(Closed) Should I book a hotel?

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Hogarths, Solihull

We’re getting married at a hotel about 20 minutes from our home, and we’re staying over.

I’m not getting a taxi home in my Wedding dress and I’m planning on drinking so I won’t be able to drive.

I think my parents are coming to the hotel the next morning for Breakfast, but I don’t know. They can’t stay because of their dogs.

I think you’ll be grateful of the hotel room. 

Xx

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

It’s not in our budget to book a hotel (especially since we’re taking off for a two-week honeymoon in Ireland the day after our wedding) so we’re gonna get a ride/Uber home after our reception, about a 20-minute drive. While I see the glamour of having a hotel room for the wedding night, I think it’ll be nice to return to our home to spend our first night there as husband and wife. We’ll always have that memory and can associate our home with that special time, unless we’re so toasted and tired from the wedding festivities that it’s all a blur!

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I don’t think it’d be worth it unless the hotel were attached to or walking distance so you could just stumble over and fall asleep (assuming you’re a drinker).  If it’s jsut for the “wedding night romance” factor, I’d just save the money and go home.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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ak2016:  We booked a nice suite because we know our house will be a wreck with all the stuff going on for the wedding. My fiance was able to book it with points though, so it didn’t cost us anything (other than the opportunity cost of not being able to use the points for something else later). The hotel guaranteed us early check in, so my girls and I are going to get ready there now too, so I think it’s worth it in our case. Ultimately, it really depends on hotel costs in your area, and what’s in your budget. I don’t think I would want to book like a Motel 6 room for the night, haha, so if local upscale hotels are really pricey then it may not be worth it. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

We booked an airbnb across the street from our venue, mostly just to serve as a place for people to hang out and get ready during the day–us getting to stay overnight, walking distance from the place, is a ncie perk, though. I think in your specific scenario, I wouldn’t, unless your venue is a hotel is or walking distance from one.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee

I say you should definitely book a hotel. Of course assuming you can afford it. If it is a lot of money for you and you would stress about it then obviously don’t bother. 

But I wouldn’t won’t to go back home after my wedding. I would see most definitely lots of mess because the days leading up to wedding will be hectic. I would be reminded of my work and all the stuff I have to do. Home will be like coming back to reality and the final end to the wedding. Hotel makes it last a bit longer 🙂

However, if you do decide against Hotel you should do your best to make it special. My suggestions are as follows:

The place needs to be spotless clean! No random stuff lying around. The bed should be made nicely. How about some new bed sheets? Get some flowers and candles in the bedroom. Also, how about new pijamas? Something preatty to make you both feel special?  

 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

I would just go home and save the money.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

We booked into the local Fairmont and splurged for the Gold Floor (private check-in, included buffet breakfast, beautiful rooms!) because we figured… it’s our wedding night! It should be special. Our venue was about 10 minutes from the hotel and 20 minutes from our house. We also had an event at my DH’s parent’s house the next day.

It was so nice to walk into a plate of fruit, chocolate covered strawberries, and cheese and crackers with a lovely note wishing us congratulations after a very, very long and tiring day. The bed was turned down and there was some nice music playing. They had drawn a bath and provided epsom salts, so I soaked in there for awhile.

It was worth it to us! So in your situation we would do it. But it really is up to you.

We also went to Jamaica about a month after our wedding for our honeymoon. Enjoy!! You’re going to have an amazing time.

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I would just go home and enjoy your first night being husband and wife at home. Just be sure the home is tidy so you first married night won’t be stressful! LOL

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

Month twin! I am in the same boat. We live like 10 minutes from the reception, but we booked a hotel. I actually booked one for 2 nights, thats where I’m going to stay with my Maid/Matron of Honor the night before the wedding, and where the hair and makeup artists will be coming for me to get ready the next day. Instead of packing up all my crap then, I figured I could just leave it and come back and spend another night.

Fiance and I sleep at home every night, I wanted something a little fancier for our wedding night 🙂

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

We booked a hotel room. It’s nothing too special because all the nicer hotels aren’t near our reception and we don’t want to drive all the way downtown, but we want SOMETHING to signify the change in our life. Just going home would be a bit of an anti-climax for us. We’re spending the night in a hotel and whisking off to our honeymoon the next day so we can truly celebrate a new beginning. That’s what it’s for–to make it really and truly feel like a new start. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

We decided to book a hotel room. Mostly because we have people/ family who are staying at our house the week of the wedding and it might just be a bit of mess same as from the day of wedding. It’ll be nice not to have the snap back into reality by coming home from our wedding night. 

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

I just got married 9 days ago and we came home after. We had our limo drop off my parents and some of our friends and it was a blast, then we got dropped off at home last (it was like 3am by then) and ordered pizza (we were so hungry, barely had time to eat at the wedding)  and opened our gifts!  It was so much fun and I have no regrets!  We also have a puppy though so that factored into our decision to sleep at home. I think we would have had just as much fun going to a hotel. Whatever you do, it will be special and memorable because its your wedding night!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I guess this is personal opinion, but I booked my venue in part becasue it had a hotel as part of the venue. We will be about 45 mins from home which is not bad, but we both love the idea of a mini weekend get away. We will be going to the venue on Friday evening for the rehearsal, checking in to the rooms and staying through Sunday morning for a farewell brunch. I can’t imagine leaving in my wedding dress and just coming home. To me it seems not only easier and convenient, but kinda fun to stay the night along with our families. In the last two years, I have been to two weddings where we stayed the weekend and it was absolutely worth the money even as a guest to just go upstairs and crash when the party is over. But, if you are close enough and it is not in your budget, I am sure you can make heading home fun too! Regardless of where you stay, it will be the first night of your marriage and I think you will be happy anywhere. 

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