The wedding morning, part two

27 January 2012

Yep, still thinking about it (first post here, in case you missed it). It was so gratifying to read all of your sweet comments about how you, too, think it’s important to plan out the morning of your wedding and not just let it slip haphazardly away. In fact, just typing out that sentence gives me hives — the LAST thing I want happening on that day is to not realize how late it’s getting, and be forced to rush around getting ready at the last minute. Not that that would be likely to happen, but still.

Anyway, I’m happy to say that we’ve decided where we’re going to be getting ready that morning: the Steamboat Inn! Here’s a little pic of the front:

Photo by wheelmaker via flickr

You actually approach from the back, but as my grandmother says, no one has waterback property :)

Anyway, first, though, let me say that it might seem strange that I’m getting ready anywhere other than my childhood home, which is just as close to our ceremony venue as the Steamboat. Getting ready at home would certainly save us money. However, as we’ve already discussed, a calm wedding morning environment is very important to me. It sets the tone for the day, and I want the tone to be calm, loving, and joyful. I do not want anyone racing around picking up a house that, quite honestly, will probably be cluttered from a week of wedding preparations — not me, not my Mom, not my sisters, not my bridesmaids. I want a neutral environment in which we can all relax. I also want to give Tanja a lovely, simple background in which to shoot. Here’s a shot of the suite we’ve booked — isn’t it pretty?

All that being said, I think my parents were a little sad when I talked about booking the room, since they had assumed my last night as a single lady would be spent in my childhood home. Of course, this instantly made me all sentimental. I also didn’t like the idea of splitting up the family that night, either — we’re all incredibly close, and it would feel kind of wrong to spend the night by myself, or with just my sisters, or with just my Mom and sisters. So, as silly as it sounds, we might leave the room empty on Friday night (it’s a two-night minimum stay), sleep at home, and arrive to get ready around 9am or so. Silly it might sound, but it just might be the right decision for this gal and her family.

Anyway, the Steamboat is lovely, with just eleven beautifully furnished rooms. I chose our room specifically because it’s the largest, has furnishings that coordinate well with our wedding colors (what?? Please don’t tell me I’m the only one that’s thought about something like that…), and has a little sitting room for extra lounging comfort. I do wish it had a tad more natural light, but there’s still a good amount.

And oh yes, one more benefit of the Steamboat is that it is very close to the spot I’m hoping to take pre-ceremony photos… but THAT is a post unto itself! In the meantime, what do you think about all this?

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January 27, 2012 10:44 am

I think that leaving the room empty on Friday sounds brilliant! You hit the nail right on the head – it’s about what is the right decision for you and your family. You’re so smart to want a calm neutral place for the day of, but it’s okay to want the last night in your childhood home too. It’s your wedding so go for it!

January 27, 2012 12:59 pm

I totally understand wanting to stay at home. When the one thing my father asked for was to be able to drive myself, my mother, and my sister together to the wedding, I couldn’t possibly say no to that.

January 27, 2012 1:20 pm

This suite is beautiful! And, being a family girl myself, I love the idea of staying at home together the night before the wedding :)

January 27, 2012 3:51 pm

I love that you’re considering what’s right for you! Such a beautiful setting as well…I love the idea of spending for the neutral setting and the photos.

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