Post # 1
I’m asking this question of all you budget-minded people. I’m considering a venue in downtown Boston. As many of you know, hotels in this area are super-expensive in the summer so I had considered putting the room block in my home town (1 hour outside of Boston) and getting a bus to bring people directly to the venue. I would also offer this option to local people so they wouldn’t have to drive into the city.
If you were attending this wedding would you use the bus option or would you rather pay the (several hundred dollars) extra to say in the immediate vicinity of the venue? If you were local would you just drive and park? (Parking is still $20-$30, on top of scary Boston driving).
Any thoughts would be much appreciated!
Post # 3
I would pay to stay, because then I wouldn’t have to worry about being drunk and getting transportation home.
Post # 5
I voted for the pricier hotel block in the city. Folks who are flying in for the weekend will want to enjoy the city and not spend several hours on a bus in addition to travel to and from the area.
We got married in NYC, so I feel your pain about hotel prices!
Post # 6
I think it’s nice of you to consider that option, but I think logistically it’ll be a nightmare. What if people are late for the bus departure? What if people want to leave at different times? I think you should go with a hotel near the venue, but try to find a cheaper one maybe like 20 minutes away as well? That way people have options. And locals can always carpool.
Post # 7
@BrideNH: Can you do two hotel blocks? one farther and one closer? Just make the blocks smaller if htey have a minimum requirement.
Would you be providing transportation at the end of the night too?
If I was local, I might drive, depending if it was a cash or open bar — Cash bar I would drive since I probably wouldn’t drink, open bar I’d take the bus assuming you were arranging the bus to take people back as well.
If I was flying in, I might be inclined to do the closer hotel if it was at least really nice, but then I may have to pay for a taxi anyways assuming its not in walking distance of the ceremony/reception so I’d probably do the far one if we couldn’t swing that extra $
Post # 8
I would recommend getting a hotel block near the venue. If there are any less expensive hotels nearby, get a block there too. I think a hotel block an hour away is just too much trouble for you and for your guests. Out of Town guests who can’t afford to stay near the venue will figure out something else. If they can’t, hopefully they will contact you, your Fiance, or your immediate families for some guidance. Locals should be able to figure out a feasible plan, whether that involves a Dirty Delete and paying for parking, taking public transportation, or taking a cab. It’s wonderful that you are being so considerate of your guests.
Post # 9
If I were flying in, I’d go for the expensive, downtown option. It would make sightseeing a lot easier and be generally less of a hassle.
If I were local, I would love you for being considerate enough to book a bus to get me there and back without the question of driving in Boston post-wedding. Or at all.
Post # 10
If I were local I would probably take the bus (or a cab) so that I wouldn’t have to drink and drive. If I weren’t local, I’d probably stay closest to the venue.
Post # 11
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
i def wouldn’t want to stay at a $200-300 hotel! weddings are expensive enough to attend!
Post # 12
If I was local, I wouldn’t want to stay in a hotel an hour away, it would be too much of a logistics mess even with the bus (because I’d still have the drive to NH/back which isn’t that cheap with gas/tolls). I’d probably either have a Dirty Delete or take a cab home after the wedding.
Post # 13
My friend had an hour shuttle ride from the hotel to her venue and back. We chose to stay at a hotel nearby. I absolutely hate having to shuttle to weddings, but an hour is just way too much.
Post # 14
You might try reaching out to some hotels in Boston to get a sense of what rate they might offer you for a wedding block. So long as you’re getting married after the college graduation rush (which it looks like you are), it might not be as expensive as you think. I also live in an expensive city, and we were able to negotiate what I thought were reasonable and affordable rates at two nice hotels (two different rates to allow for different price points). I was upfront about the price range we wanted, and the hotels made an effort to accommodate that. (If they can’t lower the rate as much as you like, perhaps they can include breakfast or wi-fi or some other perk for your guests.) Good luck!
Post # 15
If I was traveling, I would want to stay in Boston, to be able to do touristy things, unless I was really broke. If I was local I would probably take the shuttle, just to avoid drinking and driving, but if I had a Dirty Delete, I would just drive and pay the money because buses are not really my thing.
Post # 16
@BrideNH: I’m somewhat local so I’d take the commuter rail into Boston. Whether I’d take the bus from there would depend on where the bus was leaving from and where the reception is/whether there is a T station nearby & I’d do what was most convenient.