Post # 1
I’m getting married in December and we are on a very strict budget. We had our venue picked out, which was also pretty inexpensive….but some things came up and we really need to cut costs so that venue may be out of the question. The venue we had in mind had a discount package for 50 guests..so the wedding was going to be small anyway.
I found another breath-taking chapel that only costs $300 for a ceremony. We would probably just have our immediate families there..and maybe a few aunts and uncles. We’re booking a nice hotel suite for our honeymoon…the suite is huge (has a dining room with seating for 10 and 2 living rooms with plenty of seating, plus gorgeous views and a baby grand piano that I’m excited about lol) and in the discription for it it says you can host cocktail parties there. Would it be weird if we had our guests come there after the ceremony? It would just be our close family anyway..but I don’t even know how we’d word it on the invitation..”come join us in our hotel suite after the ceremony!” hahah. If not, we will find somewhere else, but so far this is one of the cheapest options.
And I know I could just post pone the wedding to save more money…but I don’t want to do that. Our anniversary is in December and I’d like to get married around that time. We also have a 4-year-old child, so I don’t think anybody even expects a big wedding from us anyway lol.
Post # 3
When i read the title of your post I thought it was weird, but then when I read what youve described in your actual post, I dont think its weird at all since the suite is so HUGE and its close family and friends.
I think go for it, but regarding the come join us in our hotel suite, I dont like that wording, but dont have any great suggestions, I’m sure others will though. Maybe say private suite rather than hotel suite. Idk though…
Post # 4
Yeah, I thought “yes” when I read the title, but after hearing the description, I think it could be really nice. I agree with PP about wording it as a “private suite.”
Post # 5
My friend wanted to do this for her very small (smaller than yours) wedding, but she couldn’t because the fire capacity allowed in the suite was way below her number of people. Check with the hotel to see how many people are allowed in there at one time, not sleeping there, but actually allowed in.
Post # 6
Not weird. My brother and SIL had their cocktail hour in her parents’ suite at their Destination Wedding in Vegas. It was nice, and I know they saved a ton of cash by bringing in the apps and booze for just that short event.
The thing is, you need to have a really good grasp on how many people will come to the reception and how many the suite will actually fit. My brother’s ILs had a HUGE suite but it honestly could only fit 60 comfortably, and there were 75 people in there. It was so crowded, Fiance and I went back to our room at one point just to catch our breath. Luckily it was only for an hour so people dealt with it. So not a bad idea at all, just be sure to execute it well!
For the invitation, does the suite have a name? I believe our invitations said something like “Cocktail hour in the Kapua Suite” or whatever it was called.
Post # 7
I agree with everyone else- title of the post sounded bad, but the actual places sounds pretty nice for a small party. Private suite sounds good.
Post # 8
As long as you can close the door where the bedroom is I see no problem with it. Just say “private suite” No one really has to ever know that’s where you’ll be sleeping after!
Just make sure you can hold all the people in there without it being a fire hazard or too cramped
Post # 9
That sounds perfect!
Just make sure it’s not your suite for the night – it would be hard to give people the boot when you want your alone time at the end of the night. Someone could certainly stay there, like friends or parents, but I’m sure you’d want your own retreat.
Post # 10
I’d make sure they’re all out before you want to relax, though? I think I’d be nervous not having my own space to get away from people if I needed!
edit:@hisprettygirl beat me to it!
Post # 11
i think it’s a great idea. most of those luxury suites have a special name not only a room # so i would use the name of the suite on your invites.
also, the bedroom part of that suite probably has a separate door that you can keep closed and private from your guests.
will the hotel be providing your food and liquor? check with them on that. hotel rooms are considered private space so you may be able to bring in your own liquor. just check with them regarding any special permits you may need for liability. if they supply the bartender, you may already be covered.
Post # 12
I think it sounds intimate and special 🙂
Post # 14
Not weird at all, sounds lovely. Just check with the hotel to see if they have a capacity for the room for safety reasons. Sounds so great though.
Post # 15
Does sound good, I didn’t think so either from the title but that explaination makes sense! I don’t have anything else to add just wanted to say go for it if you think you could all fit comfortably.
Post # 16
It sounds wonderful to me! With such a small guest list, it’ll work well and you won’t have to worry about the space being too big either.