(Closed) Room Blocks?

posted 3 years ago in Guests
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - City, State

I set up room blocks that didn’t require any prepayment, and there is zero benefit to prepaying for hotel blocks because you just don’t know who will want to stay where.

I used Jetaport to set up my room blocks. You basically input your room block requirements and they find you the best matches. There are similar sites out there that do the same thing. Sometimes if you’re getting married in a big city that may have a lot of tourists or conventions, they like to push the prepay option, but there are usually hotels around that don’t require it.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

The only thing I’m obligated to pay for in my hotel block is my room for 2 nights, which was happening either way. 

Did you ask your venue if they have a recomended list? Also maybe try to use some of those sits like https://www.jetaport.com/weddingsor https://hiskipper.com/weddings?utm_source=google&utm_medium=scpc&utm_campaign=Skipper-LG-National-Wedding-Top-Kw&utm_term=hotel%20block&utm_content=118425651681&gclid=CKrIotayhdACFcwehgod91ADGw

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

It might be your location that’s causing this.  All the hotels in my area ask for some form of payment too 🙁  I did, however, find one that just asked for a deposit.  All I can say is keep looking, or suggest you pay a deposit.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Part of the private nature of the venue said that they would keep the rooms for guests who referenced our wedding/names up until two weeks before the wedding. It was part of their wedding package. It also wasn’t a very big hotel, so I just put in local hotel reccomendations at a range of prices in with the wedding invitation, along with a map etc

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

We set aside rooms at a hotel in Vegas and they only required a deposit.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

If you can’t get a courtesy block (meaning you are not liable for unbooked rooms), don’t do a room block. Your guests are adults and full capable of booking their own accommodations. You can include some suggestions on a card or a link to your website.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Yes, I think the key here to to specifically ask for a courtesy block. 🙂 Best of luck to you!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

 tahoebride630 :  Ask for a courtesy room block. Most hotels will do this, but it normally means less rooms are blocked and at a higher price. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: The Retreat at Bradley\'s Pond

Yeah this must be location/date specific because they should give you a listed number of rooms at a specific price and you don’t owe anything… the guests put down their cards and are charge at check-out like any other vacation you do. You MAY owe money for rooms not booked but held (attrition) but that would be it. 

I guess we need more details on WHY they are wanting you to pay up front and in full for the rooms? Where is this wedding and when (holiday weekend?). 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

We did not have to pre-pay for anything.  We just blocked off some rooms, and if they weren’t booked a month out, they got release for the general public.

I wouldn’t pre-pay.  You really don’t know how many people will use the block….

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

tahoebride630 :  We originally planned on getting married in Tahoe and that was a big problem for us too. They basically said they don’t do them at all between Memorial and Labor Day 🙁 The only way they were willing to do a block was if we pre pay or hosted an event at the hotel there i.e. rehersal dinner. It was way out of our budget. It was one of many reasons we ended up moving the wedding closer to home. Good luck bee!

Post # 14
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Helper bee

The same thing happened to me, and I just negotiated that they do a group rate discount. So, no rooms were saved, but guests were given the same rate as they would have in a room block. I just put on the website that the rooms wouldn’t be reserved, and to book ASAP. Because we aren’t doing a shuttle or anything, we just left it to the guests’ devices.

 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I wouldn’t prepay for the rooms, if you can’t find a courtesy block I just wouldn’t do a room block. I ran into the same thing this week, the three hotels closest to my venue don’t do courtesy blocks, we’d have to sign a contract and pay for unused rooms. So we just aren’t doing one.  

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