Frustrated with hotel room blocks

posted 2 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 2
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2125 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

damarajade:  I think the best you can do is provide an option. Guests don’t have to stay there if they don’t want to. To be honest, though, if your guests are coming from any significant distance, they’d probably want to stay 2 nights anyway.

We also had an issue with room blocks. Our weekend happens to be the same weekend as some huge medical conference in our city, so the prices are crazy high. I feel bad about asking guests to pay a lot for a hotel room, but at the end of the day, they’re adults. If they can’t afford it, they can find their own hotel or they can not come. It sucks, but you can only do so much as a host.

Post # 3
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1537 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I was shocked at how much rooms at my venue cost (also 2 night minimum – and even more per night than your venue) Unfortunately, it was totally out of my control. I found some other cheaper options nearby and listed on my wedding website. I couldnt do a block as there are all smaller inns, not big hotels. At the end of the day, I can only do so much. In my situation, most people have the option to drive home if it really is too much of an imposition to stay over (1-2 hr drive for most friends and family). My friends and family I have spoken with have assured me that people will either pay that, or they will find somewhere else to stay and I shouldn’t worry. I feel awful about people having to spend that much, but at the end of the day, I tried my hardest to get the venue to offer some discount and they wouldnt. What else can you do? Try to find a cheaper hotel nearby and let people decide for themselves what they are comfortable with. Some people will stay at the venue just for convenience sake. Others will go the cheaper route. Maybe consider getting a shuttle from a nearby cheaper hotel? I probably would’ve done that if there werent other options that are walkable to my venue.

Post # 5
Hostess
9892 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

damarajade:  I like the idea of 2 blocks.  BUT we did one block at a hotel that was a 30 minute drive from our venue (that didn’t have rooms) and provided a shuttle.  If our venue had rooms we probably would have done 2 blocks.

Post # 7
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4596 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

We just did a block of rooms at the hotel that our reception was at, but mentioned other hotels around the area for alternate options. Our rooms were $149-159, depending on the room. Is that cheap? No way… but it’s that hotel.

My sister works in the hotel industry and actually sets prices for a number of hotels… and she says that is average these days. There is no more $99 wedding block rooms like there was 10+ years ago.

It stinks, but people will either pay it… or go someplace else. I like the 2-block idea, and know of friends that have done that.

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 1 month ago by  Kacie209.
Post # 8
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3624 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

damarajade:  I found this too. In fact mine was worse– it was $139 a night with a 2 night minimum, but if you booked without using the group code it was $99 with no minimum. So I didn’t do a room block and told people to go through Kayak.

I also regularly book outside of the room block for weddings if I can get a better deal. It drives some couples nuts because I won’t be on the list for a welcome bag, but it can easily save $30+

ETA: My rates were cheap because it was a weekend wedding in a business district during low tourist season. I normally pay $130-$180 for a room for a wedding.

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 1 month ago by  Pollywog.
Post # 11
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19 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I genuinely think that the utility of a room block is pretty limited — people can usually get better prices online. We’re getting married in a popular destination during high season and I’m just listing a number of hotel options in different price ranges on our website.

Our venue is about 30 minutes to an hour away depending on what area the guests choose to stay in, so we’re organising guest transport to and from a centrally located hotel.

We did have a few rooms we had to fill at the venue (it’s a private estate), so we paid for our parents to stay with us and we’re subsidising the cost for our bridal party for the remaining three rooms.

Post # 12
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1049 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

damarajade:  I guess our wedding is a destination wedding for all of Fi’s family. They’re all driving anywhere from 3.5-10 hours for ours. We live in the same City as the venue. Anyways- our room block rate is 92$ plus tax with no minimum. Our ceremony and reception are also at the same hotel. 

Post # 14
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1244 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

damarajade:  I’m glad I stumbled upon your post! I’m getting married in Maine too (Portland), and I haven’t done anything in terms of booking room blocks yet. I guess I should get on that. Our venue is downtown and we’re planning to hit the town after our reception is over as well so we’ll be staying downtown. I’m hoping to find some reasonable rates so most guests can stay downtown too. How many rooms are you planning to block off? How many guests do you have?

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