Post # 1
We’re in the process of reserving hotel blocks, and it is pretty clear that there aren’t going to be any price breaks for reserving rooms in Tahoe in July. What are the benefits of doing hotel blocks anyway? Is it that your guests will be clustered together? Or that they can just go where you send them without having to think about it?
I’m just less excited about it now, knowing that we’re not going to catch a break!
Post # 3
Hmmmm…will they give the bride + groom wedding night free if you guarantee a certain number of rooms? Yesh…no discount at all? Sorry 🙁
Post # 4
We’re already staying at the wedding site in a cabin… so no need for accomodations for us.
Fiance is in charge, maybe I should enlist my superior bargaining skills… Sigh, I didn’t want another job!
Post # 5
I think in your situation (no discount? SERIOUSLY!? That stinks! ) it would just make it easier for your guests to not have to find a place.
I don’t know much about Tahoe, but isn’t that a skiing place? So why wouldn’t their be discounts available in July? It’s not like you’re taking rooms away from potential skiiers. 🙁
Post # 6
It’s also a boating, hiking, fishing, river rafting, mountain biking kind of place… and there is a triathalon there that weekend.
Post # 7
If you’re not getting a price break, the only benefit would be ensuring that your guests can all easily get rooms at the same place. It’s also an easy way to recommend a couple of hotels, if there are a lot to choose from. I have generally found that whatever "price break" is offerred with the block is not as good as the discounts I can get online, or through other avenues, so have seldom taken advantage of the actual room block at weddings I have attended.
@grumpybear – Tahoe is pretty much a year-round resort destination, like Aspen or Park City. There are lots of things to do in the summer too – hiking, golf, water sports – so the off season tends to be only those small spaces in time where there isn’t enough snow left to ski and yet not enough good weather to do anything else.
Post # 8
Did you try using different hotel rates to negotiate with each other? If not a break on the room, how about the services – i.e. parking, wifi, breakfast, shuttles, etc.. ? Also reserving a block will guarantee the rate, so it doesn’t go UP either!
If its a hotel with points, you can get points from your guests (rewarding events by marriott), if not, its nice to keep everyone together.
It’s always nice to just have a list of hotels for your guests (if you’re not getting a break) to choose from, so they don’t have to go searching for the hotels themselves. Makes it easy to be a guest!
Post # 9
Mmm..it sucks that you won’t be getting a price break =(. But there are still benefits, many of which the previous posters have mentioned. I think if I were a guest going to a vacation spot like Tahoe, I would appreciate the convenience of having a location I know I will be able to book at a set price. And depending on how much travel there will be between your wedding venues and the accommodations, you might be able to use their shuttles for free. So I guess it boils down to making things easier for your guests. I think it’ll still be worth it =)!
Post # 10
Yup- I had the same issues too. (see Blocking Hotel Rooms post) There isn’t much of a price break– but for those lagger guests who wait until the last minute, at least there is somewhere where they can make a reservation. Especially in an area where there might be high census of OOT’s…
Blocking hotel rooms is a pain in the a$$ is all I have to say… grumble grumble…
Post # 11
Honestly, doctorgirl, we had the same problem with Tahoe hotels. No one gave a discount, and all of them actually charged a non-refundable deposit on room blocks (No Way am I paying $1000!). We just put some contact information and links on our website for a few hotels in the area and called it good. The good thing about being married in a touristy location is that there is a TON to choose from. Plus, it’s not like guests are helpless, right? They’ve travelled before on other trips? Unless your wedding is happening at a hotel, I don’t think you even need room blocks. People can take care of themselves.
Post # 12
If there was no price break, the only benefits would be:
– all your guests can stay together and not have the rooms sell out before they get a chance to book
-with all the guests in one place it’s easier for you if you’re providing transportation and/or easier for guests to carpool (which is good for a variety of reasons- fuel economy, designated drivers, etc)
Post # 13
I think if there’s no discount and a chance you’ll have to pay for unreserved rooms, then I wouldn’t do it. My hotel does give a discount, but we’re also getting married and having the reception there so it’s part of their wedding package I guess. It’s a historic hotel, so we get the wedding night in the Edsel Ford House or something. I’m not sure…I also get one of the houses for the day to get ready with my BM’s. But if they wanted me to pay to guarantee the rooms and didn’t offer a discount, tehre’s no way I’d do it. If there is no deposit, though, then making it convenient for guests to find a place is enough of a benefit to do it, imho.
Post # 14
@doctorgirl – since it is a summer destination AND they have a large event going on that weekend, believe me, the last thing the hotel wants to do is give a discount for a wedding block, they know they can sell rooms at a premium to the triathlon crowd (it’s like when we have the Boston Marathon I would imagine) so unless you are willing to pay $$$ they don’t want to deal with managing your block.
Hotels count on high room rates over peak weekends to carry them through as they are judged on week-to-week room rates & occupancy rates versus their competitors in their market.
I know it sounds crappy when all you’re trying to do is get a good rate & keep all your loved ones together but is unfortuately the nature of the hotel beast.
Post # 15
Oh! I see… My ignorance is showing! LOL Tahoe sounds like a GREAT place! Blocking hotels might be a really good idea then since it’s so busy all year long. You wouldn’t want your guests to have nowhere to stay! 🙂
Post # 16
Yup, I think in your case, it’s more a matter of making sure rooms are available. (And at hotels close to the venue.) By the time your guests get your invitation, maybe it will be hard to find a room without a block. However, I would really shy away from a place that wanted me to pay money or make up the difference. If all the hotels are trying to charge you, personally, I would just get tthe hotel information and get in touch with the OOTs early to make sure they have the best chance at gettig a room. Research the closest hotels, the best rates, availability etc. Then tell them that it’s a popular place at a popular time, "So book early".