Post # 1
I’m the Maid/Matron of Honor and am planning a spa bachelorette day, then dinner out afterwards (in a larger city), with going out after that and getting a hotel. My question is for those of you that went to or planned a spa day is it acceptable to ask for a discount? How should I go about doing asking this? It is a small spa that is being very accomadating to all of us. Oh…and any ideas on what food to bring in? It will start at 12 and end about 3:30. Thanks!
Post # 3
You could call and ask if they have special group rates/discounts. Never hurts to ask. Food…of course chocolate, maybe some fruit like strawberries. And wine or champagne maybe? You could all eat lunch before getting there, snack a little, and then go to dinner. Sounds fun.
Post # 4
I’ve never been to a spa that allowed groups to bring in their own food so I have no advice there. I’ve also never been to a spa where they gave us a better rate because of the size of our group. If you’re bringing in any food or drinks yourself, I would stick with light stuff–I think fruit and champagne are great suggestions. If you’re going to be having a nice dinner out later, you want to conserve your stomach space 🙂
Post # 5
I think asking about a group rate is a good idea.
And I’m with West Coast Bride, I’ve never been to a spa where they had an open door policy with food/drinks or group discounts.
Post # 6
- Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House
Hmmm….I love the idea of healthy — but delicious — treats. Check on Food Network (Ellie Krieger’s recipes are delish and good for you…and Giada had an episode devoted to getting bikini-ready) or plan a menu similar to what you’d take on a picnic, so it can pack and travel well!
Post # 7
I would definitely check with the salon, they might give you a group rate. It never hurts to ask. It probably depends on the salon, but they may allow you to bring in food or help you find it. The salon I use acutally works with a caterer from time to time for special events. They did brought in appetizers and champagne back when I was Maid/Matron of Honor in my best friend’s wedding and the entire wedding party was getting hair done. I like Miss Bruschetta’s idea of including healthy food. How fun!
Post # 8
I would google the spa and see if they are currently running any specials. Even if they aren’t group discounts, paid advertising means they are looking for business. If it is an off hour, there’s an even better chance of getting a discount. Or you could price out their competitors – if one or a few are cheaper let them know that you love their salon (shower them with specific compliments – love the deep tissue massage, love the decor, etc.) but they are a little pricier than "Bliss" down the street. Since you are are booking for X# of people, could you get a 10% discount? Be very nice, professional and specific. I solicit donations for non profits all the time; it’s all in how you ask.
Sounds fun! GL!