Post # 1
So I am curious… I blocked 20 rooms at the hotel that we are staying at which was recommended by our venue. It is an easy drive from our venue. The town we are getting married in doesn’t have any hotels but we are about 12/15 min from a big city.
So anyways..i blocked these hotel rooms and was told by some that they are expensive…would love to hear your thoughts…a guest room is $145 and it is at The Courtyard Marriott
on a side note it’s not like guests HAVE to stay there…it’s just easy as none of us are from the area.
Post # 3
It depends on where you are – our hotels are 155 and 120, there’s nothing I’d want to put people in for less than that in my hometown. In NYC though, those prices would be a steal!
Post # 4
That’s a bit steep for my taste. I would also block some rooms in the $75-100 range.
Post # 5
@mindy_pindy: I wish I could find a hotel for that price for my wedding. Our blocked hotel is $239 a night with a 2 night minimum. Even the Marriott is $249!
If people can are uncomfortable with spending that much and can find a cheaper option they can book it independently. You have blocked rooms as a courtesy to you guests. You are not required to make additional arrangements for them 🙂
Post # 6
@CaroBee: I am in ontario 🙂
Post # 7
To me.. and for a wedding, yeah I think it’s a little expensive. Honestly, when I go to a wedding [or funeral, or any other type of celebration event], we stay in the cheapest hotel we can find [as long as it’s not creepy or trashy]. Really no sense for us to pay extra since we won’t be spending tons of time there.
We tend to splurge a little more for better hotels on vacations/stays that aren’t for weddings.
I would keep what you have booked, and maybe try to find a cheaper options as well.
Post # 8
I also agree with @CaroBee it really depends on where you are .. for Ontario, if this is indeed where your wedding is, I would think it would be considered reasonable?
To me this price is more than reasonable. Our room block is $155 (pre tax) at a Hilton in north jersey. I have a friend getting married in Maine this summer and her rates – which they don’t give discounts for room blocks- is $300. She is however telling people about other hotels in the area. Maybe give guests other hotel options as well even if they have to travel a little further?
Post # 9
@mindy_pindy: I would find another to add in addition to that one at a lower price. I had one that price, and one a little over 100. that way the guests had a choice.
Post # 10
I think couples put way too much energy into room blocks. People are quite able to book their own room, and frankly most of the room block rates are no screaming bargain.
I have always been able to book a nice room at a better price than any room block.
Post # 11
@mindy_pindy: I don’t think that’s too bad at all. We’ve paid all different kinds of rates for hotel blocks at various weddings, from $80/night to $250+/night, so I don’t think $145 sounds particularly crazy. It definitely depends on what the going rates in a given area are. Anyway, if you already have it booked and set up (which it sounds like you have), I’d keep it!
We are trying to be very accommodating to our guests too, but every once in a while FI reminds me that we are hosting a wedding, not becoming travel agents, haha.
Post # 12
@mindy_pindy: I think its acceptable. Our hotel costs $118. We are however attending a wedding ( and FI is a groomsman so we have to spend two nights) and the hotel is $300!!!!!! That’s right..over $600 for a two night stay. THAT is ridiculous.
I think anything under/around $150 is perfectly acceptable.
Post # 13
I think it’s fine. That’s about what the rate is for my room block. My guests can find plenty of cheaper options, but I wanted to make sure I had something booked in walking distance to my venue. if it’s too expensive, people can always double up and split the cost. I’ve done that plenty of times
Post # 14
@mindy_pindy: A wedding we went to in Illinois had a room block at The Courtyard Marriott and rooms were about $109. I feel like Marriott is always expensive, but let me tell you: BEST HOTEL I’VE EVER STAYED IN!!! There was a bar in the lobby and we had the most gorgeous room with a balcony overlooking the courtyard.
If it’s too expensive for your guest, they will find their own hotels using Google. Most of the bridal party stayed at the Courtyard, but a few stayed at a nearby Motel 6.
The AmericInn I blocked for our wedding is a chain that’s not as nice (only option for 30 miles) and the rooms are $99.90
Post # 15
@julies1949: I do actually agree with you on this point. I wasn’t going to do a block until others started to mention it and some like to stay where the bride and groom are staying and ALL of our guests have to travel so i thought it didn’t hurt anything to do it
Post # 16
That’s a good rate. It’s a major city and people are not being forced to stay there. They can shop around if they prefer.
Our hotel block is also Courtyard Marriott, and it’s $209 or $240 per night. That’s pretty cheap around here. So far, everyone coming from out of town has booked there, but we mention on our website that there are lots of other options.