(Closed) muh.. dumb ol’ hotels…

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

I had to guarantee 90% of my block 🙁 You could just recommend hotels but blocks will always give your guests a better rate.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I have heard about this but I do not think it is common.

I would try calling other hotels until you find one that does not require you to guarantee anything.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

We had SO MUCH trouble with this!  We talked to the Skirvin (they didn’t hold you financially responsible for unblocked rooms, but they charge for delivering OOT bags and stopped returning our emails so we gave up on them).  No one had guaranteed transportation.  One of our friends rented a mini van and shuttled people who wanted rides to the ceremony and reception. 

Our room block ended up being at the Renaissance, and ultimately she was pretty good to work with.  They held us responsible for 80 percent of our rooms, but we ended up filling the block so it wasn’t a problem, but I was sweating it for sure!).  The guests all seemed happy there, but their valet service is a disaster (!).  They delivered the OOT bags for free and the staff was very friendly.  We even had a few friends that needed rooms after the block filled, and she let us get them it at the negotiated price.  They offered us rooms at 129 and suites at 179.  Their suites are large and were useful for people with families.  The bricktown trolley stops RIGHT in front of the hotel, so that was handy!

I stayed at the Colord the night before and the night of the wedding (that way his family could take pics at the Renaissance and my family could take pics at the Colcord before the ceremony and not worry about running in to each other), and it was nice.  I was worried about construction noise but it didn’t end up being a problem.

 

You don’t NEED a room block, but it ended up being really nice having everyone at one hotel.  If you opt for a block, make sure you negotiate to get rewards points for whatever chain you go with (we are getting marriot points for everyone’s rooms, which will end up being quite a few free nights for us).

 

Good luck!  I’m so so glad I’m done with wedding planning!

 

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@elliestan:

 

I found the online marriot site useless.  I’ll PM you the name of the lady who handled ours. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@elliestan:

We did a block at the Marriott. To block 10 rooms at a time we didn’t have to promise anything or make any payment. We just had to sign this very short contract that just told us that it was just 10 rooms, the price, and also the date that the block will expire.

Post # 11
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Newbee

just like pinkhorse mentioned you can always do a courtesy block at a hotel. You just need to ask what the maximum they can do at a courtesy is. Most of the time it is 10 max. Then once the block is filled you can talk to the Sales Manager about adding more rooms. They are in business to make money, which is why they ask for an attrition clause if you are holding a ton of rooms- obviously, they need to know that those rooms will be filled! If you can be flexible and work 10 rooms at a time, they are usually quite good at helping out. If you are calling a place that isn’t able to offer ANY rooms at a courtesy – run far, far away.

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

eeek! I was planning on booking with Marriott. I hope it’s not that much of a hassle.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@pinkhorse: Really? You don’t have to pay if not enough rooms get booked? Because I was initially thinking of reserving a block of rooms until I read about how many places require a minimum number of rooms get booked, or else YOU are financially responsible and that turned me off real quick! We have a handful of guests coming from out of town, but many will be staying with family in the area so I’m honestly not sure how many will need rooms. Probably not even 10. But there is a Marriott very close by, maybe I should call and ask.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

We had to guarantee 80% of our rooms.  Be blocked the minimum number possible and told our guest that there was limited amount of rooms that were first come first serve.  If the rooms are all filled the hotel will honor the discount on further rooms as long as there is availability.

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2011

There are two types of blocks – one that you guarantee and one that you don’t. 

Usually, if you do not “guarantee” a certain number of rooms there is an early release date.  For example, we “blocked” 20 rooms for our April 23rd wedding, and they will release any rooms that are not reserved on April 2nd.  This is a win-win for both the hotel and the bride and groom.  They have time to book the empty rooms (if any) and we aren’t stuck paying for something that no one will use.

Make sure you do your research and check the advance purchase rate for your wedding date; you should be able to get the rooms for 10-20% less than the advance purchase rate.

I did have to call three hotels before I found a Sales Manager that was easy to work with and would give us a great rate.

Good luck! 🙂

 

 

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