Booking wedding accommodation is one area of your budget where costs can quickly escalate. But, it’s also an area that can offer a significant potential for savings if you plan ahead!
Whether you’re seeking affordable options for traveling guests or a budget-friendly honeymoon suite, there are a few clever ways to cut costs on your lodging.
From booking early bird specials to negotiating group rates, read on as we share 5 practical tips for saving money on your wedding accommodation below!
Book Accommodation Early
One of the best ways to save money on your wedding accommodation is to start the booking process early. In most cases, booking early means you’re more likely to secure better deals and special discounts.
As soon as you’ve decided on a wedding date, start researching local accommodation options and look out for any early bird offers. By taking advantage of discounted rates for advance bookings, you can save a significant amount on your overall accommodation costs.
Negotiate Group Rates
If you’re planning a destination wedding or have a large number of out-of-town guests, reserving a hotel room block is a great way to take advantage of discounted rates! Many hotels will offer a discount of between 15% – 40% for group bookings, making it much more affordable for your loved ones.
To negotiate a group rate for your wedding, you can reach out to hotels directly or use an online platform like HotelPlanner to find and compare the best rates. You may also be able to negotiate added benefits such as complimentary breakfast, free parking or late checkout.
Once you’ve secured a group rate, don’t forget you’ll need to share the details with your guests via your wedding website.
Check out our complete guide to booking a hotel room block for your wedding here!
Choose An All-Inclusive Venue
Many wedding venues (such as retreats and private estates) offer newlywed and bridal party accommodation onsite for no additional fee, so keep an eye out for these options during your venue search! Some venues may also have on-site accommodation options for guests, such as glamping tents, cabins or cottages.
Booking an all-inclusive wedding venue can also help you save money in other areas (such as transport) while making the logistics of your day much easier.
Consider An Off-Peak Wedding
Being flexible with your wedding date is another way you can take advantage of lower prices for your wedding accommodation. Weekends during peak “wedding season” are prime time for hotels, which usually results in higher prices. By planning a weekday or off-season wedding, you can typically expect reduced accommodation rates.
As a bonus, planning a weekday wedding will generally lower your expenses across the board, with many venues and suppliers offering reduced rates during their quiet period!
Look Beyond Traditional Hotels
While hotels are often the most convenient option for accommodation, don’t be afraid to explore some alternative options that may be suitable. Vacation rentals, bed and breakfasts and Airbnbs can all be cost-effective options for wedding accommodation.
Keep an eye out for rental properties that can accommodate multiple guests or families, too. This allows groups of guests to split the costs and reduce individual expenses.
Wedding Guest Accommodation FAQs
Unsure about who pays for what when it comes to wedding guest accommodation, and how to share the details with your loved ones? We answer your wedding guest accommodation FAQs right here!