(Closed) Asking for a comped room to view the venue

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1423 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

At the inn we’re having our wedding at, they just offered to comp a room for us when we need to select our menu and take care of all the details.  This was after we’d already visited once and put down a desposit.

I think it’s fairly standard practice, just ask!  You could just mention that you’ve heard it’s the norm and were wondering….

Oops!  I just re-read the title of your post.  It might be a different story after you’ve signed a contract.  It might be harder to pull off if you’re still ‘just looking’. 

Post # 4
1428 posts
Bumble bee

I spent 13+ years working in hotels & I can tell you from my experience we would not comp a room for someone coming to see the hotel for the first time for a wedding. Since it is a destination wedding, I would certainly ask (doesn’t hurt & hotels are hurting for business right now) but I agree with blugreenjean, you’re much more likely to get a comp if they know you are indeed coming to meet with the catering manager after you have signed the contract and they know they are getting your business.

In regards to how to word your email request…pour on the charm, ie:We LOVE your hotel & would love to visit to be sure it is the right location for us, however with the expense of travel we’d be ever so grateful if you could offer us a complimentary room for our visit.
Also, you may want to add, I completely understand given the economy if you cannot offer a comp, is there anything you could do in terms of a discounted room rate?

Hope this helps – good luck! 🙂

Post # 6
360 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - Westwind YWCA camp

I just wrote about our semi-destination wedding venue search on my blog.  My fiance and I stayed at most of the venues, and we asked them point-blank if they could give us a discount on the room rate since we were there to consider them for our venue.  Every place we asked gave us a discount.  We’re talking 10-15%, though.  If that’s fine with you also, don’t hesitate to ask for a discount!

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