Post # 1
I’m looking into options for hotel blocks right now. And there’s slim pickins around our venue…
The first option is beautiful, historic, and pricey. And the second option is a cheaper “express” chain hotel, pretty straight forward, also nearby.
I was thinking that I would get a block at one of the hotels only, to prevent any confusion, and also to make it easier if we end up getting a shuttle. But I’m a little concerned that people will be disappointed or offended with the choice–I feel like one could be too pricey, and the other might not be as nice as people expect. Obviously people can stay where they feel comfortable, so maybe I could write a note on our website stating that?
But as a guest, which hotel would you prefer?
Post # 3
I would definitely go with the chain hotel. People don’t want to fork out a ton of money for a hotel room especially if they are traveling on top of that. As a guest, I would much prefer to stay in the plain-jane regular chain hotel 🙂
You could put the hotel’s website on your wedding website so they know what to expect. If they don’t like it, they can stay elsewhere.
Post # 4
I think you have to give them the choice for sure. Personally I would like the nicer hotel if it was only $30 more, but I think most people are really cost conscience when it comes ot weekend getaways and such.
As a destination bride I can tell you I got a whole lot of grief from people when they found out I had booked a more expensive resort for the wedding. Thankfully I salvaged things by getting a killer discount. Needless to say I still have those few penny pinchers who are complaining so offer the cheaper one as a side note!
Post # 5
i’d book blocks at both so people can make the decision themselves, but i think it is fine to offer a shuttle to only one of the options….probably the cheaper chain hotel. and let guests know in the hotel info that the shuttle will only go to one of the two options.
Post # 6
I’d personally probably choose the chain hotel as if I’m traveling and need a hotel, I’m already going to have a lot of other travel expenses. No need to spend more than necessary!
But if you can, I’d get blocks at both hotels and give your guests the information for both! Let them choose if they want to budget and save a bit on the chain hotel or splurge a bit on the historic place!
Post # 7
As cool as the historic hotel sounds…guests don’t spend a ton of time in the hotel when they travel for weddings. If I’m traveling, I want the most affordable option available.
Post # 8
@Violet Violet: i’d do both
my grandma would really prefer the nicer place
a lot of others would prefer the chain
if they’re close by, your shuttle can stop at both. no matter what, some people will be staying even other places, so just block of 5 or 10 at the fancy place and 10 + at the chain.
Post # 9
I’d be inclined to block the cheaper hotel, then in with your save the dates, maybe, (gives plenty of time) detail the other option. At least they can decide then. Will you be running into a cost risk? Like, if you don’t fill the block, will they charge you?
Post # 10
I voted “other” because i think (if possible) you should block rooms at both.
I know for mine i blocked a few varying ones at different costs to give options and it seemed to work. I know if i was coming to your wedding…for 30.00 more i would most likely get the old awsome hotel..BUT if I was with kids etc or on a tight budget i would opt for the chain 🙂
Post # 11
@Baileyh: Completely 2nd this comment.
Post # 12
I also second @baileyh’s comment. There’s a lot of different financial situations and preferences to consider and I think the only way you can do that is to offer rooms at both, or at least the option to book singly at both.
Post # 13
Personally I’d chose the nicer hotel especially because the cost doesn’t seem that different. I’m very picky about the hotels I stay at as I know a lot of people are. Plus i think a not nice hotel sort of puts a damper on the whole mood of the wedding weekend for people. However I would definitely list the other available hotels on the website, (even if you don’t have blocked rooms there).
Post # 14
If it were me I would go with the cheaper room. I personally think $200 is alot to ask your guests to pay if they are interested in staying overnight. Like some of the other bees said, if you are able to block rooms at both, definitely go for that. Those that are willing to spend a little more will and those who aren’t can stay at the express.
I lucked out with my venue. We are getting married at a resort with 3 different hotels on the grounds. The main hotel is gorgeous and pricey ($230 per night – suites with a jacuzzi and fireplace in every room). There are two more hotels that are more like a drive up motel (ranges from $98-$150ish). The rooms are still very nice and much more affordable. I listed info for all 3 options on our site so our guests can pick which one that want to stay in. Since all 3 are part of the same resort, guests still have all the same amenities and can participate in all non wedding related events that are being held there (after party and morning after brunch).
As bride and groom we get our wedding night for free in one of the suites but we plan on booking the room the night before too. FI’s family that is coming in from OOT will be staying in the main hotel as well but I assume that most other guests will opt for one of the cheaper alternatives (I would if I were them!).
Post # 15
@aunt pol: yes that’s the other thing, is the older one does have a cost risk. So I’m guessing I would book 10 with them. That way at least I know that the bridal part and family can stay there.
I didn’t realize that so many people would book two! I honestly thought it could be more confusing, but clearly, it isn’t. It just stinks having only two choices, it doesn’t give me much to stand on as far as negotiating rates either. In an ideal world I would have a hotel that’s somewhere in the middle, bc it’s always fun to have most people in the same hotel to hang out with after the wedding.