(Closed) Hotel Block drama

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
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1733 posts
Bumble bee

It’s not worth stressing over. We did room blocks at two hotels. I posted on our wedding website that there are many options if they’d like to explore them on their own. It is not to be expected as a guest to have room blocks done. It’s a nice gesture. As a guest, it’s my problem to worry about…not the bride’s.

Post # 3
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3080 posts
Sugar bee

I did 4 hotel blocks, for my daughter’s wedding. Guests only used less than half the rooms in 3 of them. 3 guests cancelled the week before, because they didn’y have a room. About 5 couples stayed 20 miles away, becaue it was cheaper. Many missed the 4-6 week cut-off, for the discounted rooms, despite the website address being on the save the date, and repeated e-mails to them.

I threw up my hands and gave up. Grown adults should be sufficiently able to find their own lodging, especially if someone uses the internet. Either that, or they can carpool and have one person as the designated driver.

Post # 5
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6549 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

If you set up a shuttle between the hotel and the venue, I’d find the high price tag worthwhile. I hate having to figure out how to get back and forth without driving (cause I like a few drinks at a wedding and I won’t drink and drive). Basically even if it’s expensive for two nights of hotel, it might still be a good value. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Honestly, if a wedding is 2 hours away, I would not pay those rates, nor would I stay for 2 nights even if the rates were lower.  I would either drive a little further to get a cheaper, 1-night hotel room, or I would just drive home.  

Post # 8
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2957 posts
Sugar bee

We live in a weeken getaway, touristy area. All hotels required a 2 night minimum for a block. We contracted with one hotel and explained theb2 night minimum issue in our wedding website. I also listed other hotels in the area and said that you might be able to get around the 2 night minimum rule by going through Expedia.com or Priceline.com or something similar. The hotel only kept the block until one month before the wedding. Everyone found a place to stay and nobody asked us for help. Some stayed in the blocked hotel, others stayed at hotels for one night, others used airbnb and one family even camped. 

Post # 9
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332 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - Vineyard & Winery

We have hotel blocks but most guests are going the Air BnB routE, which I recommended on our wedding app! It’s cheaper and you can find much more unique accommodations. Most do not have a minimum night stay either. 

Post # 10
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758 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I REALLY wouldn’t stress yourself over it. I got married over Columbus day weekend (didn’t even know when we picked our date) and when i went to block rooms for people they wanted OUTRAGEOUS  minimums like 20 rooms minimum or we would have to pay for the rooms and the rooms were too expensive to begin with PLUS they were all 2 days as well. What I found out though is that if you booked online in advance there was magically no 2 night minimum. So i went to 3 hotels nearby, scoped them out to make sure they were nice and clean and then i put them on our wedding website. I let everyone that was traveling out of state know about the prices and locations of the hotels and that they should book online ASAP so as to avoid the 2 night minimum when it got closer to the wedding. So honestly dont worry about blocking rooms, it’s not super necessary. And to be honest i wouldn’t get a hotel room for a wedding that was 2 hours away. I would just drive. 

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Oh honey I feel your pain. The difference is my closest guest has a 5 hour drive…eek! We’re only doing one block in our hotel and hoping they can figure it out. The website will have a warning that in the nearest city (with cheaper rooms because it’s near the airport) is the university parents’ weeked. Good luck!

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

The hotels are expensive and many have 2 night minimums where our wedding is located as well. I was able to get a room block at one hotel, but I just listed all the options on our wedding website. I wrote out the price range for the rooms and whether there is a night minimums. I also put a link for Home Away (rental properties) for the area. Rental properties are actually significantly less expensive for groups and some of our guests have opted to go that route. For example, eight of my family members were able to rent a four bedroom property for $200/night. I’d consider looking into it as an option to give your guests! Otherwise, it sounds like you are doing all that you can so I wouldn’t worry about it.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper

It sucks, but it is what it is. Let your guests know ahead of time that it’s peak time for hotels that weekend so they can plan accordingly. If most are only two hours away, I could see most of them just driving back instead of staying the night anyway. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

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twistaway:  Hi Bee,

You could suggest AirBnB if guests don’t want to pay for 2 nights hotel. That way guests can find accomodations for the night and pay what they feel comfortable for one evening. There are lots of short term rentals of condo’s or town homes for larger groups.

Hotel Blocks were a majoy pain in the butt for us too, and very expensive. They’re holding the World Cup of Hockey in my city the weekend of our wedding and prices are sky high.

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