(Closed) room blocks!! expensive??

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

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zippy85:  Grab blocks at 2 hotels. The one that is $139/night and then one that is $340/night. Your guest will have the option to chose. Remember, a hotel block is not required but a nice gesture from the bride and groom. You are not paying for the rooms but having them “held” for your guest. Just read the print… there are 2 types of hotel blocks. One where you agree to meet the number of rooms requested – any rooms not reserved you then agree to pay for… do not do this! You want the block that is held till a certain agreed date – your guest have till that day to book then the hotel can reserve those rooms for any paying guest.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Can you have the wedding in either June or September?  High season in Coastal maine is just ridiculously pricey.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee

Personally, I don’t think $139 is that expensive.  My friend’s wedding had room blocks for $129.  If people think it’s too much, they don’t have to stay. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - Vineyard on Long Island

I’m commenting to follow… My wedding will be in July 2017 on the east end of Long Island and hotels are outrageous there as well (~$400/night during the summer… a half hour from the venue! we’d be providing a shuttle but still…) and I’m hoping that by some miracle I can find a reasonably-priced place for people to stay within the next year or so…

I agree to double check what you’re responsible for in terms of blocks though… I’d be responsible for filling 80% of the rooms I block, so if its an expensive hotel and all guests decide to, i don’t know, rent a giant house and split the cost instead, I’m responsible for all of those $400/night rooms >.< blah

sorry, end rant. but interested to see what others have to say

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016 - Simsbury 1820 House

I have a block I had to do a $15 per room deposit. Kept to the low side of the amount of rooms needed (bridal party and immediate family). All other guests are coming from only an hour or so away. $139 a night, B&B adorable inn style where wedding is being held as well.

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

Pretty much every wedding we’ve gone to the hotel has been ~$200 per night.  Boston, LA, Denver… our wedding in Issaquah all our rooms are in that range (depending on how many beds etc..)

Post # 10
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Honey bee

I agree with doing a block for $139 and one for $340. $139 is not a lot at all for a hotel room, and it will be nice for your guests to have options. Personally, if I was going to coastal Maine for a wedding I’d be happy to splurge on a nicer room and look at it as a weekend getaway. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee

Do both hotel room blocks and your guests can decide  if they want to use either or make their own arrangements. $139 doesn’t seem bad at all, especially during peak season but I guess that depends on where your guests are coming from.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

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zippy85:  Got it.  Good luck!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

yup, do both and let them pick. the only hotel rooms we blocked (the cheapest we found) were for 200/night.  if people want to venture out and try to find something else they will!

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

We are having our wedding block at a hotel in Downtown Orlando, for 140 a night. There is a $20 a day parking fee, and a lot of guests are from out of state, so I’m hoping they wont have rentals. We are having a party bus pick up the guests and drop them off after the wedding. Maybe you could look into a shuttle since if you choose the hotel further away?

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

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zippy85:  I feel your pain.. I’m going through the same thing myself (hurray new england summers!)

We are helping groups of people find local rental houses to help ease the costs.  Mine is on an island, and all the hotels are in a similar cost range, but some of the rental houses are a great deal!  

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