(Closed) I don’t want to break rules but…(long, sorry)

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
1573 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

No.  You don’t need to block rooms.  Giving your guest the information on hotel information is enough.  

What you could do though is call your close family members and family friends and get a feel for who would stay in a hotel and if they’d stay there for $199.  If you at least get 8 or 9 to commit then you should block then rooms.  I’m sure after sending out the invites, you’d get a couple of more people to getting the room.

Post # 4
2681 posts
Sugar bee

Its nice if you can block rooms but its not necessary.  You can provide the hotel information for people and they can call on their own.  How many people are you inviting from out of town?  Enough that you can safely assume 10 rooms will be sold?  We had a bunch of people from out of town and we had to block 10 rooms and we were responsible for 8 of them.  In the end we ended up having to add extra rooms and our total was about 21 rooms!

Post # 5
1816 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

A room block is nice, but is definitely not necessary…especially when you could take a big financial hit for it.  I would just list the area hotels and let your guests decide what is right for them.

Post # 6
721 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We have an attrition at our hotel too, but we’re only responsible for 50% of the rooms blocked.  Can you negotiate that with the hotel?  We also asked family members if they were planning to stay at the hotel to get an idea of how many to block.


If you’re not able to negotiate a reduced attrition rate, I would just list the hotels in the area and let guests book at the full price.  Especially sicne they can book at the holiday inn’s “online price” and get a better deal.

Post # 7
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I would try to see if you can get an idea of how many people would be willing to book at the high end resort since that is a big savings for them if they do it.

Post # 8
1068 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Yes, I agree. Blocking rooms is not necessary, but you can include on your wedding website some recommended hotels (“The Holiday Inn Express is nearby” or “My family will be staying at the…”). As a guest to a wedding, I appreciate it that the couple blocks rooms, but I generally go for a nearby hotel where I can get the best deal.

Post # 9
2641 posts
Sugar bee

Well since your wedding venue only has 4 rooms, can you get a feel just from your Wedding Party and immediate family if any of them might absorb some of the rooms?  I lke the idea of seing whowould be interested in staying in the higher end resort.  (And mention that the rooms are normally $299.  Who doesn’t love a good deal?)

The Holiday Inn block sounds like garbage.  But do a little homework.  If rooms in your area, the weekend of our wedding, are likely to get booked up, you might want to block.  Otherwise, what would happen if your guests couldn’t get a room?  So think about if there are any events going on that weekend.  Or if rooms in general will be hard to find because it’s in summer.

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