Post # 1
We booked hotel blocks at two hotels both about 5 blocks from our venue. One is my favorite modern hotel downtown and the other is well, the Chattanooga Choo Choo. Its not the nicest hotel anymore, its just a 3 star Holiday Inn now, but it has the famous name and good rates. We reserved blocks of 10 rooms at each hotel and put all the info on our website which we printed on our invitation envelopes. Luckily we don’t have to pay for any rooms that aren’t reserved.
Well, first my aunt and cousin decided they’d rather pay a little more and stay at the hotel immediately across the street from the venue because 5 blocks is too far. Wah! And now, Fiance told me that his parents and sister booked at the ghetto Hampton Inn probably 20 blocks from the venue. I figured they must have been wanting to spend less which is cool, I get that, but I looked at the rates online and they are the same as the Choo Choo! GRRRRRR!!!!!!
Anyone else have the problem of people not using the blocks? I am planning Out of Town bags so it adds a little time to my day, but should I even care?
Post # 3
omg- this is my life right now! Our wedding is in troutdale- which is OUTSIDE of portland and my aunt and uncle were looking at hotels DOWNTOWN. like a 40 minute drive! and they are notoriously late people. ugh. I was totally ranting to my mom about this last night.
Post # 4
My Aunt and Uncle are notoriously late too! My sister sent them a facebook message asking what thier plans are. My uncle said they are staying at the Choo Choo (yay!), and that they get in from Virginia at 4:00. I was thinking no way my aunt’s hair will be ready by 5:30 for the ceremony! Thats just not even gonna happen. So I just accepted the fact that they will only be at the reception and thought that for weeks. Then I found out he meant 4:00 on Friday. Whew!
Post # 5
Just heard from Fiance that his bro-in-law had some discount that made the Hampton a deal. I feel a little better now, but still. I wish we’d just done one block at the hotel across the street from the venue and flat out told the immediate family and bridal party to stay there. Everyone being in one place sounds so much easier!
Post # 6
This almost happened to me too – “almost” because I luckily hadn’t blocked the rooms yet! I had all intention of blocking rooms at the hotel I’d be staying at the night before, but then my parents went rogue and rented a creekside cabin. And is having most of my family stay there with them. I still blocked some rooms, but with the knowledge that there might be 2 or 3 booked, tops.
But to show the other side, I have to fly to Houston in April to be the maid of honor in my best friend’s wedding, and it’s likely that I’ll not be staying in any of her three blocked hotels. But seriously, my wedding is two months after that, so I am on Super Budget Spree. Also, we found a GREAT deal through Expedia that would allow us to stay at a 4-star hotel very close to her venue for nearly the same price as it would have cost us to stay in the blocked 2-star hotel (she blocked rooms at several hotels for every price range). We are delaying our honeymoon several months so that we can afford to pay for our own wedding AND fly down to H-town for hers, and this is just what worked out best for us in our particular situation.
Post # 7
This has not happened to me yet. I am kind of confused as to why you are upset about this?
I figure people can book wherever they want to stay and they can figure out how much they want to spend on hotel costs. I saw creating hotel blocks as a courtesy to guests, not a requirement.
With the Out of Town bags, don’t add more stress on yourself. Only deliver Out of Town bags to places where you have hotel blocks. Then have 5-10 extra Out of Town bags on hand in case anyone asks you, Fiance, parents etc about Out of Town bags they can get one that way. No need to drive yourself nuts over Out of Town bags days before you are getting married.
Post # 8
Hmmmm….I hope this doesn’t happen to us. I don’t think it will because people are staying in a downtown area and the hotels tend to be expensive. We got a great deal on a typically expensive hotel as they are affiliated with our venue. Also, we have a trolley bringing people back and I doubt it’s going to make multiple hotel stops LoL. Also, we’re having the after-party at the hotel.
Post # 9
Goodness how insane. I hope my guests go ahead and block where they are supposed to. Especially because if they book at the golf course where we are marrying they’ll be able to get a great deal AND won’t have to leave at all.
Post # 10
Yup. We blocked a few rooms at 2 hotels close to the venue, and 1 that was cheaper but 15 minutes away. Only 4 rooms got booked at one hotel, and zero at all others. One of the hotels kept calling me asking when my guests were going to book and I had to keep explaining to them I can’t force my guests to stay there if they don’t want to! Some of the out of town guests I think are staying at a family’s house. But otherwise, not sure what our friends who are drinking are planning to do. It’s a far drive and we blocked the rooms for their safety after the wedding event. Hopefully there will be rooms available on the day of in case they decide to stay at the last minute.
Post # 11
Don’t worry about it. If your guests are making decision not to stay in your blocked rooms they can deal with their own lives.
It is a little early for people to be booking rooms for our wedding (though I do have rooms blocked) and I’ve decided I’m not going to worry about it. Out of Town bags (if I do them) will be at one hotel only (the blocked hotel) as will be the available transportation to and from the wedding. People that don’t want to use the blocks to get a cheaper room will just have to make their own way. I made it clear on the website where the rooms were blocked, what the transportation situation is going to be, and how much farther the other hotels (non-blocked) are. Basically, I did my part so I’m not gonna make myself crazy.
Post # 12
I’m not really that upset about it any more. Especially now that I know they got the Hampton at a discount. I was just upset when I thought they were spending the same amount. I mean, the Choo Choo is right next door to the rehearsal dinner. The Hampton made no sense! I’ll still deliver Out of Town bags to them. If I only do the blocked hotels, at the moment, that would mean all of like 10 bags and I bought 25.