Post # 1
We are getting married in Beacon Hill in Boston. They hotels in the area for room blocks are SOOO expensive and parking can cost ~ $40 per day. So we have found a less expensive hotel in Waltham, about a 15 min ride to the venue … we will be providing guest transportation to and from the venue on the wedding day. However, if we blocked rooms at a hotel closer to the city, and we found a few room prices that would be reasonable, ~ $150 per night, guests would have to pay parking, between $25 – 35 per day.
If you were a guest, would you rather a shorter ride to the venue, about 10 mins, but have to pay for daily parking at the hotel? Or would you rather stay farther away, about a 20 – 30 min ride with traffic, and have free parking and only have to cover the cost of you room?
Post # 3
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
Why don’t you get a block at both hotels and let guests decide? Personally FI and I always stay close to the venue because he’s usually unable to drive at the end of the night… but others may prefer the alternative.
Post # 4
If you are providing transportation between the hotel and venue on the wedding day, I would prefer the hotel with free parking. It doesn’t really make much difference to me if i’m sitting on a bus for 15 min or 30 min as long as someone else is driving 🙂
Post # 5
I’d try to do blocks at both and give your guests the info so they can choose.
However, if you had to pick one, I might go with free parking, especially if your guests are from areas where parking is free/cheap normally. I’m from such an area and it totally irks me when I visit Chicago (or other large city) and have to pay $50/day to park at the hotel!