Friday Five – Top Tips For Hosting A Hotel Wedding

04/04/2014 | 2

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It’s Friday – woohoo! And that can only mean one thing…..that it is time for Friday Five. 

This week’s Friday Five is brought to you by the lovely Lauren from My Hotel Wedding, a wedding blog based in sunny Los Angeles (not jealous at all!) that is designed to be your one-stop site for seamless hotel wedding planning. Over to Lauren, for her top tips for hosting a hotel wedding…


Greetings You Mean The World To Me Readers!

My name is Lauren and I’m so honored to be writing a post for you today on my favorite subject, hotel weddings. Working for a luxury hotel company for the past five years taught me a lot about hosting hotel weddings and inspired me to start my own website, My Hotel Wedding. But enough about me, now it’s time to give you some tips for your wedding day!


Five top tips for hosting a hotel wedding:


Always ask about wedding packages


Lots of hotels offer wedding packages, which are often times a better deal than planning your wedding a la carte. However, if you’re couple that would like a very unique wedding menu, then a wedding package may not be right for you as they often have less flexibility. So ask about other options.


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Remember to contract your room block


The room block is one of the best parts about having a hotel wedding as it enables your wedding guests to easily stay at your hotel. When negotiating your wedding at a hotel, remember to ask about the room rate for 10 rooms or more. Once you have the rate and contract signed, get the news out to all your guests so they can make their reservations as many times room blocks are based on availability.


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Send welcome amenities to your guests


Sending welcome amenities to your guests is a wonderful gesture that is often overlooked. We love to put together small bags with information on the wedding weekend, water and treats for our guests that the hotel will deliver for a small fee on arrival. This is the perfect way to set the tone for the whole weekend.


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Make sure your bar is taken care of


Many times when you book a wedding package the bar is included in the per person price. If that is not the case, we highly recommend negotiating a bar package with the hotel as people drink more at weddings than any other celebratory event. The only time we recommend a consumption bar is if many of your guests are not drinkers or are underage. Visit our site for details on accurately calculating a consumption bar.


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Ask for early check-in & late check-out


This is a detail that is often overlooked by couples. You will want to request an early check-in on your wedding day if you are not checking in the night before. This will give you plenty of time to get ready. Keep in mind that early check-in cannot always be guaranteed. So it would be to your advantage, especially for the bride, to check-in the night before. And don’t forget to schedule your late check-out the day after your wedding! You will be exhausted from all the celebrating and will definitely want to sleep in.



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We hope you found these hotel wedding tips useful. You can find plenty more on our blog at My Hotel Wedding – tips, tools and total inspiration for your hotel wedding!


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  1. Thanks again for the opportunity to guest post!

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