(Closed) Wedding Location issue

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I love both Boston and Cape Cod! I don’t think you could go wrong with either option. Personally, I’d prefer the Cape Code option. I think a few hrs of traffic is a small price to pay. Also, since your bridal party would need to take some extra days off for wedding events, the traffic wouldn’t be nearly as bad during the week. Obviously other guests would still have some traffic issues, but for me that wouldn’t be a determining factor. My cousin had his wedding in a very popular tourist destination in the middle of the summer and it took me hours to get there, but I was happy to do it to attend the wedding of someone I love!

 

ETA: I’d be happy as a guest to not have to rent a car so I can see both sides of the coin. Maybe if you decide to do it in Boston, you can take the amount of $ you would have spent renting a house on the cape and divide it by the number of attendants you have and offer that to each attendant to offset the hotel cost. Even if it didn’t cover the entire cost, I’m sure they would appreciate that you are taking their expenses into account. 

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I grew up in Massachusetts, and honestly, going to the Cape in the summer is really expensive.  The hotels/cottages are usually booked SO far in advance.  So, you’re adding an expensive hotel, flight, rental car, AND wedding gift.  Once you add in the nightmarish traffic to get down there, you’re creating a fairly decent-sized headache for guests. On this alone, I’d say pick the aquarium.  It’s still a gorgeous venue, has your beach theme, and is much more travel friendly.

 

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I don’t know which one would be better, but if you’re concerned about not being able to pay for hotels for your bridal party at the acquarium option, could you consider helping cover some of it?

We arranged with our hotel to pay a set dollar amount of each bridal party members room.  That way, if you want to choose the acquarium you don’t have to feel as bad about not being able to cover their rooms. 

Post # 6
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9551 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I definately vote aquarium. First of the aquarium in Boston is awesome and I think it would be a really cool venue. And, if I’m remembering correctly, I think they have a nice balcony that would be great for cocktails. Second, I think the traffic would be a huge annoyance to your guests. And if they aren’t familiar with the area they may not know what they’re getting into. While I think it’s nice that you would pay for a house for the bridal party, I don’t know that it’s worth inconveniencing 90% of your guests to be nice to 10% (the bridal party). I’d try to find a way to help with their stays in Boston. And you’d also be saving them the need to rent cars which will save them money. If you really had your heart set on Cape Cod then I’d say go for it and your guests will figure out a way. But if you would be just as happy at the aquarium, I think that’s the better bet. I actually thought about using an aquarium for my reception as well – so I obviously think it’s a really cool and memorable and fun idea. I think your guests would love it.

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