Bonnie
Savvy December 2021

Getting ready at a hotel?

Bonnie, on January 3, 2021 at 7:29 PM Posted in Planning 1 13
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The venue I picked doesn’t have a spacious bridal suite, so my bridal party & I will need to do hair & makeup at the hotel prior to (it’s an out of town wedding). There is probably just enough space for me & the bridesmaids to change when we get to the venue, but I’m not sure if we should do that & be a little cramped, or just do everything at the hotel & get there when it’s supposed to start. What have your experiences been when it comes to logistics of getting to the venue? Any advice? Any future brides who have already planned that part out?

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Latest activity by Bonnie, on November 16, 2021 at 6:24 PM
  • Kristen
    Master November 2020
    Kristen ·
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    When I was a bridesmaid the ceremony was in a church and all got married in a room at the hotel. I think the MOB had a suite we got ready in. That is common to get ready at the hotel and then drive to the venue. I would just factor out with your HMUA time for everyone to get ready and time to get to your venue on time.

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  • Bonnie
    Savvy December 2021
    Bonnie ·
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    That makes sense. I think I’m overthinking because I passed on a venue that had an awesome suite & doing everything in one place seemed easier.
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  • Lauren
    Expert July 2021
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    So my bridesmaids (and moms) and I are getting ready in the hotel suite. I have a party bus bringing us to the venue that will then go get my fiancé. I plan on putting on my dress at the venue. I figure if weather is bad or something strange happens on the way there it will be fine. My girls can all decide if they want to change there too. Probably help prevent wrinkles from the shuttle if they wait.
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  • Kristen
    Master November 2020
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    It is okay to over think ha ha. I did. But if the hotel is a nice place to get ready that is cool. You had your reasons for passing and I am sure your new venue will be awesome.

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  • Michelle
    Rockstar April 2021
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    We’re (except 1) doing hair & makeup at my parents house. Plan on changing into our dresses at the venue so we don’t get wrinkled.
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  • V
    Champion July 2019
    Veronica ·
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    My husband, the groomsmen (4 of them), the bride's man, my dad and one of my husband's other friends who wasn't in the wedding, but was there with them at the time got ready in a hotel room and from the photos it looked pretty cramped. So unless you get a large hotel suite it might be cramped depending on how many people you will have getting ready.

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  • Jamie
    Dedicated July 2021
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    We have the same issue. Our VIP suites were nice but they were definitely smaller and darker than I would have liked, so we booked a room to get ready in. It's only a 9 minute drive
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  • Hanna
    VIP June 2019
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    We got ready in a large suite at our hotel block (hair, makeup, and dress) and used a trolley rental company to get to our venue. Our bridal party stopped at another site beforehand to take pictures anyway so the transportation worked out well. My DOC recommended a trolley instead of a limo because I had a large ballgown dress.

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  • Hannah
    Master July 2019
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    I think that getting ready in a hotel sounds like a great idea. I would still get dressed at the venue though. Unless you have a simple sheath dress, wedding dresses and cars can make for some interesting (and uncomfortable) logistics. Plus, as another poster mentioned, the weather may be bad. Or your dress can get wrinkled in the car ride. The bridesmaids dresses to. The actual putting on of the gowns took like 5 minutes (mine took a bit longer because it had a corset on the inside that needed to be done) so you don't need to spend that much time in the smaller bridal suite to get everyone dressed.
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  • Meghan
    Master October 2019
    Meghan ·
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    Hair and makeup at the hotel sounds like a good idea so you are not cramped and hot. However, I would change at the venue. You don't want everyone's dresses getting wrinkled on the trip over.

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  • Tori
    Devoted October 2021
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    So we're getting hair and makeup done at a hotel as well since our bridal suite is pretty small. We'll then be getting dressed at the venue, mostly because it is prettier for pictures than the hotel.

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  • K
    Just Said Yes January 2022
    Kate ·
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    So I'm also getting ready at the hotel and dressed at the venue and I'm wondering what to wear on the way from the hotel to the venue? I can't figure out if you just wear a robe or actual real clothes...

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  • Bonnie
    Savvy December 2021
    Bonnie ·
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    Honestly whatever you’re comfortable in. I would personally do a robe. Because it’s what I’ll already have on & I wouldn’t want to change into something else just to change again & potentially mess up hair/makeup.
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