Good Value Weekends

Am I getting value for money?

I recently had a conversation with one of our wonderful suppliers who told me about what some companies are doing in her industry.

They are based in London and your group can go and make, bake and decorate cupcakes.  It’s a brilliant session where you are given loads of guidance in a nice environment.

There are some companies out there who will just hire a venue and throw as many groups in as they can to make as much money as the can.  This is not really what you expect when you turn up, but by then it’s too late. But would you always ask is it a private session?

I sometimes take it for granted that we offer quality bespoke, private events.  It made me wonder whether I would ask the question when talking to other companies when booking my hen weekend.  I’m not sure I would.  I think I would assume that it is going to be just our group.  The first tell-tale sign I guess would be the price.

I always shop around and I never go with the cheapest but I don’t always ask all the questions I should.

It really made me realise “You get what you pay for” and when you are spending your friends money, there is a lot of pressure to get it right.

This statement isn’t designed to scare you, quite the opposite, it’s designed to make you think about things clearly and always ask, “What am I getting for my money”.

On top of all this you need to know what you are paying for.  So, you’ve asked the names of the different elements such as the hotel name, restaurant, clubs, but have you asked ‘what service do I get’?  All the companies out there are making money out of you by offering a service.  Do you know what that service is?

The service offered can be a wide range from the bad – book elements and email you with times, no flexibility, no cancellation, no fun, when things go wrong,  to the very good – personal service, help on elements above and beyond your expectations, full itinerary and personal recommendations from people who have been to the venues.

Don’t take it for granted that all companies will have a good level of service, and any company that does, will love the fact that you asked.

I think there is a fine line between cheap weekends and good value weekends, but the service and the experience is the difference.