Post # 1
I’m coming off a long WB hiatus and planning my wedding like rapid fire.
The closest hotels are 20 minutes from our ceremony/reception venue. The two I am looking at are right down the street from one another, and managed by the same company. The woman I am working with has offered to block 15 rooms at each, with the option to add 5 as we go if needed. They are priced exactly the same.
From our guest list, I’d estimate that we need rougly 75 rooms.
My question is, do you think I need blocks at 2 hotels even though they are priced the same? I’d prefer all my guests to stay at one hotel, but I’m anxious about running out of rooms!
Post # 2
Why is it so important to have all of your guests at one hotel, if they’re down the street from each other?
Post # 3
Room blocks are fine as long as they are courtesy blocks, where you don’t have to pay for unbooked rooms. You can always add rooms if your block is filled early.
Please do remember that some of your guests will choose air bnb. Unless you are transporting everyone to the wedding venues, it really doesn’t matter where they choose to stay.
Post # 4
Are you providing a shuttle service to the wedding? Cuz otherwise I don’t understand why you care if they’re all in the same hotel if the wedding is not being held in one of the two hotels and they’re just right down the street from each other. Also remember that some people may find better deals on their own that is not at either of those two hotels regardless of where you have blocks, so there’s a good chance that your guests will not all be staying in the same Hotel no matter what.
That said I also don’t understand the point of having separate blocks at separate hotels with the exact same price point and amenities. Unless they won’t give you 30 rooms at one Hotel so you have to split them up and all of the hotels in the area are roughly equivalent. Otherwise whenever I’ve seen multiple blocks it is usually to provide a variety of price points and amenities so people have a choice to best meets their needs.
Post # 5
In our case, we wanted to indicate where we would be staying since some guests wanted to stay at the same place so we could hang out together beforehand. We had three hotels blocked, and on the accomodations area wrote something like “The bridal party will be staying at xxx hotel. (give all the roomblock info). We also have rooms blocked at xxx (info) and xxx (info). People stayed at all three, but our hotels were not the same chains and had price differences. If you need 75 rooms, I’d for sure have two hotels lined up, but you can indicate where you’ll be and people will probably choose that one first.
Post # 6
Thanks for the responses!
I should have mentioned that I will be providing a shuttle to/from the venue. Since it seems I will need to stick with both hotels in order to accommodate my estimated rooms needed, should I plan on providing shuttles for both hotels?
Post # 7
I would do one shuttle with two pick up spots, they’re down the road from each other after all. I would also keep the two blocks assuming there is no penalty for not filling rooms. We went the rented school bus route, and they blocked the whole night so we had unlimited stops and shuttle runs all night. Was nice and easy.
Post # 8
whitums : Great idea, thank you!
Everything seems so logical when other people explain it to me. I have serious wedding brain haha.
Post # 9
morethanyesterday : Lol its confusing and nervewracking when you’ve never done it before! I have had many “wtf was I thinking!?” comments to myself even years after my own. It’s a special time 😉