To book or to block are synonyms of the word “reservation”. A reservation may mean booking movie tickets, hotel for a holiday, a table for a dinner, a banquet hall for a wedding, date for a wedding, name for a company, etc.
A Reservation Letter is a tool to confirming to the other party about the conditions agreed upon and the reservation thereafter. A Reservation Letter however comes into play at the final stages of all negotiations. Once both the parties have arrived at a consensus then a Reservation Letter is written to reiterate the final points of the decision. It is like a seal on the letter.
DOS AND DON’T’S OF RESERVATION LETTER
- A Reservation Letter should only be written once all the finer details have been discussed, agreed upon and worked out
- Since it is a tool to reiterate the final discussions that have happened, it should pen down all points that have been mutually agreed upon between all the parties
- To make the letter simple to read it is always better that the points reiterated in the letter are written as bullet points
- The names of all the parties involved should be clearly written on the letter to avoid any ambiguity
- A Reservation Letter should be signed by all the parties involved
- A Reservation Letter can be both personal and official so based on its type it may either be hand-written or typed
- It should be brief and crisp
- Simple language should be used while writing a Reservation Letter
- The date must be mentioned on the letter
- If the reservation is for a particular date then that too should be clearly mentioned on the letter
- The day on which the reservation date falls should also form a part of the letter to avoid any miscommunication
- If the Reservation Letter is for a room in a hotel for a holiday, then the time, date and day when the guests are due to arrive at the hotel should be clearly given in the letter for the benefit of the hotel staff
- The Reservation Letter must end with a note asking the reader if s/he would like any further assistance
- There should be no grammatical or punctuation errors in the letter
- The letter must have an email address and a phone number for the benefit of the reader
- The letter should always be addressed to the person for whom it is meant or who is the key decision maker.
SAMPLE RESERVATION LETTER
(This is a letter for reservation of a banquet hall for a wedding reception)
_________________ (Name of banquet manager)
_________________ (Banquet Address)
Subject: Reservation of _________ (name of hall) for _________ (date)
Dear Sir or Madam
This is in continuation to our conversation for the reservation of your hall ____________ (name) for the wedding of our daughter __________ (name) on _________ (date) _________ (day).
We would like to request a confirmation of the reservation as per details above. The hall may please be reserved from _________ (time) to _______ (time). A copy of the advance receipt has been attached for your reference.
The menu for the wedding will be as per the menu discussed on ________ (date). A copy of the final menu is also being attached herewith.
The flower arrangement should be ready at least 2 hours before the reservation time.
Looking forward to a confirmation from your end.
We are sure that the guests would appreciate the arrangements done by you.
Please feel free to contact me at ___________ (number).
(Name of signing authority)
Encl: As above