Post # 1
I have come across a huge hold up in the wedding day plans: where to get ready.
I need to find a place big enough for my bridal 8 bridesmaids plus myself and my mother (so 10 ten total) to get ready at. We live almsot an hour away from the ceremony site so it’s not really an option to get ready at home (plus my house really isn’t big enough).
My original idea was a hotel but check in time isn’t until 3pm and no one will budge on an early check in- so I’d hae to rent the hotel room for 2 nights (check in Friday at 3pm stay over night and then keep it for Saturday and check out at 12pm on Sunday). This wouldn’t be such a huge deal but I am going to need 2 rooms to accomidate all the girls plus 2 more rooms for all the boys to get ready. The cheapest hotel I’ve found is $100 a night so we are looking at $800 total!
Any suggestions? How did you ladies figure out the best place to get ready?
Post # 3
You might want to check homeaway.com to see if you can rent a house instead…
Is there any place at your venue to get ready? …even if it’s untraditional?
Post # 4
This was certainly something I was really aware of when I was planning out the ceremony venue. The venue we went with is a very large multicultural center in our town that has over 40 acres of grounds. Because of this, there are many locations on the grounds where they hold weddings. There were 2 in particular I was interested in, but only one offered space to get ready.
Obviously, I chose the one that included the building to get ready.
The bridesmaids and I will all be staying in hotels the night before (none of them live in the city our hotel is in) so we will be getting up and showering the morning of at the hotel. I will be getting my hair done professionally (they have the option of doing so but I’m not making them) so we will be packing up our stuff and moving it into FMIL’s room in time for checkout (she’s staying two nights)
Then the actual getting into my dress part will be done at the venue.
Post # 5
Does your ceremony location have a contact person that might be able to offer some suggestions?
Post # 6
Did you check with any of the hotels on extending check out time for you after spending the night there? That’s what I’m doing. Their regular check out time is 11 am, but since I told them I would be using the hotel as my getting ready space for my wedding, they were more than happy to extend check out time to 3 pm for me.
Post # 7
are there any cabins, chalets, bed and breakfasts, guesthouses nearby? i would check into alternative spots that still have electricity and space – good luck!
Post # 8
You could rent a couple of RV’s for way less than $800.
Also check any movie supply rental places near the venue. They might have portable dressing rooms to rent.
Post # 9
Ugh I dunno what to do ladies…. there are no rental houses in the area and I’ve called litterally every b&b, hotel, motel etc within a 30 mile radius and they will not budge on the check out and in times :o( I explained it was for a wedding and offered to pay in full. I even offered to secure block rooms for my guests but they all told me that they can make no exceptions on Saturdays.
SO SO SO ANNOYED!
keep the ideas coming ladies!
Post # 10
I had three bridesmaids. I got a hotel suite (king size bed + big pull out couch). We slept two in each bed, and also got the suite for two nights. I am glad we did not check out when we left for the ceremony. I think it would be too stressful to check out and then go to a ceremony. Do any of the hotels offer cots? If you can jam the room with cots, you can call down to the staff in the morning and have them whisk them away so that you have room to get ready.
Post # 11
Wow, I’m really surprised the hotels wouldn’t budge. Every hotel that I contacted here said that it wouldn’t be a problem. One said that check out after 2 pm would be an extra $50. Maybe you could ask if they would extend check out for a small fee then?