- 9 years ago
- Wedding: May 2010
So my best friend, like me, has decided to have her reception at a hotel. On her wedding website under "Guest Information" The only thing written is the name of the hotel and a phone number, no website, group code, or special rate mentioned. I’ve never stayed at this particular hotel, so I assumed they just didn’t have an online booking system.
When I called to make my reservation, the nice reservation lady told me that my friend’s group rate is $149/night for a King bedroom with a separate sitting area. I asked if there were any other options with a smaller bed and no sitting area and she said no.
Since I am a bridesmaid in this wedding as well as several others coming up soon AND trying to save for MY wedding and a down payment on a house (yeah, right..) I couldn’t get it out of my mind that there were no smaller rooms at this hotel and went online this morning to check. Sure enough, there is a King Bedroom (with no sitting room) available the night of her wedding for $119.
I didn’t want to bother my friend about it (she is SUPER stressed right now), so I called back the reservation lady to get some more info. I explained the situation to her and asked if there was a mistake with her group rate or with the online system. I mean – wedding blocks are usually CHEAPER than the usual rate, right?? She couldn’t really answer me, but she did tell me that the bride gets a free room that night if all the rooms in her block are booked..
So.. it’s now clear how different my friend and I are – she did not negotiate the available rooms or the room rate. They just blocked off the nicer rooms for her guests to make more money (since everyone will be staying at the hotel) and just told her to use the phone number so guests wouldn’t find out. The reservation lady told me to call her back if I book the cheaper room online and she will cancel my reservation. BUT that would take away from my friend getting her "free" bridal suite the night of her wedding.
My question is (most importantly)
1) Should I tell my friend about the situation? We haven’t spoken about how she blocked the rooms so I don’t know her side of the story yet. I really don’t want to cause her any more stress if she already knows about it.
Less Important, but still valid:
2) Am I incorrect in assuming that normally the blocked rooms are LESS expensive than non-blocked rooms? I have been to countless weddings and have always paid a cheaper rate for the blocked rooms, so this is totally new to me.
Thank you!! 🙂