So, my SIL is getting married in CA in about a month. The ceremony & reception are at a hotel in Santa Monica, near where she lives. The discounted group rate for hotel rooms at the wedding hotel is $350/night. We're staying for 3 nights, so it would cost $1050+tax to stay at the wedding hotel.
There's another hotel option less than 2 blocks away that's $159/night. MIL has stayed at this hotel before and said it's nice. We decided to stay at the cheaper hotel because it will save us almost $600. It's not that we don't have $600, it's just that it seems like a waste. There's so much planned over the weekend that we'll barely be spending any time in our hotel room anyway.
SIL & her FI are freaking out and really mad that we're not staying at the wedding hotel. I don't understand why it matters to them. Why do they care where we sleep? We're not going to skip any wedding activities because we're staying at a different hotel, we'll still attend all the planned activities, we're only staying 2 blocks away.
Are we wrong to stay at a hotel other than the wedding hotel when it means saving $600?
Did you care which hotel your guests stayed at for your wedding?