Post # 1
Our wedding is a destination wedding, so our guests will need accomodations. Most will probably stay at the historic inn where we’re hosting our wedding, but I wanted to give our guests some other options, so I’ve been arranging blocks of rooms at nearby convenient locations.
It’s gone smoothly until the last one got back to me this morning. They want a credit card from us to secure the block of rooms. None of the other hotels asked for anything like this and I’ve never heard of a couple having to give their credit card to hold a block of rooms for guests. Has anyone else encountered this?
Post # 3
@Cappugcino: It sounds like they expect you to pay for any rooms not taken in the block. I would double check that asap.
Post # 4
@Cappugcino: The hotel I just booked with wanted the same thing. It’s just to hold the block. Our contract stated if we canceled at the last minute, our card would be charged.
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2015 - Ketchum, ID
@Cappugcino: That’s pretty common in the hotel room, for a larger amount of rooms. There’s probably a cancellation fee.
Post # 6
Thank you for the input. Regular or not, I think we’ll skip using them and stick with the other options. If they don’t charge a cancellation fee, I’d be concerned about remembering to cancel in time with everything going on with the wedding. We’ve got a couple other options for our guests and since it’s the low season they should be able to find other options online at reasonable prices if they don’t care for the ones we’ve gotten blocks.
Post # 7
All of our hotel blocks required our credit card & would only charge it in the event of a cancellation 24 hours before the arrival date.
Post # 8
@Cappugcino: I ran into this for some hotels when I was doing a DW. Other hotels wanted the first nights’ payment up FRONT! Other places wanted a 3 night minimum and paid in full.
Then your basic run of the mill hotels did not require any credit card number at all. So I would shop around and see if other places have different requirements.
Post # 9
@Cappugcino: this site will help you. http://grouptravel.org/wedding/what-are-the-key-ingredients-in-a-hotel-room-block-contract-for-a-wedding/
from everything i’ve read, unless you are comfortable giving hotels your credit card to cover unbooked rooms–only sign a courtesy contract. the hotel we’re having our reception at told us that if we didn’t fill 80% of the room block, we would be charged for the rest of the rooms not booked…. i said no thanks! we can’t afford to take that loss.
anyhow, i internet browsed, emailed and after much research, i signed a courtesy contract with 3 different hotels for room blocks for our wedding this coming may–no obligations apparently. if rooms don’t get booked, it goes back in their inventory and i didn’t have to give them any cc information.
Post # 10
@Cappugcino: I think it’s pretty common. Read the fine print to see how many rooms you’re actually responsible for, or if you can cancel rooms by a certain date and have no obligation. I know with mine as long as we fill 50% of the held rooms were fine. But each is different
Post # 11
- Wedding: November 2014 - Sea Ranch Lodge
I would definitely ask for and read the full contract before you sign anything. Our says that if we release the rooms to the general public by a certain date, they will not charge us for any unbooked rooms, but use the credit card to hold them in the situation that we do not release.