Post # 1
So far the hardest part of planning my wedding has BY FAR been figuring out our hotel room block. Something that I thought would be one of the easiest tasks. (Hello! It’s free!) There are very few hotels near our venue which made it more difficult. Trying to compare the various ammenities between the hotels and trying to figure out which would be best for the most amount of people has been exhuasting! A lot of the hotels were not that flexible with their pricing. Some only offered me the equivalent of their senior discount, nothing extra for a wedding of 10 rooms. Maybe I just stressed about this too much or maybe it’s too early for room blocks and that’s what caused these issues? We’re getting married just outside of Boston in June so I started early.
Anyone else researched room blocks yet?
Post # 3
@xnlb41084: Room blocks were hell for me too! I am still working on it and I am shocked by the prices. I figured I would get two or 3 hotels in an ideal location in the french quarter and if people were displeased with these selections, they would be more than welcome to find other alternatives. Can’t say we didn’t try!
Post # 4
Don’t see why people think hotels would give you such great discounts for a wedding. The hotels realize people are going to have to stay somewhere so why would they make it cheaper knowingly that they are going to stay there? If you don’t another wedding prob will. That would be a bad buisness plan.
Post # 5
I found a website that was really helpful in this process. I think it’s something about bus pricing as I came across it while looking to rent a school bus. I just tried to find it but could not so hopefully you’ll have better luck. Basically you put in the location and dates, # or roomas as well as a price range and make an RFP. Hotels are then invited to reply with offers. If your price was unrealistic you’ll get higher offers but I got quite a few results worth considering and eventually booked a room block that I got in this way. I really simplified the process of contacting hotels.
Post # 6
Hotel blocks usually only give you 10-15% off the retail room price. And many times you can find a better deal by just using hotels.com and not having a room block.
Room blocks are more for the convenience of having an designated hotel for your guests to stay in. The hotel will have your wedding information and be helpful in having your guests in adjacent rooms, they can distribute Out of Town bags to your guests if you are doing those, they will point people to your bus or van if you are providing one or arrange taxis to your venue or just give directions.
Post # 7
Have you tried the Holiday Inn Express in Braintree? I know they offer a shuttle service for guests (at least to Granite Links..not sure about other venues) but if not, it’s probably only about a 15 min drive to Marina Bay. I’ve heard good things about dealing with them as far as blocking rooms, but haven’t dealt with them personally. 🙂 Good luck!
Post # 8
@Fergie6812: @xnlb41084: Yay Boston wedding weekend twins!
Hotel costs are crazy, and I was surprised how hard it was to find a place! Turns out I’m not only dealing with a hotel that knows there are a ton of weddings as its obviously a great date, but MIT graduation is the same time! $250/night for guests was the cheapest we could find (the hotels rate is usually $350+) near our venue. However, no one will have to rent a car, pay for parking, or even need transportation- its walkable and we are having a trolley pick people up.