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?
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.
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.
No. But I think most do it because people will be drinking and it avoids them having to drive if theres a shuttle
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.