Wedding planning can be tough for the bride & groom as well as other participants. A few weeks before my friend’s wedding, we had to make a change of venue for getting ready. Our initial venue wasn’t finished with renovations so the bridal party stayed at the Sheraton Downtown Brooklyn. We chose this hotel because it was a close drive to the church where the ceremony and reception were held and the area in DUMBO where we took our “first look” and bridal party photos.
The Sheraton Downtown Brooklyn is located on Duffield Street, close to public transportation and shopping. You can easily be in midtown Manhattan in 2-3 train stops. I am aware of the neighborhood change since graduating undergrad, so my initial thought was it’s in “regular Downtown Brooklyn”. My oh my, how gentrification has changed Downtown Brooklyn.
From the time I stepped into the Sheraton Brooklyn hotel lobby, I knew it was official. The staircase going to the conference rooms alone was beautiful. Another bonus is it’s celebrity-driven. While waiting to check in, I bumped into Trinidadian soca artist Kees Dieffenthaller from Kes the Band. If I didn’t have to be at the wedding, I probably would’ve been at his fete.
Rooms at the Sheraton Downtown Brooklyn
I was able to get a double room for the night to share with another bridesmaid. I swear I had the best sleep ever on that bed. Our room included a desk and chair as well as a sound dock/radio to play music from an iPod or iPhone.
The bathroom was complete with a full shower/tub combo with included toiletries and a blow dryer. We loved the mirror as it came in handy when washing and styling our hair for the big day. We didn’t get to use many amenities because we stayed for the night, but the Sheraton Brooklyn does come with a fitness center, a restaurant, a rooftop bar/lounge, valet parking, a business center, and Starbucks.
Wedding Prep in the Sheraton Brooklyn Bridal Suite
For the actual wedding prep, we all got ready in the bride’s suite. The staff was generous enough to let us borrow a rack to hang our dresses and robes initially for photo ops and to get ready. The bride’s suite included a fridge, microwave, “living room” area with a TV, and a full bathroom.
It was more than enough space for the 3 bridesmaids, the bride, the mother of the bride, and the mother of the groom to get ready. We also had the makeup artist and Cedric Wooten Photography hard at work. Did I mention the hotel has a Snapchat filter?
Staying at the Sheraton Brooklyn for the wedding was definitely a lifesaver. I live 20-30 minutes away, but I didn’t have to deal with potential train delays or traffic (It was also the same weekend as the BAM Festival).
If you are getting married within the area, are a guest, or even visiting NYC, I definitely recommend it. For pricing information, you can visit the Sheraton Brooklyn Hotel on their official site. You can also be social and follow on Facebook and Twitter.