If you and your fiancée are planning on having a decent number of out of town guests at your wedding, they are probably going to need a place to stay. And while making arrangements for your great-aunt Lucy to stay on your mother-in-laws couch is cost effective, it is not the most comfortable. The solution: Block off rooms at a local hotel! To do this, you must first figure out approximately how many guests/rooms you think you will need. The hotel can normally give you an estimate with your number of out of town guests. Then, you meet with the hotel to ‘block off’ the rooms. Normally, the rooms will be blocked under a certain name (normally your last name) and then the individual guest would call to reserve a room within that block. After that, your guest will pay for and have the luxury of his/her own room.
Be sure to check prices online before you call or meet with the hotel. Some hotels will give you a ‘group rate’ that is actually no better then their normal rate. If the hotel does not offer a discounted rate, I would not book with them.