(Closed) Reserving Hotel Rooms for OOT guests

posted 9 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
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60 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

I think the BW is fine.

2 options are good, but you don’t need more than that.

I would guess at the # by knowing how many ppl you THINK will come, and most will be in couples. Most hotels block rooms in quantities of 10 or 20. So when those fill up, they’ll open up more. So you don’t need the exact # ahead of time. Call the BW and see how they work it. You should be able to get at least 10% off the rooms. My mom negotiated down about 30% for one hotel and 25% for the other (this is what the hotel told her). BUT: Check hotels.com for the prices and specials they have for the hotel you want at the same time of year. That will indicate how low you go. It turned out for our wedding next week in FL that hotels.com was cheaper than the block rate!  

Post # 4
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35 posts
Newbee

I would give people options – a high end and a low end is great. I would maybe find a group that you know would like to stay together (one side of the family?) and just privately offer them the B&B. That might make things easier. Then the other guests just have a choice of 2. People can always book rooms on their own at places they have been to before, or if they know they get points for staying at a Starwood, or Marriott, etc.

Post # 5
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213 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’m getting married in CT as well and I chose to block rooms at 3 different hotels because none would give me more than 20 and our entire guest list of 150 is oot…

So…that being said…

I would book at both.  They’re used to doing the whole hotel room block thing and they probably have a rate already figured out.  Normally the rooms I booked are close to $200/night.  I’m getting them for $130. 

They also will ask that your guests tell them its for your wedding so they can get the discount and so they know to book them all together usually all on the same floor.

As far as booking the entire b&b they might ask you for a credit card to hold it.  And a lot of smaller inns and b&bs charge you in full upon booking.  Might be more of a hassle than its worth. 

 

Good luck!

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