Post # 1
I’m getting married at White Rock Lake and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions of good hotels that aren’t more than 10-15 min away that I should suggest guests to.
Also, how does it work when you "block off" rooms? Should I expect to have to pay when I go to reserve these rooms? And what if guests chose to stay all at one hotel over another?
My wedding is May 29 and my fiance is from Nashville so I really need to get on the ball and do this but just don’t really know where to start.
Thanks much 🙂
Post # 3
Hi marsting87! I’m not from Dallas, but was in a wedding earlier this year there. Her reception was at the Stoneleigh Hotel which was gorgeous! http://www.stoneleighhotel.com/ We stayed there two nights and the rooms were lovely. I have no idea how pricey it would be for your guests though. To answer your other questions: I would just call the hotels closest to your reception to find out their "block rates". You could probably find them by using google or a major chain hotel’s website searching for Dallas/Fort Worth. Hotels deal with weddings very often and would be able to give you all the information that you need for your guests. I don’t think you pay anything for the block and you could just provide your guests with information about shuttles/public transit/directions to and from their hotel to your cermony and reception sites in your Out of Town bags.
Post # 4
I also found this website about Dallas wedding resources… might be helpful!
Post # 5
Hey! I work in the hotel industry and I wanted to let you know that what you should do is find the hotels that you would want your guests to stay at and call to speak to the person in charge of booking hotel blocks for weddings. Usually it’s either the general manager or the director or sales or a sales person. What they will do is set a block of rooms aside for your guests to call in and book. You do not have to leave your credit card or anything to hold the block of rooms but they might have a cutoff date which will be a month OR depending on each hotel they have a certain date in which they will stop offering you the group block discount. Also ask them if your guests book a certain amount of rooms if you can get a "bridal suite" for free or if they offer anything like that and how many rooms need to be booked for a group block rate. The rate will be something that is less than what other guests will be offered. Another great thing to ask for is if they have a shuttle, or if they serve a complimentary breakfast and stuff like that, those are always great options to think about when choosing a hotel. Also make sure that you sign a contract detailing what deals are included as well as the rates that they have given you.
I am sorry this is so long but I hope it helps.
ps. the best thing to do is to remind your out of town guests that there is a cutoff date because if they dont book by that date they might not be able to get that discounted rate so they should plan ahead
if you have any other questions let me know!
Post # 6
In my experience, I encountered the following:
– no room blocks, could reserve the whole inn but would need ensure payment (small number of rooms at the local inn)
– no discount available, but they’d hold the rooms (large hotel chain, but considered busy season)
– discounted rate, but 80% of block must be filled or we’d be charged for the difference (smaller hotel, busy season)
– discounted rate, rooms would be held until cut off date then released (large hotel chain, didn’t have a “busy season” policy 🙂