City to Shore Wedding Planning & Design
|Posted by Kristen Fitzpatrick on February 19, 2018 at 1:05 PM|
Hosting a destination wedding in a shore town in New Jersey has a lot of details involved, and one of the those major details would be finding (sometimes it may feel like hunting!) for group accommodations and room blocks for your guests. While there are plenty of hotels throughout most shore islands that do offer wedding room blocks, here are a few tips to help you with your search:
Bed + Breakfasts:
While the thought of having your guests stay in a quaint Bed + Breakfast in a shore town such as Cape May, or Stone Harbor sounds lovely, there are not many rooms in these accommodation types. I will not say never, but unless you are renting out the entire place, it is very rare to find one that will hold a room block for you. They may not offer you a wedding room block, but you can post a few of these that do have availability on your wedding website, and your guests to call them directly.
Keep in mind that most weddings that take place in shore towns, like Cape May, are in the 'off-season'. I have yet to find a summer hotel that will block off any amount of rooms for a group in high season because quite honestly, they do not need the summer business and know they will book the rooms on their own. In prime season most hotels want a minimum of 3 night stays, in addition to, the rates are the highest during that time; thijs might be a lot for your guests.
Our goal is to always find at least 2-3 hotels that will offer different types of rates for your guests to choose from.
I get asked the question often: What’s the point of making a room block if my guests can get those rates on their own?
• Having a block of rooms gives you the flexibility to know who has or have not booked their room.
• It may not be in your plans yet, but if you decide you want to offer a welcome bag to your hotel guests, you now know who is stayinbg where.
• Some couples choose to offer transportation for their guests to and from the wedding ceremony and reception. If that is the case, then wouldn’t it be great to have a majority of your guests staying in the same location?!
• Most group blocks try to keep the party on the same floor, which helps in making this a “wedding weekend” filled with fun.
I hope some of these tips helped you with your search for your wedding room block in your shore town. If you feel you could use more help in this area, please feel free to contact us with questions! [email protected] (267) 961-3282