Grand Bohemian hosted our wedding reception on July 7th, 2012 and lived up to our expectations. Working in the hospitality industry, I was looking for something different and trying to stay away from a hotel for our wedding reception. During our search for venues, we came across the Grand Bohemian Hotel and decided just to go look at it for the fun of it since we had passed by it numerous times. Right away, I knew this was the place! My mom and I scouted the place first and then I went with my then fiancé to show him the hotel on the inside. The colorful art work and interior design took our breath away and we signed the contract within a few weeks. We started the planning process with Sandra Thornton back in September 2010 and she was a true delight to work with! She answered all of my annoying questions right away and ensured us we would be in good hands even though the wedding was still far away. Our original wedding date was supposed to be September 3, 2011 but we had to move the date to this year and the hotel was more than accommodating. In February of this year, Sandra moved to corporate and we started working with the new Director of Catering, Eric, who tried to put our minds at ease with the change. Naturally, we had a few hiccups since our wedding contact had changed but we were able to get everything worked out. In the last few weeks leading up to the wedding, Rebecca became a second person of contact for our wedding. During the last week, we talked almost at least once a day so I thank her for her patience and willingness to work with us (we had a few cancellations). She made sure we still met our minimum and offered alternatives to what we could do to enhance the wedding. On the wedding day, the ladies arrived at the hotel at 6am to get ready and before leaving to go to the church, Rebecca stopped by to make sure everything was in place. When our guests arrived for the cocktail hour, they were all impressed with the service and food the hotel provided. Although, it was a simple wedding, everyone I spoke to commented how beautiful everything was and how delicious the food was. Needless to say, the food was a huge hit! The best thing was the mango panna cotta desert, EVERYONE cleaned the glass. The banquet staff was outstanding in getting the food out on time and although I knew they were around, I hardly saw them (they were ninjas!).
Our only remark from the guests was that they wished the banquet staff would have asked them if they were done with the champagne from the toast before taking it away. Since it was an early reception (12-4) most people were slowly sipping on the champagne and most of them weren't able to finish it since they were cleared right away. My area of recommendation for the catering managers would be to ask the couple if there are any extra perishable favors what should be done with them. We didn't get asked this question and we had popcorn favors and later found out by my maid of honor that she was told to take the ones on the table because the rest were just going to be thrown out. I didn't get to keep any as souvenirs since I thought we would get the extras back in our suite.
We did get to stay the evening in one of the suites and it was fabulous! The suite had a shower and Jacuzzi. Since the hotel is centrally located, we walked to Urban Flats for dinner and Ember at night to meet up with friends.
Overall, we had a great experience with the Grand Bohemian hotel and their staff and sincerely thank them for making our wedding day stress-free and magically memorable.
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