Congratulations! You are getting married on the East End! We know your celebration will be fabulous now that you have set the date and booked the venue for your Hamptons or North Fork wedding.
Whether it’s a destination wedding or you are a local expecting out-of-town guests, your wedding is not the time to host overnighters at your place. Fortunately, the East End offers many lodging options, from quaint and cozy bed and breakfast inns and motels to full-service resorts and even condos or private homes with short-term rentals. So, no matter the budget, or style, there is sure to be a clean, comfortable place for your guests to enjoy no matter how long they are in town.
If you are expecting a crowd of out-of-towners, reserving a block of rooms at a hotel may be the simplest option. Expect some limitations and restrictions, especially if booking several months to a year in advance, but a block reservation may offer the best rates on the rooms, and keep everyone in one place. That makes the logistics of transportation simpler—one party bus—one stop. In fact, a few banquet venues also have onsite lodging—very convenient!
With the trend for wedding celebrations to take over an entire weekend, you may want to encourage your guests to find a local inn or bed and breakfast. This gives them a chance to enjoy some private down time, and there is no better way for visitors to enjoy the North Fork or the Hamptons than booking a room at a local guest house where the innkeeper will offer some local flavor. This is where the popular “farm to fork” type experience awaits as the host showcases their own culinary specialties and connects the guests to favorite local attractions.
The B&Bs are also ideal for an elopement or small affair. In fact, some innkeepers offer elopement packages, complete with an officiant, champagne for toasting, wedding cake, and a photographer to capture the celebration. Look for pre-screened inns offering elopement packages in the “Let’s Elope” section of NorthForkWeddings and SouthForkWeddings.
If you are set on a home away from home experience, then definitely consider a condo or private home. Be aware, however, that depending on the season when you will need the accommodations, you many need to book these well in advance. You will find beautiful homes with plenty of space for the extended family to relax and enjoy in the days before and after the celebration. Depending on the property restrictions, you may even be able to host the wedding there—or at the very least the rehearsal or day-after brunch.
If you would like some hotel-style housekeeping services in a home atmosphere, then a resort condo or a suite rental is worth considering. A maid service will pick-up after you while you enjoy the comforts and privacy of a roomy apartment, complete with a full kitchen, multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, and a separate living room to host small gatherings.
If you are looking for a private home, a vacation rental website like VRBO is handy, but don’t leave out the real estate agents. They are the professionals who know the regulations governing the community you are considering, and will make certain you are not renting a place that prohibits the activities you have planned—especially if you planned on hosting the wedding reception on the property. After all, one of the main reasons the North Fork and Hamptons have maintained their allure is the strict adherence to zoning, parking, and noise ordinances. The local authorities have shut down parties that have gotten out of hand, and will not hesitate to do the same if yours does not meet all the local rules.
With the wedding day upon you, worrying about the comfort of your out of town guests is the last thing you need. Don’t wait until the last minute to find the clean, comfortable lodging everyone needs to enjoy their visit to the East End. The NorthForkWeddings.com and SouthForkWeddings.com service directories maintain a comprehensive list of pre-screened lodging services that is sure to suit any budget and preference.