We did a room block but not through HTR...through a travel agent instead. We signed a contract with the resort for the cost of the ceremony and the $20 per person for private events, etc. They basically just took out the room booking stuff.
My only advice would be to make sure that the contract gives you the same private event fee for all of your guests at the resort. They initially wanted us to pay $20pp for everyone that booked via our TA and full menu price (about $80pp) for anyone that book through another outlet like expedia or AAA. We were able to get it worked out but it would have cost us a ton of extra money in the end (since you can't really control how your guests book.)
The whole contract signing process was a little tedious for us, but if you just make sure that you read through everything carefully you will be totally fine...and then its on to the fun stuff!!
Originally Posted by Samantha88k
I found this site a couple months ago when I first became engaged, but now I have my date confirmed!!! My fiance and I will be getting married at HTR on May 13, 2012 and we are very excited!!! I have spoken with Luis a few times and he seems to be helpful even though he is slow to reply. My parents are owners at HTR so if anyone has any advice or experience in contracting with the resort for the ceremony/reception, etc. without including a room block it would be greatly appreciated!!