Post # 1
My newest hurdle… where the heck am I going to get ready on the morning of my wedding!?!?!??
The FI and I have been pricing around and have narrowed it down to a few options and I would LOVE some input from anyone and everyone.
We will be having about 12-15 people in the room at its fullest. Myself, 6 bridesmaids, 2 moms, a photographer, videographer, planner, et. al.
So… our options are:
1. Royal Sonesta
2. Bienville House
3. Bourbon Orleans
We really want somewhere that looks and feels like the French Quarter (read: not modern) and has a balcony for photos and possibly the First Look.
Please, please PLEASE ladies… I need help figuring out which suites would be the best.
Thanks so much in advance!
Post # 3
@nickiandjasonwedding: We stayed at the Bienville for my whole wedding weekend and I LOVED it! The penthouse is amazing!!!
Post # 4
This is my next up on the to-do list for my wedding! room blocks and bridal suites.
@MamaMima: If you have any other pictures to post of your getting ready time in the penthouse, could you post, please please? 🙂 I looked at your recaps and you and your wedding were gorgeous!
I think I’m sold on the Bienville house because of its beautiful balconies and the location, but I’m not finding a lot of pictures of the interior of the suites. Obviously a penthouse is pretty big, did you get ready with the girls there?
I’ve seen several pics of first looks by the pool/garden area. Those seem to turn out pretty!
Post # 5
I was able to google the penthouse to see a ton of pictures of the suite (http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&ved=0CD0QFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.oyster.com%2Fnew-orleans%2Fhotels%2Fbienville-house%2Fphotos%2Fpenthouse-suite–v871781-79%2F&ei=SaB1UcDlFJCA9gSerIDwCw&usg=AFQjCNE-lBHCXPFniMWVcfrDAn7yrqYgtQ&sig2=VJuLZB016cCQhpUA8AaqaA&bvm=bv.45512109,d.eWU)
Also, yes all of my girls, my mom and I got ready in the penthouse suite. I ended up starting the day with a bridesmaid breakfast and I was so happy I didn’t have to pay for a seperate venue since I had the suite. Plus we had the photographer and the video camera crew in there as well. There was PLENTY of room! The first 3 minutes and 50 seconds of this our highlight video is in Bienville. (http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/or-wedding-video#axzz2RE2c5lqQ) We didn’t use the balcony because it very hot and we had an outside ceremony so we figured we would enjoy the indoor time while we could.
We ended up having a lot of our friends join us in the suite to “pre-game” before our afterparty. We were very happy with both the staff at Bienville and the suite in general.
Post # 6
@MamaMima: Thank you so so so much for all the info! We just booked the penthouse and I am so excited! If it wasn’t for your post we wouldn’t have known what to do!
Post # 7
@nickiandjasonwedding: You are most welcome! I hope you have a beautiful wedding day and an even better marriage 🙂
Post # 8
@MamaMima: Thanks so much! Google..duh! I think I was googling Bienville for a wedding and forgot that it’s just a hotel to get pics. Bride brain!
It looks really awesome, thanks a bunch for your reply!
Post # 9
I can’t speak to the other two, but I can definitely throw in on the Bourbon Orleans! I was SO disappointed in that hotel. It looked good on paper, but inside it was just kind of run-down and dated, and not in a good way. We considered marrying there but decided the ballroom was too closed-off (although there was something kind of grand about it, I could see that) and felt a bit stuffy. They showed us a suite (I don’t remember if they had more than one type or not?) that was actually 2-story with a spiral staircase, with the bedroom upstairs in a loft and a sofa area on the bottom floor. It had a balcony that opened to the street. So. Pluses? The balcony was HUGE. I mean, big enough for a buffet table and a spread of food AND people. It was not private AT ALL, so people on neighboring balconies would literally be able to reach over and take food off of that buffet table. Or sit there and stare at you. Which I would hope no one would actually DO, but you never know. More importantly, though, the suite was tiny. I mean, cramped and narrow. The loft area literally had a bed in it, with little natural light and little room to move around. The sofa area was also super-tight, with maybe one or two chairs and no room to add chairs or really move around. Also, the entire suite was really dated and ugly. I was looking for something beautiful for prep pics, and this felt like a cheap hotel, akin to a Comfort Inn. Definitely not worth the price they were charging!