Friday, December 12, 2014

The Benefits of Booking a Hotel For Your Reception

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GUEST POST BY REBECCA STERN, HYATT REGENCY CHICAGO




There are no longer rules that apply to a wedding reception. Each bride has the freedom to create the style of event that she wants for her big day. There are several factors that can determine what type of venue will work best for the overall feel and look of your wedding. However, there is one type of venue in particular that will provide you with the most advantages to ensure your day runs smoothly and provide you with the most stress relief -- a hotel!

 Here are a few benefits to booking your reception at a hotel:


Overnight Accommodations:
How much easier can it be to take an elevator home for the night? Most hotels that host weddings offer a discounted block of guest rooms for your overnight guests. This is especially convenient if you have a large number of out of town guests. This also cuts down on the worry of your guests drinking and driving.


Extras:
Hotels often include “freebies” in their wedding package. Like us, many hotels will include a complementary suite for the bride and groom on the night of the wedding, as well as complementary upgrades for the parents of the newlyweds. Often there are also discounts for any events hosted in conjunction of your wedding, such as the rehearsal dinner and/or bon voyage brunch to name a few.


Reward Points:
Most major hotel companies have a loyalty or rewards program of some type. At Hyatt Regency Chicago, we offer our clients Hyatt Gold Passport Points for every dollar spent at the reception. If you book your honeymoon through the same hotel, you'll likely get a great deal of extra points for that, as well. These points can be redeemed later for some fabulous benefits. 


Inclusions:
Equipment rentals can really start to add up and take away a big portion of your budget. Hotels typically do not charge for standard items that they own, which are used during a reception. This could include all standard china, glassware silver, serving equipment, hotel-owned linen, staging, dance floor and chairs. Upgrades to those standard items are usually offered at a small fee. This availability of equipment also comes in handy when your Aunt Edna unexpectedly shows up to the reception. Any last minute changes can easily be accommodated.



Engagement Fun Fact:
An average wedding in the United States has 175 guests.



Thank you so much to Rebecca and our friends over at the Hyatt Regency Chicago for all their sage advice!

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