There’s no question, having a hotel ballroom wedding can be easy. So, now you’ve realized that you can have your dream wedding in a hotel ballroom, and you can plan it with ease. Well, in case you needed any more convincing, Kim Werner, Senior Catering Sales Manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte is spilling all the beans on the additional perks of having a hotel wedding.
Regardless of whether you have your wedding reception at a hotel or not, you are probably going to get a room block for your guests. Well, if you have a hotel wedding the decision of where to get a room block is made easy! Hotels will often offer a reduced rate on a block of rooms for you guests staying there for your on-site wedding.
Having a room block at your reception venue makes things so easy for your guests. There’s no question about transportation, traffic, directions or concerns over getting lost.
“Nothing is as easy as just pressing the elevator button,” said Kim.
With an on-site wedding, sometimes hotels will be more willing to offer upgrades or comps to their couples. That could range from an upgrade to a suite to a free night (or two!) to extras for your guests, like complimentary in-room Wi-Fi.
If you do a room block and an on-site wedding, it’s possible that upgrades may come in the form of wedding day extras. Things like upgraded chairs or linens, or maybe an add-on of chargers or an upgrade to cake filling flavors. Since you are using the hotel as one vendor for many other vendors, it’s possible for upgrades to be in other categories unrelated to hotel rooms.
Hotels often have luxuries that other stand-alone wedding venues don’t have. Aside from the obvious on-site accommodations, hotels can usually offer additional event space for other events, such as a welcome party, farewell brunch or a bridesmaid’s luncheon.
In addition to event space for all your wedding weekend events, hotels can offer activities for your guests throughout the weekend. If you are having a kid-friendlywedding, hotels often have pools to keep the little ones busy throughout the weekend. And for those families or friends who don’t have kids or left the little ones at home, sometimes hotels offer adult-friendly activities, like spas and fine dining, to give guests a little relaxation before or after a night of partying.
“A lot of times weddings mean families come in with kids, so most hotels are going to have great pool options which is always a fun pastime for them,” Kim said. “Some hotels will have full-service spas, also a great activity for the couple to enjoy a massage the day after the wedding or manicures and pedicures.”
When it comes down to it, having a hotel wedding certainly has its perks and makes it a desirable option for any wedding!
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About this Week's Guest: Kim Werner, CPCE, is the Senior Catering Sales Manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte. She has been transforming ballroom spaces with Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company for more than 16 years, 10 of which have been at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte. She is also the former president of Charlotte NACE.
Photo Credit: Cheyenne Schultz Photography