Pretty much as soon as we had booked EPIC Apart Hotel as our wedding accommodation, and had our mini-tour, I couldn't wait to stay there. Throughout the booking process, and during the lead up to the wedding, the staff had been incredibly helpful, and really helped to kick-start the excitement as the festivities approached.
We decided to go for an apartment rather than a hotel for a couple of reasons. The first being that an apartment would instantly be able to house all my bridal luggage. My dress and veil needed loads of space to hang, and the last thing I wanted was to be tripping over all my things. The second being that it meant hair and make up could come to us, set up, and beautify the bridal party in a sort of production line. Looking round EPIC the first time, I realised there was not only a lot of space, but also a lot of light, which would work perfectly for those getting pampered. And lastly, it meant I could spend the night before the wedding with my 'maids, all of us together in one big space. Something that was really important to me, as I knew those pre-wedding jitters surrounding saying my vows would hit me pretty hard.
Walking in to our two bedroom apartment, I was completely blown away by how light and big and airy it felt. Tall ceilings, crisp white walls, and lots and lots of light. Immediately I took myself on a little tour, scoping out where would be best to hang my wedding dress and veil, then headed over to the sleek kitchenette to turn up the tunes on Spotify and wait for the girls.
The tall ceilings and beautiful beams really worked to my favour, as we were able to hang my veil (which was cathedral length - go big or go home) on one of these in the back bedroom with only a minimal amount touching the floor. My wedding dress was hung on the front of one of the wardrobes, where it draped down with ease and with no chance of it creasing up again.
What I really liked as well were the two bathrooms. The first, opposite the front door, contained a toilet, sink and shower/bath combo, which I knew I had to commandeer in the morning (I had my LUSH Golden Wonder packed in preparation for a good ol' wedding morning soak.) The second bathroom, which was closer to the back bedroom, had a toilet, sink, and one epic shower. Linking this bathroom to the main section of the apartment was what I affectionately called the "powder room" - a little area with a huge mirror, vanity counter, and stool - the perfect place for either hair or make up in the morning.
Staying in EPIC was absolutely perfect that weekend. On the Friday evening, the girls and I drank fizz, played games, and partook in general merriment without being at risk of disturbing anyone. The two bedrooms ensured that we all got a good night's sleep, with me opting to take the first bedroom, just in case I got so nervous and there was no chance of getting any shut-eye. In the morning, we could all get ready without falling over each other. Hair and make up equally had enough room to operate, and when the photographer came, there was such gorgeous light pouring in from the huge windows that I know the photos are going to be stunning. It really was more than I could have ever hoped for.
But it was the staff who really made it for us. Whether it was supplying us with extra tea and coffee so that we could make brews for everybody, ensuring that we had everything we needed to make us comfortable, coming out in the morning to wish me luck, re-vamping the room for me and the hubby to stay in on the Saturday night, to even helping arrange a little surprise for us when we came home from the reception. I felt very looked after, appreciated as a guest, and like any potential stress had instantly been taken away.
If you are looking for the perfect place to stay during your wedding, hen party, or stag do, I cannot recommend EPIC more. It provides the comfort of home, with all the facilities you are looking for, and definitely takes the stress and struggles away of trying to negotiate the space you need to get ready on your Big Day or party.
And me? Would I stay at EPIC again? Oh yes! All I need now is an excuse....
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