Post # 1
If we block rooms at the hotel we are having our reception at and they don’t get booked, we have to eat 80% of the cost (ie $170 per room not booked). Additionally, our guests only get a $50 discount on the rooms when they book through the room block. We for sure have 6 family members who will be staying at the hotel. Additionally, we have 8 people who say they are going to book a room, but these are friends whom I am worried will back out of booking a room. If everyone showed up, that would be a total of 14 rooms. Given the scenario, I’m thinking aobut booking less…..How many rooms should I block?
Post # 2
I think its odd that you have to pay for rooms that are not going to be booked especially since the hotels can easily open up those room to other guest after a certain date. I say just book 6 rooms.
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2015 - The Victorian
yes, thats a guaranteed room block vs. a courtesy block. I would block for those you know are going to be there plus 3. Usually if you fill the committment they will allow you to add some on at your block price if they have availability. Or ask if they do courtesy blocks as we’ll. you might only get $30 off vs. $50, but you won’t be responsible for any unused rooms.
Post # 4
We blocked about 20 rooms and we never had to pay any difference if they weren’t booked by our guests. I would honestly not be willing to do that. I have never even heard of that! I would only block the ones that you know will be booked. Usually the block is only held for a certain amount of time and if they are not taken by then, the hotel will offer the rooms to others. Maybe there are other hotel options that don’t charge for unbooked rooms near you?
Post # 5
We had an 80% guaranteed block too where we were responsible, so I was very nervous blocking, but our wedding weekend is very busy in our city so I had to block or my guests wouldn’t have been able to get rooms, period. I ended up needing way more rooms than I blocked and have added on several times, but the hotel has been great about allowing me to do that.
Do you think the rooms at your hotel will sell out if you don’t block them? I might just be more apt to not block rooms and just give the suggested hotel name to your guests, if I were you.
Post # 6
Good to know someone else ran into this. No, the hotel won’t be busy on that weekend. It’s Texas in August = HOT!!
Post # 7
I am dealing with this right now for a Texas wedding too. We wanted to book a higher end hotel (resort) and a mid level (Marriott). The Marriott gave us a block of 30 rooms at a great discount and as a courtesy. We signed that immediately. The resort has a 70% attrition rate, so of the 10 we wanted to block, we must fill 7 (each night!) or we will have to pay. I can easily see us paying at least $1,000 if people don’t choose to book here. Not worth it. We turned down the contract. It’s a big city and plenty of nearby options- if guests don’t want the Marriott, they can choose somewhere else that works for them. That money can be spent elsewhere!
Post # 8
What?! We blocked 40 rooms at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas and paid- $0! Granted, it’s a casino in a major resort town so it might be different. We only paid one night deposit, of the 4 nights we are staying for our suite. Two months before the wedding any unbooked rooms are disolved to other guests and ours will no longer have a discount. At that point we pay the rest of the balance for our room. Hotels want a deposit? That’s crazy talk!