Currently, about 20 percent of wedding guests arrive at Camptown from Tuesday to Thursday for a weekend ceremony, with Wednesdays experiencing the largest growth, Mr. Wendell said: “You see people at the pool with laptops, taking calls on the nature paths.”
The Kimpton Armory, a boutique hotel in downtown Bozeman, Mont., also has experienced an uptick in midweek wedding guest check-ins, according to Courtney Reeves, the director of sales and marketing at the hotel. To accommodate those and other guests hoping to do some office work during their stay, the hotel has upgraded its free Wi-Fi, boosted coverage on the roof deck, added free printing services and opened up its meeting rooms, when they aren’t booked, for people who want to drop in with a laptop for a while.
Michael Bruno, the owner of Valley Rock Inn, in Sloatsburg, N.Y., said a quarter of wedding-related stays in the last year extended two to three days beyond the weekend, an increase compared with prepandemic times. Guests who stay extra days can take advantage of guided hikes and bike rides, yoga and spin classes. Remote-work capabilities include free high-speed internet throughout the property, so guests can work indoors or outdoors, and meeting rooms equipped with large screens and whiteboards. Copying and printing are available as well.
The growth of extended-stay wedding guests happened naturally, said Mr. Wendell, of Camptown, but looking toward the 2024 wedding season, he said, “We are marketing to that group.” When wedding inquiries come in now, planners highlight the appeal of the property’s remote-work capabilities and longer stays. “The area is very much a weekend destination,” he said, so filling midweek rooms really helps the business.
Sometimes an unexpectedly large group of remote-working early birds causes a last-minute change of plans.