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Hotel blocks

Sarah, on September 30, 2020 at 1:44 PM Posted in Planning 0 15
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Is it 100% necessary to have a hotel block for your guests? I’m getting married on Memorial Day weekend 2021 and we will be by the shore so I’m running into difficulties finding a block. I’ve been to weddings before that didn’t have one and it worked out fine. So I’m just wondering if that’s something that people will expect or if I could just list hotels that are close on our website?

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Latest activity by Kelly, on October 1, 2020 at 10:54 AM
  • Caytlyn
    Legend November 2019
    Caytlyn ·
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    It's not typically a necessity, but when you decide to get married on a holiday weekend in a tourist town, I would say that it's definitely necessary. If you're having problems finding places to book a hotel block, imagine how much trouble guests are going to have finding a place to stay when they're already putting forth effort to travel for your wedding.

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  • L
    Rockstar July 2022
    Lisa ·
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    I think listing nearby hotels on your website would be fine if you can't find a hotel that will setup a block!
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  • M
    Super October 2022
    Michele ·
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    Given your date being so popular for just vacations, I would find it highly necessary so people have a place to stay without having to drive all night to get home. Contact hotels a few miles out from the location and keep going until you find a couple that are available depending on how many you need.
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  • L
    Expert September 2020
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    No. But I think most do it because people will be drinking and it avoids them having to drive if theres a shuttle
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  • Corrin
    Dedicated May 2021
    Corrin ·
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    Your venue might also be able to tell you which hotels around the area do paid or complementary blocks.

    I was dreading calling all the hotels around the area, so instead I asked my venue and they gave me a list, I was stoked lol.

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  • Yasmine
    Rockstar October 2020
    Yasmine ·
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    It’s not necessary at all. You can always have your guests look up Air B&Bs as well if you can’t find any hotels
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  • Kelly
    Champion October 2018
    Kelly ·
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    Not sure if this is your issue, but in my town hotels don’t do courtesy blocks so we chose not to do one because we didn’t want to be held financially responsible. Everyone was able to find lodging on their own!
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    Master July 2019
    Veronica ·
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    Under normal circumstances, I would say they aren't necessary. But because your wedding is over a holiday weekend in a touristy area then I would highly recommend trying to get room blocks for one or two hotels. Otherwise your guests might have a difficult time finding a hotel that has rooms available and if they do happen to have rooms available the prices could be outrageous.

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  • Laquita
    Devoted July 2021
    Laquita ·
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    I don't think it's necessary, but you are having your wedding during a holiday weekend so that might make it a little more difficult for some of your guests to find rooms. Reserving a room block can sometimes take the headache out of searching for rooms for some people, but if you don't feel like doing that then listing nearby hotels is good enough. Be sure to mention that since it's a holiday weekend, booking earlier rather than later is encouraged. I don't think anyone expects it though.

    We reserved a hotel block, but ours is a courtesy block which means we're not financially responsible for any rooms especially those that don't get used.

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  • Hanna
    Super June 2019
    Hanna ·
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    I personally think that a hotel block is 100% a necessity if you have a significant number of guests traveling from out of town, and even more of a necessity if your wedding is on a holiday weekend. Listing hotels nearby on your wedding website will not work very well, because they will likely be booked out far in advance due to the holiday weekend. If you can find a hotel willing to do a block that's farther away from your venue, you can provide a shuttle service for guests.

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  • Sharonda
    Devoted January 2021
    Sharonda Online ·
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    Have you tried the WW hotel room block feature? I used it during my planning for a 250-person wedding in New Orleans where everyone would be driving or flying in. It was definitely helpful with identifying available blocks and prices.
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  • Molly
    Devoted August 2021
    Molly ·
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    I second the WW hotel room block feature! It was so easy. I got quotes and then once I got them I could call/email the hotels. It made it much easier than calling around.

    I think you need a block mostly due to the holiday weekend.

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  • Sharonda
    Devoted January 2021
    Sharonda Online ·
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    Agreed! WeddingWire did all of the hard work and heavy lifting.

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  • Meghan
    Rockstar October 2019
    Meghan ·
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    It is not necessary, but considering you are getting married on a holiday weekend where many people travel, I would highly recommend one. What if your out of town guests are unable to find a place to stay? We offered 2 hotel blocks at 2 different priced hotels and our guests appreciated the convenience of booking their rooms.

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  • Kelly
    Devoted March 2021
    Kelly ·
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    If you're having trouble getting hotel rooms now, don't you think it'll be way more difficult for the guests to try to find a room closer to the wedding date??
    Just a thought... Wish you the best!!
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