Mr. Treasure and I have been amazed by the ease of the wedding-planning process so far. We booked the first venue we looked at, the first photographer we met with, and the second caterer we talked to. Everything’s been falling into place and we haven’t experienced any wedding-related stress…until now.
Last weekend, Mr. T’s parents looked online at hotel prices for our wedding. The Marriott, where they always stay, was priced at over $400 a night. WHAT?!? They immediately called to inquire and were told that the price hike is due to: 1) Ryder Cup going on in the suburbs and 2) a medical conference* in the Gold Coast.
I began to panic. Booking hotel rooms wasn’t even on our radar and probably wouldn’t have been something on our to-do list for a while. All of a sudden, it had to happen NOW. When I started calling other hotels in the area, most of them quoted me prices like $279 or $309 a night, significantly higher than I hoped our guests would have to pay. Fortunately, I was able to find a few places that were much more affordable. I guess the silver lining is that we got to check something off our to-do list without it ever being on there to begin with.
If anyone is having a wedding with lots of out-of-town guests who will need hotel rooms, call around to hotels before picking a date. Our date was non-negotiable for other reasons, but if we were flexible at all, this information probably would’ve led us to pick a time when hotel rooms would have been more readily available and affordable.
Also, don’t be afraid to bargain. I am not a good salesperson, but I got one hotel to take $20 a night off the initial price they had quoted me just by asking. The worst they can do is tell you “no.”
Wedding problem #1 down. Probably dozens more to go.
*Ironically, the medical conference is being hosted by the American College of Surgeons, the same organization that owns our reception venue.