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Wediquette Wednesday: Do we have to host a wedding-related event at a hotel if we booked a block of rooms?


Each Wednesday, we tackle wedding etiquette. At times, it’s a reader question or one from a colleague, friend or family member and other times we’ll cover a popular issue. (Note: Questions may be edited for clarity and brevity.)


Question: My fiancé and I just booked a block of rooms for our wedding guests at a local boutique hotel that’s near the wedding ceremony and reception venues. We haven’t yet scheduled our rehearsal dinner or any of the weekend festivities, such as a brunch, so several gatherings are up in the air. The boutique hotel has fabulous guests rooms, but the we just aren’t sold on the gathering spaces and may want to plan to have the rehearsal and brunch at a local restaurant or another hotel’s party room. Do we have to host a wedding-related event at a hotel if we booked a block of rooms?

Answer: This is a great question. The answer is that it depends. Some hotels require a food and beverage minimum if you have a certain amount of rooms reserved, while others do not. This is why it’s imperative that you read the contract. It’s possible that the hotel is flexible on how the food and beverage minimum is reached. For example, rather than hosting the brunch or rehearsal dinner in one of their party rooms, you could have a room service snacks or a meal sent to each of the guests the night of or day after the wedding. Ask if they can work with you on it.


Do you have a solution to share or a wedding etiquette question? Respond in the comments or email Melanie@MyNewOrleans.com.




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