Post # 1
I have 2 hotel room blocks reserved. The first is in the hotel we’re getting married. It’s pricy- $250 for two people plus tax and $20-40 for each extra person. I also reserved a block about 2 streets over at a chain hotel for $99 a night plus tax.
I just called both hotels. Venue hotel has 3/15 rooms booked and cheap venue has 0/20 rooms booked. The hotel block cutoff is in 8 days! After that there may be no rooms (Yankees game in Baltimore that night, plus Baltimore Comicon) and the prices jump to $320 or the venue hotel and $179 fothethe chain hotel.
I just posted a Facebook status reminding people but I feel like I shouldn’t have to. The youngest person attending is 23. Adults should be able to figure this out on their own. When we RSVP yes to a wedding, we always book our hotel room the same day. Some people plan on driving to the wedding, but many more don’t! Several have told me they’ll be staying in the chain hotel…
Post # 3
Is it possible that some guests have booked but failed to mention/get noted in the room block?
Post # 4
ugh this is another one of my wedding fears because we are on the hook until we fill 70% of the rooms in our block!! so annoying!
Post # 5
I have been guilty of that… waiting until the last minute to book my hotel – but I found that the hotel block was completely booked, I ended up staying at another hotel. When I arrived, I found about 1/4 of the guests there (including family of the bride & some wedding party members)… we all found rooms. As you said, the guests were/are adults.
Actually, as I write this, I realize that I’m currently guilty of not booking AGAIN. Fiance & I are invited to a wedding in mid-Sept, and haven’t booked our room yet. We still have time left before the block expires… and so do your guests. Perhaps you’ve just invited a bunch of procrastinators?
Post # 6
I feel you on this one. NO ONE booked rooms at the hotel until last minute and their rates went up. I luckily got to receive quite a few at the quoted rate (but a lot at the higher rate) since we were spending SO much money at this hotel, so maybe if there are people who come to you after the cut-off date, you can work some magic. It’s worth trying.
Post # 7
I only reminded my close friends that I wanted to party with all weekend. 🙂
Post # 8
@KCKnd2: If they didn’t mention the block, they wouldn’t have the discounted rate, and I posted all of the rates on the wedding website. My friends and family would notice a $70+ price difference.
I know I’ve got procrastinators since I’m still waiting on 34 people to RSVP and the RSVP-by date is in 4 days. The problem with procrastinating is not only do you risk the block expiring, but it means the bride and groom don’t have time to add rooms to the block. If today both of my blocks filled, I would be able to add 5 rooms at a time to either block. If the blocks fill on or after the cut-off date, no rooms can be added.
For some of my friends, if they miss the block, they’ll decide to carpool and not spend the night. This may mean that several people have to be stone sober and entire groups leave early.
Post # 9
Frustrating! I hope you’re not on the hook to cover the costs of any rooms not booked by that cutoff, if so I would be furious! If not, then people will have to just deal with whatever is available when they finally do book.
Post # 10
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
I would wait and Priceline a room in that neighborhood. I set aside rooms and then got a few phone calls a week before the wedding when they realized they couldn’t get my room block deal anymore. I apologized and then directed them to Priceline to hopefully get a room nearby.
Post # 11
@Tiffmorris: I have a few hundred dollar deposit for one of the blocks which I get back after the wedding. I don’t know if there is a penalty for having no rooms booked, I know there’s no obligation to fill the blocks.
It’s super frustrating because I will get complaints and people will drive home late at night if they can’t get a good deal. Also, it was a pain in the butt setting up the cheaper block because I wanted to be sensitive to people who couldn’t spend as much as the hotel we’re having the wedding. I was haggling for weeks.
Post # 12
More people have booked in the last week for our August 11th wedding than they did in the entire six weeks since invitations went out. People are just figuring it out now, I guess. I had the block extended but the rate went up on Saturday.
There are only two hotels in the town that we’re getting married (90 minutes from home, includes a ferry ride) and the other one is a scary motel. The hotel told one of our Groomsmen last night that he only has 9 rooms left in the entire hotel.
Post # 13
This is so typical. About 20 guests booked rooms like nine months in advance and the rest were desperately scrambling for hotel rooms the week that the block closed.