Post # 1
I’ve been perusing the wonderful Bee and I can’t help but notice, I feel like one of the underlying opinions is that hotel weddings are “boring” and “cookie cutter”.
I know that doing a unique wedding venue is really special and personal to a couple, but I’ve always liked the look of hotel weddings. I love the chandeliers, especially, haha.
It also seems like hotel ceremony/reception packages are a good value for the money, and ease a lot of frustrations about coordinating with vendors. Technically, besides band, photographer and flowers, you could coordinate your day in a way that you didn’t need a limo, an outside AV team, or to book hotel rooms for you and your bridesmaids before the big day. You are usually provided with all the catering, the cake, linens, chairs, etc. as well as a free bridal suite for after. In addition, you often get an event coordinator who pretty much acts like your wedding planner, and since they know the lay of the land, you get the inside scoop better than you would from even an experienced coordinator from outside. To me, that seems like quite a value.
I just wanted to know if everyone actually likes hotel weddings, what their experiences were with hosting hotel weddings and if they have any suggestions or afterthoughts.
Thanks, bees :).
Post # 3
I think they are awesome and make things a million times easier! I wound up choosing a unique venue, but alas the only hotels nearby are inns that only have about 14 rooms and require 2 night minimums (which nobody would want)…sigh…. a hotel would be soooo much more convenient!
And hotel ballrooms are usually gorgeous! As long as the carpet aren’t crazy colors =)
Post # 4
There is NOTHING wrong with a hotel wedding/reception. Some may have a negative opinion of this, but others dislike DWs. It’s merely a matter of opinion. If YOU want to have a hotel wedding, have one! It sounds like its what you want and with the amenities you know a hotel offers why wouldn’t you, if that’s what you want?
Post # 5
Well, I’ve earned my living for the better part of a decade by coordinating and selling hotel weddings 🙂
We have a very limited budget for our wedding and decided to use where I work since there is SO much included – and so much I wouldn’t need to worry about.
You still have the option to personalize your wedding in tons of ways and it really is just easier in so many ways.
Hotel weddings are great – they can be as casual or as formal as you want!
Post # 6
I think hotel weddings are a fabulous idea. Not only do hotels often have the best facilities, but guests can stumble up to their rooms after the party and avoid safety hazards!
Post # 7
I chose a hotel wedding because it was so much more convenient for out of town guests, and most of our family is from out of town. Plus, my friends party pretty hard and I like that everyone will just stagger upstairs instead of getting behind the wheel 😉 Many hotels have really unique reception rooms, gardens, courtyars, etc. Mine is in a glass conservatory of a hotel and its a lot more unique than anything else I looked at. It all depends on what you need.
Post # 8
I personally am not a fan of ballroom or hall feel, but I have always wanted something more intimate. That being said, I 100% agree that the coordination of a hotel wedding would be so welcome!! I stress alot about having one ceremony venue, a different reception venue, and still have a need for a hotel for OOT guests and wedding party… I am doing all the footwork, and using an all inclusive would have made things easier. Also, we just couldn’t afford a hotel venue… I have seem some gorgeous things done in them though.
Post # 9
I wanted a hotel wedding but the two hotels I liked are out of our price range for what we want. I’m crushed. But I think the choice Im leaning towards will be great, and much cheaper.
Post # 10
Ok, I am starting to feel like maybe it was a few particular threads that gave me the impression you guys were totally against hotel weddings. I feel slightly better :).
JerseyGirl, which hotel is this? I am pretty sure I know the one you speak of and I thought it was a stunning location for a wedding. Sadly, it’s a little too far from Philly so I didn’t bother looking at it much further. You are so lucky!
Post # 11
I have been to some amazing hotel weddings. I also like the fact that you can just go up to your rooms with no issues. It all depends on your personal tastes and how you add your own personalities into your wedding/reception. A zero personality reception is going to be blan no matter what the setting.
Post # 12
I think the location doesn’t make the wedding boring or cookie cutter…you can make it so unique with the way you personalize all the details. Hotels are pretty great for all the reasons you mentioned.
Post # 13
im having a hotel wedding. technically its a resort but its not like timeshare summer resort its confrence center/business resort. i think its beautiful and a heck of a deal since i only pay for the food not anything else. i dont think its tacky or boring you just have to find the right place. my cousin was married at the madonna in in cali (look it up and you’ll see what i mean) but it was ugly. to each there own but the carpet, ceilings and light fixtures were PINK omg i almost threw up it was so tacky but they loved it so i stayed lol
Post # 14
@LuckyJuls: It’s the Madison Hotel in Morristown. I love it, I hope everything goes well with it!
Post # 15
I got married at Caesar’s in Vegas. Although it’s not a typical hotel, and we got married in a garden by the pools, the ballroom was pretty typical of hotel ballrooms. Everyone loved it. And, I think after it was all over, everyone loved being able to roll upstairs and go to sleep. Zero need for designated drivers too.
Post # 16
You should pick a venue that YOU like! you can do other things to make your wedding unique besides choose a unique venue!!