Post # 1
Trying to figure out how to handle this issue with my ceremony/reception venue. Our ceremony is at 11:30am, so working backward my hair and makeup artist said we needed to start getting ready at 6am in order to be ready for pictures by 9am – yikes, so early! My venue was advertised with a “Bridal Suite” as one of the ammenities, its a little room in their office with vanities and couches and you can get ready in there. I emailed the venue coordinator about using the bridal suite starting at 6am, and she was a little a curt in her reply that the earliest we could use the room was 8am and suggested we get ready elsewhere and I could change into my dress/shoes/etc in the room before the pictures.
My issues are 1) I don’t like being told ‘no’, especially at the rate I’m paying for the venue. 2) I double-checked, and nowhere in their literature does it list a time restriction on use of the bridal suite. That being said, I know 6am is real early and probably nobody even gets there until 8am. 3) By not being able to use the bridal suite, it throws off the entire getting ready schedule as the appointments are staggered throughout the morning with myself, my mom and bridesmaids seeing two different people. There is no way we could pick up and move locations right in the middle of getting ready. We would have to start a 1/2 hour earlier to allow for travel time (5:30 ah!).
Is it totally unreasonable to expect to get there at 6am? I’m afraid if I push the issue, and she says no again, its going to damage the friendly working repoire we’ve developed so far.
Post # 3
Does it mess up the schedule of the day if you skip pre-ceremony pictures, and have all the pictures be after the ceremony? I’m sure the vendor coordinator doesn’t want to show up at 6 am to unlock the door for you, any more than you want to be there at 6 am.
Post # 4
This is a tough issue. On one hand, I can totally understand that they don’t want to be there prior to 8am. That means someone has to come in to work at 6am, possibly re-arranging their schedule and/or working overtime. I can see why they have a blanket policy of “we start at 8am”, and that it wasn’t mentioned in any of their literature (they likely did not foresee anyone needing the space that early).
However, I can also see wanting to come in early so you can get ready and get your pictures finished. If possible, maybe you could have a polite conversation with your coordinator at the venue, explaining the entire situation. It might make things tense, because she might not see the request as being reasonable (nobody likes to come into work early). But it sounds like the only way to try to get the suite so early. Your other options sound like getting ready elsewhere, or rearranging your wedding schedule.
Post # 5
She said I could use the room at 6am! In the process of trying to think of alternatives though, I started thinking about asking my work if I could get ready in the office. Its about a 5 minute drive to my venue, and its a beautiful office with hardwoods, exposed brick and its bigger and nicer than the bridal suite at the venue. So I might not end up getting ready there anyway 🙂 Thanks for your thoughts, my venue coordinator is a gem.
Post # 6
Can you offer to pay a little more to use the room earlier? They probably dont have any staffing or security on site before 8am which is why they wouldnt be able to have it available until 8am. Have you seen the room? Is it large enough for everyone to get their hair and makeup done in there? I had a bridal room but I used it only to get dressed in and wait before the ceremony. Theres no way I couldve fit everyone in there to get ready.