Post # 1
So, my mom and I have a bit of a small disagreement about blocking hotels.
I found a hotel for 120 a night, and for every 7 rooms that are booked I get one free round trip from the hotel to the venue. Each additional round trip is 50 dollars. The also offer a complimentary gift bag service. So I was thinking I would just block at that hotel and have a list of hotels that are cheaper near the venue on the website. It would be nice to have most of my guests in one place too.
My mom however thinks I should block with the hotel down the street as well. The price is 100 a night with no shuttle. She thinks it would be a nice option for those who don’t plan on using the shuttle, especially for families. Having another hotel also protects us in case the hotel books up.
Is it rude to only block at one hotel that is a bit more expensive to save money on shuttle costs? Most family on both sides should be able to stay with family if they can’t afford a hotel, and there are cheap motels very close to the venue. Neither hotel has any requirements to fill any of the rooms.
What do you guys think?
Post # 2
I think that $20 a night isn’t a big enough difference in price to sway me from one venue to another. I think that your original plan is fine. However, if you were able to find a fairly cheap hotel (say $75-80/night), then I may reconsider.
FWIW, we are only blocking 1 hotel, and listing options for other hotels/motels for those who aren’t interested in our choice.
Post # 3
- Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club
Do one block and that is where you will be. If people want to weigh their options due to costs they can. My guests would have been very disappointed if I wasn’t at teh breakfast the next morning with them!
Post # 4
I wasn’t able to get a rate at a hotel I felt comfortable refering my guests too for that price. Anything under 100 felt very motel. I’ll list them on the website, but I don’t want to push people that way in case it’s a bad motel.
That is a good way to look at it, thanks!
Post # 5
I think it’s rude to point your guests to only one hotel that you are going to directly benefit from if they book.
Post # 6
But she’s not, she’s giving blocking room at one hotel and giving people information about other othels. It’s not as if she’s making profit, she’s getting a shuttle for her guests. If the hotel is not in her guest’s pricerange, nothing stop them from booking another hotel?
Post # 7
I didn’t block any rooms for out wedding; we were in a major city centre and you have to pay 15-20% of the room block up front – if the rooms don’t get booked, you lose your money. I wasn’t about to spend thousands of dollars in hopes people would pick the hotel I’d blocked at and be out a lot of money if they didn’t.
If you don’t have to pay to book a block of rooms, there’s no harm in booking a second block elsewhere though!
People will book hotels where they feel like it; some will have points, some will have loyalty discounts, some just prefer certain brands or types of hotels. I’d book at one and list the others on your website. It’s not like your FORCING them to stay at THAT hotel. They can pick another one if they don’t like it, they just don’t get shuttle service at another hotel! Be sure to make that super clear on your website – Delta (Shuttle to/from wedding included), Marriott (no shuttle included).