- 8 years ago
- Wedding: September 2011
So we booked our venue back in July for our fall wedding. Part of the appeal is that the hotel is ‘attached’ as in it’s a 100 ft walk from the reception hall to the hotel at the resort. I checked prices at the hotel back in July, and while they were a little higher than I wanted (around $130-150), me, my fiancee, and our families thought the conveinence of having everything right there would balance that out. And surely with a big group we’d get some kind of a discount right?
Last week I called the room rep to book a block of rooms. To find that not only have prices gone up, but there is now a $20 resort fee. And there’s no discount whatsoever, the only bonus to blocking rooms is that we get guaranteed spaces. Which means rooms are now $200-and that’s not including the resort fee. HOLY MOLY. The hotel rep even stated outright that we might be able to find a cheaper rate online, but for the contracted block we had to do it at this rate and wouldn’t it be great to make 100% sure that there would be space? Um….no.
So we called the hotel that is a 10 minute drive down the street. And they have rooms for $64. Much much better. The problem is the only way to get to it is by car, and it’s kind of out in the middle of a office park. Nice, but not thrilling by any means.
So my questions:
1) If you’re a guest are you going to be annoyed that the main hotel isn’t withing walking distance? Keep in mind our church is a 20 minute drive away.
2) Should we move the after party and the morning after brunch to the new hotel? The bar is super nice at the expensive place, but if everyone is staying at hotel b-I don’t think it’s worth it.
3) I’m planning on calling our event coordinator at the expensive place (who is still hosting our reception) and talking to them about the cost. Honestly, I’d still like to have all of those events there. But if rooms are that expensive and they can’t work something out, we’re going to take the other events down the street. Which when you think we are talking about 40 rooms, at least that many for brunch, and the afterparty-that’s a heck of alot of $ that they are losing from us. Is it even worth it to try and negoitate with them?