This should be aptly named “Greatest B*tchfight ever.”  For the last 2 weeks, I have been in negotiations with a hotel to reserve a block of rooms for the 2 days of my wedding.  Here is what I have learned you should always ask for:

1) A complimentary hospitality suite

2) An upgrade for the bride & groom

This is my story:  The asking price for a block of 20 rooms for 2 nights was $129/night + tax.  Parking is either valet (mucho dinero) or parking garage $7/night.  I first asked for free parking and a free hospitality suite (thanks to the suggestion from M2B because it totally didn’t occur to me).  They agreed to a free hospitality suite and a reduction to $125/night + tax instead of free parking.  Okay, not so bad.  We will also get the deluxe room connected to the boardroom (hosp. suite) that is a suite with 2 double beds for the group rate.  Even better – this will be great for my parents and brother, or more likely, the bridesmaids/groomsmen to man the booze.

Then, since one room was upgraded to a suite that could only contain doubles and not a king, I asked for an upgrade for the bride and groom.  To which the hotel replied – “we only do upgrades if you have a reception here.  we think the rate quoted is already a good deal for a four diamond property. etc. etc.”  To which I replied, I am sure you can manage to upgrade 1 room for the newlyweds who will be bringing our entire entourage/guests who will be using your amenities.  This one issue went back and forth for A WEEK.  Wow, they are a tough nut to crack for 1 upgrade.  Who would’ve thought.  Anyway, needless to say, I got it.  And I changed the reservation to 12 for Friday night and 28 for Saturday night, just to be safe.

Then today, just as we were about to seal the deal, they say the free airport shuttle service has been discontinued.  It was a test run for 6 months and it just didn’t work out.  They tossed it last week.

Um… all of my guests are out of town and need this service.  It was pretty much the basis of the bargain.  So for the first time since going to law school, I pulled out the attorney card.  Hello – our negotiations begun 2 weeks ago, before the service was pulled, and even though I didn’t accept the contract until today does not mean they can take out a significant clause after my acceptance.  A quick lesson on contracts:

  • If their offer is accepted, they may no longer revoke
  • Until their offer is accepted, they can probably revoke (unless they promise to hold it open for X amount of time)
  • A counteroffer is a rejection plus a new offer

What happened here is they made me an offer, I rejected and counter-offered, repeat, repeat… they made a final offer, I accepted.  They did not tell me about the change in terms until after my acceptance.  It doesn’t matter that the terms changed, but they didn’t notify me until afterwards.  Therefore, they are bound to the terms of our negotiation and here we have it – complimentary airport shuttle service just for my guests! (However – I can only guarantee this for those who manage to reserve the 12 rooms Fri night or 28 rooms Sat night.)

Disclaimer: This is not legal advice, do not take it as legal advice, but just good natured fun and frantic wedding planning.

Personalized M&M’s!

June 8, 2010

Going through the sunday coupon section, I stumbled on a personalized M&M ad as the perfect gift for grads.  It would also make awesome wedding favors.  As much as I’ve been eating the brand new pretzel ball M&M’s lately at work, I am a fan.  A little tinkering on their website yields this.

You can choose 2 colors and print a custom message.  Then either gift package them or buy in bulk.  5 lbs for $130 or 10 lbs for $250.  I can’t figure out in my head how much 5 lbs of M&M’s would be.  Enough to fill 150 little boxes?  If I do this I would probably go with the 10 lbs.  It’s not like the leftovers will go to waste.  It’ll go to “waist.”  Haha, so clever!

O m g.  You can also superimpose a grainy photo onto an M&M.  Horrific.  Yet, so tempting.  If nothing else, I can force all my guests to stare into my eyes as they eat the chocolate candy.

And it’s getting worse.  I woke up in a state of panic this morning because I was getting ready to walk down the aisle in a black dress.  Apparently it was a conscious choice (in the dream) where I specifically chose the black dress because black is a more flattering color.  And it is, in general, for t-shirts and LBD’s and such.

So as I was getting dressed, I began regretting my decision severely.  What made it worse is it had straps that didn’t quite cover my bra straps.  And the bodice was too big so it kept sliding down.  I had to cover it up with something, so I donned a large black jacket.  Of the puffy, winter variety.  And with that, I walked down the aisle in complete mortification.

Oh it gets better.  I pass the face of a high school crush I had, his eyebrows raised.  Then the music comes on.  Soft R&B with a beat, almost like a light Eminem.  Then people start singing/rapping along.  And I woke up at about 7am.

H2B’s Got Skillz

June 1, 2010

In his off-time from bootcamp, H2B managed to put together a brand new deck for me over a weekend.  How is this man so freakin’ amazing??  By the way, in the same timeframe that we are planning a wedding and starting new jobs, we are also remodeling a house.  The renovation is getting the same kind of slow start the wedding planning is on.  But all it takes is a trigger to get things started.  In this case, it is a brand spanking new deck for the back yard.

Witness the transformation.

This is the before shot.  All I asked him to do was rip down the eroding structure up top. He decided it was too full of grapevines to tear down, instead he will build a new gazebo and preserve the vines. Apparently 10+ years of aging is on its way to making good grapes for wine… that is to be determined (project 3: winemaking).

Men at work.

Finito!  I put in the tiki lamps.  And nailed a board and a half.  Now all we need is a bistro table and a waterfall on the wall.

If he made the deck a bit longer, we could’ve had the wedding here!

Nevermind the fact we didn’t get to the old gazebo.  Gotta save something for next time.