- 11 years ago
- Wedding: June 2011
Hi Bees! I really trust your advice and I am having a hard time making a decision on this hotel block thing. I have about 6 1/2 months to go until the wedding. Here is the situation:
The wedding is early on a Sunday afternoon in June in the Atlantic City area of NJ, where both my parents and all my grandparents live. It’s not a holiday weekend so most people have to work the next day. Of our invited guests, 38% live in Philly (about 1 hr 15 min drive), 17% live right in the AC area, 18% live in North Jersey or NY (2-3 hour drive), 8% live in Israel, 8% live in Florida, and 10% live in other parts of the US (Chicago, Boston, Arizona, etc.). Yes, I have a spreadsheet!
So I really don’t think any of the Philly or NY people will book hotel rooms. They are easily within day trip distance and since the wedding is on Sunday, it makes sense that they would just come down for the event.
None of the Israel people need rooms since the only ones who are attending are FI’s parents and they are staying at my mom’s house.
A few Floridians are coming, but one group has a second home in the town of the wedding, and the others have already told me that they made their own hotel arrangements already.
The “Other” group is kind of a wildcard. Most will not come, but there are 3-4 couples who, if they come, will need a room.
I am not sure whether or not to even bother to block rooms. My bridal party will want to stay the weekend, but most of them already have a relative’s shore house to stay in. The other issue is that the casinos in AC are the closest and nicest places to stay (and that’s where Fiance and I will be staying), but for Saturday night, they are $250/night, even with the discount for blocking. Sunday night they are only $75/night. There are some other hotels like a Holiday Inn Express, a little further, that are more in the $150/night range. But for probably only about 5 couples who need rooms, I am wondering if it makes more sense to make some suggestions of hotels instead of setting aside a block. $250 is a lot and some people might not be comfortable with that and book elsewhere anyway. Also I don’t know if people will want to stay Saturday, Sunday, or not at all.
Anyway I realize this was long, but what are your thoughts on the matter? Thanks!