When planning a wedding the first big 'to-do' is finding a venue. I looked at 15 venues searching for the perfect location for not only my reception but ALSO my ceremony. I fell IN LOVE with Hotel Arista at first sight! From the textured walls in the ballroom to the elegant lighting above! I knew I wanted my day I've dreamt of to be at Hotel Arista. We met with Davina, who is the director of catering and fell even MORE in love with her! She helped us through our entire planning process from the tasting of the food (which is FANTASTIC) to which fold of napkins we preferred. Davina is the definition of professional but even more importantly, personable! I knew I didn't have the extra money to hire a wedding planner and I am a pretty organized person, but man, was I glad to have her help! By the time the BIG DAY arrived everything was absolutely PERFECT! People always tell you "something will always go wrong on your wedding day and there is nothing you'll be able to do about it". This is entirely untrue. I can honest to goodness say that our day was My Dream Come True. The ceremony was impeccably beautiful and serene and the reception that followed was gorgeous! Of course the venue is everything in planning your special day but even more importantly are the people that help you along the way! I owe Davina a million "Thank You's" and I can honestly say I'm sad that the wedding is over and I won't be seeing her. If you are smart enough to pick this venue you will be a happy happy bride! I will also add that this place is not cheap but I am firm believer in that you get what you pay for. I wouldn't trade our Day for anything. Pure perfection!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Arista, affiliated with Preferred Hotels & Resorts, is the Illinois’ first LEED-certified hotel and serves as the focal point of CityGate Centre, a one-million-square-foot, mixed-use lifestyle center. The hotel features 144 rooms, 10,000 square feet of meeting space, a state of the art fitness center, salon, spa and three restaurants including SugarToad, Tap In and CityGate Grille. ... more less
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