I'm crazy detail oriented and am already worried about things like where everyone will stay. I posted this on the Illinois Board too but would love your input as well :-)
I need some advice. We are getting married at Union Station in Chicago, which is pretty well in the heart of the city. I was hoping to find a hotel within walking distance because a) we can offer parking vouchers at the garage right across the street from our venue and b) I dont anyone to be tempted to drive after a night of partying.
Here's my issue...There's 4 hotels in the close area. The W hotel which is absolutly amazing but it going to cost guest about $150 extra versus the already high hotel room costs in the city. Then there's the Palmer House and the Blake Hotel which are nice but a bit farther and would require people to get a cab. Finally there's a Holiday Inn within walking distance. The last 3 would all run about the same and be around $200 for the night. I hate asking everyone to spend so much on my day.
I love the W and that's where I want to stay. Should I expect my guests to stay there as well? Should I try to set up group options at 2 hotels and let guests pick? Or should I somehow gracely say the group is set up at the W but if you would like to seek more afforable options here are some? I know some people won't stay because they live in the city and can take a train/bus/cab home easily. Some people make out of town weddings a mini vacation so I'm not sure they'd mind the hotel prices. And it's Chicago and nothing is ever cheap lol
I'm so torn and I wanted to mention the hotel on our Save the Date cards so people could start planning ahead. I think I am worrying too much already but would love advice.
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