Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) February 10, 2010
According to the Fairchild Bridal Group, 19% of all wedding engagements take place in December, and that means come January, there are a lot of couples looking to plan a wedding! The Certified Wedding Planners at the Charlotte Marriott SouthPark who help plan and execute more than 50 hotel weddings a year, offer wedding packages, tips and recommendations on how to plan an affordable, Charlotte dream wedding with style.
Kristin Dernosek, one of the Certified Wedding Planners at the Charlotte Marriott SouthPark hotel, reports that couples seeking a traditional venue for their wedding are wowed by the hotel's high ceilings, crystal chandeliers, and classic European styling. "Budget is definitely a priority now more than ever before," notes Mrs. Dernosek. "Where in the past the focus was on décor and details, more and more couples are looking for meticulous proposals with comprehensive estimates on food, beverage, and additional costs." She notes that one of the benefits of choosing a hotel is the wedding packaged prices that they offer. "We make an effort to have straight-forward, inclusive pricing that gives our couples the opportunity to customize their reception without getting lost in the numbers."
One of the biggest wedding planning trends Mrs. Dernosek is noticing is that many couples are opting for a reception style affair rather than a sit-down meal. It provides guests with the opportunity to meet and mingle with ease, while also keeping the cost down. The wedding reception will start by passing hors d'oeuvres and then serving heavier items at freestanding stations (filet sliders, shrimp and grits, mojito bars) instead of providing a more extensive and expensive plated or buffet lunch or dinner. Wedding menu prices at the Charlotte Marriott SouthPark start at $40 per guest for an afternoon reception.
Another trend they are both noticing is hosting the entire wedding weekend at a hotel. This cuts down on transportation costs and allows couples to spend the entire weekend with their friends and family, rather than just an evening. As an alternative to getting married in a church and asking their guests to travel to another reception location, the ceremony may take place in a ballroom or on an outdoor patio. Following the ceremony guests can move straight into a cocktail hour. The Marriott SouthPark is happy to work with the bride and groom to offer discounted hotel wedding package rates for wedding guests staying at the Charlotte, North Carolina hotel.
For couples interested in planning their wedding at the Charlotte Marriott SouthPark, they should contact Kristin Dernosek or Sharon Molofsky by calling 704.916.4065 or by visiting http://www.SouthParkMarriottWeddings.com.
ABOUT THE CHARLOTTE MARRIOTT SOUTHPARK
Formerly the Park Hotel, this elegantly redesigned property offers a combination of European sophistication and Southern style. Considered a boutique-style hotel, the Charlotte property features 195 guest rooms in a classic, traditional style; an outdoor pool and Jacuzzi; sauna; state-of-the-art fitness center, restaurant and lounge, and Day Spa next door. The Morrison Ballroom is the hotel's largest space at 2,700 square feet, with a maximum seating capacity of 180. The Terrace ballroom can seat 140 with its 2,500 square feet; complete with high ceilings, crystal chandeliers and private outdoor patio. For additional information, visit: http://www.CharlotteMarriottSouthPark.com.