Hotel block – which nights?

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Which night(s) should I block for a Saturday evening wedding?
    Friday and Saturday : (30 votes)
    86 %
    Just Saturday : (5 votes)
    14 %
  • Post # 3
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    My wedding is on a Friday and my hotel was nice enough to block rooms at a special rate for the night before (thurs), and the night of (friday). 

    I asked several close friends when they would want to stay and the overwhelming response was that they wanted to hang out the night before as well as the night of!  Laughing

    Post # 4
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I thinjk just Saturday night is okay….unless you’re expecting LOTS of people traveling like, more than 5 hours or something….but even then, you’re starting at 5pm. I dont’ think it’s a big deal.

    Also i find that even when I get invites with blocked rooms available, the price is always cheaper online! Not to burst your bubble, but I woudln’t stress about guests getting price-gouged.

    Post # 5
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    355 posts
    Helper bee

    i’m having a “destination” wedding of sorts so i blocked fri/sat since the wedding party will stay fri as well. it sounds like for your situation you only need sat night.

    Post # 6
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    We are just blocking Saturday night. Most of our guests will stay with family and friends in town, but we are having our wedding out of town a little, so that is why we are getting rooms for that night

    Post # 7
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    It depends if you have a lot of out of town guests.

    We reserved a block for Thu,Fri and Sat evenings and we’re having a Saturday wedding.

    Post # 8
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    399 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    If your guests are travelling very far, then block a few rooms for both nights, but most of my out of town guests stayed just the Saturday.  Also, see if your hotel honors the group rate for a day or so on either side of your block.  If so, you can block the Saturday night only, but if people make a reservation for both nights they should be able to get the same rate for both nights.

    Post # 9
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    204 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2010 - Catholic Ceremony, Cultural Hall Reception

    We’re having a Saturday wedding too, and we’ve reserved a hotel block for Friday, Saturday, Sunday.  Most of our guests are travelling very far (8 + hours) though.

    Post # 10
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    2681 posts
    Sugar bee

    My wedding was on a Saturday – we blocked both nights (Friday, Saturday) but guaranteed less rooms on Friday then Saturday.  We did 10 rooms for Friday and 15 for Saturday and upped them as our counts came in.  Most out of town guests stayed Friday and Saturday, but there were some people that only stayed Saturday.

    Post # 11
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I think in your situation just Saturday might work but for me most of my guests were out of town and they have to stay at the location the night of, so I reserved blocks for two nights

    Post # 12
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

    We blocked ours from the Thursday before until Monday morning. Excessive, probably. :p

    Post # 13
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    129 posts
    Blushing bee

    I also reserved rooms for both Friday and Saturday, but only half as many for Friday.  Most of our wedding party is coming in from out of town, and with the rehearsal dinner Friday night, they would need rooms for both nights.  Just something to keep in mind if you have family/friends in the wedding party who aren’t local!

    Post # 14
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    We have ours blocked (for a Saturday evening wedding) from Friday to Sunday. Buuut if our guests call in before June 22 they can stay at that rate for a week if they please ;o) We have a really accomodating resort though.

    Post # 15
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    Busy Beekeeper

    I’m traveling out of state for a wedding and staying Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon!  I’d say, the more time you can block, the better.  Definitely Friday and Saturday, at a minimum.  I’d say include Thursday over Sunday, assuming people will be flying home Sunday night for work.

    Post # 16
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010 - Kindred Oaks, Georgetown

    I’m in the same boat and I plan on blocking the entire weekend. Remember if you’re having a rehearsal dinner the night before people will have to be in town for that too. Also I’m thinking some people might want to make a weekend out of my wedding anyways.

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