Staying at the wedding hotel… or not?
I’m going to a destination wedding in Napa next month. I’m super excited, since several friends from my study abroad are going, including two flying in from overseas. Amazing!
A few months back I reserved a room at the hotel where the “after party” is being hosted for $250/night after taxes. The other 4 girls are all unmarried and coming solo, so they are all splitting a room. Since I’m going with my husband, we are on our own. The only available rooms are through the wedding party’s block, and you can only get the rate if you stay 2 nights. Now that the date is approaching, I’m seriously considering downgrading to a much cheaper hotel.
Pros: friends are there, it is super nice, won’t have to worry about uncomfortable beds
Cons: Expensive at $500 total!
Pros: Price, $150 for two nights
Cons: Crappy, 1 mile from friend’s hotels
There are other hotel options, but I think my choices are to go big or go low. The other low-ish priced hotels are not quite as close and roughly the same level of crappiness. Besides, once I get to ~$300 for two nights, the savings just aren’t as compelling.
I did a rough wedding budget, and the weekend (including gift, wine tasting, meals out) will either cost me $550 or $900, depending on the hotel choice. Part of me wants to treat it as a vacation weekend away and splurge, but part of me wants to think of it more as an obligation and save the cash.
I’m seriously torn on this one! I’ve actually never stayed in a really nice hotel with T… so it is tempting. But holy wow, $250 a night? That is CRAZY. (Then again, I didn’t buy a plane ticket from overseas!)
Yes, we can afford the extra $350. But of course, it isn’t without a little pain! What do you think? What would you do?