Post # 1
I was wondering, for those of you who set up room blocks, did your hotels require to guarantee the rooms you blocked would be booked?
We’ve spoken to four hotels so far–one does not require a guarantee, they’ll just release any unreserved rooms in the block to general reservations once the block reservation date passes. The other three require us to guarantee that 70-80% of the rooms in the block will be booked or we’ll have to pay for the unused rooms. Is that standard?
Post # 3
No. I gave them my credit card, but the rooms that do not get reserved “drop off” 30 days before the wedding so that noone is responsible for them!
Post # 4
I don’t think that is uncommon at all (some of the hotels I talked to require you to fill – or pay for – a certain percentage of the block while others just released the rooms at the end with no charge).
That said – I refused to make a block in any hotel that required us to fill a certain percantage of the block. I think it is ridiculous and am not going to rely on people chooseing to go with the hotel we select to avoid paying for a ton of rooms out of pocket.
Post # 5
We needed 8 out of 10 or we had to pay the difference so we decided not to have one
Post # 6
Nope ours doesn’t. My advice it to tell them thanks but no thanks, you’re going with the hotel that isn’t trying to swindle you… Ours actually gave us free rooms as well as not making us pay anything for unreserved rooms.
Post # 7
We’re definitely leaning towards the no-obligation option. Unfortunately, the contact at that hotel has been the toughest to get ahold of, but I’m being patient b/c she has the best deal. With all the money going towards the wedding itself, I don’t want to be on the hook for unused rooms 🙂 Thanks for the advice.
Post # 8
We have blocked rooms at three hotels. We didn’t put down a credit card guarantee for any of them. The block w/ special rates will be released 3 weeks before our wedding date – that is the only thing…But we didn’t feel comfortable putting down a CC…
Post # 9
We are getting the block rate on a first come first serve basis because the hotel already has their quota of blocks for our weekend. The rate is good until August when the other blocks come off then they will give us a block of what ever is left. The did not ask for a credit card or expect us to pay for any rooms not booked. We did sign contract that basically states what i said above and included the prices.
Post # 10
I think it really depends on the hotel. We ended up creating blocks at two hotels – one did not require any sort of guarantee, but did have a three-night minimum that they would not budge on (we are getting married over a holiday weekend, so it made sense). They also allowed us to book the entire hotel (22 rooms), which was great! The second hotel required an 80% guarantee, so we just started our block with 10 rooms. Once those rooms were booked, they added additional rooms with no guarantee, so it all worked out fine.
Both hotels will release all rooms a month before the wedding. We are getting married in a touristy beach town, so they will have no problem booking the remaining rooms.
If you are worried about a guarantee, just negotiate with the hotel. They may be willing to start you will a small block with a guarantee and then add additional rooms with no guarantee, as long as they think they will be able to fill any un-reserved rooms a month before. Just ask – the worst they can say (and this goes for ALL vendors) is no.