Do I have to reserve rooms for my guests?

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
Member
871 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@nyan-nyan:  All you should have to do is call the hotel and ask for a block, tell them for what night(s) and how many (a guestimate)  they will reserve them and give your guests a discount for booking through the block. The catch is the block usually expires a month prior to the date to allow other guests to book those rooms if your guests have not by then 

Post # 4
Member
42472 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@nyan-nyan:  It is optional. Most times I have been able to get a room at less than the block booking rate at the same hotel for any out of town wedding I have attended.

If you don’t block book, it is kind to give a few suggestions in different price ranges.

Frankly, I think most people are well able to book their own rooms. After all, if they were coming to your city amd not attending your wedding, they would manage just fine without you.

Post # 5
Member
642 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I think offering a room option is nice and honestly, booking a block of rooms was just about the easiest thing that I did for my wedding. I just asked the hotel to block off some rooms and that was it. Though I guess you do have to be careful that you don’t do a block where you’re responsible for paying for unbooked rooms…

Post # 6
Member
2831 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

we have a room block at the resort/hotel we’re getting married at, but it’s not a discounted rate (it’s actually $200 a night which is absurd). they’re just holding 15 rooms for 2 nights, seeing as it’s the height of the fall season up there, and it’s a holiday weekend when we’re getting married. i’m putting the room block info, along with the information of a bunch of different hotels in the area on our wedding website. cause $200 a night is absurd.

Post # 7
Member
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I think it’s expected, at least if you have a lot of out of town guests.  It’s super easy to do though.  Just call a hotel near your venue and they will set it all up.

Post # 8
Hostess
9907 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

it’s considerate.  A lot of people will like to stay where other wedding guests are staying.  We’re doing one mostly because FH works for a hotel and we can get our guests a fabulous rate as a result and want to make sure they spend as little money as possible on accomodations as they’re already paying to get here in most cases.

Post # 9
Member
2696 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@julies1949:  I agree! I am not blocking rooms, but on our website we listed three options VERY close to the venue. One high end, one middle of the road, and one economy in price. 

Post # 10
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10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

IMO, Room Blocks are only a necessary niceity in a few situations:

1- You are having the actual Wedding & Reception at said Hotel

2- There aren’t a lot of options for accommodations in your Wedding City / Destination and this one is the most convenient

3- You are aware of it being a busy Weekend for your Wedding City / Destination and so have taken the initiative to help your Guests by finding accommodations that are available… BUT they must book quickly (by a certain date)

OR

4- You are planning to use a Shuttle for your Guests, and therefore having one pick up / drop location is best

Any of those are good reasons.

Otherwise, I think in most circumstances those attending will be able to figure it out for themselves, and if they have any Questions they can always call.

Hope this helps,

Never ceases to amaze me how people don’t seem prone to pick up the phone any more to ask Questions.  When I was married the first time (circa 1980) it was the norm for someone receiving a Wedding Invite to ask Questions if they needed clarification on things… Hotels, Transportation, Schedule of Events, Dress Code, Dietary Concerns, Gift Suggestions… these were all things that people would communicate back to the Host about if they needed more info / help etc.

Good gracious, have we all forgotten how to truly “speak up” in this age of communications technology ???

 

Post # 11
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42472 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@This Time Round:  Nobody uses their phone to talk to anyone any more. They are for texting aren’t they?

Post # 12
Member
10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

@julies1949:  Unfortunately yes, and the fact that 160 characters cannot get what most people need to find out / get done.  Sad statement on reality if you ask me.

Talking on the phone was soooo much easier IMO

 

Post # 14
Member
7075 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

It’s only one phone call. It’s really not that complicated and many guests appreciate it especially if they don’t know the area.

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