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Hotel Blocks - yay or nay

Erin, on January 14, 2020 at 3:51 PM Posted in Planning 0 9
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We can't decide if we want to set up a hotel block for our wedding or not. I'm definitely going to have a travel tab on my website that at least tells guests what the nearby hotels are but I'm just not sure if I need to actually set up a block or not. For those who have one and those who didn't do one how did you decide?

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Latest activity by Hannah, on January 14, 2020 at 9:49 PM
  • Givemeallthepups
    Expert February 2020
    Givemeallthepups ·
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    I would encourage you to do a courtesy block if you’re able. I chose the cheapest hotel that was decently nice and decently close (ended up with a Courtyard by Marriott).
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  • MrsD
    Legend July 2019
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    I would do 2 courtesy blocks, one at a nicer hotel and one at a cheaper hotel. They are free and easy to set up, and very helpful to guests.

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  • Fleur
    October 2020
    Fleur ·
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    I'm working on my website, and we've decided to recommend 3 hotels. In 2 (of the 3) hotels we arranged courtesy blocks thru Marriott. One of the Marriott's is more expensive bc it's in a central, popular part of the city with great views. The other Marriott is a Courtyard (cheaper). The 3rd hotel where we don't have a block is a fun, boutique hotel where the wedding party is staying. We didn't block at this one bc you are financially on the hook if not all of the 10 rooms are booked (sorry not taking the risk on that.... lol). We have about 80 guests from out of town so I think they'll appreciate the recommendations and options. Good luck!

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  • Gen
    Champion June 2019
    Gen ·
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    Definitely do one. We have a ton of hotels in our area (like over half a dozen within a 10 mile radius that were reasonably priced—under $200 per night) and it’s not a touristy place or anything (most of the hotels are in a corporate area) so I figured we’d be fine but then 2 months before the wedding I found out they were ALL booked except for one. Thank god my husband’s best man figured that out in time because I called immediately to make a room block at that last hotel!


    Just make sure they don’t charge a fee or anything if the rooms don’t get used, and then there’s really no harm in booking one. If it gets used then great, if not then no harm.
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  • Mrs. S
    Master November 2019
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    If hotels book up fast in your location or there’s an event that weekend, it would be worth it. To me it was a total waste. Most of them went unused and I discovered later the block price was higher than their website price.
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  • Kevin
    Super October 2021
    Kevin ·
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    We aren’t going to do blocks. We have some family and friends coming in from out of state but they all don’t know each other and have different financial abilities so we are just posting some close by options a high middle and cheap option and letting everyone do their own booking .
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  • MOB So Cal
    January 2019
    MOB So Cal ·
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    There were tons of options within 10 miles of daughter's venue in a major suburban area, but no one hotel super close (guests would have to drive 10-15 minutes). The wedding was also in January, not a high travel/tourism time of year. Probably about a third of the guests were from out-of-town, but they all had very different needs and were staying different lengths of time. One family was doing a timeshare for a week and planned to spend multiple days at Disneyland prior to the wedding. Many belonged to different hotel rewards programs and had preferences for different chains. After we looked into it, daughter decided not to do a block and just provided clear info on the wedding website (shared on the STDs and the wedding RSVPs were fully online, so guests HAD to visit the website). It worked out great. Guests stayed in a wide-variety of different hotels and everyone seemed fine with making their own choices. If there was one super close/convenient hotel option, or it was a busy time of year, she probably would have done a block. I do think it depends on many factors whether it makes sense or not.

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  • Cyndy
    Rockstar May 2019
    Cyndy ·
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    If you have a significant number of people that will need a hotel a courtesy block is really nice to have.
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  • Hannah
    Master July 2019
    Hannah ·
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    We did a courtesy block because it gave our guests a discount. Plus, we arranged for a shuttle from the hotel to the venue for really cheap through them. There were 2 hotels within 2 miles of our venue, and we were going to do blocks at both because they were at different price points. However, in researching the two, I saw recent reviews about bedbugs and cleanliness concerns for the cheaper one, so I stuck with just the Courtyard by Marriott because I didn't want to direct guests to a potentially unsanitary hotel. We also got an upgraded room for no extra cost because we did the courtesy block.
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