(Closed) Anyone else’s hotel blocks being ignored?

posted 8 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
2249 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

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 # 6
372 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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
1523 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
4464 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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
10218 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

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
175 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

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
3162 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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.

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