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O Ceremony & Receptions
Where to start your search
If you’ve read this far then you proba- bly know that one of the best places to find a hotel to help with your wedding is right here in the Akron-Canton Weddings magazine. The ceremony and reception section is filled with the area’s best locations to help you sort out all the details. If you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for within these pages, ask friends and family members for recom- mendations. 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 convention centers, meeting facilities, and
ballrooms. 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 ballroom 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 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 spe- cifics 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), coordi- nate with a linen company, contract servers and bartenders, and make sure that the room is set up to your specifica- tions. 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 a location that’s convenient for everyone.
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. Event planners, award-winning catering, top-of-the-line accommodations, and an elegant venuenare just a few of the perks that come with booking your hotel wedding
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