Post # 1
We have two hotel room blocks- one at the super expensive hotel where we are getting married, and one about 1.5 blocks away at a Best Western. I finally got the contract for the Best Western for 15-20 rooms and they want me to leave a 10% DEPOSIT. Bees, thats $230 dollars. Their email:
“Please note that there is a deposit required to block the rooms which will be refunded if you cancel 45 days prior to the arrival date of the amount can be applied to any rooms you wish upon arrival and the balance refunded to you.”
NONE of my friends who had weddings with room blocks had deposits. How common is this? I absolutely need to clarify for him that we are NOT applying any of the deposit to the rooms- we’re staying in the other hotel!
Weigh in, please…
Post # 3
No, I didn’t have to pay a deposit. They did say the would release the unreserved room in the block 30 days before the wedding, which was fine. Can you check around with other hotels in the area to see if a deposit is common?
Post # 4
My town is a tourist destination, so hotels were asking for at least a 1k deposit to do a room block. Ridiculous! If you have the option, you might want to call other hotels and find out if this is common in your area. If it’s not common, you may be able to do a room block at another hotel without paying anything in advance.
Post # 5
I have two wedding blocks (Holidy Inn Express and Suites and Hampton Inn & Suites) and neither one required any advance payment.
I did give one my credit card that was for their protection in case I waited until after the cancellation date to remove the hold. Otherwise nothing is to be charged.
Post # 6
I’d answer “yes,” but it’s neither too high necessarily nor do you have expect to pay a lot. Some hotels have a similar thing, some hotels have nothing. Hit or miss.
Post # 7
I was never asked for a deposit but I did talk to a lot of hotels that required credit card holds and would make me responsible for any unfulfilled rooms.
Post # 8
Our hotel wanted a guarantee for room blocks, so if we wanted to block rooms, whether 1 or 100, we had to guarantee 90% occupancy from the get-go. So that meant we were responsible for 90% of the cost of the rooms we had blocked, regardless of if they were booked, or if we released the rooms in the weeks/months leading up to the wedding. There was no way I could sign myself up to potentially pay that, so we politely declined. I had my guests book their rooms on their own early. I wish I could have done a block, but it wasn’t worth the risk for us.
Post # 9
We had two hotels in a completely tourist town- it may or may not be the waterpark capitol of the world, and neither one required a deposit. I would switch to a different hotel if possible.
Post # 10
No deposits required BUT the only hotels I could get to give me a block require me to pay in full for all rooms reserved. So we get a bit of a discount on rooms but we MUST pay for them. I’m worried as we only have a few out of towners and just not sure how many friends want to get rooms.
Post # 11
We didn’t have to pay for our block, each person pays for their room (discounted rate) when they book under our name. The unused rooms will be release 3 weeks before the weddng date, no penalty. This a hampton inn, by the way.
Post # 12
Thanks for all the weighing in. The hotel is 1.5 blocks from our wedding location (the super fancy expensive hotel), so I really don’t want to check with the one other hotel that’s about 3 blocks in the other direction and thus in the wrong part of town (Yay baltimore! Hoity toity to slum in 2-3 blocks!).
I guess I’ll have to make due. I think i’m going to have the hotel manager add a clause to the room block contract before I sign that I am neither responsible for filling the rooms, and that I will be 100% refunded the deposit within 7 days of the wedding.
Post # 13
10% seems low to me. Our hotel is asking for first night upfront as the deposit on every room in the block.
Post # 14
Wow – I had no idea that some required so much money down. Our wedding is not by a touristy town but there are many to choose from so I may not even reserve a block if that’s the case (we have a small wedding party and most are going to be close enough to home to drive back [and won’t be drinking anyway])
Post # 15
I didnt vote because I have two situations.
1st. at our wedding venue, we had to Manditory block 9 rooms… all of the 1st two levels with ocean view. If they were not booked by one of our guests, we would have to pay for them with the rest of our ceremony/reception final payment. It is written in our contract.
Secondly, we are looking into room blocks at other locations close to the venue. I have a few potential written contracts in my e-mail currently from hotels… there is no deposit, however this is 2 night minimums, and if they are not booked within 30 days prior we loose those rooms and the discount is no longer valid. This is a very popular coastal/tourist area if that helps as well.
So with that being said I have one where we have to pay anyways full price and no deposit at all…
Post # 16
@MrsBroccoli: I work for a hotel company and I got married in Baltimore – don’t pay a deposit for room blocks!