(Closed) The hotel/RSVP dilemma! Which comes first?

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

Our hotel blocks didn’t have this policy. They just set aside a certain number of rooms at the wedding discount rate, with a release date one month ahead of the wedding. Any rooms not reserved by that date go back to the hotel and they can sell them at their discretion at that point. Both our hotels did it this way; one was a big national chain, the other was a one-off locally-owned business.

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Our hotels didn’t do this either. We aren’t liable for any money, just if people don’t book the rooms by a certain date then they’re released and the rate no longer applies.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@KCKnd2:  +1

I took care of the room blocks for both my and my sister’s wedding.  I contacted quite a few hotels and only one (which was an independent resort – not part of a national chain) had an attrition clause in the contract.  I simply asked the sales manager to remove it, which she agreed to immediately.  Definitely negotiate that out of the room block contracts, I don’t think it is typical although some hotels may try to sneak it in.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

The hotels we have contacted have a minimum number, but they said that if we block 10 rooms and our guests want 15 that they can all have the discounted rate so long as 15 rooms are available. I talked to FMIL and my to figure out a minimum number of people who will show. Then I booked 75% of that. I have no idea if we will have too many or too few rooms at this point, but I figured that there are a ton of hotels in the area so some people might choose to stay at a more expensive or cheaper/less nice hotel even if they come.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

The hotel I booked at didn’t have this policy either, maybe you need to find a different hotel.

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