Booking your wedding night accommodation – an essential guide

Booking your wedding night accommodation.

Here at Country House Weddings, we aren’t just known and loved for our fabulous wedding venues – a collection considered the finest in the south of England! Our venues also boast impressive accommodation that can be booked by couples and their guests for use on the night of their wedding or the night before.

In this blog post, we answer the key questions surrounding the booking of wedding night accommodation so you and your guests can enjoy the complete package.

Why book wedding night accommodation?

Whether you’re looking for digs for you and your wedding squad to spend your last night of freedom in style or want a comfortable place to rest up after all the fun and frolics of your wedding day, booking a wedding venue with accommodation makes perfect sense for so many reasons.

As well as offering the ultimate escape for newlyweds and giving your wedding day VIPs a treat too, booking accommodation can also reduce your wedding’s carbon footprint. By staying over the night before or on your wedding night, you can spend less on transport and reduce your travel time dramatically.

When should you book your accommodation?

For couples tying the knot with us, wedding night accommodation is discussed at the point of booking, but you don’t have to commit there and then.

We understand that some couples don’t know their exact requirements until they have spoken to their guests. While we recommend securing your wedding night or night before accommodation sooner rather than later, the teams at our venues are ready and waiting to assist you with the reservation of available accommodation as soon as you’re ready.

Some accommodation at selected venues (mainly the outlying cottages) is accessible on a first come, first served basis.

Who should you reserve rooms for?

When it comes to night before accommodation, having your bridal party stay with you serves a very practical purpose. They’ll be there early the next morning to prep for the day ahead, meaning no transportation dramas or late arrivals holding you and your wedding timeline back.

When booking wedding night accommodation, anything goes. The parents and/or grandparents of the bride and groom usually get first dibs after the newlyweds, while siblings, bridesmaids and groomsmen may also be invited to stay the night.

For the guests who didn’t make the cut, breaking the news can be awkward, especially if they were expecting to stay. They’ll understand that the venue you have picked only has room for a limited number of people, however. Be sure to inform guests who can’t stay over – and were expecting to – as soon as you can so they can make alternative arrangements.

Who pays for wedding night accommodation?

Once the couple is certain who they’d like to allocate rooms for, it is their responsibility to collect the money from guests and pay the venue.

Traditionally, wedding guests will pay for their own overnight stays. For night before accommodation, the same rules apply with bridesmaids and groomsmen expected to share the cost. Who pays for the couple’s honeymoon suite is up for debate. Here The Knot explains more:

“When it comes to who pays for the wedding night accommodations, there really are no rules. The couple’s parents may opt to pay for the hotel room, or another family member or friend might cover the cost as a wedding gift. The couple themselves can also pay for their wedding night room. However, if you’re hosting your wedding ceremony and/or reception in a hotel, the honeymoon suite might be included as part of your event package.”

For couples marrying at Clearwell Castle and booking The Wyndham as accommodation for their wedding guests, reservations are made directly via

For further information regarding the accommodation options available at Country House Weddings venues, please contact us today.

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