Hotel blocks used to only be for destination weddings. Now that people are moving so often and farther away from their home state, hotel blocks are becoming a standard practice for the couple's family and friends from out of town. Trying to find a hotel in proximity to your event, affordable yet luxurious, and with plenty of availably can be tricky. Fortunately, we have Junebug Weddings' General Manager and Editor-in-Chief, Carrie Crooks, here to walk us through the process.
Reserving hotel room blocks ensures that your guests will have a place to stay that is close to your ceremony and reception. Setting up hotel blocks also allows you the chance to secure a discount for your out of town guests (this option is not available at all hotels). As most guests will wait until the last minute to book their accommodations, you will need to make sure you set up your hotel blocks months ahead of your wedding date in order to guarantee that no big events (conferences, tournaments, etc.) will keep your guests from being able to book a room. You will also want to block hotels rooms at more than one hotel. It’s a good rule of thumb to choose one hotel that is more high end and then another hotel that provides a more affordable option for your guests.
Choosing the hotels for your guests depends on where your wedding is taking place and how many of your guests will be staying at hotels. You want your hotels to be close to both your ceremony and reception. You should also ask your hotel if there are any transportation services available for your guests as some hotels may offer a shuttle service to and from the airport, which will be handy for guests who are flying into town. Before you sign a contract with a hotel, make sure you ask them these important questions first!
6 Questions to Ask Your Hotel
1. What discount can you offer to my guests?
2. Is there a penalty for not filling up my hotel block?
3. Is there a percentage of hotel rooms my guests will need to book?
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