The One with the Sweet Suite

I’m at this weird lull in my wedding-planning process where I don’t have a ton of new stuff to talk about, but before I know it, it’s going to be just around the corner and I’ll have a million new topics, so bear with me!

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One thing I was super excited about was our hotel room for the wedding. I think this came from realizing that we likely would not be able to go on a honeymoon immediately for a variety of reasons, so I wanted to make sure the hotel room I booked for the wedding would be more than your average bear.

As I mentioned before, our venue is sort of in the middle of nowhere. But it’s so worth it once you get there:

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Photo credit Richard Bell Photography / Image via the wedding row

Seeing pictures like this makes me giddy with excitement.

Anyway, back on track. So, my mom booked those rooms at the closest hotels that aren’t downtown Charleston. If you’ve ever been to Charleston, you probably know that the downtown hotel rates are sort of redonk. We got some quotes that even with a group discount rate it would be like $300 a night. Sorry, nobody is going to pay for that. Except maybe my uncle.

We wanted to stay in a place that our bridal party could afford, even though several of them are looking into renting a beach house for the occasion. We looked at the options along the stretch of road the hotel blocks were on, and one sort of stood out from the rest. It’s not a chain, it’s been there a while, and it’s in the midst of a total makeover—the Town & Country Inn & Suites.

From the outside, it doesn’t look like anything special (this is actually an artist’s rendering of the finished remodel, but it’s spot on):

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Image via Town & Country Inn

Who doesn’t love palm trees right outside the door?

On their website, the rooms looked nice, but if you’re like me, you always wonder if you’re being deceived by website photos. In February, while we were in Charleston doing wedding-y things, we decided to stay there to get a firsthand look at things.

Here was our room–the standard, contemporary, king room.

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Image via Town & Country Inn

That picture doesn’t do it much justice. It was probably one of the nicest hotel rooms I’ve ever stayed in—and I’ve stayed in more than my share of hotels. Every room had a Keurig coffee maker, a huge flat screen TV, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a luxurious bathroom, which had both a glass shower and a bathtub (I used both), as well as eco-friendly amenities and marble countertops.

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Image via Trip Advisor

The bathroom was freaking huge.

While we were there, we contacted Stephen who works with group reservations and catering from the hotel’s restaurant. He graciously took us on a tour of the hotel to show us all of the options. One stuck out pretty obviously—The Charlestowne Suite. (Side note: I brought my camera and clearly didn’t use it as I had to Google all of these, but trust me when I say it’s even bigger and prettier in person!)

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Image via Trip Advisor

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Image via Trip Advisor

It looks like a huge, fancy master bedroom, doesn’t it!? What you can’t see in the above photos is that there is a 60-inch TV on the wall in front of the chairs, and immediately next to that are floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the pool.

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Image via Venere

I have big plans for that whirlpool bath. And Cam is not involved. I picture myself the night before my wedding relaxing there and just mentally preparing for the day. I wonder if it’s BYOB—Bring Your Own Bubbles?

Right now the plan is to stay in a regular room two nights before the wedding (with Cam), then separate the night before. Which I find funny since we’ve lived together for two years, but Cam is oh so traditional and old fashioned, I just have to indulge him. Plus that means I get the suite all to myself, and he has to find somewhere else to stay.

This is especially helpful because I wanted a place big enough for my ‘maids to come hang out, have a mimosa (or four), get my hair and makeup done, and generally enjoy the day. And this place looks big enough!

I can’t wait to spend two glorious nights in this suite.

Did you splurge on your wedding suite? Are you staying together the night before if you lived together? Any suggestions on delightful bubble baths to bring?

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Mrs. Camera

Location:
Charlotte, NC/Charleston, SC
Wedding Date:
September 2013
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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:28 pm

    Oh, it looks absolutely fabulous! I loved the “big plans for the whirlpool bath” … without Cam! haha

    We’ll have lived together for 5 years by the time we get married (I’m not quite sure how, because time is flying), and I’m hoping to push for a “normal” night’s sleep (with him), but he may be old-fashioned about it too, so who knows. :)

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    Biandi 123 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:36 pm

    That looks great :-) If it is a jetted tub go easy on the bubbles. I learned the hardway the first time I used ours after we did a renovation and the hubby had to come to my rescue because there were bubbles everywhere. It kind of ruined the mood :-(

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    ms_purple 2275 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:12 pm

    @Biandi: That happened to me too! I love LUSH bath bombs…the ones with bubbles you need to cut in half or quarters or risk being buried by bubbles!

    This hotel looks amazing though!! I hope I can find something just as beautiful.

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    Mrs. Wallaby 2809 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:19 pm

    Ohhh love it!!

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    Mrs. Sword 1019 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:50 pm

    looks like the perfect place for a newlywed couple! And even though Mr. Sword and I live together, there was something kind of special about spending the night before the wedding apart!

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    Malaya, Guest @ 3:49 pm

    Holy moly, take me there! This looks like absolute perfection! Add some champagne and treats and it would be that much better!

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    this-time-round 10219 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 7:32 pm

    We considered getting separate accommodations for the night before the Wedding… and it probably would have happened if we had married in Myrtle Beach as per our original plan (him in the Condo, I in a Hotel Suite … which would have become our Wedding Night spot the day of).

    But with the change in location to the Florida Keys it wasn’t in the budget to spend “crazy” money on a separate spot for just me to use the night before… instead we booked our awesome Wedding Night / Honeymoon Suite for the 3 Nights we were in Key West (which is a uber expensive destination).

    No regrets… our Wedding & Honeymoon Suite in Key West was AMAZING… with its view onto the Florida Straits.

    Probably one of the best Hotel Rooms I’ve ever seen in my life !!

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    Mrs. Pony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 7:40 pm

    This looks heavenly! I wish I had done something similar, I think it would have helped with my stress the night before the wedding!

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    walrusara 16 posts, Newbee @ 9:14 pm

    That suite looks amazing, and I definitely would want to spend some time in that bubble bath!!

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    Mrs. Beanstalk 770 posts, Busy bee @ 4:27 pm

    The wedding suite we stayed in the night of the wedding was pure heaven! I only wish I had known how lovely it was beforehand because I would have loved to have used it or my “getting ready photos” (instead Mr. B and his men utilized the villa prior to the wedding… which did make for some great photos)!

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    ladymegbeth 227 posts, Helper bee @ 8:00 am

    Ooooh, I love that garden tub! I think a big bubble bath is PERFECT for the night before your wedding! How relaxing…! :D

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    banyar 42 posts, Newbee @ 9:27 am

    Good warm :)

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    black prom dresses, Guest @ 2:24 am

    Unique….Looks like a lot of fun!

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