I gather that this is a hugely popular event, so, I was wondering....is it necessary to secure hotel rooms (like now) for this? Should we bring our own chairs? And how soon should tickets be purchased. I am not sure what to expect coming from NJ but we want to revisit the area for this. My daughter was married on the Cotton Dock last August. For the wedding, we all stayed at Shem Creek Inn and had a blast. We are considering this again, however, I would think that Jan would be much slower, maybe things won't be open? with that said...can someone suggest another hotel closer to Boone Hall. Thanks a bunch!