Post # 1
My fiancé and I have a small dilemma regarding the hotel we stay in on our wedding night and I’d love some input.
We live in Chicago, but our wedding is going to be in the suburbs (North Shore), about 30-45 minutes away from downtown depending on traffic. Ideally, we’d like to spend our wedding night someplace special, but nearly all hotels on the North Shore are your typical next-to-the-expressway suburban chains. We could drive back into the city and stay there overnight, but 1) We probably wouldn’t get there until very late, and 2) We’d have to go right back up to the suburbs in the morning because my Aunt & Uncle, who live near our reception venue, are throwing us a brunch.
So how important is it that we stay somewhere “special” on our wedding night (it will certainly not be our “first time” so that isn’t a factor)? Should we opt for convenience, or will we ultimately regret spending our first night as a married couple in a room with a view of the expressway and a strip mall? Will we be too tired to really care?
Tell me what you think!
Post # 3
I am not married yet but I don’t think it would matter too much for the first night. You will probably be too tired and *busy* to even care about the view =) Just no motel 6 LOL
Post # 4
After a very full day, a little alcohol, and the relief of the stress being lifted, I would opt for convenience. I would make the night after the special night.
Post # 5
Are there any quaint little Inns or B&B’s out that way?
Post # 6
I opt for convenience as well.
Assuming the places are just common, not like… roach motel, you’ll be too tired to care. Sometimes even those type of hotels have some form of “deluxe” room.
Post # 7
any bed and breakfast’s around???
If not def go for the place that is closest to your venue. I don’t think its that important. You just need a nice comfy bed to sleep in! Is there a Westin or a W around? Embassy Suites are usually nice! HOMEWOOD SUITES big chain, don’t look appealing from the outside, but I used to stay at these all the time and I LOVED STAYING there!!!! Check into those options!
Post # 8
You would think there would be some cute B&Bs nearby, but I’ve only found one in the entire area, and it’s not really what we have in mind. There’s an Inn I found in a another suburb about 20 minutes north of our venue, and maybe 15 minutes away from my Aunt & Uncles, so maybe we should look into that.
Most of the area hotels are very nice (Marriots, Embassy Suites, Westins) but like I said, they’re all off the expressways or next to shopping malls, but maybe that doesn’t really matter. At least we’re spending our honeymoon someplace awesome!
Post # 9
Convenience. We both ended up sick the night of our wedding from drinking too much and even if we hadn’t, we would have been exhausted from the day anyway!
Post # 10
As long as it’s quiet inside, I doubt that the view of the expressway will factor in to your enjoyment of the night.
How much time do you plan to spend looking out the window?
Post # 11
Our only requirement for our wedding night hotel room/suite is a HOT TUB!! =)
Post # 12
Hi Baronessa, I think your decision should be based on your current style of living. For us it’s a big deal to stay in a nice hotel since we usually don’t splurge on things like that and it really would make it special. Though in your case it seems like convenience is a big factor, especially since you noted that the convenient hotels are “nice” but just don’t have fantastic views or exterior ambiance. In your case if you’re going to be coming in so late and leaving right away in the morning I’d just get something close that’s nice on the inside. I just want a hot tub dangit. 🙂