(Closed) Blocking Rooms- How does this work? Nervous!!

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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 Save-The-Date Cards so people would book early and not wait until the block was full or release to the public. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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
Hostess
16196 posts
Honey Beekeeper

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
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

We blocked rooms as well without having to give our credit card!  

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

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
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

None of our Brooklyn hotels required a credit card! Definitely call around

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