Bridal suite!

posted 4 months ago in Logistics
Post # 2
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1901 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

I mean….. all hotels aren’t ugly? I’d do it in my home if I was nearby. Or maybe a hotel I’m staying at the night before. 

Post # 3
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890 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

I’d probably get a suite in a hotel. And if you have a good photographer, she’ll make the pictures beautiful. The hotel we got ready in was just “meh” but our getting ready photos turned out really nicely. 

The room: 

And what our getting ready photos looked like:

Post # 4
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9718 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

My SIL and I both chose to get ready at Airbnbs. It was great. A lot more room than a hotel and people could stay over the night before if they wanted.

Post # 5
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2035 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

showard33 :  honestly I’d just get ready at the hotel you’re having your reception at. A bridal suite isn’t necessarily going to look any nicer than a normal hotel room. Your wedding photos will not be focussing on the background of the room. Logistically it will be a lot, lot easier. If you get ready somewhere else, you need to somehow transport all your stuff and bridesmaids stuff (even if they aren’t staying over) to the reception hotel and you’ll be surprised how stuff you have. You’ll need clothes for beforehand, a robe if you’re doing that, garment bag for your dress, jewellery boxes, plus all normal overnight things. The hotel we had our reception at is where I got ready. The hotel told me to pack all my stuff up but leave it in the room while we got married, they then moved all my stuff to the honeymoon suite (again not necessarily any nicer than the other rooms) and it was so easy.

If you’re not having the reception at a hotel I’d go from your home or your parents home. 

Post # 6
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606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

Both Darling Husband & I and my parents stayed in 1-bedroom suites at the lodge we were getting married at. We wound up having the boys getting ready in Darling Husband & I’s suite and the girls in my parents. The living area was a bit messy when we came home that night but honestly after the high of the day I couldn’t have cared less!

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Wedding photographer here….I can tell you that not all bridal suites are pretty. Some are down right dated or just ugly, so not having one in your venue isn’t really a dealbreaker for me. I’m not going to lie, those beautifully lit and clutter free getting ready photos are generally in nice hotel rooms or air BnB’s or people’s home. It’s no secret that being in a beautiful place helps with photos. To the person who said a good photographer can make your ugly hotel room look beautiful….let’s not give false advertising..lol. Don’t get me wrong, we certainly do everything we can to minimize an undesireable getting ready space because I can’t make the Holiday Inn room look like a space at the Hay Adams. 😉

Where in DC are you getting married. Most of the DC weddings I’ve photographed all got ready in hotels. I’ve shot getting ready couples at the St. Regis & Hay Adams, as well as the W. Those were great spots because it made for easy access to great locations for pre-ceremony portraits. The other bonus, that you don’t get in an Air BnB is that those hotels have gorgeous lobbys which is huge bonus points for taking bridal party photos inside. 

ETA: To add to this, I most certainly don’t suggest breaking the bank to get a beautiful getting ready space if it’s a stretch to the budget. We really can work with anything, but if you have the budget and it’s something you want to do – go for it! 

Post # 8
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948 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2019 - City, State

showard33 :  Can’t you get ready in the hotel room and decorate it? Use string of lights to make it more romantic, bring in some fake flowers that match your colors, add more mirrors, get some pictures of your family and set them around the room. There are alot of things you can do to spice up a room (even a hotel room). Hell to go some tag sales and get some beautiful mirrors and old picture frames for the pictures. Grab some nice throws to put over the chairs or beds. Hope this helps

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