Post # 1
So our venue just sent me a preliminary contract to look over, and I notice it has a “Noise policy”:
“In-suite parties are not permitted. Noise complaints received due to excessive noise from wedding guests after hours will be billed to the group master account.”
Huh? So if someone else gets too noisy in their room, they’re going to charge ME for the discount they give to the neighbors. How does this make sense!?
I don’t think there will be any partiers in my wedding but it seems really unreasonable to expect me to pay for their misbehaviour of other paying adults. If they weren’t at a wedding they would be charged directly (or kicked out).
As I said, I don’t expect anyone to be rowdy, but then again, you never know. Should I just sign it and hope for the best, or should I refuse? Is this normal?!
Post # 3
I’ve never heard of noisy guests, in a party environment (Or group function) being charged seperately.
I’ve only heard of the original person who agreed to the contract being signed. The guests didn’t sign a contract, you (or whoever) did. Also, who is going to go around policing the guests? How are they going to make them sign agreements to not be noisy and then ask them to pay up when they do?
It’s a really crappy thing, but you need to police your own guests if you think someone is going to get rowdy.
Post # 4
@Junip3r: That’s a really crappy thing to do, once your wedding is over any guests that are guests at the hotel are not your responsibility, that’s completely unfair to you. I understand charging you for rowdy guests while your wedding is in progress, but once the wedding is done and guests go on their merry little ways, those spending the night in the hotel shouldn’t be your concern.
Post # 5
@drummerbride: +1! All you’re doing is giving your guests the courtesy of ensuring the venue has enough rooms available to book for their stay. How they conduct themselves before or after your event shouldn’t be your problem.
Post # 6
@Hyperventilate: I think the part she’s unhappy about is that even after he wedding is over, if guests who are staying in the rooms incur noise complaints, she will be charged. Their stay in their own rented rooms is not a group function, it’s their own business. The hotel is also explicitly saying that the private room is not supposed to be a party environment. Besides, no one needs to track the guests down to sign a separate contract, it’s obvious to everyone that they are agreeing to abide by the rules of the hotel when they book their own rooms and provide their own credit cards to pay the charges.
ETA: if for some reason I lost my mind and became one of those guests who made too much noise and caused the newlyweds to be billed for it, I would feel like utter crap about it. I would feel even worse if I found out after a while and had no idea about the policy at the time. I don’t understand why anyone involved in the scenario would want the bride and groom to carry that burden and why someone would come up with this policy.
Post # 7
Vety odd, I’d ask them to remove that from the contract.
Post # 8
Have you called them and asked them to clarify that clause?
Post # 9
@Hyperventilate: I think you misread my post. I’m not talking about noisy guests in a group function. I’m talking about guests of the hotel, who were at my wedding, being noisy in their own rooms after the party is over. They don’t want to deal with a normal consequence of running a hotel (i.e. talking to patrons when there is a noise complaint, or threatening to charge them/kick them out). The “Noise Policy” is just an attempt to make me do it for them.
@SeaSalt: Nope. The sales and marketing manager, who I have been dealing with, is away for a couple of days. My dad is going to go in to sign the contract and will probably just refuse to sign that part (it’s separate). My extended family is a pretty important client of theirs (they have a reasonably large business in the tiny town where this hotel is located and have christmas parties there), so I don’t imagine it will be a huge issue. It’s just funny the kind of crap people try to sneak into stuff like this, hoping you won’t notice.
Post # 10
@Junip3r: I guess I don’t understand why you posted asking for advice if you should just sign it then.
Post # 11
@Junip3r: My mom’s cousin ran into this. Her guests were horrible. Loud, partying, and truely celebrating being done with med school and such. It ruined the wedding for my parents and aunt’s and uncles. Their views on it were so strong that I didn’t get a room block because of this.
The bride was horrified– here they are, doctors who are close to 30 years old– acting like frat boys. After seeing how the guests I would expect to behave behaved, I wouldn’t sign the contract (she got a huge bill and was threatened to have the entire block kicked out of the hotel).
Post # 12
@SeaSalt: No, I don’t think we will sign that part. I just wondered if anyone else had encountered something like that, because it’s pretty crazy. I can’t imagine it’s very common.
Post # 13
This does seem odd. You could attempt to renegotiate but if they stand firm it could be a deal breaker. Does anything else seem shady?
Post # 14
Wow.. that seems a little odd!! I’ve been to two weddings where i’ve had to sign “No party policies” upon chekcing into my room (under a room block). Those policies have basically said that if noise complaints occur they could kick me out and charge me. Not the person who negotiated the block. I would talk this over with your venue contact.
Post # 15
If they won’t take it out of the contract, just send invites early, or send save-the-dates with suggested lodging. “Book early, it will fill up soon!” That way they’ll be on their own and not under your room block and contract. We had such a small wedding that we just did that – suggested a place people stay but didn’t block off the 4-5 rooms we expected to be booked. Our guests are adults and could handle finding lodging on their own if it got full (luckily it didn’t so the drunk bus just made one stop at the end of the night).