Post # 1
So, we are getting married in a town that is really within a 30 minute drive home for most of our guests….and the large majority of those have said they will probably just drive home after….the just did this 2 weekends ago for a cousins wedding that was a 2 hour drive home even though she had hotel blocks….we have a few family members who will travel farther and probably stay in a hotel if not staying with us/other relatives (we are staying the night after our wedding at a B &B in town) but those would only be close family members like parents….so I am unsure if we even need to block hotel rooms as everoyone has a different budget and there are a wide variety of price ranges in our town…(think $45-$150/night type of range)….a few have said cheap is no problem as long as they can crash there for the night…then get on the road the next day….others want something fancy…some want something with a pool for the kiddos….basically about 75% of our guests are verbalizing they are going to drive home after the wedding….
1.) Do I really need to block hotel rooms??? or can I just provide a list in the area of places they can stay…
2.) How did you decide how many rooms to block?
3.) Did it cost you anything??
4.) what happens if the rooms dont get used up??
Post # 2
It would be nice to offer some hotel options for your guests who don’t want to take the drive home whether they have been drinking or if they’re simply just too tired to drive back. If the area where the hotels are isn’t that busy, then I would maybe provide a list of hotels with different price ranges. We opted to only do 1 hotel since we provided a shuttle to and from the hotel to our venue. We had about 125 guests and we blocked off 25 and I think a total of 28 ended up getting booked under our name but we had a lot of guests coming from out of town. Most hotels don’t charge to block and if the hotels don’t get used, they end up getting released back to the public. I believe our deadline was two weeks before our wedding when the leftover rooms would be released. We did ours at a Marriott if that helps! They offered the rooms at a discounted rate for our guests plus got two free nights due to the amount of rooms that got booked under our group.
Post # 3
We did a hotel block, but I made sure we weren’t responsible for any un-rented rooms. So basically, we get a discount for our guests and anything not reserved gets released 30 days prior to the wedding with no penalty for us. A couple of places wanted us to be financially responsible for them, but that was a dealbreaker for me. I would see what you can negotiate.