Post # 1
I am ready to book a charming historical chapel for our December 2009 wedding. We checked it out on Friday and it’s in our price range, and SO perfect for the small ceremony we have in mind. The only thing is, the Bride’s room to get ready in is at the back of the chapel, and as with a lot of historical buildings, there is only a front and back entry. Once the ceremony starts, I’ll have to go out the back door, around the chapel (past all the windows, which are not stained glass) and in the front double doors to get down the aisle. My FH wasn’t thrilled about the prospect of possibly seeing me walk past the windows, so we’re trying to come up with a solution for this.
I don’t want to have to wait outside in the cold, and there isn’t a lobby really, aside from a small foyer enclosed by double doors leading to the outside, and double doors leading up the aisle. Any ideas on where I could wait (and be WARM) before the ceremony so that I don’t have to walk outside past windows?
I thought about maybe a car, but then I risk getting my dress wrinkled….
thanks in advance!
Post # 3
A bit of a silly idea, but could you wear a coat/blanket? Then your dress will be covered and you will be warm. Could you ask your Fiance to face in a different direction than the windows until you are safely at the correct entrance?
Post # 4
Maybe he can wear a blindfold until its time for the procession to begin! 🙂 Makes for an amazing story…
Post # 5
I have this EXACT same situation. There happens to be a tiny room in the front of the chapel, but it is all sliding glass doors, and I’d need to be there super early so that none of the guests see me. The main place to get ready is at the back of the chapel & I, too, would have to walk around the side of the chapel past all of the big glass windows.
I think there are two options… it might sound silly, but if there’s a little driveway, perhaps you could get ready at the back of the church, jump in a car so no one sees you and drive the 200 or 300 feet back to the front of the chapel.
Or, what I’ve decided to do is to just get ready at the hotel, and time it so that I arrive at the church only minutes before I need to inside. Hopefully all of the guests will be there, and the groom and groomsmen will already be up front. And then me, my parents, and my bridesmaids will arrive, get out of the car and walk right in. We just did this at my cousin’s wedding because she had a similar situation and it worked perfectly!
Post # 6
**BeachBrideT**: That is a really great idea! My sister did something similar to your first idea, driving from the bride’s room to the front of the aisle (her wedding was outside) and then waiting in the car only about 15 minutes before making her walk down the aisle. I like your idea of timing your arrival just right so that you can just walk right in. Are you going to have one of your parents drive, or someone else?
Thanks for the responses ladies 🙂