FutureMrs.R
Expert November 2017

Pros and cons of hotel weddings

FutureMrs.R, on February 10, 2016 at 1:20 PM Posted in Planning 0 17
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At the time I was researching venues that had a more nature setting to them( trying to do more of a garden wedding). But then I stumbled up on a couple of hotels that can host a outdoor ceremony in the Dallas area within my budget. But this has also made me wonder if there are any pros or cons to having a hotel wedding. Advice appreciated to those that have already had a hotel wedding or plan to.

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  • tjacob2014
    VIP April 2017
    tjacob2014 ·
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    I was just at a hotel wedding, and depending on the hotel they can really be quite lovely. You have to be okay with the typical "ballroom" look, but it's super convenient for out of town guests to just be able to go upstairs back to their room. You'll also save on transportation costs by getting ready and having the ceremony and the reception in the same location. Definitely do a tasting and try and find review though, some hotel catering can be uninspired.

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  • Jersey
    Master November 2016
    Jersey ·
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    Pro: I can stumble my way upstairs after and it's amazing to not worry about transportation

    Con: A lot (but not all) are your standard pretty ballroom. BUT again, not all. I was at this freaking beautiful hotel once! My jaw hangs open just remembering it!

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  • Princess Consuela
    Master November 2015
    Princess Consuela ·
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    I had a hotel wedding (well, church ceremony and hotel reception). It was awesome to be able to have guests stay there and party into the night! The con, like PPs said, is that it's a typical ballroom feel. Not so unique.

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  • Celia Milton
    November 2019
    Celia Milton ·
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    One that comes to mind is the Olde Mill Inn, in NJ..and Crystal Springs in NJ. They are both 'hotels' with gorgeous spaces for the ceremony and reception. In the winter, here? The 'being on site' thing is definitely a plus.

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  • Lara
    Master July 2015
    Lara ·
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    Typically the ballrooms don't have windows.

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  • EmilyJ
    VIP May 2016
    EmilyJ ·
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    I am getting married in a hotel!

    I love that it is right in the middle of the city, that they have their own chefs, special connections around the city (gelato trucks, what's up!), and amazing service! We also have the entire hotel to ourselves that night for all my guests. I think there are a lot of perks to hotel weddings!!


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  • SaraLep
    Master September 2015
    SaraLep ·
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    I had a hotel wedding. It was at a boutique hotel, that had an old, very sophisticated feel. The space we got married in and had the reception in was a separate, called the Conservatory, that was completely glass. It was very lush inside, with hanging plants and flowers everywhere, so we really got that outdoor space without being outside. Pros are that you can get ready at the hotel, you won't need to leave the hotel after the wedding, and your guests can also stay. The only con is that the hotel is open to other guests, so you may have creepers, but honestly, that is not something you will notice as the bride.

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  • Dreamer
    Master May 2013
    Dreamer ·
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    This was our hotel ballroom. Over 50 rooms worth of guests just went upstairs, in the discounted/blocked rooms. The food was phenomenal and the ceremony was in a smaller ballroom. We took photos in an adjacent park and a historic property, a block away. I liked not having to worry about the weather. I've attended two outdoor ceremonies where we almost melted; another one was moved indoors, because of torrential rains.


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  • LDwed
    Super April 2016
    LDwed ·
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    I'm getting married at a hotel! But NOT in a ballroom. Our ceremony cocktail hour and reception are all on two of the hotels roof top terraces, I chose my venue based on their terrace, it's beautiful!. There are many pros to getting married at a hotel

    • There's no venue charge (they might have a "ceremony fee" that usually around $1000, but that's negotiable)

    • You don't have to pay for chairs, tables, linens and they often have several choices and combinations.

    • getting ready rooms are included as well as a suite for the wedding night

    • You basically pay for your food and beverage.

    • like Jen said, no need to worry about transportation

    There are many more pros I'm sure! For me it's been nothing but good and I can have a nice wedding for much less than if I had to pay for wedding venue and then hire caterer, bar staff etc. I'm sure there are cons, but I can't think of any Smiley winking

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  • Raina
    Devoted March 2016
    Raina ·
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    I am getting married in a hotel, its not a typical ballroom, it a two story suite with a spiral staircase and floor to ceiling windows with views of the Sierra Mountains. Ceremony will be held downstairs with the reception upstairs, my venue is pretty intimate about 60 guests.

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  • auberginequeen
    Super November 2016
    auberginequeen ·
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    I'm doing a hotel wedding. It's a huge pro that almost everything is included, and that it will be easy for my out of town guests. Pretty much everything LDwed said above. Some people have expressed disappointment at hotel food selection but the one I am using has a ton of really awesome menus to choose from and has great reviews for it's food specifically.

    For me the only real cons are aesthetic. The ceremony will be in a nice gazebo overlooking a lake, but it is also right next to the pool which I'm not crazy about. In the room for the reception, they have a pretty ugly carpet. I have to admit I get REALLY JEALOUS when I see the photos people post of their venues on here. I always imagined having my ceremony in a beautiful botanical garden, and the reception somewhere with nice chandeliers and floors.

    I had some venue regret. BUT ultimately it was the right choice for me due to my out of town guests, my budget, and the fact that I wouldn't be able to do too much DIY.

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  • FutureMrs.R
    Expert November 2017
    FutureMrs.R ·
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    I'm liking the pros so far especially not having to pay for a venue fee. Both hotels I was looking at only required catering minimum and ceremony fee which is a lot less than the places I have been getting quotes on. at first I wasn't looking at hotels cause I agree with the same ballroom look. But one of the hotels has a more vintage and sophisticated look which I'm loving.

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  • Kelly
    Super October 2016
    Kelly ·
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    We are doing our ceremony and reception at a hotel. Pros for us...one location...nobody has to drive anywhere. The hotel is only a couole years old and it is so beautiful and modern. Yes, its a standard ballroom, but that is where our DJ/lighting guy comes in. We are currently discussing different options that help transform the room to be a bit more unique for us.

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  • Sqwiggy
    VIP April 2016
    Sqwiggy ·
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    Hotel wedding. I like not having to do anything but show up. Convenient for guest. No transportation cost. Don't have to deal with multiple vendors. No additional fees.


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  • FutureMrs.R
    Expert November 2017
    FutureMrs.R ·
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    @Sqwiggy very pretty !

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  • FutureMrs.R
    Expert November 2017
    FutureMrs.R ·
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    Sorry everyone forgot to add in my wedding date is not December but had to pick a date to create account today. Hoping to have wedding in spring or early summer 2017.

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  • AMW
    Master September 2016
    AMW ·
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    Cost was the reason we didn't choose a hotel--unless we had a guest list of over 200; there was not a hotel with a room or terrace around that was small enough for us. We'd have been stuck in an office room, not the pretty ballrooms. Otherwise I love the idea of not worrying about transportation, and most hotels have a getting ready suite (or you can just use your own room!).

    That's the big downside to my venue...it's pretty, but I have to dress and drive over there. And my mother doesn't understand why I want her to drive me there (she thinks I should drive myself in my dress).

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