(Closed) Wedding Night- Where to Stay??

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: Should we....
    drive back home after reception? : (13 votes)
    20 %
    stay in the block hotel? : (22 votes)
    33 %
    find a nicer, but more expensive hotel? : (31 votes)
    47 %
  • Post # 3
    3618 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    We were in the same situation. We lived together, and 10 minutes from our venue. I didn’t want my getting ready photos to be at home so I picked a nice hotel to get ready at and take our first look photos. For us, it was worth the splurge to have our first look photos taken at a nice hotel.

    Post # 4
    5958 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2018

    We went home on our wedding night, for one thing, Mr. 99 had taken the day and made our bedroom a really special place, with satin sheets and rose petals and champagne, PLUS, we were leaving the country for a week the next day, so it was our last night home with the puppies and everything, and he carried me over the threshold in my wedding gown, it’s one of my favorite memories!

    I know several couples who have elected to stay in the same hotel with everyone else, it’s either a good idea or it isn’t…depending on your friends and family and who has your room key…I was not an active participant in the shenanigans, but my older brother and all the groomsmen infiltrated the bridal suite, short sheeted the bed, took all of the lightbulbs and shut the water to the toilet off….needless to say, the bride was not amused, however as statements go, I think the message regarding her pre-wedding behavior was pretty clear.

    I guess you have to find something that speak to you two, a first night together as man and wife at home, or in a special hotel…a bit of a drive might be a nice decompression from the reception?

    Post # 5
    672 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    We used priceline and got a 4-star hotel for the night for a great price (under $150, which is good in Los Angeles). We did not want to go back to our apartment as if it was just any other night. They gave us free champagne, a room upgrade, and we ordered room service. Although I am happy we stayed at a hotel, they ended up testing the fire alarms or something so it woke us up at 6am, 6:30am, 7am… and it continued all morning. THAT I was not happy about!!!!

    Post # 6
    2281 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    We took a cab home after the reception. It was lovely, so lovely, to go home to our own house and not have to worry at all about checking out the next day 🙂

    Post # 7
    9955 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Your Wedding Night only happens once…


    (whatever that means for you and your Hubby, doesn’t have to be a 5-Diamond TOP TEN Hotel in the world… just has to be something out of the ordinary for the two of you)

    As an Encore Bride, I couldn’t imagine just going right home to the house you share each and every day after the ceremony … keep the specialness (lovin & romance) going…

    IMO although the Wedding is nice… the best part is the Honeymoon… don’t miss out (you’ll regret it later)

    PS… If money is an issue, there are TONS of great ways you can swing a Hotel Room that is better than your usual (and ways to save money over the “advertised” prices).  Start by checking your Loyalty Cards, many will offer discounts or points trade for Hotel Stays or Gift Certificates.  There are also 3rd Party On-Line Discounters (like PriceLine)… and IN ALL CASES, when you check in be sure and tell the front desk that you are Newlyweds on your Honeymoon (lol, even better if you check in still in your Wedding Dress).  Oftentimes they’ll give you a FREE Upgrade or other perks.


    Post # 8
    1297 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    We weren’t near his (now our) house for the wedding since it was in my hometown. We drove a little farther to go to a different hotel than where our guests were staying. It was pricey, but totally worth it for us to have a gorgeous room and privacy.

    Post # 9
    701 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    If you choose to go the hotel route, I would stay at a different hotel than the guests.  I’ve read stories of couples being bothered all night by guests because the couple was accesible.

    Post # 10
    3471 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

    We had a honeymoon suite at the B&B where we got married, but it was empty that night.  We drove home 🙂 

    We really wanted to spend our first married night in our own home together. 

    Post # 11
    2023 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    We are currently planning on going back home after the ceremony.  We arent planning on living together until after the marriage, and even though I stay there occasionally – it will still be a special night.

    Post # 12
    185 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    We were in the same boat. I don’t do well staying away from home and since we got married on Friday evening and were leaving Sunday morning for a week in Mexico we decided to go ahead and go home the night of our wedding. I say if your up for the splurge do it! But for us it was better to go home that night, I figured we’d have enough hotel time that on our honeymoon.

    Post # 13
    2692 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    We are in the same situation and I say go ahead and book that hotel room (so what if it’s not a 5 star, it’s the experience.  Your wedding happnes only once and your wedding night should be extra specials, that is how I see it anyway). 

    Fi and I have our home and have lived together for over 13 years.  Our venue is 10 minutes away from our house and we are going to a hotel the night after our reception to get some alone time asd first time husband and wife… our honeymoon night (and since we can’t take our honeymoon until 2 weeks later, it will be nice to have that night alone.) Plus I will have family staying with us for 2 weeks and we have kids… we want that niht to be special and just the 2 of us right after we get married to revel in the awesomeness of it all LOL.  We’re getting a nice 3 star hotel (I believe).  I booked a standard room (no honeymoon suite) and ordered champagne and strawberries for us.  Plus we’ll enjoy breakfast as newlyweds together, get in the pool for a bit and then head home to meet up with family and put away and return wedding stuff and rentals.

    Post # 14
    11272 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    we had booked a suite for the night before and the wedding night.  it was wonderful.

    some couples leave for their honeymoons the next day so if that is the case, going back to the house is not a bad idea.  just make up the bedroom as a bridal suite so that it’s a bit different than the normal every day.  have breakfast in bed together with champagne and oj.

    Post # 15
    3082 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    We are staying in our hotel block. We don’t have to drive to it though. It’s right next to the hotel. However, ours is a little different because they all have suites. 

    It’s fun to stay in a hotel after! I would do it if I were you

    Post # 16
    2363 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    We booked a suite in a nicer hotel (not the hotel where our guests stayed) for the night before and night of the wedding.  The suite was bigger than our apartment!  It was wonderful for the wedding night, but I’m sure that night would have been wonderful anywhere.  We checked out the next day and spent one night at home before leaving for our honeymoon.

    Also, we took getting ready, first look, and family pictures at the hotel, so the cost was worth it for the photographs alone.

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