Post # 1
I know that this is neccesary to accomodate all guests. We are fortunate to have a hotel right next to our venue (The Marco Hotel in Flushing, Queens) However, I am super nervous about giving over my credit card and was actually thinking of giving them one with not much credit left on it to be safe- I know it will be a significant savings to guests. I looked up a standard room and it was $175 a night! (I am in NYC) Right now I dont know how many rooms we will need but estimating somewhere between 10-20. Any advice is appreciated!
Post # 3
It depends on the hotel chain, but most do not require a deposit to hold a hotel block, up to a certain number of rooms (Marriott is 30 rooms). Talk to the sales dept at the hotel and see how many rooms they will hold without a credit card deposit.
ETA: The hotel provided us with a date 30 days before the wedding that they will release any unbooked rooms by that date, we are not responsible for any rooms not booked. We included the hotel info on our STDs so people would book early and not wait until the block was full or release to the public.
Post # 4
Our hotel asked for us to hold a minimum of 10 rooms or a maximum of 15. We have to guarantee that 80% of the rooms will be filled for the date requested. We requested 10. . . so we have to guarantee 8 rooms. We gave a credit card and the purpose is so that if you do not meet the 80%, they charge you for the unused rooms. We’re not worried though. . . we’ll probably have more than 10 rooms filled.
Post # 5
It really just depends on the hotel. We booked blocks of rooms at two hotels with two different price points, and we were under no financial obligation for any of the unbooked rooms. The hotel simply released any unbooked rooms to the public four weeks before our wedding.
Post # 6
We blocked rooms as well without having to give our credit card!
Post # 7
You definitely need to call the hotel. We blocked rooms on Long Island, minimum of 10 and only obligated to keep one (ours) reservation. I think if we canceld that we would be responsible for a percentage of that one room. And that’s something like after the cut off date of March 30th. You should not have to pay for any unbooked rooms.
Post # 8
I didn’t need to give a credit card number to reserve a block of rooms with the Hampton Inn (Hilton chain). The cut-off date is 30 days before the wedding, and there is no obligation to us if the rooms aren’t booked. The only condition is, if a guest cancels after booking, it’s non-refundable.
Post # 9
Definitely depends on the chain! I had some that required no CC info. There was one that required ME to pay one night’s fee for each of the booked rooms, but it was fancier. I did not use that one.
Post # 10
None of our Brooklyn hotels required a credit card! Definitely call around