Day 13 – Where will WE stay? Asks your wedding guests

So, how many guests are coming to your wedding? Unless you’re having a small intimate style of wedding, your choice of venue may not accommodate them all, so you’ll need some ideas of where they could stay.

You’ve chosen a beautiful location, maybe a château, to get married in and it would be great if your guests weren’t too far away, but in a countryside location it’s unlikely they’ll be within walking distance.

Top tip No #1 – What kind of accommodation will suit your guests?

For those who only want to stay a night or two, a hotel or bed and breakfast is ideal.

If they’ve invested in travelling for your big day, and they are a family, or group, perhaps they’d like to make a holiday of it. Self-catering accommodation is ideal, be that an apartment, a gîte or even a yurt!

Top tip No #2 – How to find accommodation and #book direct

Your venue may have a list of recommended accommodation and the tourist information office will also be able to help.

If you decide to search on Airbnb, or HomeAway, and find somewhere you like, you might try doing an internet search for the property you’ve found. Contacting the owners directly means saving money on service charges, and being able to communicate directly with them about your guests needs. Most owners are very happy to receive direct bookings, it saves them money too.

Top tip No #3 – Give them choices

Some of your guests may have a tighter budget than others, so a variety of options is best. If you book a block of hotel rooms you should get a good deal, there may be a budget hotel in the area, and self-catering may work out as a cheaper option for families.

Top tip No #4 – Consider their needs

Some of your guests, perhaps older members of the family, may need a ground floor bedroom and bathroom, or wheelchair access.

Wifi will be critical to some, and others may want facilities like a swimming pool or gym.

Top tip No #5 – Transport for your guests

Some of your guests may want to make their own way to your big day, but maybe you could hire a mini-bus to collect others, and take them back to their accommodation at the end of the evening. A list of taxis is also a good idea, and again your venue should be able to provide you with that local information.

Looking for guest accommodation, or somewhere to stay while researching your wedding?

Linda and Alex James are the proprietors of Le Pommier Gites – two gorgeous properties with a pool and games barn. Nestled in beautiful gardens in the Dordogne countryside, La Maison sleeps 6/7, and Le Gite sleeps 4, perfect for two family groups.

What our guests say:

“what a beautiful, relaxing haven you have here”

“we’ve made some very special family memories”

Does a small intimate wedding seem appealing? Le Pommier could be the perfect setting for you. Linda has years of experience in hospitality, and would work with you to create your perfect day.

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