Post # 1
I looked at a hotel in North Jersey which I really like, I do feel it might need a little more work in decorating it. The food is very good though and the Manager we’ve been dealing with has been great. It’s also within our budget.
I looked at two other banquet halls in the same area, also within our budget and unfortunately it didn’t work out because they have no type of customer service and the people who showed us around were just rude. Worst part is I fell in love with one location but I would not be able to deal with someone like that at all.
My question is has anyone had a family member or friend who has held their ceremony and reception at a hotel and have any bad experiences with the hotel?
Any responses would help. Thanks in advance.
Post # 3
If you list the hotel we may be more helpful.
Post # 4
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.
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 # 5
Heather25 it’s the Hilton in Hasbrouck Heights.
Wonderlanded, that’s why I really prefer, convenience. I like that everything is available in one location. I don’t need a limo which saves us money 🙂 I’m not crazy about the chairs at the location and I don’t want to have to spend too much on chair covers for ceremony AND reception. The outdoor ceremony is something I prefer but if the weather wasn’t working for us we may always go indoors and that would be last minute. It makes me a little nervous because the room for the ceremony is just ok. I know I can’t control mother nature so I should just make the best of it and try to have a good back up plan. It’s a nice hotel and like I said overall convenient and the manager very professional as well as helpful.
Post # 6
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 # 7
Wow, well the premium bar was included in our wedding package which was pretty good. We’re only having 100 ppl at our wedding, mostly his side of the family. My side is very small. How many ppl are you having at your wedding, if you don’t mind me asking 🙂
Post # 8
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 # 9
Thanks Effenjerk. I visited the website and it looks beautiful. We might just have to make an appt to take a look at this venue. Thanks again.
Post # 10
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
If I may ask, how much does the Hilton charge per person I was thinking of having my exception there. Thanks