(Closed) Hotel Blocks

posted 9 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I would probably call the hotel you are looking at and ask them how far in advance they think you need to book. They should have some idea about when their rooms start filling up for that weekend. 

Post # 4
1220 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

$70 a night is a bargain for your guests, and yes, they pay for that.  Also, if you’re inviting them to the BBQ, I assume it’s on Saturday?  I would expect most of them then to just come in on Sat and fly out on Monday.  They’ll be fine for breakfasts and lunch.  Absolutely no need to provide that for them.  

Personally, I’m not a big fan of day after brunches.  Seems forced and a PITA, IMO.  Most people will be flying home/driving anyhoo. 

Post # 5
699 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

  • You can book your block whenever you want. Most hotels will let you do it now, if you would like. Also, make sure you book enough, as that weekend is a busy one! ALSO, make sure you do not enter a contract saying you will cover the cost of any of the unused rooms in your block (or a portion of them). Make sure you let your guests know when the cutoff date to book is so they get the special price and rooms are available.
  • $70 is totally reasonable!
  • Yes, your guests pay for their rooms and will expect to do so. The only rooms you could consider covering is for your bridal party. This is not necessary, but always a nice thing to do.
  • Nothing else. Especially if you are hoping they will turn it into a vacation, they will expect to pay for some things.

Post # 6
158 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

I would imagine Fri-Mon travel for your MI friends/family.  You could consider offering a few (2-3) hotel options with different price ranges and amenities, with at least one at a location in very close (same if possible) location to your reception and BBQ. 

We are offering a variety of activities, NO pressure for anyone to attend, but wanted to make the offer (rehearsal dinner, welcome dinner, golf tournament, reception party, brunch etc…) WE are paying for all but part of the golf, and the event is at an all-inclusive resort… they are paying their own way.

$70 is a bargain btw!

Post # 7
5154 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I am having a destiation wedding and am blocking off hotel rooms at three hotels. The hotel where my reception will be held let me block off a year in advance but the other two only 9 months. I blocked off a variety of prices which my guests can choose from and will pay for.

Post # 8
458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I would think the sooner you block, the better.  I’m participating in a wedding next May and I know the bride blocked them at least a year in advance.  She got a good deal — all the rooms blocked (king suites, queen suites, etc.) are $89 per night.  And, outside of the wedding and Rehearsal Dinner, I expect to pay for everything else. I don’t have a problem with that.

Post # 9
955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I think that is totally reasonable! Most of my family is coming in from out of town and we reserved blocks at 2 hotels (one that we are having our reception at – $160 per night and a less expensive hotel – $89 per night). I reserved the rooms about 11 months ahead of time to make sure that we had enough rooms reserved.

Make sure when you call that you won’t get charged if some of the rooms are not used. We had this problem at the hotel where we are having our reception. Good luck!

Post # 10
407 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Good advice Ladies!

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