Post # 1
. . . because all the hotels in my area are completely booked! The hotel where I originally booked a room block would only reserve 10 rooms at a time and then open another 10 when those first 10 were booked – as of today, more than 2 months before the wedding, only those 10 rooms got booked and the rest of the hotel is completely sold out, as is the hotel’s sister property a few miles away. I managed to book the last 3 rooms at another nearby hotel, and a few more at one more hotel a little farther away. There’s not even any large public events going on that weekend – there must just be a lot of weddings. My invites only went out last week, though the hotel information has been on our website since March. I would have encouraged my guests to book much earlier if I thought it would be a problem. Don’t let this happen to you – have your guests book accomodations as early as they can!
Post # 3
This must be a Maryland thing. Easton is already booked also- no special events- just booked! UGH! They can offer the family with my flower girl a SMOKING room. NO! We haven’t even sent invites, just STD’s but I have been begging people to book.
Post # 4
@Breen86: It’s not just Maryland – my wedding is in NJ, in the (relative) middle of nowhere. It’s just so odd!
Post # 5
That is peak convention time in our neck of the woods. You may want to ask the hotel if they will guarantee you a certain size block if you guarantee to fill a quota, for example they guarantee you 20 rooms and you’re contractually obliged to fill 26. Each guest would still book their own room and pay for their own room, you’re just on the hook for any shortfall. It is financially risky– because you’re on the hook for any shortfall— but hotels are more likely to make that space for you if they know they will be getting paid a certain amount via that contract.