Post # 1
I have heard that it is possible to get a block of hotels booked for your guests from out of town. About half of my guests will be coming from oot.
- How do I go about doing this?
- Is it cheaper?
- How much in advance can I do this?
- Is there a certain amount of rooms required to get the discount?
Sorry for the dumb question, I’m just not too sure how it works.
Post # 3
call hotels. the rates aren’t necessarily cheaper than if your guests just book online, but it’s a way to make sure your guests can actually find a hotel in case of conventions/tourist season/etc. they should offer you less than the normal rate, but don’t expect a rock-bottom deal.
the number of rooms you can block varies by hotel. make sure you don’t sign a contract that would make you liable in case your block isn’t filled. some hotels i spoke to would only block 20 rooms without a financial commitment from me. if you need more rooms, it’s good to have blocks at a range of price points for your guests.
you can do this anytime. your block will most likely expire about a month before the wedding.
Post # 4
I JUST got off the phone doing this. I called a Marriott we’d stayed at before and liked that was near our reception venue and they said they’d hold 10 rooms to begin with at a slightly discounted rate ($10 less than booking online). If those rooms filled up, they’d add more if they were available. If not all the rooms were booked, we were not held responsible for them; they would just be released for booking back to the general public one week before the wedding. No credit card or deposit to hold or anything, just names and contact info and they’re emailing a proposal. It was really pretty easy.
Post # 5
I would call and ask. When we booked ours we signed an agreement that they would hold 10 rooms until X date for X price. it was probably $20 cheaper than the normal rate. We weren’t on the hook for anything that didn’t get booked up. Also we were giving a group number, so online booking at the discounted rate could be done.
Post # 6
most hotels will do it for you – but be careful! (for our particular hotel) if the rooms dont get booked we have to pay for them.
for our guests they got a deal about $20.00 off the normal price so its $99 a night for them. we blocked 20 rooms and they are all taken! I had the opportunity to add rooms onto that block but i dont want to get stuck paying for them – sorry guests! but its just not in my budget. we blocked the rooms in september and they had until Jan 20th to get that rate – wedding is in 3 weeks!