Post # 1
I just received a phone call from a family friend who tried to book her hotel room – she was informed by the hotel that my wedding block is sold out already. The hotel chain let me block 20 rooms and they are all gone. AND – my invitations haven’t gone out yet!!! eeks. The hotel would only open up an additional 10 rooms, so I have been forced to find another hotel about 1/2 mile away to reserve additional rooms. I’m a bit sad, because we were going to have an after party at this first hotel, and our transportation will be from the first hotel. I just don’t want guests who couldn’t get a reservation to feel left out. Luckily, guests can walk between the two hotels as their are sidewalks, but it is still a bit dissapointing.
Has anyone else had this problem? Do 2 hotels work?
Post # 3
It will be ok – it’s great that the 2 hotels are so close to each other. If they were on the other side of town, I could see how this is would be a problem – but a 1/2 mile is really not a big deal at all.
You might also ask the original hotel if they anticipate any other rooms opening up (perhaps from other blocks they have that aren’t filled).
Post # 4
we had 2 hotels and it worked great. I was at the one where we had our ceremony and the first night we got a room at the other hotel for my husband. I was totally freaking out about hotel blocks too but it worked just fine 🙂
Post # 5
Thanks for the encouragement. I am really fortunate, because I just contacted my invitation guy. The invitations are printed and were supposed to be delivered on Friday so that we could get them out next week. Now he just needs a few extra days, but he is going to re-do the accomodations insert to reflect the two hotels (at no additional charge)! Whew!
Post # 6
I have the exact same situation, only there are no other hotels! Well, I should say, there are other hotels but they’re super sketchy strip mall haven’t been cleaned in 20 years type hotels. Ugh. If I wouldn’t stay there, I’m not asking my guests to! Basically we warned everyone in advance (months ago) that the hotel was going to be filled up really fast and to book early. All our wedding party and families got rooms which is what we were most concerned about. I don’t have an Option B unfortunately but I’m not going to sweat it.
Post # 7
My 1st hotel block filled up about 3 months before I sent my invites. It was only family that fit in those 25 rooms. I contacted another hotel who just gave us a group code and an unlimited number of rooms so others are able to go there. Similarly they are about 3 blocks apart so I think it should be fine!
Good luck! Just remember everyone will find a place to stay!
Post # 8
We only have one hotel because we were able to get a good rate and get enough rooms. However, our original plan was to have two hotels at slightly different price points and different ammenities. I think that if the hotels are close, it’ll be fine, and people can still take the transportation to the first hotel and then walk to the other. I’d definitely block a second hotel though so that no one has to seek out lodging on their own.
Post # 9
Thanks all. Feeling so much better. I want all of my guetss to be accommodated (pun intended, ha!) and taken care of so badly, that sometimes I forget that everyone is an adult and can definitely take care of themselves if needed and all I can do is provide the options. People may find other places to stay besides the 2 I am informing about. I have been a guest at weddings where the hotel block was full, and I happily found another place to stay. I think when it is your own wedding it is easier to stress.
Post # 10
The early bird gets the worm, IMO. You can’t be held responsible for the hotel arrangements of your entire wedding – obviously 20 rooms wouldn’t have originally been enough. If you have time and can get discounts at a second place, that’s great, but people are perfectly capable of getting their own rooms without a little discount!