My fiancé and I just starting planning our wedding so I wanted to reach out to the Marriott community to get some feedback. A lot of the details haven't been ironed out yet but we are shooting to have our wedding at some point in the Fall of 2016. Our wedding budget is $25,000 - $30,000 (+/- $5,000) and we are planning to invite between 250 - 300 people (knowing that the attendance number will probably be lower than that). Because our families mostly reside in either New Hampshire (mine) or Laos (my fiancés) we are trying to have it in a hotel that is either close to the airport or close to downtown Nashville. We figure that if we make our wedding easy to get to and close to all of the fun Nashville has to offer more people from greater distances will make the trip because they can turn it into a mini vacation with their families.
We decided to choose a Marriott hotel to have our wedding in for a few reasons. The first reason is because of the convenience of having a one-stop-shop wedding where the ceremony, lodging, rehearsal dinner, and reception are done in a single location. This will allow people to arrive in Nashville and not have to rent a car or figure out complicated transportation logistics. The second reason is because I am currently a Marriott Rewards Silver Elite member and the points made from having a wedding at the Marriott could be used for our honeymoon. This will surely save some money on the back end. The third reason is because the Marriott properties that are in the areas we are currently considering are very nice. The Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University and Renaissance Nashville Hotel are both close to downtown while the Nashville Airport Marriott is close to the airport. The fourth reason is because these Marriott properties offer an onsite event planner. This is a major benefit as I am sure they have tremendous experience and resources to make sure everything is handled at the highest level of quality and professionalism.
All this being said (sorry for the lengthy post), I would like to get some feedback from the Marriott community as it relates to planning and having a wedding at a Marriott property (preferably the ones listed in my post). I really want to know the following:
- Is the $25,000 - $30,000 budget that I have planned adequate? Were there hidden costs?
- Was the Marriott provided event planner good at making sure everything stayed on tracked? Did he/she communicate regularly?
- Were there any issues along the way? And how did Marriott respond to get the issues resolved?
- Has anybody ever had to plan a multicultural wedding? How did you manage making it cater to both cultures?
I think having answers to these questions will give me a pretty good idea as to what to expect from having a wedding at a Marriott hotel. I really appreciate any and all feedback. Thank you!