Confusion about wedding day hotel change over

posted 2 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
331 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

I would recommend calling the hotel as asking them all of your questions. No doubt they’ll have answers to them all and will help put your mind at ease. They’ll have a quick check-out process too, more than likely.

You could have your FI check in to the new hotel for you, with a separate overnight bag with things you’ll want after the wedding. Or, you could stay in the same room, and save the hassle of checking out, carting bags etc. 

Post # 3
7019 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

One thing to bear in mind: most hotels have a checkout time around 11 am (make sure you find out: it will probably be on their web site, otherwise phone them). Checkout is quick and easy, but you do need to vacate the room by checkout time. So since photos will probably go past that time, I can’t imagine it being useful for photos unless you also book it for the night of the wedding.

The mess shouldn’t be a problem: there’s probably lots of room for photos, and you’ll have 3 helpers to tidy up 🙂

I’m not sure what’s best for sleeping arrangements though – sorry!

Post # 4
6446 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

What time is your ceremony and what time is the checkout?

My husband just stayed in our suite the night before with a few GM and then everyone was able to just store stuff there. We had a few people come and get stuff right after the reception but it wasn’t really a big deal. 

Post # 6
2150 posts
Buzzing bee

jessicakatebee:  I booked a suite for the day before the wedding, the wedding day, and the day after. We are also an out of town B&G but our wedding party lives in the same town that we will be married in. 

I will be staying in the suite with one of my BMs (there’s only a king size bed in the room, and the other two live with SOs anyway) the night before the wedding. The other two BMs will head over to the suite the morning of the wedding to get ready. 

They’re just going to leave all of their things there and pick them up after the wedding or the next day. We’re probably going to head back to the suite after the wedding as our reception ends quite early, so they could get their stuff then.

My groom and I will stay in the suite the night of the wedding and chceckout the next day (we’ll probably ask for a late checkout if possible).

As far as the room being messy.. eh. Suites usually have separate rooms. LIke in mine, the bedroom is completely separate from the living room and kitchenette area. We will probably get makeup and hair done in the living/dining area as that is where there is the most room, light, and seating. I don’t really care if the bed isn’t made. I think it would be cute to snap some pics with my maids in the unmade bed, half under the covers or something. Just be creative and don’t over think it too much!

Post # 7
9525 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Yeah, I highly recommend not moving hotel rooms. Just stay in the suite the night before with your girls and then stay there after the wedding with your husband. That’s what I did and it was so much simpler than trying to move. 

Post # 8
479 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’m staying in a suite with my sister (MOH) the night before.  We hope to be done getting ready by 10:30 for a noon ceremony so checkout shouldn’t be a problem.  My sister will be staying in a regular room that night, and both my parents and FI’s parents are staying at the same hotel so everyone should be able to store stuff somewhere (FI’s sister in her parents’ room, my sister in our parents’ room, and my BM who is a friend can keep anything there as well).  The reception is in a restaurant at the hotel so it will be easy for people to gather their things afterward.  

Post # 9
1769 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

some of my gfs and I will stay in the bridal suite the night before and my then-husband and I will stay in the suite on our wedding night and probably one night after that.  My gfs/bridesmaids all have other hotel arrangements for our wedding night and they’ll move their belongings to the other rooms sometime during the reception.  (our hotel is also our ceremony and reception venue)

For my sister’s wedding, I left during part of the reception with a few of her bridesmaids to clean up the bridal suite (a few blocks from the reception) where we got ready and get all the girls’ stuff out of there (and drop off some champagne or candles or something), so it was ready for the newlyweds. 

jessicakatebee:  and congrats on your first post.  you’ll find the bee very helpful for all sorts of questions. 

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