Post # 1
I have a jam for which I need serious help! At the advice of several people, I booked my wedding night hotel room with Hotwire.com. I got a really great deal at Hotel Monaco in Alexandria because we are flying out of Reagan National the next morning. While the hotel has a shuttle, we won’t be able to use it (shuttle service begins at 7:00am and our flight is at 8:50am). I am trying to come up with a way to get to the airport without paying to park FI’s car. Taking a taxi has been an option, but I always get nervous about arriving on time. To make matters even more complicated, FI really wants to undress me from my wedding gown. I don’t know how that would work. I definitely don’t want to travel with the huge gown. I also don’t think anyone would be available/willing to come pick it up. What do I do?
I know using the shuttle is cutting it close, but Google Maps says it’s only 11 minutes away. However, 11 minutes can become 30 minutes in DC workday traffic. The airline we’re using also allows us to check in online. I am still scared for the security check time. What do you all suggest? What have you done in the past? What did you do with your dress if you were leaving the next day?
Post # 3
Super shuttle is a great option. You’d probably be the last pickup so you wouldn’t be on it for that long. Also, it sounds like your FI will have to compromise on the whole dress thing!
Post # 4
Could you leave the dress at the hotel and have a family member pick it up? Or have them ship it to your home? It depends on the concierge service and the type of hotel – plus if they have an overall good reputation for you to trust them with the dress.
If you can’t take the shuttle and don’t want to pay to park then I don’t know what other options you have for getting to the airport other than a cab/supershuttle, unless someone you know can give you a ride…
Post # 5
I think I am going to use a combination of both posts. I looked into super shuttle and it’s very affordable! As for the dress, I will call the hotel to see if they’d be willing to hold it. FI’s mom lives near national Harbor (not too far from Alexandria), so she could pick it up. I’m going to see if they will allow us to leave a key for her at the desk, since checkout wouldn’t be for a few hours after we leave.
If anyone has better ideas, feel free to still leave them.
Post # 6
Have you thought about taking the metro to the airport? Your hotel is maybe a mile away from the King Street metro. You could take a cab (or maybe your hotel shuttle?) there and get to the airport really quickly; I think it’s only four or five stops away. That would probably be the least stressful way to get there, since you never know how long it will take to drive somewhere during rush hour. That said, you really are very close to the airport, so you may want to call the hotel and ask how long the shuttle normally takes to get to the airport on a Monday morning. You don’t really need to be at the airport more than an hour before your flight. I’ve never had to wait more than 15 minutes to go through security at Reagan.
Post # 7
@taipbarrett: hi!! sounds like you got some good leads on different shuttles not related to the hotel….
about the wedding dress…. maybe you could “tease” him a bit and have a nice piece of lingerie for your wedding night… but tell him it’ll have to be under a different dress… and have a nice cocktail dress for after wedding and to the hotel…. or have someone come and pick it up… curious as to what the hotel said… they must come across this often……
Post # 8
After speaking with the hotel, we’re going to use the hotel shuttle and leave at exactly 7 AM. We should arrive no later than 7:30, giving us a lot of time to get through security and through the gate. As for the dress, we’re going to have someone drive us to the hotel. We’ll give them the spare key for the room and they can pick up the gown and tuxedo the next morning. It was a really easy solution, just need to bounce ideas off of others. Thanks for the suggestions!
Post # 9
@crayfish: I used supershuttle in DC as well, they know what they’re doing!!! Highly recommend them too!
Post # 10
@taipbarrett: Seriously, get a taxi, it’ll be fine!