From breweries to bowling alleys, aquariums to alpaca farms, it seems couples are always trying to come up with an original venue for their wedding ceremony and reception. While unique, they might not be best equipped to handle every important detail of your big day.
“A lot of trendy venues can be set in stone in terms of how accommodating they can be,” said Theresa Erickson, Catering Manager at Buffalo Niagara Marriott in Amherst. “Hotel weddings are definitely coming back around as couple realize just how convenient they are and how many more assets there are to work with.”
Rigorously trained as a Marriott-certified wedding event planner, Erickson lays out seven benefits to choosing a hotel for your celebration:
- Experienced staff
Tireless coordinators, experienced chefs and next-level hospitality offered by hotels all make for a customizable, snafu-free event.
The catering and banquet departments at Buffalo Niagara Marriott partner with couples from the initial planning stages and rehearsal walkthrough to complimentary menu tastings and event-day execution. And when it’s all over, they take everything down so you’re not the one worried about cleaning up after your guests.
“Families love that the hotel is so involved; it’s one less thing they have to worry about—or pay for,” said Erickson. “We take a lot off couples’ plates.”
- Ethnic wedding expertise
Part of the Marriott wedding planner training includes designing and assisting with cultural, religious and ethnic weddings. Buffalo Niagara Marriott caters to the Indian-American community and the hotel’s chef has even created an authentic Indian reception menu. They also allow for Kosher foods to be brought in for Jewish celebrations.
- No headcount headaches
One of the most stressful parts of wedding planning is paring down the guest list and deciding which set of cousins or group of work friends is going to get the ax. And some venues can exasperate the problem with very limited capacity. Buffalo Niagara Marriott features 10 event spaces, including the Grand Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 600 guests, and smaller spaces for more intimate affairs.
- No backup plan necessary
Nobody wants lousy weather on their wedding day, but it’s particularly stressful when you’ve chosen a strictly outdoor venue. Buffalo Niagara Marriott’s outdoor courtyard is ideal for ceremonies and cocktail hours, but the hotel has plenty of indoor ceremony space should the forecast call for inclement weather.
“With us, everything is literally under one roof, so there’s no running to get to a tent in the pouring rain and no wilting food or cake on a hot day,” said Erickson.
- No rental hassles
With unique venues come unique challenges, like coordinating rentals with outside vendors. Choosing a hotel for your reception means you can check nailing down tables, chairs, linens, dishes, servingware and stemware off your to-do list. Buffalo Niagara Marriott also provides onsite rentable AV equipment for slideshows or videos.
- Onsite accommodations
Rather than have your guests driving off to get some shut eye after a night of partying, why not have them stay where they play? Buffalo Niagara Marriott offers blocked room rates, with even deeper discounts based on the couples’ food and beverage spend.
While it’s your special day, it’s always a good idea to keep your guests in mind and make things as easy for them as possible. Having one location for all the important gatherings can be much appreciated—especially for out-of-towners.
The onsite restaurant at Buffalo Niagara Marriott is ideal for rehearsal dinners, send-off brunches and couple meet-and-greets. Easily accessible off 290, the hotel also offers free parking and airport shuttle.
To plan your wedding and reception at Buffalo Niagara Marriott, visit their website or call 689-6900.