Post # 1
Just curious or maybe trying to calm myself down!
We have a contracted block with a local hotel; we had to do a proper contract due to the number of rooms we needed, and if we fall below 75% of that contract, we pay a penalty, and that’s kind of a hefty number. We set up the block around January and sent our invites in April— very far in advance I know, but since the wedding’s on a holiday weekend and I didn’t like the concept of STD’s, that’s how we did it. I have been FREAKING over this hotel booking thing ever since, because a couple of the folks we were certain would come, have RSVP’ed no!
Well today we FINALLY had a guest room booking that I didn’t make (we’re paying for our room, my mom’s room and Fi’s parents’ room) and that makes me really happy. But with only 5 weeks till out cutoff, I am paranoid that we will end up booking like 7 rooms just to avoid the contract penalty
So! If you have a room block, how many rooms did you get and how many are already booked? And how long ago did you send invites?
Post # 3
I’m not sure if you have already sent out your invitations, but since you’re not doing Save-The-Date Cards and it is a holiday weekend, I would send them out stat!
Post # 4
The invites went out all the way back in April specifically so we could get it on peoples’ minds before they started making summer vacation plans 🙂
Post # 5
We set up our hotel block last month, and since we both have a lot of family out of town, I convinced them to let us block more rooms than usual. As of today, we have NONE booked. I keep texting people to book these. We are lucky though because we don’t get charged anything if they are not booked. But the block closes 30 days BEFORE the wedding, so anything not reserved goes back to public use. And for every 10 rooms we book, we get a free room. Keeping my fingers crossed.
Good luck with your bookings!
Post # 6
Ok so I’m working on my room block right now and that attrition clause and having to pay to meet the minimum scared me so bad I almost gave up!
HOWEVER, I was googling room block contracts and found a craigslist ad for some random city where the bride was advertising her room rate and block info to just anyone intersted in staying there! LOL kind of a crazy attempt, BUT if you get down to the wire, it’s a way to go…I’m pretty sure I saw someone post something like that on the boards here too! It’s better then paying for 7 rooms you DON’T need…
Post # 7
@fishbone: Were date twins! I havent booked mine yet at all
Kinda stressed about it honestly. Which hotel did you go with?
Post # 8
Weird…I work in the hotel industry (I block wedding blocks, actually) and I don’t ever keep the attrition clause in wedding or social contracts–especially if they are giving you a 30-day cut-off date. Usually, we only do 30 days if there is no attrition and it’s a busy time of the month. Did they say that was standard? I’ve worked with Hilton and IHG (Crowne Plaza’s) in two different states and I have never seen that…
Post # 9
The hotel that is the best close option for my countryside wedding already has three other wedding staying there my weekend, so I didn’t get a proper block, and no discount. The rate isn’t bad though, and I just reserved 8 rooms without any danger of cancellation fees (we can cancel anytime up to 6pm the night of).
Post # 10
We had narrowed it down to three choices; the two Hilton-family hotels would do a 10-room courtesy block, or a contract with attrition clause for a bigger block. The third, an independent hotel, would do a courtesy block for 40 rooms. We picked the Embassy Suites (a Hilton brand) even though it was the same price as the no-contract boutique because the rooms were bigger and nicer, plus they do free breakfast and happy hour (not just for the block but always). So we were trying to do the guests a favor…. Now they need to start booking!
@MurphyMcNasty : hi date twin!
Post # 11
We haven’t had any bookings yet but we don’t get penalized. We did a rate block instead–basically it’s the same as a room block, only if the rooms aren’t booked before 30 days prior to the wedding, they release the rooms and the special rate–no financial obligation though.
Post # 12
We only have one guest in our room block so far and the hotel expects to sell out over our wedding weekend. The block is released 30 days before the wedding so there are no penalties for unused rooms.
Post # 13
Hmmm, that is definitely not how ours worked. We blocked rooms at 3 hotels but we have no liability for them. The hotel releases the any unbooked rooms in the block to the general public 30 days before the wedding. I wonder if it’s because your wedding is on a holiday weekend? That hotel stuff would definitely have me stressed out, too.
ETA: I just realized you asked other questions in your post. 😉 We’ve filled up 2 blocks already and one of the hotels sold out to other wedding blocks (which really annoyed me because I told the manager multiple times I would need to expand the block since I have 150 guests all OOT). So, our block at the first hotel is full and the hotel is sold out, we expanded our block at the second hotel and we booked a third hotel. Our invitations go out next week so I’m hoping everyone starts booking (right now it has just been family).