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27 March 2012


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For some locations (mostly in larger cities, but also randomly elsewhere) you have to guarantee a minimum room count. Like, sign a contract kind of guarantee. This makes it so hard to 1. guess the right number to block (don't want to go over OR under your guests' needs) and 2. be laid back about when guests book their rooms (the sooner they do it, the sooner you can add more to the block). This was a huge headache for me.

Katie @ Lovebird Productions

We were really blessed that our venue and hotel were all together. Our venu ewas a giant resort. It was nice in the fact that for each room we booked they lowered the rental fee for our space for the wedding. We paid next to nothing to rent our space but figuring out how many rooms to block was harder for us. They also had a teachers convention that weekend so we had to have an exact number of room. Luckily we picked the right number to hold and our guests moved quickly! It can be stressful because you want others pleased with where they stay! Sounds like it worked out gret. You are getting really, really close to your date! Need me to stuff envelopes or mow the yard? :)


Mine was super easy... Two hotels within ten minutes of the venue, so I googled and tripadvisored to find which was best and they set aside the block of rooms. We also have their conference room for me and my girls to get ready in.

Maybe that's one of the advantages of having it in a rural place... not a lot of other options. ;)

Koru Kate {Koru Wedding}

Thankfully, our hotel & venue were one so this was pretty easy for us. Bonus: when the hotel posted a $99 room special weeks before our wedding, they allowed our guests to switch to this lower rate :-) For me, the true wedding planning nightmare was our rehearsal dinner!


Mine was easy, too. I submitted a request for group rates on the Hilton site, as the closest hotels were all Hilton properties, and a rep contacted 5-6 hotels in the area for quotes ad availability. We ended up getting a block at the Hilton Garden Inn. No minimum room guarantee or deposit required (especially crucial when half of the groom's side backed out at the last minute). A few months before the wedding, the hotel called to get venue info in case guests asked for directions, to see if we needed a shuttle, to see if we wanted to host a cocktail hour or brunch (or wanted to pay for meal passes), to let us know when we'd need to get them anything to go in the guest rooms, etc. I'd go through Hilton for another event.

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