Post # 1
My fiance and I live in Baltimore, MD … but to make life easier for the families (coming from RI and VA) we split the distance and are havng the wedding in Philadelphia (ceremony) / Bensalem (reception).
Problem is, we can’t figure out where to get ready, since we don’t live in Philly and don’t know anyone that lives there either. We originally assumed we’d get ready at the hotel, but the hotel we like near the reception hall (block for guests) doesn’t have any suites, so 8 women, plus the photographer, would need to squish in a normal size hotel room, and traditional "looking in the mirror" pictures would be in the bathroom … not acceptable.
We looked at hotels in Philly itself … Gorgeous suites! But they are all remarkably expensive. We can’t find anything for less than $350 a night, and if we’re going to keep the tradition of not seeing eachother the morning of the wedding, then my fiance and his guys need a suite for getting ready, and my girls and I need a suite for getting ready … which runs $700 a night for the two rooms, and with check out at 11 and the ceremony at 3, we would really need to book two night and make that hotel our "bridal suite" for the night of the wedding.
I’m running out of ideas, and could REALLY use some suggestions. Ideally I’d like to find a reasonably nice hotel that we could get ready in, that won’t cost an arm and a leg. The other idea would be find somewhere else to get ready, that would provide enough room, and look nice in pictures.
Post # 3
I was able to get rooms at the Embassy Suites on Ben Franklin Parkway for well under $300 a night (of course I also booked the block a year and a half in advance.) Not sure what the rate is now, but you also might check out bed and breakfasts in the area that will have lower prices (and cool backgrounds for your getting ready pics.) Good luck!
Post # 4
Our hotel offered us a "hospitality sweet" for some guests to hang out in the time before the reception starts. Maybe your hotel has something like this that would be larger than a single hotel room and be able to accomadate everyone?
Post # 5
Does the hotel have any rooms that can be connected to each other? That could be a good option.
If not try to find friends, or check with the location of the ceremony if thery have a room for you.
Post # 6
Where are you having your reception in Bensalem? I think you can ask your ceremony site if they would allow you to get ready in the basement or if they have some room you could use? You can always toss white sheets over any ugly stuff in the room and then put a full-length mirror up as the backdrop for photos? If they don’t have anywhere for you at the ceremony site, bgcrispin is right, you can check out areas outside of Philly that might have bed and breakfasts. I know Newtown and Langhorne and beautiful and historical, so they might have somewhere. You can also try Manayunk, Media, or Chestnut Hill because they are closer to Philly. Also, I would ask the ceremony and reception sites if they could recommend a place and everywhere that you call, ask them if they can recommend a place since you are not from the area.
Post # 7
Thanks for the advice! The ceremony doesn’t have anywhere to get ready … and I’m waiting to hear back from the reception hall (Belle Voir Manor). In the meantime I’ll check out some of the Bed and Breakfasts in the surrounding towns mentioned.
Note to self, never plan a wedding in another city again, lol.