Post # 1
All – my FI and I have decided on having our wedding and reception in a hotel ballroom (Indian wedding with lots of outside guests, so it’s really the most convenient option for us). If you’ve done a hotel wedding – how flexible and open to negotiation have the venues been with you? What kind of things were they able to be flexible with and what not (alcohol, for example…)? Thanks so much for your help!
Updated: I just saw this thread but it’s old, so any additional advice would be appreciated!
Post # 3
We’re having our reception in a hotel ballroom. As far as the actual meal is concerned, we have to use their catering and have 8 different entree options to select from. Before the ballroom doors open a half an hour before the reception begins, there will be a few trays of finger foods available for guests who are arriving early. In addition, they are allowing us to set up a "hospitality room" down the hall which we can bring in our own food to stock (chips, pretzels, pop, etc.) for people who traveled in from out of town and have no where to go in between the ceremony and reception (I liked this fact as it will certainly be appreciated by the guests and we can stock it CHEAPLY!).
We’re not having an open bar, but due to their liquor license we would be restricted to only using their alcohol (we couldn’t bring in a keg, for example). And, from speaking to other brides using own venue who are having alcohol, they only offer one "open bar" option which costs about $15 a head (this is on top of the charge for food).
We’re also allowed to have the cake brought in from an outside bakery and we’re bringing in our own candy and sweets to stock our candy buffet.