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Natalie
Devoted January 2021

Anyone ever not reserve a block of hotel rooms?

Natalie, on December 26, 2019 at 5:36 PM Posted in Planning 1 30

Just curious if this is a thing some people skip, or if it's considered necessary.

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Latest activity by Natalie, on December 27, 2019 at 4:30 PM
  • Caytlyn
    Legend November 2019
    Caytlyn ·
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    If you're having a destination wedding or lots of out of town guests, I think it's courteous, but not a necessity.

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  • Natalie
    Devoted January 2021
    Natalie ·
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    We have about 30% of our guests that will need to book a place to stay

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  • Victoria
    Dedicated November 2019
    Victoria ·
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    I recommend the block, most places will offer a courtesy block meaning it’s free to block it. If it costs money you can reconsider but if it’s free, why not?
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  • Natalie
    Devoted January 2021
    Natalie ·
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    True, that's a good point!

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  • Kelly
    Champion October 2018
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    We didn’t because no hotels in our area offer a courtesy block and we didn’t want to be held financially responsible. Almost all of our guests needed a hotel.
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  • Chrysta
    Master November 2022
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    We did, but it’s only because we are getting married in the hotel’s courtyard. If weren’t, I don’t think we would have done a block. I think just giving guests a list of hotels near your venue would suffice. Unless you would like a good portion of your guests to stay in the same hotel. If that’s the case, then a room block may be beneficial.
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  • Cyndy
    Master May 2019
    Cyndy ·
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    I think it’s nice for out of town guests if you can find a courtesy block. If you are responsible for a certain amount I would skip it and just make recommendations
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  • Mrs. S
    Master November 2019
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    I did it and it was a waste of time honestly.
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  • Molly
    Super October 2020
    Molly ·
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    We have 60% who need room so we have blocked 25+ rooms
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  • A
    Devoted July 2020
    Ali ·
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    We aren't. Its early enough that everyone will be able to converse but late enough that everyone can make it and get enough sleep
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    We go to a lot of OOT weddings, and usually find it easy to find our own accommodations, unless there is some other event. College towns during move in, homecoming and graduation weekends, or near big shows or conventions, the room blocks are a help. Otherwise, it helps to have a listings sheet, with several recommended places, nearby to events. And in some cities, forewarning about things like huge parking fees if you do not stay in a major hotel with parking . From outside Boston, for example, a nice place $50 a night cheaper may cost that much to park. So the host's knowledge, more than reserved booking, matters.
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  • Gen
    Champion June 2019
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    We were going to skip it since there are a ton of hotels in our area and it’s not a particularly touristy place (we live in NJ about an hour outside of NYC... there are a lot of hotels but they’re mostly corporate) but then as the wedding got closer we discovered ALL BUT ONE of the local hotels were FULLY booked that weekend. I panicked and booked a room block at the last one lol. I still have no idea why they were all so booked that weekend but... better safe than sorry honestly. Just find a hotel that will block off rooms for free (like one that won’t charge you if you don’t fill all the rooms) and you literally have nothing to lose by getting a block.
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  • Kimberly
    Beginner September 2021
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    I'm suggesting Airbnb and some local hotels for out of owners, but i'm not doing a hotel block

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  • Cher Horowitz
    Master December 2019
    Cher Horowitz ·
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    We had a handful of guests from out-of-town. However, we didn't reserve a hotel block. They booked rooms on their own and didn't seem to have any issue!

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  • Teresa
    Devoted September 2020
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    We are not
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    Savvy June 2021
    HisWifey21 ·
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    This helped me alot for When I have to worry about this
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  • Sexypoodle
    Master October 2021
    Sexypoodle ·
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    We’re not blocking rooms. We’re having a destination wedding in Vegas, so guests have loads of hotel options. However, we do have a discount code only for our specific hotel, if guests choose to stay there.
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  • Theadra
    Devoted June 2021
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    It's a thing some couples do. We did more research and quickly decided not to do it because we would eventually financially responsible even if they don't show up. We listed some hotels on our website.

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  • M
    Legend June 2019
    Melle ·
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    I skipped it. We for sure had out of town guests too but it was something I felt like wasn't necessary for us to do.
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  • kymarmck
    Super March 2020
    kymarmck ·
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    We ended up skipping this because I always got the run around with hotels about placing a block and it just was getting to the point where it was more stress than it was worth.

    What I did was put a little note with our save the dates that asked people to book accommodations ASAP and gave the addresses and phone numbers for the hotels so that they could contact them! So far it seems like everything has gone fine! FH and I just booked our room and there were TONS of rooms left so I don't anticipate having any issues!

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