearby within a decent price range and make reservations for any number of out of town guests who’ve travelled over 5 hrs. Its’ important to ensure the accommodation is easily affordable because… while yes, weddings are expensive for the hosts, they are also expensive for guests. Guests face a number of costs from outfits, presents to travel.
Next week I will recommend fabulous accommodation for those of you off to Mudgee for a wedding. Stay tuned.