(Closed) Hotel blocks: please kill me. (vent)

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Can you tell them it’s a family reunion or family event instead of a wedding? I would think that it wouldn’t matter what the group or event was as long as they’re making money…..

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Dude, seriously? Will they let you add rooms to the block?

Post # 4
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Honey bee

Could you just tell them you aren’t going to be staying there and then book online? Then reserve the rooms they will give you for the block?

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper

Try a local post to see if any bee’s have had experience booking in that area.  Sending the STD’s asap, along with a note about booking hotels early may be the key.  I had to remind myself that I’m sending my invites to adults who should be able to figure out travel plans 😉  

Are there any larger hotels close by that you could reserve as a backup??

Post # 7
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Helper bee

I know the situation sucks! I am dealing with the same thing in Upstate NY, our wedding is the weekend of the opening of the track and therefore none of the hotels will let us block rooms and the cheapest place is $300 a night at least! And we also have a ton of OOT guests!

So, we are sending out the save the dates mid November with our wedding website and basically telling people if they don’t book early there is no other options for them.

The only other thing I could tell you is to look at surrounding towns about 20 mins away or so. It would still be close enough to the venue but might eliminate them not blocking anything for you.

Good luck!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

@MissBoston: If you do decide to stay there, I would definitley make the reservation without linking it to your block.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

That is ridiculous! I say don’t do a block at all.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@MissBoston: Is there anyone else you can talk to? Some supervisor or something. Argue with numbers, tell them exaclty how many people are going to need rooms, and how many rooms…I mean its hard to argue with someone who is telling you they’re bascially guranteeing that you’ll make money.

If you’ve already talked to them….try having FI make the block information as a different event.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

You could do what I considered doing: the hotel would only offer us the option of guaranteeing rooms (which means, we can block rooms, but if they’re not taking, we have to pick up the tab). So I went to hotels.com and found that I could reserve as many rooms as I wanted without a cancellation fee (up to 72 hours before). We ended up at a different hotel, but I would have bought up a bunch of rooms and just had everyone pay me–not hte most graceful solution, but a solution.

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