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Wedding Guest Guide: Save Money on your Hotel Room

Attending a wedding? You might have set some money aside or have budgeted for the big day. Whatever you do, you know you will have to spend some money. How much you will spend varies from wedding to wedding, but there are ways to keep to a budget.

The biggest expense wedding guests face is transport and accommodation. If they don’t have friends or family in the vicinity of the venue, they will have to spend money on room and board for the night. Whether you’re a guest attending a wedding or a bride looking for rooms for your guests, you want to get the best deal available.

Before you book any rooms check out our guide to getting rooms at a reduced rate.

Ask the venue

If you’re getting married in a hotel or a location with accommodation, they might already have offered a discounted rate on rooms. If they don’t have any rooms, ask about local hotels or partners they work with and you might discover there are special deals in place for referrals. The people at the venue will know the area better than anyone, so use their knowledge to your advantage.

Book in bulk

If you’re looking for a room for yourself, you could save money by booking at the same time as other wedding guests. Hotels are more likely to give you a discount if you’re booking 10 rooms rather than one. If you don’t know anyone else, ask the bride if she might be able to help in setting up some bulk bookings - although she might ask one of her bridesmaids to take care of it for her.

Compare prices online

The internet is a great place to start your search for a hotel. Using it can help you save money on virtually everything - including hotel rooms. Search the dates your booking for on websites like Tripadvisor and and see what discounts are available. You must remember to check the fine print before booking a room to see if it’s nontransferable and nonrefundable. But you could save as much as 50 per cent by doing some shopping around.

Contact the hotel 

Call the hotel and ask about their rates because it might actually be cheaper to book directly. As well as big chain hotels look into independents or bed and breakfasts that often get drowned out online. If the hotel is nearby you could go and visit them and speak to a manager about your plans and see if they can offer you a special rate.

Use your loyalty schemes

If you collect points at a grocery store, or are a member of groups like AAA and AARP, you often qualify for reduced hotel rates. Military personnel, seniors and students also get discounted rates in some hotels. Returning guests might also qualify for savings, so if you have stayed there before it’s worth asking about possible discounts. If you’re enquiring on behalf of guests who will be booking rooms, ask about any discounts they have and send the details to them.

Don’t be shy – negotiate!

If you’re organizing the wedding, you have the power to negotiate for rooms. You should ask for free extras including breakfast, internet and parking, especially if it’s quiet season. If you’re booking rooms in bulk make sure you get a good price when the hotel would otherwise be quiet. The owners would rather that the hotel was full of people than have it empty. 

Look for offers and packages

Your wedding guests might get a better deal with a package that the hotel has on offer. Like a special spa weekend deal that gets them a special room rate and some lovely pampering treatments. There are also deals on golf trips, so you can have the room and avoid (or enjoy) the green.

Do you have any advice about getting discounts? Let us know in our planning forums.


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