Waldorf Astoria Orlando Opens New Wedding Studio; Includes Promotional Partnerships with Neiman Marcus and Cartier

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Officials at Waldorf Astoria Orlando have opened the new Waldorf Weddings Studio, marking the resort’s increased emphasis on Orlando’s upscale destination weddings market. The hotel, conveniently accessible from within Walt Disney World, offers a “one-stop” planning experience for prospective brides and grooms.

“It’s the ultimate Orlando wedding planning experience”

Officials at Waldorf Astoria® Orlando opened the new Waldorf Weddings Studio today, marking the resort’s increased emphasis on Orlando’s upscale destination weddings market. The new studio is located near the main lobby, and features a stylish “one-stop” planning experience for prospective brides and grooms.

“In today’s experience-based market, brides and grooms want to be immersed in the details of the event they are seeking to plan,” said Peter Kacheris, managing director of Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. “Our Waldorf Weddings Studio gives a first-hand view of the resort’s capabilities, while showcasing our differences.”

The studio is a comfortable setting for informational and planning sessions between wedding clients and the Waldorf Astoria staff. Brides-to-be have access to a library of photography, videos and iPad digital albums, giving them an opportunity to see and sample ceremony and reception choices. To assist in planning, many choices, such as linen samples, are available to see and touch in person.

“It’s the ultimate wedding planning experience,” said Janine Boylan, the resort’s director of catering and social events. “It’s all about the details and at Waldorf Astoria Orlando, no detail is too small or too large for our brides to be.”

Adding value, the studio will feature a seasonal rotation of promotional displays and experiences from upscale event and wedding partners, including Neiman Marcus, Cartier, Waldorf Astoria Spa by Guerlain® and Disney Event Group. Many of Central Florida’s largest and most popular upscale wedding vendors are represented as well.
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“The Waldorf=Astoria hotel in New York City has always been synonymous with grand events and enchanted weddings,” said Kacheris. “The Waldorf Astoria Orlando continues that tradition in Central Florida. “

Since opening in October of 2009, Waldorf Astoria has become one of Orlando’s most stunning settings for weddings and events, from intimate gatherings to grand celebrations. The resort’s hallmark, its personalized service, is unmistakable as staff meticulously attends to every detail, from custom menus, themed décor, and extravagant wedding cakes. Every wedding is serviced by a team of dedicated event professionals, including catering, banquet service and culinary.

The grounds of Waldorf Astoria Orlando include many popular areas for couples to be wed outdoors, including intimate formal gardens. One of the resort’s more unusual outdoor venues is a signature “island” that covers 25,000 square feet. It is blanketed with lush landscaping and can be beautifully furnished to accommodate wedding parties of most sizes. Reception options are equally engaging, including the chic Grand Ballroom, the site of the resort’s most prestigious special occasions.

An artful blend of comfort and timeless elegance, Waldorf Astoria has redefined the Orlando vacation experience. The closest luxury resort to the gates of Disney theme parks, Waldorf Astoria Orlando is nestled in a peaceful 482-acre nature preserve and conveniently accessed from inside Walt Disney World property. The hotel’s elegant setting includes fine resort amenities like the award-winning Waldorf Astoria Golf Club, the luxe Waldorf Astoria Spa by Guerlain®, and memorable dining and lounge experiences, including an outpost of New York City’s famed Bull & Bear Steakhouse. The hotel features 498 deluxe guest rooms and suites, and 28,000 square feet of exclusive flexible function and reception space. An impeccable level of guest service is a nod to The Waldorf=Astoria in NYC, the hotel that set the standard for urbane sophistication. Deluxe guest rooms and suites feature sweeping vistas of Disney’s vacation kingdom and the Bonnet Creek nature preserve.

For more information on Waldorf Weddings, please call (407) 597-5424 or visit http://www.waldorfastoriaorlando.com/weddings. For more information on the Waldorf Astoria Orlando, please call (407) 597-5500 or visit WaldorfAstoriaOrlando.com.

About Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
WALDORF ASTORIA is Hilton Worldwide’s luxury brand of landmark hotels, with each one as singular and timeless as the brand’s namesake, The Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in New York. From classic elegance to modern grandeur, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts each represent worldly sophistication and unparalleled guest service. From sumptuous spas and culinary excellence to world-class golf, each hotel & resort offers the exquisite accommodations and signature accoutrements that define refinement and sophistication. Discover Waldorf Astoria by visiting http://www.waldorfastoria.com. Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is one of Hilton Worldwide’s ten market-leading brands.

About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 91 years, Hilton Worldwide has been offering business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,600 hotels and 600,000 rooms in 82 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®. For more information about the company, visit http://www.hiltonworldwide.com.

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