(Closed) Help; Hotel for Destination Wedding is completely booked!!!

posted 5 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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960 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Lori2026:  I think you’re going to have to accept the fact people might not be able to come.

Was there no way you could have booked a block of rooms at the hotel? I know hind-sight is 20/20 but that would have been a way to make sure there’s space for your guests. They may have assumed you did that and there would be time.

Are there other hotels in the area you can get the information for? Even ones that may require a bit longer of a drive to the venue??

Post # 4
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216 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Lori2026:  Remember, they will always have the option to stay somewhere else (other than the hotels you’ve blocked). I would send your invites now but the STD’s have gone out already and you said you’ve been warning people, so people know. I guess it’s going to be one of your challenges with your location and date. Some people won’t want to come on 4th of July weekend and your location is gonna be packed and booked up early.

Post # 6
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3886 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

You could consider getting a block at one of the further-away hotels which may not have such challenging contract requirements to secure the rooms, and paying for a shuttle bus for your guests.  It sucks to have to cover that expense but if there are no rooms closer and you’re worried about people drinking and driving or not wanting to come because of the hour drive, it might be the best option.

Post # 7
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5423 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

If people didnt plan accordingly it’s not your fault.  You gave them ample notice and advised them to book.  You can only do so much.  It’s a very good possibility that people won’t be able to come.  Don’t let their procrastination be a cloud over your day.

Post # 8
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216 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Lori2026:  302/night with a 2 night min would price me out of attending your wedding unless we were very close to you and used it as our vacation. You may want to go with @fishbone:‘s idea.  

Post # 9
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1846 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Just so I’m clear, it’s a $604 minimum for your guests to stay in the hotels? Plus the cost of transportation?

It might not be that people don’t have a sense of urgency, they might not be able to afford it! That’s a lot of money for two days!!

Post # 10
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2061 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’d send an email saying, “Our wedding is fast approaching and we cant wait to celebrate with you in July!  Invitations will be sent out in the next X weeks (or next month). In the meantime, please check out our wedding website (www.ourwedding.com) and look into hotel options.  Our wedding weekend is one of the busiest weekends all year in Cape Cod and the hotels will sell out very quickly.  We want everyone to have their pick of accommodations, so please book soon!”

Something like that 🙂

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I don’t think anyone from the New England area will be surprised by $300 hotel rooms in cape code for 4th of July. Friends can always split rooms. You might also suggest people check out vbro or some other vacation rental website too.

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