Post # 1
***i am not sure if this belongs here or not, so if someone has a better idea of where it should go, feel free to move it.***
i was googling pictures of my venue (a hotel ballroom) the other day and came across a blog they apparently keep for their wedding business. I had not seen it before… On it, is the following promotion deal, posted 2 months after we signed our contract:
2013 Wedding Incentives
Book your wedding for 2013 and receive one of the following enhancements!
- 100,000 Points (5 night stay)
- 2 additional hours of open bar (Must have at least 1 hour open bar in purchased package)
Contracted minimum food and beverage revenue must exceed $10,000 with a minimum guest count of 85 people (service charge and tax not included.)
Event must be booked by December 31, 2012 and take place before September 2013. Offer is good on any day of the week, based on availability of space.
We could defintiely use the extra open bar time. right now to stay on budge we are closig the bar during dinner and the last 30 minutrs of the reception. we are also cutting the champagne toast. the points wouldnt be bad either. we travel a lot and this hotel has locations around the world. but i know we are not really entitled to it. Fiance and I are debating whether or notw e should bring it up with our coordinatior.
thoughts? what would you say if you decided to haggle?
Post # 3
I think that it could be worth it.
Post # 4
It can’t hurt to bring it up. Obviously they are including the incentives because their bookings aren’t where they want them to be at this point in time, so it doesn’t really apply to you (which you know), but they certainly should have an interest in keeping current clients happy and not posting negative things.
I would CALL or go in PERSON and talk to the coordinator. How much power do you think she has? If you don’t think she has much influence, you may want to pull her manager in on that chat, just because it’s easier for a manager to say no and then make the coordinator go deal with the unhappy client than to say no to the client’s face. I strongly would suggest going and talking in person if you are close by.
I would be SUPER nice. Really friendly. But also firm. Ask if you can review your contract and estimated spend, and then bring up the promotion. Ask if they can make some sort of accommodation in your package to allow you to get the same promotion. In a really friendly way, I’d probably say something like, “Yeah, I was bummed I found out we could have goten this extra if we had waited longer to book!”
They might not do the full 2 hours bar, but I bet you get something out of it. Be prepared with a list of possible smaller alternatives they could include that would make you happy – the champagne toast at no cost? An extra hour for setup? A free upgrade to your/your parents’ hotel room or a free room? Etc.
Post # 5
bumping for daytime bees!
@NAvery: we live about 2 hours away, so stopping in is hard… we will be down in the area this weekend. i am wondering if asking our coordinator if she is free on saturday morning would be annoying or not. otherwise we arent set to do our tasting until the end of january, and the deal will have expired by then. i would be happy with 1 hour of open bar even. i could not care less about the champagne toast. really i just like deals!
Post # 6
It wouldn’t hurt to call and ask, but I’d not get my hopes up, because you already signed a contract with different terms. It would be about the same as the venue calling you a few months after you signed the contract and asking you if they could charge you more.
If anything, I’d lobby for the points, because those can usually be granted at the hotel’s discretion, and might be easier to negotiate for than more goods or services or lowered costs. You could also ask if you could get points for any guests booking into your block that don’t claim the points for themselves. But again, these are things that are usually negotiated before signing a contract. You might get something just for asking, but I’d be prepared to be told No unfortunately.
Post # 7
I would deffinately call asap. It really wouldnt hurt to ask them, and the odds are they will not say no. Hotels are very very accomodating, and run on having satisfied guests, and great reviews. As long as you meet the requirements, there should be no problem.
Look at it this way, Im going to say the hotel would much rather make you happy and tell people how great they were, and lose out on a few hundred bucks for the bar, which they are offering everyone else too, than to say no to you, and you not be happy and tell all of us bees not to hold an event there.
Post # 8
No harm in asking, the worst thing they can say is no.
Post # 9
Let us know what they say! Sadly I was in a similar situation and I was told firmly that they would not honor the new promotion because I booked before they ran it. It put a bad taste in my mouth because I felt it could’ve been handled differently.
Post # 10
- Wedding: July 2014 - saint patricks parish
haggle always haggle. But which hotel cause now I’m curious cause now I wonder if they have that hotel chain up here cause that would be something interesting to look into.