Winter Turns New Brides-To-Be into Full-Time Meeting Planners

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Washington, DC area brides have become event planners to make their special day that much more special. Crescent Hotels & Resorts, who manages over 90 hotels throughout North America including sixteen hotels in the Washington, DC area, are known by many as the metro area’s wedding experts.

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Our hotels work closely with professional wedding planners, local churches, country clubs and have truly earned great reputations based on the experiences had by all,” said Tim Bowes, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Crescent Hotels & Resorts

Although it will be months before spring wedding bells start to ring throughout the Washington, DC area, new brides-to-be have already begun working hard to plan their special day. The planning begins with the decision where to host their nuptials, and hotels vying for the attention of these new found planners are pulling out all the stops. Crescent Hotels & Resorts, who manages over 80 hotels throughout North America including sixteen hotels in the Washington, DC area, are known by many as the metro area’s wedding experts. Their Washington, DC hotels include internationally known brands such as Hyatt, Hilton, Sheraton and Westin.

“Our hotels work very closely with professional wedding planners, local churches, country clubs and have truly earned great reputations based on the experiences had by all,” said Tim Bowes, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Crescent Hotels & Resorts. “We also understand that many brides and grooms want to have a memory of a lifetime, but still want to watch their budget. We have become very creative in finding ways to allow our guests to ‘have their (wedding) cake and eat it, too.’ We have various offers including weekend day weddings and weddings over holidays to name a few. Also, to help busy brides do research as well as check space at our Washington, DC locations; we have created a website [stayinwashingtondc.com/weddings ] page especially for weddings.”

Crescent Hotels & Resorts is one of the few management companies in the Washington, DC area that allows outside catering. “We cater to many international weddings that have very specific menu requirements,” said Bowes, “so we allow our guests to bring in licensed caterers. As a matter of fact many of our weddings have been referred to us by our by catering partners because they know the level of service we provide and are confident we will exceed the expectations of their upscale wedding clients. We feel it’s crucial to allow outside caterers for specific cuisines such as Persian and kosher style weddings, to name just a few.”

“One trend we see is brides asking for spaces that are not your typical function rooms, making locations such as our patio at the Hyatt Fairfax an extremely popular option for weddings,” said Bowes. For those looking for an inside option, the Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Hotel offers an atrium that has hosted countless wedding groups in the past.

“People are in awe of our atrium. It’s perfect for weddings and receptions,” said Mark Nelson, the hotel’s general manager. “Actually most of our brides that come in asking for our atrium, have either been referred by a friend who attended an atrium wedding at our hotel or have been to a friend’s wedding here themselves.”

The Sheraton Tysons Hotel, with the largest ballroom in Fairfax County, an affluent suburb of Washington, DC, offers another unique space for brides. Its crown jewel is a unique octagon shaped ballroom with floor-to-ceiling windows, topped with a glass dome and accented with a spectacular chandelier. “Brides love this space,” said Mike Chouri, General Manager. “It really does create a wow effect when brides first see this ballroom … it’s tailor- made for weddings.”

As brides are prepping early for the 2015 wedding season, so are hotels. “This week we will be completing a major refresh of all our function space,” said Michael Broadhurst, General Manager of the Westin Arlington Gateway. “Brides naturally gravitate to The Westin brand, due to its long standing reputation for its high standards and attention to detail, a necessity for when it comes to social events such as weddings,” said Broadhurst, “and we are proud to exceed the high the expectations of our wedding clients.”

Broadhurst also credits the success of the hotel in the bridal market to the calming effect the hotel has on its guests. “For those brides that are new to our hotel, a common comment we hear is how relaxing our hotel is from the moment one steps into the lobby. It really is a hidden gem that has truly become one with the Ballston community.” Within the next month (well before wedding season) the hotel will undergo even more upgrades to play off “well-being,” the core philosophy of the Westin brand. This will include a Living Wall in the lobby, as a focal point that mixes nature into the space, and new relaxed sitting clusters to build on its current serene environment. Something all brides are in need of on their big day.

ABOUT STAY IN WASHINGTON DC
Stay in Washington DC includes Crescent Hotels & Resorts’ hotels located in and around Washington, DC. These properties are internationally recognized brands including, Hilton, Hyatt, Sheraton, Westin, Wingate by Wyndham and Best Western. All hotels are in walking distance to a Metrorail or offer complimentary shuttle service that links guests to the city’s world renowned Metrorail network. All locations offer various dining, shopping and entertainment options just minutes away via walking, complimentary shuttle or Metrorail. Several locations offer award winning restaurants right inside the hotels. For more information, visit http://www.stayinwashingtondc.com, like on http://www.facebook.com/StayInWashingtonDC, follow on http://www.twitter.com/stayinwashdc and connect on Google+.

ABOUT CRESCENT HOTELS & RESORTS
Crescent Hotels & Resorts is a nationally recognized, top-10 independent third-party operator of hotels and resorts. Crescent currently operates over 80 hotels and resorts, with close to 19,000 rooms in 29 states and Canada. Crescent is one of a small group of independent management companies approved to operate hotels under the Marriott, Hilton, Starwood, Hyatt and InterContinental flags. Crescent also operates a collection of legendary independent hotels and resorts. For more information, please visit http://www.chrco.com.

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