where to stay the night before (and after) the wedding

I hear people usually stay at a hotel with the rest of the bridesmaids and groomsmen the night before, and then staying in the hotel room after the wedding (and having the bridal party decorate the room with rose petals, etc.).

Is it more fun to stay at a hotel before and hang out with your friends? We're thinking about just staying at home the night before and after the wedding. I hope we're not missing out on anything though.
Posted on August 3, 2007 at 6:30 am
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Glimmercat
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As we were both virgins pre-wedding, it was a big deal to us to have a special place to stay the night of our wedding. We are both romantics, so we wanted to celebrate everything to the hilt. And of course, the memories remain incredibly special to us.

I think, at least make your "after-the-wedding" place SOMEWHERE special...just so you have the memories to share later...or the little stories to laugh over, like "Remember how everyone was looking at us when we walked into the hotel still in bridal wear, and then went straight to the elevator--wasn't that hilharious!?" or..."Remember how our first meal together as husband and wife was in the hotel pub and I scarfed down that huge burger?"...these are the memories you'll carry with you for the rest of your life--so enjoy every moment and do what you can to make them amazing! :)
Posted on August 3, 2007 at 7:39 am
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Our ceremony and reception will both be held at one hotel.
The night before the bridesmaids and I are going to share a room and the groom and groomsmen are thinking about doing the same thing as well.
We have to get up early to start getting ready and we all live in different cities. We thought it would be convenient to be all in one place and eliminate the "Where is she? Why isn't she hear yet." kind of moments.
The hotel includes a suite for our wedding night, so we're taking advantage of that as well.

I'm sure even if I didn't marry/hold a reception at a hotel, I'd rent a room for the night of. I think having a sleepover the night before with your bridesmaids would be a good bonding time as well.
Posted on August 3, 2007 at 7:55 am
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Im really excited about staying at a hotel...we are looking a really nice one...so that it is a treat to both ourselves and our wedding party..my ceremony isnt till 5pm, so I plan on getting and having a relaxing morning with the girls getting ready and having breakfast...if I can squeeze a massage in I will...but I feel like its one of the last nights you get to do this kind of thing...so why not take advantage of it...
Posted on August 3, 2007 at 8:40 am
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We're having a DW, so obviously there are hotels involved. I will be staying with my family the night before the wedding, mostly to spend my last "single" night with my sister and cousin. We were always going to split up the night before the wedding, and stay at a hotel the wedding night - just to make it special, I guess!
Posted on August 3, 2007 at 8:50 am
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Since our wedding was a DW, we had to stay at a hotel/resort. We arrived in Hawaii 5 days before the wedding, so DH and I were staying at one resort. The day before the wedding, I moved across the street to the resort where we were getting married at because we spent enough money for our reception that they gave us 2 FREE nights at the bridal suite. DH still stayed at the same one we were in, so he could get ready with the boys the next day.

I knew I wanted to get my 8-hour beauty sleep the night before, so instead of rooming with all the girls in my bridal party, it was only my MOH that spent the night with me at the bridal suite. The night of the wedding, the reception ended at 11:00 pm but all of our closest friends and cousins came up to our bridal suite from 12 midnight to 2 am to chit chat and catch up. The bridal party didn't decorate our suite because at that point I was so tired from a long day of events, I probably wouldn't have noticed it anyways.
Posted on August 3, 2007 at 10:13 am
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we're thinking about renting a hotel room for the night before, and night of, our wedding. i was thinking similar thoughts as everyone else, about bonding the night before with my sisters, or just having a place to relax, where i know i'll be coming back to, later that night, so i won't have to worry about last minute packing of everything.
Posted on August 9, 2007 at 8:05 am
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It's a tradition in my family that the bride stay at her home. My BMs will be spending the night. My sister hired a on location mani/pedi so we'll be doing that. Our venue is really close to our home so I will be getting ready there. FI will stay in a near by hotel.

And after FI and I will stay at the house:-)
Posted on August 9, 2007 at 8:58 am
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I think it is much more fun to stay at a hotel. It makes it more special in my opinion. Staying at home just makes it like any other day.
Posted on August 9, 2007 at 9:42 am
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We had 8 family members stay in our house, so we wanted to stay in a hotel for privacy. I also stayed in the hotel room the night before the wedding so that DH and I wouldn't see each other the day of the wedding until I walked down the aisle. I am very happy we did it like that...worked out perfectly.
Posted on September 8, 2007 at 11:17 am

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