Post # 1
Okay girls… room block is one thing that has been frustrating me beyond belief! We are getting married in Columbus, Ohio (i.e. NOT a tourist destination) in FEBRUARY (i.e. who wants to come here in February?!?!) and yet we are having such a hard time finding rooms!
Our wedding is right downtown… but still… its february in Ohio come on! lol. My fiance has called four hotels now and 3 of them are 100% full already because apparently there are vet-med and cheerleading conventions going on that weekend (wtf?!). The fourth hotel has 10 rooms open that we can block. We need about 10-15 so we only need to find 5 more… but I’m seriously in shock at this and we’re not quite sure what to do. Also, the one hotel that had rooms open is (I think) kind of pricey for a room block. The rate is 129/night + 10/day parking for a King room. It is a Courtyard by Marriott and it is pretty nice… but I still feel so badly asking my guests to pay 140 to just come to my wedding? We’re thinking of looking farther out from downtown for a second room block in a cheaper hotel (I was really hoping for 99/night)… but the way Columbus is laid out, once you leave downtown your options are a) hotel in a scary area or b) driving 15 minutes to get to the ‘burbs.
It just never occurred to me that we’d have an issue finding people cheap hotels here in the winter. So how much are you guys’ room blocks? Am I right to think ours is high? Or are my expectations unrealistic?
Post # 3
The country club we are getting married at only has 16 rooms at $195 per night. Those rooms were filled instantly by my family. The next closest hotel was a Holiday Inn 15 minutes away. I did get a room block there and the rooms are $109 per night. I am just trying to figure out now if I have enough money left for a shuttle.
Post # 4
well it depends on the area if its high or not…seriously log onto Kayak.com or a similar site and put in your location – it will give you a good idea of what hotels are charging for your time period and give you negotiation.
but remember room blocks arent necessiarily for securing “cheap rooms” its for securing rooms will be available for your guests. and your guests dont HAVE to use your room block.
For instance, my room blocks are $119, which is only $10 cheaper than most hotels in the area, but its a holiday weekend in a tourist town, so by comparision itsa pretty good deal.
Post # 5
oh and also if its a marriott – lots of folks do points, i went to a wedding in jersey and it was a free stay since i used my hotel points.
Post # 6
Mine was $79, which is less than $80, which is what I think your first bullet was supposed to mean.
Post # 7
I am also from Ohio, though Cincinnati, and had similar issues. You may need to look at hotels farthur away (we gave up on downtown!). If you are uncomfortable asking your guests to drive, we found a shuttle service, or you can give them an option – with different price points. We also went with an independant hotel chain suggested by our reception venue. Maybe one of your vendors has ideas – I think most people want around $100 a night and fifteen minutes to the suburbs is not that long to drive, really.
Post # 8
@spaganya– i didn’t really think that we’d get a ton off for doing a room block, it just never in a million years occurred to me that Columbus would be a hotbed of tourist activity in FEBRUARY. f’in cheerleaders and vets! lol I guess that is what I “get” for booking a wedding right downtown… but downtown columbus is not exactly downtown Manhattan… or even downtown Miami… 🙂
Post # 9
Our block prices are $179/night which is an incredible deal considering we are getting married in Laguna Beach. I do feel your pain when so many things are already booked.
Post # 10
Ours is ridonkulously expensive…$335 per night. We’re only doing it because there’s no reason not to–we don’t get charged for rooms that aren’t booked, and we do want to stay at that hotel (it’s close to our venue, near lots of good photo opportunities, and it has a place where we can do an afterparty). So we figured with the room block, some of our friends might decide to stay there as well. I think we have about 5 or 6 rooms booked, and I”m not expecting much more.
Post # 11
We’re doing two blocks: 1 is on site where we’re getting married, rooms are normally $110, discounted to $89. The second is a few miles away and will run a shuttle to the wedding if anyone wants it, rooms are regularly about $90 discounted to $65, I think.
We’re in the midwest, a city of about half a million, so hotels aren’t unreasonable to begin with. 🙂
Post # 12
We had one that was a bit more expensive and was where we wanted to stay, but it was still under 100.
But then we also had one around 70, but it was not right downtown It was only a short cab ride or drive away so it wasn’t that big of a deal.
Both were really discounted rates though, I used an online website that lets you put what you want out of hotels in the area and the hotels write in bids.
We had about 50/50 staying at either place.
Post # 13
For the wedding I’m going to in October about 35 minutes outside of Boston, the room is $129. I was kind of surprised because I thought my cousin probably could have gotten a better deal, but I’m in the wedding, and her reception is at the hotel, so I sucked it up.
Post # 14
We blocked 10 rooms at the Westin and each room was a discounted rate of $119 for our guests. Valet parking was $14/day and self-parking $9/day. It didn’t cost us anything to block the rooms, and we didn’t have to pay for any rooms that did not get booked.
Post # 15
I know everything is relative, but I was still shocked when the best I could find was $220 a night, the Holiday Inn was $239!
Post # 16
FYI lots more calling today did find us a few other options for 99/night… whew! Now to decide…. I’m contemplating putting up another poll but I think I’m becoming incapable of making decisions without a wb poll and it might be unhealthy… 🙂