Post # 1
Hello fellow bees,
This could very well sound like a silly question however I am confused about the night before, the day of, the getting ready and then night of the wedding accomodation changeover.
Here’s my scenario to explain…
Myself and all of my bridal party live 2 hours away from the city and my fiance and I are having a city wedding.
My photographer has reccomended a great modern city hotel with big windows for the bridal party to get ready on the big day as it is great for lighting/photos. So I want to stay in this particular hotels’ luxury suite the night before with my bridesmaids and get ready there the day of (I’ll happily foot the costs).
If myself and my 3 bridesmaids stay in the bridal suite the night before, will it be all messed up and yucky looking for photos by the morning (bed unmade etc)? What do brides do? organise a cleaner to come and freshen the room in the morning?
So I imagine we will get ready, head to the ceremony and with me I would bring an overnight bag to keep in the bridal car so I have the things I need for my new hubbie and I to head to our hotel after the wedding. Or possibly have my mum checkin to the hotel we will be staying at the-night-of.
Where I get confused is, what do the poor bridesmaids do with all their belongings that they had with them for the night before the wedding? Do they just cart more overnight bags around in the bridal car?
Would someone have to CHECK-OUT of the bridal suite we stayed in the night before?? I can imagine that being just plain inconvenient and interrupt the getting ready process.
A solution would be if my bridesmaids and their husbands each had their own room for the night before & the night of, but it’s an expensive hotel and I really don’t think thats something I would expect of others.
Should me and hubbie just stay in that same bridal suite the night of the wedding so any belongings etc left behind are not a hassle?
It just seems a bit messy and inconvenient… what do brides away from home do?
Post # 2
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 Fiance 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
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
What time is your ceremony and what time is the checkout?
My husband just stayed in our suite the night before with a few Groomsmen 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 # 5
Thanks Luce587, I’ve just emailed the hotel concierge with all my questions and I asked a general question as to what other brrides from out of town generally do.
Aussiemum1248 & MrsBeck, My ceremony is at 2pm. You’re right the checkout process is a concern as the timing is off.
I think I will just book the suite for three nights, the night before, the night of and the night after for me & my hubbie to be. The bridesmaids can stay with me the night before I’ll organise the hotel housekeeping to keep the room fresh and clean.
At least this way if any belongings get left behind it’s not a fuss and my dress hanger/dress cover etc will all be in the one place the whole time and the time frame will definately be covered with no rush to vacate. This will reduce anything being forgotten, left behind or misplaced too.
This was my first weddingbee post! Oh wow how the opportunity to just talk things out with likeminded brides makes the decision process so much easier. Thanks ladies!
Post # 6
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
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
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 Bridesmaid or Best Man 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
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.