Post # 1
For those who are planing or did stay at a hotel overnight, did you stay at the same one as your guests? What would you recommend?
I found a lovely hotel that I can get ready in, it is pretty close to my reception venue, but not the closest (we are OK with that because we probably will go out after the wedding). Very pretty suites to get ready in, with nice balconies, and my photographer recommended them too. And FI and I will spend the Saturday night there after the wedding. But the hotel is asking for 20 guest rooms minimum and 2 nights for a block rate (is this something I can negotiate?). I was going to book 2 nights, but most guests probably will not.
The wedding will be local for most of my guests, but I do have some friends and relatives from out of town. Some people might just want to get a hotel for the wedding because it’s downtown. There is a nice hotel just across the street from the reception that would probably be a good option for my block..but is it weird if we stay at another hotel from the guets?
Or is that better because it’s more privacy? Does anyone even notice or care about these sorts of things?
FYI, reception is downtown, and church is uptown (need to drive to it from hotel). Lots of options for hotels with several blocks walking distance, so I think the choices are just overwhelming me!
Post # 3
@spotted_giraffe: Our venue gives us the night for free at this awesome Hyatt, and also give discounts to our guests so that is what we are doing! 🙂
I am curious to hear if there are any cons to this?
I personally thought it’d be great for us to be in the same building and (if we’re not exhausted after the party) we can all hang out in the hotel bar or something.
Post # 4
We stayed at the same hotel but that’s because our reception was at the hotel. None of our guests even knew.
Post # 5
We are staying at the hotel because it is easier to be with the out of town guest and show them around. Our reception is at the hotel and the location is in walking distance to the shops and resturants and they will enjoy themselves.
Post # 6
The hotel we used to block off rooms comped us a free suite. I used it to get ready then we stayed there after the wedding that night. Our weddin was a night wedding the day before st patty’s day so we decided to go out after the wedding. It worked out well bc a group of about twenty of us walked to a bar together from the hotel. It wasn’t the romantic, typical wedding night, but we knew we wanted to spend as much time with our friends and family that we dont get to see often. If you want a romantic night away from guests, I might consider staying in a different hotel. The only drawback was the next morning….it took a while to actually leave bc everyone wanted to socialize with us. We were hungover and wanted to be alone!!
Post # 7
We are staying at the same hotel as our guests.
Post # 8
We wanted to stay at a different hotel but booked the same cuz my bridesmaid was the manager so we didn’t pay.
Post # 9
I can’t speak for myself yet but my cousin actually “tricked” their guests. They had a formal “going away” and left the hotel venue by cab. Around 30 minutes later they snuck back to the hotel and spent their first night there. They wanted privacy on their wedding night and were worried if people knew they were there they’d get disturbed. I ony found out because they’d left their car at my aunts (where I was staying) and turned up super early the next morning to drive to their honeymoon.
Post # 10
We’re not staying in the same hotel as our guests, for multiple reasons. But when we first started planning, I kinda decided early on that I didn’t want to be so “accessible” to everyone. We will not be avoiding our guests and will be throwing events for them each day of the wedding weekend but we would also like our privacy. We are actually having the welcome party IN the bridal suite (it’s a gigantic 3-bedroom penthouse) so it’s not like we think we’re too good for folks to know where we’re staying, but by the same token they won’t be able to just come knock on our door the next day because it’s a private access building.
Also, honestly, my fiance’s family doesn’t have boundaries. I had to actually explain to some folks (including him) why we will NOT be hosting a wedding afterparty. I thought it was understood that the couple would like to be alone–ESPECIALLY after how long we’ve waited for this moment. I have every reason to believe that if people can reach us on our wedding night, they will reach us. I’m taking away the temptation by making such a thing impossible.