The Guests Need Somewhere to Stay Too

Who would have thought, right? I’ve been so busy thinking about where to hold the wedding, where I’ll stay the night before, where I’ll get ready, where we’ll go on our honeymoon—that I completely forgot about reserving blocks of rooms for our awesome guests.

But no big deal, the wedding is still three months away, right? Plenty of time to book a few rooms, since even though it’s a nice area to visit there’s not a huge demand for tourism in early May. We’re not having a huge wedding, plus a lot of people know friends in town to stay with, so we’ll only need 10–15 rooms maximum.

Well. There are two private universities in the Greenville area, and both of them have graduations that weekend. They’re not huge schools, but it definitely causes an influx of people.

Which didn’t hit me until I clicked on the website of the hotel I planned to reserve rooms in from the beginning and saw that they had zero rooms available the weekend of the wedding. Zero rooms? In a tiny town like Traveler’s Rest? Except…it’s five minutes away from Furman University. Duh.

That would have been the best option since it’s just 15 minutes from the venue, but I immediately rebounded and told myself “That’s OK, I’ll just reserve rooms in Greenville. It will be an extra 15 minutes of travel time for my guests, but they’ll get to experience the area.” On the plus side it is a pretty neat city. I’ve grown quite attached in my five years here!

Downtown hotels are really pricey. I mean, I never would expect my guests to pay $319 a night, even if it’s for a hotel that looks like this:

Westin

Image via Uptake

Go east of the downtown area, though, and you run into more booked hotels. And even if they have rooms available (there are some, although you’re limited), the prices have been jacked up by at least $20 because of the higher demand from local graduations.

Fortunately, I found a hotel with availability that’s near downtown—close, but not so close that it’s wicked expensive. Rates are reasonable and the hotel looks nice without being overly ritzy. The downside, of course, is that it’s a longer drive to the wedding venue—30 minutes instead of 15. Remember, though, that we have a morning wedding, so guests won’t be traveling late at night after a long day.

It goes both ways—you can stay close to the venue and have nothing to do, or you can stay farther away and have a beautiful city right there. I’m really hoping people take advantage of these kinds of sights just a mile away.

Image via City Data / Our cute Main Street

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Image via Black Olive Photographic / River walk along the downtown area

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Image via Forbes / Listed as a top rejuvenated area!

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Image via Greenville Daily Photo / Falls Park Liberty Bridge—the coolest park in the area!

Anyone smarter than me out there who anticipated these kinds of problems and booked hotels early? If it was an option, would you rather stay as close to the venue as possible or be able to check out local areas?

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Mrs. Lemur

Location:
Greenville, South Carolina
Wedding Date:
May 2013

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    LeonardLady 1321 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:12 pm

    Random, and not the point of the post… but were you a FU or NGU girl? Or just live in the Greenville Area? I’m a North Greenville University Girl! :)

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    lealorali 4827 posts, Honey bee @ 1:22 pm

    Pretty! I feel like I have no idea what England looks like except for Buckingham Palace and that traffic circle in London.

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    LaughLines 346 posts, Helper bee @ 1:44 pm

    My parents retired to western S. Carolina and I’ve driven by your wedding venue times – SO pretty out there, and Greenville itself is fun to visit.

    There are Bed & Breakfasts out in the general area of your venue, too, if any of your guests want a romantic stay for your weekend! I’ve camped out that way, too, but think I’d skip that as a wedding guest!! ;)

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    jolaoct2013, Guest @ 8:32 pm

    I think a longer drive and a scenic area is a good choice, i was struggling with that same choice. Decide that if guests need hotel rooms then they are already making a trip for your wedding so they might as well try to enjoy something else if available. the scenic area will be convenient for them to go out to dinner/bkfts whatever else they want.

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    brooklyn55 743 posts, Busy bee @ 9:49 pm

    Our venue is in a lodge hotel so of course, we had rooms easily available :) Now it is Easter weekend and since other guests can stay on site, I had to estimate how many rooms to set aside. We have reserved about 1/3 of the rooms.

    By the way, I LOVE Greenville :) I live just up the mountain in Hendersonville, NC but we visit Greenville at least twice a month. I love Falls Park and the downtown area. I went iceskating downtown this year and it was great! I also love the Greenville Rec department because they have the waterparks and my 8 year old niece LOVES visiting them in the summer.

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    laurarr 25 posts, Newbee @ 5:03 am

    We are having a half-destination wedding in Puerto Rico -I am puerto rican but FI is from New Jersey- and we had to do a bit of a scramble as well to make sure all of our out-of-town guests, including FI’s immediate family, had a place to stay for the wedding.

    We decided to go with hotels as close to the venue as possible because public transportation in PR is not the best and we weren’t sure how many guests would be willing/want to rent cars.

    But, if you are not worried about guest transportation, I think a scenic drive is a great choice – especially after seeing the LOVELY landscape and scenery in your pictures! :)

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    starcatcher09 130 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:42 am

    I would definitely make some sort of information packet or guide to hand out to the guests staying in the hotel. That way they know what there is to see in the general vicinity!

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    clairebear000 309 posts, Helper bee @ 9:37 am

    @lealorali:
    huh? This is Greenville, South Carolina isn’t it?

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    faeriegirl05 173 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:56 pm

    we are having out wedding memorial day weekend, in a busy river town. I set up our block pretty much as soon as we set the date. Both families are traveling to the wedding so unless they want to go the 2-2.5 hours back home they are staying. With only a few hotels in the town and some camping grounds for the families who like to camp…we had to act fast.

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    fevew 22 posts, Newbee @ 4:28 am

    Pretty!

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    togetherthroughlife 1031 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:35 am

    This may be a dumb question, but do you have to pay to reserve blocks of rooms?

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    jolaoct2013, Guest @ 7:16 am

    You shouldn’t have to pay, sometimes there are guarantees. For example they make you responsible for 75% of the rooms you are blocking off…so if you don’t reach the amount you would have to pay to get to 75%. This varies from hotel to hotel, just make sure you understand the contract before signing.

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 10:22 am

    Ugh, I feel you, girlfriend. We booked our hotel forever in advance, mostly because I am crazy about these things. We’re competing with proms and graduations, too, plus our hotel is an airport-recommended hotel.

    If I were a guest, I would totally take advantage of the awesomeness surrounding me. Those pictures are great!

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    mslemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 11:20 am

    @LeonardLady: Just live in the Greenville area now! I’m familiar with and love the Furman campus but I’ve never been out towards North Greenville :)

    @LaughLines: Haha I LOVE camping and so does my family but it would be a little weird to camp as a guest ;) hey if that floats your boat though!! I do love the area, and I think the downtown is amazing.

    @jolaoct2013: That’s the thing. If they stayed super close to the venue, they would be stuck with like… McDonald’s for dinner. There are SO many restaurants in downtown Greenville — it would be better for them to see the town!

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    mslemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 11:23 am

    @Brooklyn55: Isn’t Falls Park too cute?? I love Greenville. I never thought I’d say that when I first moved there but I’ve gotten really attached. I really hope my guests check out the park… especially on a Saturday it’s so busy and beautiful :)

    @LauraRR: Most of the guests will be driving, so fortunately transportation is not a problem! I can see how that would be totally different if we had a destination wedding though and everyone was flying in.

    @starcatcher09: I have a bunch of information on the wedding website! I haven’t decided if I’ll end up printing that as well… I’m trying to stick with the inexpensive as well as more environmentally friendly options.

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    mslemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 11:24 am

    @clairebear000: Haha. Yes it is :)

    @faeriegirl05: I should have thought about it! Seriously, I was like Greenville in early May, no big deal. It didn’t hit me until I checked out the hotel website and they had zero availability and I was like what??

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    mslemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 11:26 am

    @TogetherThroughLife: We did not. We simply reserved a block and he was really easy going about it… I know some hotels are really strict but ours was just like “Oh sure, we can do that for no charge!”

    @jolaoct2013: Definitely ask the hotel. And you can ask around to find the best deals!

    @StephK527: Thanks!! Man… hotel blocks are NOT something I thought of right away. I guess I should have but there’s already so much to think about!

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 10:19 am

    @Miss Lemur: No shame, lady! I mean, really, if you’re going to think about something late in the game, at least it’s something like this and not, like, “WHAT DRESS AM I GOING TO WEAR?”

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