- Wedding: November 2006 - Metropolitan Club
thanks, everyone, for all the feedback.
hotel roms: the thing about all the hotel rooms, is that it’s not ahuge concern that–without holding these rooms– the hotel will be sold out that weekend. it’s Mexico in May, which is not the high season, plus (as mentioned above) the bad economy certainly won’t help the hotel fill its 400+ rooms. the other thing is that, even if the hotel weren’t to hold rooms, it would all be ok. there are *tons* of hotels in the area for less than a $10 cab ride away. (the other fear is that many guests won’t be too keen on the $300+/night rooms at the hotel and may opt to stay elsewhere in any event). oh, yeah, also? the room rate offered to BIL’s guests is no better than what you can find online through the hotel’s own web site (and less through aggregators).
@NDTexas–that’s a great idea re: allowing for 20% attrition.
i just think that the hotel is wanting them to guarantee occupancy of no less than 10 rooms, for a 3-night minimum, with all rooms being prepaid by the bride and groom– then, the guests pay for their rooms on *top* of what B&G have laid out in advance, with B&G’s deposit being applied "as credit" toward the wedding. the thing is, according to dates set forth in the contract, the wedding (food & bev) would already have been paid for too.
@suzanno: to your point re: prepaying for rooms at fancier hotels, maybe it’s specific to ski areas (i don’t ski) but my husband and i travel often to 5-star places (US and abroad) and have never had longer than a 7-day advance cancellation deadline. at most. i’ve only had to prepay when i’ve booked at a preferred rate of some sort… but that’s just my experience. (we usually go to warm places so our experience may be skewed!)
liquidated damages: i understand the loss of profit motivation for this clause, but am lost on the superhigh percentage. for example, 90% of what Future Sister-In-Law and BIL are paying for the wedding is *not* profit for the hotel. i.e., if there’s no wedding, they won’t have the cost of the alchohol consumed, the non-perishable food also won’t cost them anything if the wedding never happens and other costs that will only be incurred to the hotel if the wedding takes place. obvs, noone plans on cancelling a wedding, but i think the 90% liquidated damages gives the hotel a windfall profit if, heaven forbid, the wedding is off… but, truth be told, if BIL is deadset on this venue negotiations notwithstanding, then i am definitely going to push him for insurance, as you all have suggested. great idea that somehow i had never thought of!!