Post # 1
So looking at Hotel Maya for next year, but found out it’s the weekend of the Long Beach Grand Prix.
They warned us about noise, but we’re thinking of doing a late Sunday ceremony.
From the website it says the event usually finishes at 5pm/5:30pm.
Definitely, during race time not an ideal condition to get married with the noise. The Hotel is across the water so nothing that will block the noise, even though the grand prix will be on the other side of the water.
I’m wondering for those that live in LB, or have exeprience on outside ceremonies in LB during this time does the noise die down (after 5pm) and becomes manageable or do we need to start looking for a different site :(…
We have certain auspicious dates so kind of lock, and trying to keep Sunday to keep costs down. The other Sunday has a conflict, so my other options are Saturday and Friday auspicious dates.
Could do Friday (completely different weekend), but thinking of doing it on a Friday and having out of towners traveling around LA on a Friday they would probably hate us :).
Post # 3
During the race the noise is unbearable, but around 5 should be fine. Only problem I see is traffic. Downtown Long Beach is crazy that whole weekend. And if I’m not mistaken, Friday is a qualifying day so you would have the same problems. Also, hotels will be booked. Good luck!
Post # 4
I lived in Downtown for a couple of years during the madness of Grand Prix. The traffic, as mentioned above, is absolutely insane. Not to mention the drunken onlookers. The car noise may die down around 5 or so, but they have after parties with concerts that take over directly after. I could usually hear this from 11 stories up until about 11-12 or so at night.
Another thing to think about, which I did NOT (and I am having my wedding that same weekend, but in San Pedro) the hotels will be booked. And I mean, they’re booked in San Pedro because of the Grand Prix, so Long Beach will be a nightmare. Not only that, prices double in all the surrounding cities. Just something to note if you have guests coming from out of town, or any guests that may want to crash at a hotel.
Post # 5
Grand Prix’s are very, very, VERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRY loud. Been to one. They also can, and do run overtime, often. I say change venues or dates.
Post # 6
DON’T DO IT, WOMAN!!! Seriously, I worked at the Hyatt in the center of it all for 5 years and it is MADNESS. Your guests will be PISSED with you. Room rates run at around $400/night for a standard room at pretty much any hotel downtown. The traffic is worse than you can even imagine. There is no parking anywhere. And the whole downtown area is blocked off and nearly impossible to navigate. I HATED even coming to work during Grand Prix. Please don’t do this to yourself… This will not end well!
Post # 7
Our Best Man & Maid of Honor (they are husband and wife) got married at Hotel Maya & it beautiful. I loved the reception room with the sliding wall that opens to the deck! So, I’d recomend staying with the Hotel Maya and switching your date, to a NON-grand prix weekend, if possible!!! It would be horrible to navigate around downtown during that weekend! Your vendors and guests will probably end up being late due to the traffic and blocked roads.