Are hotel wedding blocks a worth it, or just a sham!?

posted 2 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We got a really good rate because we are hosting an open bar block of time in the hotel bar the night of our afternoon wedding. normal rate around $400, block rate $200 – for a nice beachside hotel in LA! So in our case the blocked room rate majorly worked in our favor – we just to spend an extra $1000 at the hotel to get that price.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I think unless hotel rooms are likely to be hard to come by in your town/when the wedding is due to a big convention etc then I wouldn’t bother. We don’t really do them here in Australia and guests just sort themselves out.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

We did it and it was helpful to have everyone at the same hotel.  Plus, we were able to get a great $99 rate at a Hilton hotel when many of the other hotels were $160-200.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

We’re saving over $100 a night on ours (4 hotels), and they’re allowing a 1-night stay, over a 3-day holiday weekend, which is probably tough to get. Our one block is on one floor, of the Hotel where the ladies are getting ready. It will be fun to have our friends and family staying close together. If you can get one without a financial committment from you (I had to sign contracts to commit, with no $$$), it may be worth it.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I think if you want everyone to try and stay at the hotel, then it’s helpful. I personally like staying where my friends/family are and I would be disappointed if there wasn’t blocked off rooms and the hotel was full. But if you don’t care where people stay, then it’s no big deal! Although we have a contract for our block, it simply states that whatever rooms in our block are not booked by 30 days before, they are released back to the hotel. We are not responsible for anyone’s bill in the event they cancel. And our guests have just a normal cancellation policy (24 hours). There really was no risk to us and I bet other hotels would have similiar policies.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

MeandMyLouboutins:  We got a good deal because our wedding is Thanksgiving weekend; one of their lowest times. If you live in an expensive city and the wedding is on a popular weekend, then you might not find huge discounts. But to me it was not as much about the deal as it was the simplicity of our guests to know where to stay and so the families could stay together.

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We never signed any contract for our room block….they just held the rooms until a specific date for a lower price. If they’re requiring you to pay for the rooms if they aren’t filled or anything like that, I’d say forget it.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

MeandMyLouboutins:  The purpose of a hotel room block isn’t necessarily to get your guests a better rate on the room. It is to set aside rooms for your guests’ use. The rate may not be the best rate the hotel offers.

You have nothing to lose by reserving a room block. If your guests think they can get a better deal through Priceline, they’re obviously welcome to do so. But a room block will ensure that there are rooms available to them, which may or may not be a concern depending on what else is going on in town that weekend.

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 5 months ago by  merpitymerp.
Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I think that it is definitely worth it to get a block of hotel rooms. You aren’t required to fill them and I feel like it makes it easier on the out of town guests. That way everyone can be close to each other and don’t have to search for hotels when they aren’t familiar with the area.

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Everyone should  make sure you read the contract first. Some hotel blocks do require you to fill a certain number of rooms or you have to pay for the balance. In some cases, you do in fact have something to lose. In other cases, the hotel offers a free room to the brode and groom if they fill a certain number of rooms.

As a wedding guest, I have almost always been able to obtain a hotel room for less than the room block rate.

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Also, our hotel provided free shuttle service to/from our wedding if over 9 rooms were booked so that was a plus. 

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