- 4 years ago
I am in the process of calling hotels in the area to set up hotel blocks. Unfortunately, most of the hotels I’ve called have a policy that you must fill 80% of your block – if not, you have to pay for it anyway. After tallying the numbers, we have invited 45 out of town guests. I have no idea how many will show.. I know general rule is 75-80% of people invited will show but its not exact. At about $130 per room (Yay expensive CT!), I don’t really want to have to pay for unclaimed rooms. On top of that, FMIL is insisting we pay for the hotel rooms of our family members (~10 rooms) so that is already a large financial burden.
Anyway… to get to the point. Are hotel blocks really important? Can I just like, list area hotels on our website and have guests do it themselves? I havne’t been to any weddings as an adult and never even heard of hotel blocks before the bee! Or is this horribly rude not to set up a hotel block? The guests would drive themselves to the reception/ceremony about 10 minutes away.
So for more detail, if you are interested (lol) there are three area hotels. Two of them you must fill a quota – 80% of your block, or else I have to pay for them. The third one starts us off with 10 rooms (we need about 35), and as that block fills, they open up another “chunk” of 5 to 10 rooms if they have availability. If not, then… too bad, really. BUT in this third one, I don’t have any financial responsibility. Thoughts?