(Closed) Hotel Venue Question?

posted 9 years ago in New Jersey – North Central New Jersey
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

If you list the hotel we may be more helpful.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We were really pleased to find a hotel we really liked for our reception venue. We’re getting married in a church, but if we weren’t we would have loved to have the ceremony there as well.

In my experience, good things about using hotels:

You just head upstairs at the end of the party, and your guests have the option to do the same! As our guests are coming from all over the world, having that convenience is a major plus.

They have permament wait staff who know the venue really well, because it’s where they work every single day — which you don’t get with caterers.

It’s not their only source of revenue, so may not be as expensive or may have more room to negotiate on price.

Downsides:

You probably have less scope for creativity in decorations than at some other venues.

You may not get the room as far in advance to decorate, so things may get a bit rushed — but it really varies from hotel to hotel.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2010

A big negative of a hotel reception is the cost of alcohol.  Most hotels require you to use thier beverage service, which can get super pricey.  Some places I’ve looked at charge between $35-$40 per person for a four hour open bar – and if you pay by the drink, they typically charge $3-$4 for water and soda. 

I would love to have my reception in a hotel but I am having a large wedding, so the alcohol cost alone would kill me.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I just got married at Crystal Springs in the Grand Cascades Lodge this past August, and I absolutely loved it! They were super accomodating and worked with my budget. It helped that I booked the place 7 months before, so they were willing to work with me because they knew they weren’t going to book a saturday in such a short amount of time.

One thing I went with was uplighting. The room was beautiful to begin with, but it was the best money I’d spent. I went with an amber color and it gave the room a warm candle glow and everyone looked great in the pictures.

Hope this helps.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Syvaob – I am having 350 people, so the bar cost is going to kill me.  I did find some places that inculded the bar in the cost of the package, but the per person cost still worked out to be way way too high. 

On the upside, I finally found a venue that I like and that fits sort of within my budget.  It isn’t my favorite place but it is nice and I think at the end of the day, no one (including me) will be unhappy with it.

Post # 11
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: February 2014

If I may ask, how much does the Hilton charge per person I was thinking of having my exception there.  Thanks

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