Since our venue is in downtown DC, we have a ton of options for wedding weekend accommodations. With dozens of hotels within walking distance of our venue, we considered not bothering with a room block and giving our guests free rein over where to stay. Yet, there is a hotel option so convenient that I felt like we had to go ahead and secure some rooms…because it is right next door to our venue. Like, the two buildings touch each other.
Isn’t it swanky? The Dupont Circle Hotel offered a pretty good room rate, and I negotiated a discount on a suite for Friday night (with enough room for my ‘maids and me) and a fancypants room for us on Saturday night—complete with a view! I used this system to send a request for proposal. The best part about doing that (besides it being free) is that it ensures that you get in touch with a live human person—a person you can ask for discounts and perks. Seriously, be shameless about it.
Having our rooms here will be super convenient. We can walk back and forth from the venue, which will be great if we forget something, and it’ll be easy to take gifts and our primping materials back from the venue. There’s also some time limits for when we can be in the venue itself, so it will be pretty easy to do hair and makeup at the hotel, then get dressed and do pictures next door.
There’s also a bar on the first floor, which will help solve another dilemma.
We have to be out of the venue by 11:00 PM, so I’m guessing there will be some people who want to keep the party going. But, the neighborhood is a pretty popular one for nightlife, so I’d hate for people to want to go out only to wait in long bar lines. The hotel agreed to reserve an area for our wedding guests in their bar for free (!), so I’ll be able to offer that as a super-convenient option.
This makes my logistics-focused brain so happy. We knew one of the benefits of an in-city wedding would be that hotels would be close…but a few feet away is better than I could have imagined. Once everyone gets to the hotel, they won’t have to worry about transportation at all—and we won’t have to pay for it.
How did you choose your room block—or where you’re staying for your wedding night? Did any of your logistics decisions just fall into place, like this one did for me?
All photos via the Dupont Circle Hotel