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Planning a hotel wedding

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime….

We love weddings and receptions held at hotels for lots of reasons (they’re the reason why we started MyHotelWedding.com!). Here is a list of our top five favorite reasons to throw a hotel wedding:

Reserve a block of rooms

1. CONVENIENCE

For you AND your guests! The whole weekend becomes an event when your guests are staying close to one another. It‘s a blast to take over a block of rooms and see your friends and family at one location! Of course, everyone will come together for your wedding – but the day goes quickly and it‘s hard to get quality time with everyone. Many brides tell us they wish they had spent more time with out-of-town guests. Throwing a hotel wedding is the perfect solution.

Cost effective luxury hotel wedding

2. COST

It may surprise you, but hosting a wedding at a hotel is often highly cost-effective. The hotel can provide so many of the basic things that you would otherwise need to rent – tables, chairs, dishware, dance floor, votive candles, etc. – that could save you hundreds (in some cases thousands!). A great hotel will also throw in tons of delightful surprises that can elevate a wonderful day into a truly magical, one-of-kind experience.

Great production values at a hotel

3. PRODUCTION VALUE

This is an entertainment industry term that applies perfectly to important events such as weddings. It can be extremely expensive to dress up a backyard, conference center room, or even a country club to express your personalities and your vision for one of the most important days of your life. Yes, even DIY weddings are often expensive, and certainly time-consuming – and unless you are a creative professional, it is harder than it looks to make DIY feel luxurious.

Hotels attract customers based on the beauty of their spaces, the luxury of their amenities, and the level of customer service they can provide. Remember that hotels, especially higher-end hotels, have their own restaurants, bakeries, and events planners. You have everything you need right on-site which often means better service, exceptional presentation, on-site assistance, and a team of staff around the clock. So, you have built-in beauty and a team of professionals that can really make your wedding unique – without having to do everything yourself!

Bride dressing at hotel

4. STAGING

As the planners and guests of many weddings ourselves, we can tell you straight up that it‘s such a relief not to have to travel from place to place in an unfamiliar city and while hungry and emotional. To walk from a courtyard ceremony immediately to a room next door for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres cuts down a lot of anxiety and tardiness that stems from folks waiting for the lost latecomers (and wedding parties that have to travel AND take pictures) before dinner is served.

As a bride, getting ready in a room at the hotel is also a special treat. Getting in and out of cars can wrinkle dresses and mess up hair (we‘ve seen a ton of panicked last-minute touchups that have turned into late starts!). Brides who prep in the room and simply take an elevator to the ceremony are always calm brides!

Many amenities at a hotel

5. FUN

Hotels are fun! They are like a vacation and a celebration all rolled into one! Great hotels will take care of the hassle, leaving you to enjoy your guests and your big day without worrying about noise complaints from the neighbors or guests driving drunk. Great hotels will delight you and your guests at every turn with intuitive service and magical surprises. Great hotels want your event to be one-of-a-kind and to provide you with an unmatched experience. Great hotels will work with you and your budget, will incorporate your personalities into everything they do for you, and will help you realize your vision for your perfect wedding.

We can‘t wait to share GREAT HOTELS with brides and grooms who want to plan wonderful one-of-a-kind weddings. Browse our hotel wedding venue finder, check out our real weddings, and feel free to contact us with any questions.

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Bio: With more than 10 years of wedding and event planning experience and a Bachelor of Communication degree from the University of Southern California, Lauren is the business force behind My Hotel Wedding and The Wedding Course. She has extensive experience in luxury hotel event management and a talent for creating world-class parties and events. As Catering Manager for the world famous Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel, Lauren has overseen numerous weddings in conjunction with industry leaders such as Mindy Weiss, Kevin Lee (Brides of Beverly Hills) and more. She has also managed major fundraising events for politicians, including a fundraiser for President Barack Obama wit

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Wedding of Alyssa & Lauren at the Ebell

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime….

The wedding of Alyssa and Lauren was held at the Ebell, a philanthropic club which is a spectacular wedding venue. Offering an elegant historic clubhouse, it features two exquisitely detailed ballrooms, an intimate art salon, and a breathtaking courtyard garden That made it a perfect choice for this happy couple.

Wedding program for Alyssa & Lauren

The Ebell - bespoke wedding venue

Welcome to the elegant Ebell

Preparing for the wedding

Just minutes to go

The second bride gets ready

Planning A Wedding At The Ebell, The Perfect Wedding Venue

Alyssa and Lauren were an incredible couple to work with, as their energy and vision for their wedding was infectious. They truly wanted guests to experience fun and unique evening, including details that were both spectacular and unexpected.

Visually they decided to carry out a glamorous Art Deco concept with a bold color story of black, gold and white. For that extra special touch, they selected a gold sequin aisle runner for their ceremony, and gold chairs black satin padding. Cocktail hour arrangements were bourbon bottles adorned with white florals, which tied into the grand reception, bringing all the glamor of Art Deco elements into place. The reception had a mixture of gold sequin and black adorned linen with lush white florals. A rich purple-hued lighting was added for that perfect touch to enhance their reception.

Elegant lighting at the Ebell

Just married!

Let the party begin

Together at last

Selecting Music That Tells A Love Story

Music was a special detail for them. Being in the music industry, Lauren meticulously selected key songs for the day and ceremony songs arranged to tell their love story.  Fun details for their love of music carried throughout the night: their guestbook display was made of actual vinyl records, where guests wrote their well wishes; and as a surprise to their guests, a light projection of Prince, one of their favorite artists, was largely displayed on a wall, overlooking the outside reception.

Seating chart for Alyssa & Lauren

Teh bridal couple enjoying dinner

Feasting On Custom Southern Cuisine

Another surprise element Alyssa and Lauren envisioned was to have a not-so-typical wedding menu.  They worked with The Ebell’s Executive Chef to create a custom menu of Southern cuisine including fried chicken, black-eyed peas, collard greens, “fried” green tomato salad, homemade biscuits, 6 cheese Mac and cheese, hush puppies and more- complete with a bottle of Red Rooster Hot Sauce on every table! For the toast the couple offered their guests a choice of libation: champagne or bourbon, to represent each of the brides’ styles.

This lovely couple accomplished their goal and then some. Their guests truly experienced a beautiful, unique and unexpected day they’ll remember for years to come.

Vendors That Made The Day Come Special

The beautiful wedding of Alyssa and Lauren, held at the Ebell, was made possible with expertise the following vendors”

Photographer: Kim Fox Photography @kimfoxphoto

Planner: Chic Ambiance  @chicambiance

Floral: Loris Flowers @lorisflowersweddings

Venue and Catering: Ebell of Los Angeles @ebellevents

Lighting: Stagelabs

Linen: Elegant Designs Specialty Linen @elegantdesignsca

DJ (with their Instagram name): Jess Funk@jsfnkpro

Dessert: Hansen’s Cakes did our cupcakes

Photobooth: Jess Funk  @jsfnkpro

Alyssa’s Dress: Kay’s Bridal; Instagram: kays_bridal

Alyssa’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Alyssa’s Accessories: Alyssa’s earrings were Kay’s Bridal

Rings: Valley’s Gem (Lauren designed both rings)

Bridesmaid Dresses: Aidan Mattox

Lauren’s Suit: Designed by Lauren, manufactured by Thuy Custom Clothier (@thuycustomclothier), tailoring by Studio Unbiased (@studiounbiased)

Lauren’s Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti

Lauren’s Hair: Ayesha the Barber (@AyeshaTheBarber), owner of Ninth Chapter Barbershop LA (@ninthchapterla)

Hair Stylist: Monique Powers (website, instagram: @monique_powers)

Makeup artist: Monique Powers (website, @monique_powers)

Paper goods: (Menus, Programs, etc..): Designed and printed by Lauren

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Bio: The Ebell of Los Angeles Is a philanthropic organization founded in 1894 for women, and by women. Its building, an architectural masterpiece designed in 1927 by Summer Hunt, is the perfect setting for weddings and other events..

The wedding of Alyssa and Lauren was held at the Ebell, which opens it door to all. For information about booking your big day at the Ebell, check out the details on our website.

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