Encouraging Guests to Stay
at Craig y Nos Castle
The first 50 guests (under Special Wedding Package) regardless of age are £75 PPPN (per person per night) B&B based on two sharing a double en-suite.
You need 50 overall guests in the castle under the 'Special Wedding Package', or above 20 overall guests in the castle under the smaller 'Last Minute Wedding Package', or above 25 guests overall in the castle under the 'Midweek Wedding Package' (adjust your own 'overall guests in castle' minimum quota depending on your specific wedding package). Extra guests who are in turn also extras above the first 2 per bedroom, sharing either a triple or a 'family' room, are charged £35 PPPN B&B, regardless of age (babies in cots are free).
This means the family rooms represent good value for adults sharing, if they divide the cost equally between a group of adults sharing a larger family room. NB: children are charged at the same rate as adult extras, unless in cots.
The second night (in your guests' case, this is the night before the wedding) is reduced to half the weekend or weekday tariff, meaning for a weekday (Sunday to Thursday night) they are paying only £35 PPPN based on two sharing an en-suite.
The minimum tariff for extras, 2nd nighters, and Nurses Rooms non en-suites (assuming 2 guests per room), is the same - £35 PPPN B&B.
Some would say our one night Tariff for B&B guests is set quite high, and some rooms are much larger than others, meaning others are smaller and offer less value. The current B&B Tariff has become necessary because the castle has relatively few en-suites, compared to a large chain hotel which can handle much higher volumes at lower costs per room, and we have high maintenance and running costs. A lot of things need maintaining and preserving at the castle because unlike a purpose built square box chain hotel, the Castle is a complicated old building in a state of constant refurbishment, with gothic features and quirks that combine to make it both a loveable building and an impractical one.
A big issue of course is that we have set our wedding packages at as low a rate as possible, to encourage Brides to book at the castle, and to provide Wedding Couples with extraordinarily good value, but this means we are subsidising your wedding (reducing or removing venue hire) through the use of the bedrooms at a relatively high tariff for wedding guests, most of whom stay only one night and who will never need to return for a holiday break. To encourage mid-week guests, and holiday breaks, while maintaining the current tariff for the first night of any stay, we devised a formula of 50% off on the second and each subsequent night of their stay. This has encouraged excellent midweek bookings of 2 - 4 days. See our Summer Midweek Breaks deals and (scroll half way down the next link) our Winter Midweek Breaks deals.
Brides may not appreciate how these mid-week deals also represent excellent value for their own guests, making a two night stay almost the same price as staying down the local pub!
Nevertheless, there will be a temptation for some of your guests to Google the nearest B&B options, and then not support you in staying at the castle. This is something you do not want at all, as under your wedding package, you are paying for any unused rooms, as a top-up payment, if you fall below the minimum B&B usage requirement under your wedding package.