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for recommendations. Jot their ideas down along with what they liked and disliked about the locations so you’ll be able to ask detailed questions when you interview the different properties. It’s a good idea to have a date in mind when looking at hotels, along with a general idea of the number of guests you’ll be expecting. Both will help narrow down your hotel choices and give you a realistic idea of which property will provide the best fit.
What to Look for in a Property
Finding just the right location in a sea of hotels can seem like a daunting task. Begin with your guest list: if it’s on the large size, check out area properties that boast con- vention centers, meeting facilities, and ball- rooms. If your list is smaller, a boutique or historic hotel might be a better choice.
Once you’ve narrowed down your loca- tions, decide which services you’d like the hotel to provide. The catering director or event planner will be able to give you all the options and work with you to
create a plan that fits your needs and your budget.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions or request a particular item or service that’s not in their initial proposal. You never know until you ask and they might be willing to negotiate in order to gain your business.
If you’re planning to use the hotel’s ball- room as your reception site, you might also want to check out other areas of the property for the rehearsal dinner, after party, and post wedding brunch. It might be a convenient and cost effective alternative to plan all your pre- and post-wedding events at one property.
Why a Hotel is a Good Idea
There are so many details to manage when planning a wedding that it can be very hard to keep everything straight. When you hold your celebration at a hotel, you’ll be working with professionals who assist brides every day in planning the wedding of their dreams.
You can hand off an outline of the specifics you’d like for your celebration, and someone at the hotel will take care of the details for you. They’ll work with the caterer (in-house, in most cases), coordinate with a linen supply company, contract servers and bartenders, and make sure that the room is set up to your specifications. And when it’s all over, they’ll even take care of the clean up. Add to that the ease of on-site guestrooms for all your out-of- town guests and a honeymoon suite for you, and you’ve got yourself a location that’s convenient for you and your guests.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. At some locations, the event planners will even assist you with finding the perfect invitations, schedule hair and makeup appointments for you and your attendants at the hotel spa, help you book the area’s most sought-after florist, and provide shuttle service to and from the airport for your out- of-town guests.
A hotel can provide as much or as little as you need for your wedding day. Profes- sional event planners, award-winning catering, top-of-the-line accommodations, and an elegant venue are just a few of the perks that come along with booking your celebra- tion at a hotel. §
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