Post # 1
My FI is from the other side of the country, so I’m anticipating a decent amount of out-of-town guests and will reserve a block of rooms. The hotels in the area of our venue vary greatly in quality and price. A 2-star hotel might be $70-90, or $50-70 with a group rate, a 3-star would be $80-120, or $70-90 with a group rate, and a 4-star would be over $120, or $100-130 with a group rate. Our guests also vary greatly in income, age, and taste.
I don’t want to make anyone feel pressured into staying at a hotel they would never pick for themselves, either because it’s too expensive or below their standards. Should I pick a 2-star to get the low rate for the guests who are most concerned about money, and let those who prefer to pay more for a better hotel do so at the normal rate? Should I pick a 4-star so that people who might not otherwise stay in a nicer hotel can more easily afford it, and because we’re having a somewhat formal/ upscale wedding? Should I split the difference and get a 3-star? The other option is to reserve a block of rooms at both a 2-star and a 4-star hotel and let guests decide, but I don’t know how many guests we need to justify doing this, or if it would get confusing to guests, or if people in the 2-star would feel weird about it.
Post # 3
At the end of the day its a bed, no big deal. I’d go three star $80-120. I think that’s very reasonable.
Post # 4
@KristenGotMarried: I agree! More than likely, your guests will just be crashing there!
Post # 5
Having a hotel with a bar that our guests could mingle and hang out at was the deciding factor for us. We’ll book a large block there (about $100) and have cheaper recommendations handy just in case someone needs it.
Post # 6
I dont ever really care for fancy hotels and just use the place to sleep. As long as its clean and not buggy and just decent, I’m more than happy to just sleep there and spend my money else where. I would perfer a plain old 2 star cheap hotel, but if you blocked off a 3 star, I’d be happy to go with that. If you booked just a 4 star, I’d probably find something else myself. If I were to treat myself to a nice stay somewhere, it wouldnt be for someones wedding where I’ll probably be busy not spending time at the hotel.
Post # 7
We are going to block rooms at a nice hotel (not sure how many stars) that runs ~$130 a night, and also at a cheaper hotel that is under ~$90 a night. I figure it’s free to block hotels anyway, so this way they have a choice on what they want to spend.
Post # 8
How close are the rooms to the reception? If it’s right there, I’m happy (and would prefer) the 4 star. Otherwise, if the hotels aren’t also the reception site, and are equally close, I’d want a 3 star.
Post # 9
most weddings I’ve gone to have had mutliple options for hotels, ie, one really nice place and one that’s cheaper. I’d look in to having blocks at more than one place so guests can choose themselves
Post # 10
We included five different options from various price ranges and ratings and it worked really well. DH’s family commented on how great it was to be able to choose where to stay.
Post # 11
@kay01: All the hotels would be within 5 miles of the venue, but the venue itself is not a hotel.
We found a 2-star and a 4-star that are right next to each other, so that seemed like a good situation to me, but my FI is hesitant to book 2 hotels. His vote is to block rooms in the 2-star and let anyone who wants to pay more for a nicer place do it on their own. I’m just not sure this fits with the rest of the wedding. We’re paying $100+ a plate for the venue, the attire is formal, it’s in the evening, etc. Also, we would like it if the hotel would provide a shuttle to and from the venue, and it seems like upscale hotels are more likely to do that. Still, I know that a lot of our guests would prefer the cheaper option, especially after paying to fly across the country.
Post # 12
i voted 2 anda 4 and let them figure it out themselves – i personally choose 4 stars
Post # 13
@eloping: I agree.
@MissBananaBread: Since the 2 and 4 are right next to one another, I’d block both. Generally they release your block at a certain amount of time out from the wedding, so it shouldn’t cost your more or be an issue to block two.
I put our two hotel blocks on our wedding website so guests could get the info. I also listed a few others around that have various price ranges and let them know that they are free to stay wherever they’d like, but that there aren’t blocks at those places so they should reserve early in that case. Your guests will find what they like best, giving them 2 options is more than kind.
Post # 14
I voted 2 and 4 stars. Even if they can afford it, not everyone wants to splurge on a hotel room they dont plan on being in too much. I dont think we ever stayed at a hotel blocked by the bride and grooom since we always found cheaper (3 star) hotels in the area. For weddings we dont spend too much time in the room so we choose a cheaper hotel and save the 4 and 5 star places for vacation.
Post # 15
To be honest I would pick one in each price range. That way if you guest choose to spend the money for a more expensive hotel they have that option, but if they are on a budget and want to spend less than $100 you have also provided that information. Now I’m not talking about a Motel 6 or anything like that. But perhaps a Holiday Inn locations like that.
Post # 16
I would do the 2 star and the 4 star… I never check to see how many stars a hotel has, to be honest. All I care about is that the hotel is recently updated, clean and safe. Also, my cut off is $100/night. If it’s less than that, it’s cheap/reasonable and if it’s more, I consider it to be on the expensive side (unless it’s fancy).
You’ll probably have people who just want to stay at the cheapest place possible and others who want to treat themselves and stay at the nicest. So if you book one block at each, you’ve pretty much got everyone covered.