Post # 1
I am desperate for help in a situation. I am getting married March 27th of 2011. I was just about to send out my invitations when I realized we never thought about hotel rooms for out of town guests. I had many stops and starts planning this wedding because of a serious family illness in which case I thught I would have to cancel my wedding (2nd time) and the other factor, I did nothing for over a month because I was depressed about the illness situation.
We can’t afford to be financially responsible to pay for hotel rooms not used but the hotel I want to book with says it will send out a contract. Also, they said not to call them until after the holiday.
A friend suggested to simply list a number of hotels in the area of our venue and not worry about a discount and let the out of town guests decide where they want to stay.
Help! What should I do? I wanted to send my invites out on Jan. 3rd.
Post # 3
How many out of town guests are you inviting and how many do you think will come? is there a minimum of rooms you would need to block? Ultimately I would say this is an easy thing to let go. It’s nice for the guests but you don’t have to have it especially if it is causing stress.
Post # 4
i would say pass, your hotel guests should know how to book their own hotels, it’s not like you’re paying for their hotels so they can choose/ pick on their own.
i do agree with the above that you should provide a listing of hotels nearby so guests can make their own decision re: prices, location, etc.
Post # 5
Do you have a wedding website? I put a little information card in our invites referring them to the website for hotel and other information. I am sending ours out tomorrow, so don’t worry, you aren’t running behind. Most brides wait 6 to 8 weeks prior to the wedding before sending out their invites, so you still have a bit of time.
Post # 6
Forgot to answer some questions here. No, I do not have a wedding website, did not want to deal with it. It could be the guests may get a better rate just going online. Maybe I will just let the two hotels know I am not blocking any rooms or signing any contracts but leave our wedding information for the front desk so they are aware of us when people do call.
In some invitations, I see that only one hotel is mentioned for out of town guests. Should I do that? Just pick one of the two hotels that offer wedding deals from our wedding hall or should I just go ahead and list the two hotels offered.
I am really trying not to stress about this little detail but it is important to me.
Looking forward to hearing more comments on this issue.
Lisa-Running Late With Plans
Post # 7
If a hotel makes you pay for rooms if guests don’t book enough and you aren’t sure how many are going to book the rooms, I would just list local hotels in an insert on your invitation. We had rooms booked at a local hotel and very few people actually used that location so I’m glad that we weren’t on the hook for rooms that weren’t booked.
You don’t say where you live but March is the off season for weddings and a lot of tourism so the hotels might not charge a lot for a room.
Post # 8
I live in Florida. The hotel I want to book even for myself is right near the beach and I think they only have about 69 rooms.