Post # 1
Hi bees! I’m looking into hotels now for blocking mostly for out of town guests, and also for those who just might want to stay closer to the venue the night of the wedding so they can more easily uber (wedding is in main city, most local guests are about 30-40 min drive). Ceremony and reception are at the same location. As I’m considering options, what do you think is a reasonable distance between venue and hotel? And what is a good price range?
My friend told me that for her wedding she wanted something not too expensive but still something fairly nice for her guests, so she aimed for about $100 a night. I found a couple of options in that budget, but the one right on the mark is 14-15 minutes from the venue. Does this sound okay?
Post # 2
Honestly if the hotel is 15 minutes from the hotel and I lived like 30 minutes from the venue I would just go home. It sounds a little pointless to recommend a hotel which is around 15 minutes from their homes.
Post # 3
It’s mostly for guests coming from out of state. Just thinking of blocking a couple of extra rooms for bridal party and such who might want to drink a lot- Ubers run a lot cheaper within the city than from the city to the boondocks of small town Ohio haha. But yeah a lot of them probably won’t take the option, so mainly my question is whether it’s reasonable for out of town guests.
Post # 4
Can you do blocks at two hotels? One more expensive and nearer the venue, then the one you mentioned? I would definitely pay more to be right by the venue if I were coming in from out of town. I value convenience.
Post # 5
I agree with the above I would pay slightly more to be in walking distance eg 5 or so minutes from venue for a wedding than have to bother with an Uber after with.
so I would probably block two hotels if possible to give people an option.
Post # 6
Oh wow! $100 hotel price point is great, at least to me! We are hoping to have ours be between $150-200 per night, but they will also provide shuttle service to and from the venue which is really nice. I went to a wedding last year where the hotel room block was over $300 a night!
I agree with doing 2 different options – 1 less expensive even if that means it’s a little further out and then 1 closer to the venue if it’s a little pricier.
Post # 7
Book two, one that is more pricey but within walking distance, and one that is further but cheaper and see if they have a complementary shuttle or can book a cab for older guests that may not know how to use Uber.
Also always see if you can get a hotel that offers complementary breakfast for wedding block guests – people from out of town always appreciate being fed.
My hotel blocks capped at $129/night (most were closer to $109 though), but that was in the suburbs.
Post # 8
Ours were around 150-200 a night, but one was within walking distance (less than .25 miles) and one was a mile away (and we provided a shuttle). If you’re going to choose a hotel block that is farther than walking distance, I’d advise providing a shuttle for guests to get there safely.
Post # 9
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Thank you all for sharing your thoughts! I like the idea of having 2 options. So far, I’m not seeing anything at all less than 10 minutes though… I’ll keep looking! It’s not really a “walking” area. The closest hotel is 2 miles away. For a little more context, almost all of our guests will be local. The out-of-state guest are friends in their mid/late 20s, and two couples out of three are planning to drive to our wedding state, so will have their cars with them. The other couple are big travelers, and very familiar with Uber. I don’t think that hiring a shuttle for just like 4-6 people is feasible for us. We are also blocking rooms as an option for our bridal party in case they feel like drinking a lot, so that they can get an uber much cheaper and not have a long ride at the end of the night, and a couple of guests who live more like 45 min-1 hr away from the wedding location. The latter would have their cars, but just might not want to drive so far at midnight.
And I’m definitely choosing options with free breakfast haha, food is a priority for me when I choose a hotel so I’m looking out for the same for my guests haha!
Post # 10
We wound up suggesting 3 hotels, ranging from more budget to boutique. We chose to do a room block at the mid-priced one which happens to be the one the most convenient to the venue (walking distance, even!).
We looked at doing room blocks at the other 2, but decided against it. The priciest hotel required a contracted block with an attrition clause, and the budget hotel increases prices for rooms as part of a block.
So far, I’m surprised at how many local guests have chosen to get a hotel room, but glad people are playing it safe and not drinking/drivng!
Post # 11
I am not a fan of room blocks unless it is essential, as in the location and date of the wedding means limited availability so you are forced to use the room block or miss out. I have never found the room block rate to be cheaper than either ringing the hotel direct or using the web.
If the wedding is in the city and there are plenty of room availability then I would just list some hotels in each price point (budget, mid and high) and let guests sort it out for themselves.
Post # 12
My venue doesn’t have any hotels within walking distance either. I chose 2 hotel options, both ~10 minutes/5 miles away. One was around $120/night and includes free breakfast but is a bit more secluded, one in a trendier nightlife area but no free breakfast around $160/night. Both are complimentary blocks so no commitment which was nice. We have quite a few out of town guests so my hope is they get two options and can choose the option that best suites them.