Your wedding morning agenda looks something like this:
7:05A Last-time-waking-up-as-a-girlfriend Selfie
7:15A Shower and SHAVE lol
8A Bride Tribe Arrival
Your tribe. Your moms, your besties, your hired professionals who are going to make you your fanciest you and the ones who will capture said fancy. While you might be looking at the cost of a wedding suite for an additional night, so that you can use it for getting ready in the a.m. and for your wedding night, I am going to tell you why it is a superb investment.
No really, if your guests are staying at the hotel the night of your wedding, including members of your bridal party, then a hotel suite is 100% convenient. Likely checking into their room early will be an extra cost for your wedding party, but if your first look is at 1pm with pictures, ceremony, and reception to follow, then your bridal party will have like no time at all to check into their rooms and drop off their stuffs.
Having a hotel suite as the starting point allows them to park their cars once for the day, and get ready alongside of you (perhaps you have your sister spend your last night as a bachelorette with you), and then drop their bags off at the front desk for safe keeping. They can check in at the end of the night, when the shuttle brings them back to the hotel, and that way they don't need to carry a key card in their clutch alongside their flask and matching lipsticks.
- IT'S INCLUDED
Hotels like Radisson Blu have excellent perks if you are getting married on site, if you are hosting your reception on site, or if you are just booking a room block at the hotel site. Like what? Like a free shuttle, free room night, upgrades for rooms and breakfast vouchers.
Depending on the hotel and the season, you may be able to fit a hotel suite for two nights in your budget more easily than you thought. It doesn't hurt to inquire.
- STELLAR LIGHTING
Suites usually come with great views and a view means natural light. Ask any wedding photographer and they'll tell you, natural light is preferable for any photos but especially portraits.
HINT: Don't have natural light in the room you are using to get ready in? Check out Dream Day Dressing Rooms and their options for lighting and for beautiful backdrops.
- SPACE FOR EVERYONE
A regular hotel room might not be large enough to accommodate your 6 bridesmaids, 2 moms, 2 hairstylists, 2 makeup artists, photographer, videographer, flower girl and personal attendant, oh yeah and you. By my count that's 17 people, at least 1 bed, 2 chairs, a whole lot of hairspray and only one toilet.
Upgrade to the bigger room with seating for everyone, space to breathe, an extra bathroom for changing and plenty of countertop space for gifts, bagels, mimosas and equipment.
HINT: Check with your MUA and hair stylist to see what they prefer to be provided: high top chairs and an extra table can really make the room feel more comfy and more organized. Also ask if your hotel has a full length mirror.
- ONSITE CATERING OPTIONS
While being in a suite means you can bring in outside food and drink, there's also the option to get room service. This means delicious, prepared food, brought to your room (moms have one less thing to worry about) and then cleaned up once you've left for the wedding festivities.
- AHEM. HOUSEKEEPING
Oh yeah, get housekeeping to tidy up after you. This means fluffing the bed, replacing towels, clearing away room service and ensuring that it doesn't smell like pickles when you and your marriage partner cross the threshold.
Having your own suite, that you can leave items in, is a huge convenience, but it also makes it more intimate. There won't be any strangers mosey-ing past your door and it also means you don't need to transport your stuff out of the room at the end of getting ready. It's your room, you can leave it in the space and worry about collecting everything when you check out, as a married person.
Check out the vendors who gave you these pretty pictures to distract your from my mumblings and enhance their meaning:
Floral // Cutting Garden | Hair // Baroque Artistry | Hotel // Radisson Blu | Makeup // MirandArt | Model/Bride // Hailey Costello | Photographer // Alyssa Lee Photography | Planner // Sixpence Events & Planning | Stationery // Champagne Press
Prosperity, Love & Happiness,
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