(Closed) Do you like or dislike hotel weddings?

posted 5 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

I didn’t want to use a hotel for my own wedding (it’s just not our style) but I have zero problems attending them as a guest. Honestly, as long as the venue isn’t in some ridiculous place that’s hard to get to the venue doesn’t impact me as a guest enough for me to really care at all.

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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socalgirl1689 :  aesthetically, I’m not a fan. But logistically, it’s nice to be able to simply pop out of your hotel room down to the wedding, and then stumble back to bed after it’s all over. 

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - City, State

Totally fine with hotel weddings. The last wedding I went to was a hotel wedding and I enjoyed being an elevator ride away from my room instead of a 15-20 minute drive. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee

My Fiance and I looked at several hotels in the area (around Astoria/LIC in Queens, NY). They all offered rooftops as a space for ceremony and/or reception which we’d been interested in, but also could do inside for the reception. For what they were charging, we didn’t feel like it was worth it, also because the hotels were not 100% quality in terms of atmosphere. 

Also VERY much because of the price. We found we could have better quality food/service for the same, if not LESS money with a venue and outside caterer. 

I know it would have been great to either have gotten a bridal suite included or heavily discounted, but one hotel had such an old and dusty looking room I was turned off. If you have a lot of out of town guests, it would be nice since they wouldn’t need to rent a car or travel in an area they don’t know well.

I think it really depends on the hotel. Also I would 100% recommend you NOT book a wedding for a hotel with a rooftop bar unless you are really in to the club scene. One place we looked at has a huge rooftop bar and they told us our wedding would have to be (on a Saturday) from 4-5PM to 10PM and end SHARP at 10PM, since their rooftop bar/club opens at 11PM. (I’m Jewish and the wedding has to start AFTER sunset for the end of Shabbat, so not an option.) T

hey told us they could help us “reserve” a cabana for some guests on the roof for after our wedding. Also their reviews online are SO FREAKING TERRIBLE. After reviews of noise complaints (hearing music from 11PM to 3-4AM no matter where you are in the hotel), I finally read that the hotel makes you sign a waiver about the noise…

Make sure you thoroughly review the hotel you are considering. Go stay a night, or visit during the day. Check out the restaurant and the area at night.

(Sorry for ranting – just do a lot of research and don’t use Ravel Hotel in NYC!)

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper

If that is what you want, go for it. I might be more excited to go to a wedding at Bellagio over Motel 6, but either way it really is just about celebrating with the couple. It is convenient for guests if there is an open bar, no worries about driving.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I like staying at the same place as the party, but I find hotel weddings kind of bland in general- which sucks bc they’re one of the most expensive venues!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

i personally wouldn’t pay for one, IMO they’re a bit overpriced and the decor and food is usually pretty mediocre. however, it’s great to be so close to where you’re staying. i think people cut loose a lot more at hotel receptions because they don’t have to drive. at the end of the day people remember how much fun they had, and hotel weddings are fun. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

As a guest it doesn’t really bother me. I think it can add an extra expense because I would want to stay at the hotel for convenience. ( 100% my decision to do that thought) 

As a bride, I thought hotel venues were boring and bland and very expensive. I do think they can be absolutely gorgeous if you find the right one though. 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

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socalgirl1689 : As long as I have somewhere to sit, I don’t care if you want to have it on the moon.

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper

It depends on the hotel. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

The only thing I don’t like is most hotel weddings happen within a closed room – no windows or outside access – which feels claustrophobic to me, and the lighting is weird.  If the hotel location isn’t like that, then it would be fine!

Post # 13
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Blushing bee

Most non church weddings here are held in hotels. Usually because it works out cheaper than having to rent a separate venue for the ceremony. It’s also very handy as a female guest wearing heels not to have to walk far (or at all!)

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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socalgirl1689 :  it really depends on a hotel. No windows ball rooms aren’t nice, but there are so many other beautiful  options across especially boutique hotels

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Hogarths, Solihull

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socalgirl1689 :  I’m having one so… 😛

It depends on the hotel though. Ours is a stunning little boutique hotel with acres of grounds and we’re getting married outside by their lake.

Our Reception is then in their ‘marquee’ (it’s a proper room, but there’s material draped on the ceiling and walls) which has an attached orangery which lets in tons of natural light and provides easy access to the outside areas, as well as offering a quiet place to sit.

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