Post # 1
Just need to vent/perspective! So a few months ago we set up our hotel block for our wedding party/out of town guests. We’ll be checking in on Friday before our rehearsal then coming back for the night, getting ready there before the ceremony Sat morning and staying there the evening of our wedding. The hotel is one of the nicer in the area, recently updated and super convenient (1 mile) from our wedding venue. No actual wedding events will be taking place at the hotel per say, as our ceremony is in a church and reception a country club. Fast forward to today, after we’ve booked 10 of the rooms out and our wedding planner called to add more to our block– the hotel tells us the same weekend they’re hosting a “monster mania” convention. It’s a horror movie convention, i.e people dressed in gory costumes, monster costumes, knives, blood, guts. The hotel says they mentioned this before, but none of us were told this info and it may have swayed if we booked at this particular hotel. The vibe I wanted when enjoying my wedding weekend wasn’t “horror theme”. Our wedding is in September. My question/vent/thoughts are do we 1) suck it up and hope for the best people watching, although I am nervous about my nieces/younger kids being scared by these monster things walking around the hotel. This is the “easier” option as a lot of guests have already booked their rooms here (refundable though); 2) do we try to book a different hotel nearby for our wedding guests, realizing other hotels may be housing some of these convention guests but the actual convention wouldn’t be held there. This option is trickier as we’d need to contact those who already booked and have them cancel their current reservation and switch to the new hotel.
Blah I know this isn’t really a “problem” but when I thought of guests arriving from out of town I didn’t expect them to enter into freaking horror movie convention!
Post # 2
It’s not like this is your wedding venue, this seems like such a non issue.
Post # 3
TBH I think I’d be excited as a guest! lol I get that it doesn’t vibe with the theme of the wedding, but since the wedding isn’t at the hotel I think it’s fine.. and provides some added entertainment to your guests weekend!
Post # 4
Here are some pictures of this convention on social media… for context. I’m just concerned about a hotel full of people dressed like this, mingling in the lobby, restaurant areas, hallways. As a guest would this bother you?
Post # 5
I still don’t get the big deal, your guests will spend most of their time at your wedding or sleeping in the hotel.
Post # 6
True. That’s why I wanted other’s opinions if it would weird them out as a guest or not. This isn’t a hotel in a metropolitan city area, it’s a small suburban town where conventions or events like this aren’t very common so it was just surprising to hear is all.
Post # 7
I think it’s reasonable and considerate for you to be concerned about the younger kids. The way I’d handle it is just get the word out that this is going on and let parents decide if they want to get a room in your block or look elsewhere. I wouldn’t change the current block or even add one somewhere else. I do see why you’re asking about it though. If it was all adults, nbd. Even a lot of kids will probably think it’s fun, but for some it could be really scary. Tell their parents and let them decide.
Post # 8
I don’t know if anyone who thinks this is ‘no big deal’ has ever witnessed one of these. I used to work in a hotel and we had a horror convention. Not Monster Mania, but similar. Attendees are really into this, and try to dress as closely as possible to whatever character they love. This can include very little body coverage, or fake nude body parts hanging out. They will be everywhere, including the restaurant, lobby, and lounge. They may have vendors selling gross things in the foyers by the event space, which is common. Some of the attendees might be jerks too, and act inappropriately. Overall these conventions are inappropriate for most children to be exposed to. (and many adults! “Hey Grandma…check out the bloody guy with the axe in his head, and that lady carrying her severed boob in her hand!”…)
These events also draw a lot of locals, especially if “big name” stars will be there. So on top of everyone staying at the hotel, many more will be attending. Here are some photos of attendees at past events: (sorry for the giant link… ugh)
When the host hotel runs out of rooms in the convention block, they may have an ‘overflow’ block at a nearby hotel. You can ask about that. Usually the overflow blocks aren’t huge, but still a consideration.
So….I would definitely change hotels if it were my wedding. It will be a small inconvenience to your guests, so give them a brief explanation of the reason for the change.
Or keep it there and listen to the stories about your “horror movie wedding hotel” for many years to come… oy!!
ETA: The hotel will minimize the possible impact on your guests. Don’t believe them – they just want their rooms full.
Post # 9
Thanks for this insight. My mind obviously goes to the worst scenario and I picture dear grandmas being weirded out, my flower girls having nightmares lol. I totally understand the hotel can have other events but they should have mentioned this was going to be going on. We picked the hotel for the nice lounge and bar area, hoping to mingle with our out of town guests but worry the costumes and general gory-ness may be a turn off. I don’t want my friends and family to spend money on a hotel and feel uncomfortable and/or having nowhere to go in the hotel except their room. I’m going to see if other hotels have room for our block and make the decision off that. Just a bummer because I love this hotel and planned out getting ready and some bridal party pictures here!