Post # 1
Do you HAVE to reserve/block hotel rooms for guests? There are so many hotels, different price ranges, different rooms to book (1 bed, 2,etc), some require credit card to hold..which I don’t feel comfortable with..and we’re probably looking at more than half of our guest list needing a hotel! (200 guests) HELP!
I would rather just give them 5 hotel names..their information and send it with the save-the-dates so they can book in advance themselves.
Post # 3
If you can get a discounted rate at a hotel I think its a really nice thing. The hotel we had a block at would only block 10 rooms at a time, but they gave a discount to all of our guests as long as they indicated they were with our wedding. It was about $40 cheaper with our discounted rate and guests definitely appreciate that.
Post # 4
You don’t have to but I recomend it. We reserved our block late, and three of the four hotels in the area didn’t have more than 20 rooms left. Plus it’s just a suggested hotel for the guests, they get a better rate (usually) and it’s fun if a bunch of family is at the same place so they can either party later, or have breakfast together.
Post # 5
@[email protected]: How popular is the location at the time of your wedding?
We are doing hotel blocks because we want to make sure our guests can stay in town and our guests get a 15% discount on the room since we blocked the hotel.
Some hotels will refund you all your money as long as either all the rooms are booked, or you release the unbooked rooms by a certain date.
You don’t have to do a hotel block, but it might end up being cheaper for your guests if you do.
Post # 6
you dont have to but it’s a nice thing to do – sometimes when you block hotels they will give you a discounted rate so its worth looking into – but i know for us, we blocked 15 rooms, if those 15 rooms didnt get booked then we had to pay for whatever rooms werent booked so you are better off starting with a low number and adding more blocks if needed – we were lucky in the fact they all got booked pretty fast.
Post # 7
I think it is nice to block rooms at a hotel for guests. Saves them some money.
Where I blocked rooms, whent the guest calls they just have to reference our wedding to get a discount and any rooms not booked 1 month prior to our wedding will get released.
Also people from out of town might not no where is good to stay, so if you have rooms blocked it makes it easier for them.
Post # 8
we decided to not do it but I have to admit that I first ran it by the parents-in-law. they tend to be the ones who have the biggest opinion on what we do for the wedding (even though they are not paying for it, go figure). I didn’t want to hear any complaining from them later. I was surprised, but we got their blessing!
anyway, our wedding is in seattle, and like the OP mentioned, there are a million hotel options. plus we didn’t know which guests would want to stay by the venue, and which ones would rather stay downtown….etc, etc.
PLUS, there are tons of options to rent a condo for the week and save big $$$. it seems like a lot of our most important guests are going to choose that route.
so, yeah. it was WAY too complicatd. I’m glad that we are not blocking rooms!
Post # 9
haha Janie, that is why I don’t want to do it! Way too complicating!
so to all the ones who “blocked” hotel rooms..
1. Did you have to leave a credit card number?
2. For 200 guests and about 150 of them are out of town family members (some of these are counting children/spouses) How many rooms should I block out? 5-6 different hotels with about 15 rooms booked each?
Thanks for the help guys!!