(Closed) Hotel Block Vent

posted 7 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
46416 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Sometimes having all your family and guests in just 2 hotels isn’t realistic. People have varying budgets, tastes and priorities.

Just add a link to the hotel page on the toursim board  for the city where you live and a line that says” if these choices don’t work for you, try this for more choices.”

These people are adults. They normally travel without your help. Let them be responsible for their own hotel room.

Post # 5
752 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I did not block hotel rooms as i have no idea who is coming from out of town and i dont want to be responsible for paying for hotels that arent booked.  I did, however, “suggest” hotels.  Most of my out of town guests know folks in town so i dont know how many would just crash with friends/family. 

Turns out there is a huge convention in my city so the prices skyrocketed for those that are available.  There’s not much I can do about it so i’m not going to worry with it.  I am also not doing bags for folks since I did not do blocks. 

Part of my motivation to handle that way is that I am one of those folks who ignores hotel blocks.  I either book straight with the hotel since it’s usually cheaper or I book another fancier hotel for cheaper elsewhere.

Post # 7
2053 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

It is possible to block hotel rooms without shelling out the money to set them aside yourself, depending on the hotel. Larger chains (Hilton, Marriott) are more likely to do this. They offer a discounted rate within a certain date and if the rooms aren’t taken by then, they become available at no charge to those who blocked the rooms.

Post # 8
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

We had a block in one hotel and then suggested other nearby hotels from the other hotel brands (we always use Marriott because Darling Husband has tons of status with them from work and we get more points).

Providing hotel blocks for your guests is a courtesy, not a requirement.  If they don’t like the rates or hotels you picked, they can book in whatever other hotel they want.  It doesn’t matter if everyone is in the same place.

Post # 9
10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

We got married in San Diego near the water pretty far away from downtown. We had hotel blocks that were literally one block from our venue (like, my husband and I walked to our wedding!!). One couple insisted that they stay downtown and then were offended that we didn’t have a wedding shuttle that would come and pick them up/drop them off. WTF? That’s why we had a great hotel blocked off a block away! So noone would have to drive!!

Post # 11
5110 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2011

I am not having to go through this experience but all I can say is I am so sorry. This should not be your most stressful part of wedding planning. But if itmakes you feel better, just know that you can never please anyone. Period. Not possible. Dont let them get under your skin. They can always book at another hotel if they choose. 

Post # 12
281 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Our wedding was pretty local, so the only people that stayed over were in the wedding, our parents, or a few out of town guests.  I did a hotel block (with no discount – our small hotel wouldn’t budge) at our venue for the rooms I knew we needed plus a couple extra and sent out a list with the invites of hotels nearby and their rates and websites for anyone who was interested.

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