Where Do We Stay??

OK, this may be trivial and I could have been making a big deal out of nothing—but—I was having the hardest time deciding where to stay on our wedding night! My plan is to spend Friday night there by myself (or maybe with my sister) and then spend the wedding night there with Mr. B. I want a space big enough for all the girls to eat, drink, and get ready.

I originally thought I wanted to stay in a bed and breakfast (even though I’ve never stayed in one) since it seemed like a romantic place to spend our first night as husband and wife. No B&B has a big bridal room, though. I did find one room I like, but I don’t think it will be big enough: the Oglethorpe Penthouse at The Gastonian.

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Image via The Gastonian

It has two working fireplaces and a separate living room and bedroom. It just doesn’t seem big enough for 11 people to get ready at the same time, though.

I then discovered the McMillan Inn, which appears to be a small inn of suites. They have a carriage house that could potentially be big enough:

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Image via McMillan Inn

I found another carriage house at the Armstrong Inns, and this seems like another viable option.

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Image via Armstrong Inns

None of these are ideal, though. I think my problem is I was spoiled by a wedding I was in a few months ago at the JW Marriott in San Antonio. They have a beautiful bridal suite and it was more than enough room for all of us. There was a bedroom, two bathrooms, a huge dining table, a couch, and just a lot of space. The only place in Savannah that has anything similar is the Weston—across the river. Do I really want to get ready (sort of) far away? Oh, and it is really, really expensive.

After a few months of worrying about this with no obvious good choice, I realized the solution was there the whole time. One of our room blocks is at the Andaz Savannah, a really fun Hyatt property in the heart of the historic district. I emailed our contact there and she had the perfect solution—their Andaz Suite is a two-room suite, featuring a living room area, wet bar, and balcony. It connects to either a king or queen guest room, so MOH/Sister NYC will stay in the adjoining room and we will be able to have a large space to get ready on the big day!

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Image via Andaz Savannah

Mr. B and I stayed there last fall and loved everything about it, from the complimentary in-room snacks and nonalcoholic beverages to the lobby bar, where you can get an expertly crafted cocktail and an order of bacon!

I know this seems like a small detail, but it worried me for a while and I am so happy to have it figured out. So, tell me—what did you do? Did you use the same space for getting ready and the night of the wedding?

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Mrs. Bicycle

Location:
Tallahassee, FL/Savannah, GA
Wedding Date:
10/26/2013

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    Mrs. Airplane 386 posts, Helper bee @ 8:37 am

    Awesome choice — although I am a little biased because we, too, will be staying at our hotel (another Hyatt property!) the nights before and after the wedding — I think it’s a great plan.

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    Mrs. Bracelet 1411 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:06 am

    Looks like a great & spacious choice! We used the bridal suite to get ready and then to spend our night together. Worked out great, especially because I only had four girls.

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    anemonie 1578 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:29 am

    Looks great! I never would have thought to use an adjoining room, and it sounds like the perfect solution.

    DH and I stayed together the night before the wedding, and since we had our reception in a hotel, it made sense to use their bridal suite (which was free the night of the wedding and about 1/3 cost any other night we chose). It was amazing having so much space–it was two stories, with a balcony, jacuzzi, dining and living areas, and separate bedroom and master bathroom upstairs. The girls all got ready at a salon, but it was really useful to have the space for everything from last-minute program assembly lines, to sharing some meals there (e.g. lunch with the bridesmaids and mothers), to everyone getting dressed sort of at the same time.

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    emily, Guest @ 9:34 am

    Ah, this has also been on my mind! This may be silly, but we’re waiting for our wedding night, and I can’t decide if it’s weird for my sisters to stay in the same room the night before. I love the hotel we’re planning on getting ready at, and we thought about staying at an even more amazing hotel for the wedding night/weekend, but we’re splurging on our honeymoon so I’m not sure if it’s worth it.

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    sarg88 282 posts, Helper bee @ 12:23 pm

    i’ve been stressing over the same thing!! I’ve asked most of my bridesmaids if they’d want to stay with me the night before. They are all from out of town and are bringing a guest so I’m assuming they’d like to stay the night with their guest. But, I don’t want to stay alone.

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    sinfulli2sweet 320 posts, Helper bee @ 12:29 pm

    That is the perfect choice! We will be staying at our hotel where the reception will be. It’s at The Holiday Inn and we will be hopefully be getting ready in the bridal suite that me and FH will be staying at. I’ve seen other brides photos of getting ready there so I’m assuming it won’t be an issue. It’s the same….has a separate living room, wet bar, etc. it’s a huge room!! definitely enough for all the girls to get ready in :)

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    Mrs. Toadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:29 pm

    Sounds like a great choice. I mean, bacon? SOLD!

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    Mrs. Pony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 3:47 pm

    This place looks perfect! It sounds like they take care of their guests too, so you know you’ll be in good hands for your wedding!

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    Mrs. Bicycle 624 posts, Busy bee @ 8:55 am

    @anemonie: That sounds amazing!!
    @emily: Go ahead and splurge for your wedding night – it will be worth it!

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