Post # 1
Did anyone not block rooms for their guests? I’ve only ever received on invite that had a note about discounted room reserved (at only $179.00 a night!). A cousin of one of my BMs also reserved room for their guests (at only $300.00 a night!), but even in a different state it’s not common to come across (my BM called me asking if that note meant it was required to stay there…like I said, not done often).
I really just don’t want to be bothered, for lack of a better phrase. I never knew this was done for guests. With all the online methods of getting deals, and because everyone should be able to reserve their own rooms and seek out the best deals, why should I? It’s nice of us to do, but with everything else, I just don’t have the desire. We were thinking of listing nearby hotels they can look into that are close to the ceremony and reception, but we just plan on Google mapping that!
Post # 3
I didn’t, but I did provide a list of hotels for our guests so they could make their own arrangements.
Post # 4
I think it is a nice thing to do since guests are already traveling for your wedding it makes things easier on them. I’m not sure if its necessarily “wrong” not to. But, you can end up getting a much better rate for your guests. It doesn’t take too long to do it anyways, just a quick phone call. Personally, since you still have time to do it I would but that’s just me.
I am going to a wedding soon in which the only room block was at a hotel 1 hour from the venue. I did get a bit annoyed having to find and book a much pricier room at a hotel that is 10 minutes from the venue because I didn’t want to drive an hour after, but clearly it didn’t stop me from attending.
Post # 5
When I did it, it reduced the rate by about $20, and it was free for me to do (I didn’t get charged for any unbooked rooms).
Seeing as there ended up being 4 weddings in the immediate vicinity (including another one in our hotel) it ended up being pretty good planning to have blocked some rooms.
Post # 6
I’d recommend hotelplanner.com for the lazy-girl’s way to block hotel rooms. You put in the parameters (no. of rooms, location, star rating of hotel) and they submit bids to the website. If you receive a bid you like, blocking the rate is easy peasy, and if not, the whole thing took less than 10 minutes!
Post # 7
@MrsWBS: The hotels in our area required us to come in for a formal meeting and signing of the contract, hence why I just don’t want to be bothered. If it were as easy as a phone call, then I wouldn’t care!
Post # 8
I see. We called and did all the contract stuff via email and fax, so wasn’t that time consuming for us. Obviously the decision is yours, I was just offering my opinion that it’s a nice gesture.
Post # 9
@dodgercpkl: This is what we did.
We looked into booking a block of rooms, but to be honest, the logistics were too stressful and i didn’t want to have that added stress on me. Most of our guests are from out of town, our ceremony is at 3pm, which means, they probably all wouldn’t get a chance to even check in before the wedding. Plus, living in Toronto, the prices still weren’t that great. most of the places only had a discount of like $10. whoopdie doo.
I provided a list of hotels on our website, along with amenities, phone numbers, locations etc. I bet most of them can find a better deal on hotels.com or Groupon even.
I figured, if they all found their own hotel, the chances of having an early checkin are greater as opposed to the one hotel having to clean all those rooms for early check ins.
Post # 10
I didn’t, mainly because we are hardly having any out of town guests. I did list a few hotels in the area on our website, but did not do any blocks.
Post # 11
@BetterSherm: We’re not planning on it. Ther eis a hotel right down the road from the reception, but there are also 3 more a couple miles away. I will provide the info but no blocks.
Post # 12
I haven’t and don’t think I will unless guests let me know. I am not 100% sure who is coming from oot (but all the oot inivtes are my family). I told them to let me know if they want me to look for a hotel for them on the website. Fi thinks it’s a good idea to do but the reason I am waiting to do this is because I expect to host all my oot family. They are having to spend a lot of money to come to the wedding, I don’t want them to have to pay for a hotel too. Once I get the rsvp’s I’ll know for sure whether I need to make other arrangements (my fmil has offered up 2 rooms in her house).
Post # 13
I blocked some rooms, but certainly didn’t go to a lot of fuss. Basically, after 5 or 10 minutes on TripAdvisor to select hotels in the area in a decent price range and distance, my mom and I stopped by two of them, decided we liked the first one more, then called back another day end blocked some rooms. Our guests get like.. I forget, $20 or $30 off the usual rate, and they’ll know they’re not accidentally picking a terrible hotel in an ungood part of town.
I’ll also include a suggestion of the closest hotel to the venue, but they didn’t give a discount for blocking, so we’re not actually dealing directly with them.
Post # 14
I didn’t and the last DW we went to, they didn’t block off any either (although to be fair, it was a TINY DW with almost all family members). I didn’t because most of my OOT guests already had lodging options (e.g. friends/family in the area) so I would’ve only needed a small handful, if that. Some of them want to do budget whereas the others wanted luxury so that would’ve meant two very tiny blocks of rooms. I provided three suggestions on our wedsite of possible lodging in several pricepoints and included information on proximity to the venue and other points of interest.
Post # 15
i was not going to do a room block but a friend said i should. i am glad i did. i did the room blocks about 10 months before the wedding. my room blocks ranged from $39, to $169 per night. after the mayweather fight was announced, a room at the hotel we were staying at was going for well over $300 per night. it also made getting out of town bags to guests easier and the hotel put everyone who booked under my group on the same floor. it was convenient for guests to walk down the hall to our suite. i stocked our suite with various beverages and snacks and people we welcomed to come grab something.