(Closed) Hotel drama-thoughts?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

That totally stinks!  I really dislike when hotels pull things like that.  We had similar issues – online was chaeaper than blocking rooms.  Our situation was a bit different (no worries of booking up – so we told guests online rates were the best)

1) nope I wouldn’t be –  If most guests are not local and not driving maybe put together a bus/service to transport guests to the wedding and the reception and maybe 1 or 2 runs back to the hotel after the reception (so they don’t have to rent cars if they don’t want to)

& offer the other more expensive hotel as well – just let them know the situation and online rates are better than blocked room rates

2)see 3

3)I totally think you should mention moving the parties and see if it helps.  Can’t hurt right!  If is does no good then maybe move the brunch.  I would say afterparty could be at either place (maybe depends on transport service if you do that….you could have a ‘late bus’)

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’d give your guests the option. On a card write down the 2 hotel choices, the quoted price you have, and the distance from the reception. Some guests might not mind paying the extra $$ for the resort. And some would rather save the money and just get cabs back and forth. I think you might want to look into providing transportation back and forth for the reception so people have a safe option to get home. As far as the other events – I’d go with what you want to do. There’s no reason people can’t drive to the resort for brunch. So if that’s what you want to do, go for it.

One tip – maybe use the morning after brunch as a bargaining chip with the event planner. The event planner is obviously going to what your business for this. So explain to her that if you can’t get a discounted hotel block rate then you will probably need to have the brunch elsewhere. Obviously this might not be true – but the event coordinator doesn’t need to know this. Let her think you are considering somewhere else and see if she can negotiate a good rate for you.

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