Not every bride needs an elephant in her wedding party but some who celebrate at Millennium Hotels and Resorts do. Or maybe they want Elvis, girls on trapezes, or cakes shaped like the Stanley Cup. And, some prefer Tiffany stained glass and illuminated dance floors, or mint juleps, magnolias in bloom and white-gloved butlers serving Champagne.
The days of traditional “one size fits all” weddings are long gone. Bridal couples today want a celebration that expresses who they are, what they love – aside from one another – what they value, even what makes them laugh. Particularly as America grows more diverse ethnically and culturally, wedding planners and the facilities and services they use are increasing challenged to be creative, imaginative, flexible and multi-talented. Several examples from Millennium showcase not only the hotel company’s extraordinary capabilities and versatility, but serve as great ideas for planners seeking new ideas for wedding ceremonies and receptions.
The Millennium Broadway, for example, offers not only the cosmopolitan excitement of being in the heart of New York City’s theatre district but a historic theater itself as a very classy setting. Backlit Tiffany stained glass ceilings and mosaic tiles, gorgeous chandeliers, balconies and the thrill of dancing on a real Broadway stage help create a uniquely memorable celebration. Built in 1903 and lovingly restored, the Hudson Theatre has been home to everyone from Barbara Streisand, Louis Armstrong, Robert Duvall, and Elvis to Bob Hope, Tina Fey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Hillary Clinton, and Bill Maher. Popular with a broad mix of bridal parties, the Millennium Broadway is also one of the premier kosher wedding destinations in New York.
On the subject of Elvis, he is just one of several stars impersonated for weddings at the Millennium Hotel Minneapolis. Others include Michael Jackson and Darth Vader. The hotel’s WOW factors include a roof-top wedding space with floor-to-ceiling windows and a glass geodesic dome, complimentary upgrades, even to the Presidential Suite, for bride and groom, and a gift attendant to watch over the bridal treasures. The Millennium Minneapolis has hosted Russian, Indian, Korean, Somali and Ethiopian weddings with style and appropriate specialty menus.
Not surprisingly, given its location, the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles is no stranger to spectacular weddings. One couple requested a girl swinging from a circular trapeze pouring wine for the guests; another had an enormous willow tree as decoration. In addition to Jewish orthodox and kosher weddings, the Biltmore has helped organize the groom’s arrival by horse for Indian weddings, Persian and Muslim weddings, even themed henna parties prior to the big event. The hotel’s magnificent Crystal Ballroom, with its own Tiffany ornamentation, hosted the founding banquet of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in 1927 when the design for the “Oscar” was drawn on a dinner napkin.
The Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel in Chicago has had its share of unique weddings as well. After a bride-to-be was proposed to during the Chicago Blackhawk’s winning the Stanley Cup, the couple married at the hotel, complete with Blackhawk rally towels for the guests and a wedding cake in the shape of the famous trophy. With its elegantly illuminated dance floor, the historic Knickerbocker is also popular with New Year’s Eve wedding celebrations, with their own countdown clock, Champagne and streamers shot from the balconies.
Situated in one of America’s most rabid sports towns, the Millennium Bostonian, no surprise, has seen a Boston Red Sox-themed wedding or two, as well as casual celebrations featuring such food presentations as lobster rolls, mac and cheese and French fries in newspaper cones. The hotel’s Seasons Ballroom, with panoramic, atrium-style windows overlooking the historic heart of Boston is also a favorite for 4th of July celebrations featuring the city’s brilliant fireworks display.
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville offers something a little different: an all-inclusive Signature Southern Wedding package. The party begins with greeters, male and female, dressed in southern antebellum attire and features trellises and archways, gardens, magnolia, hydrangea and white roses, mint juleps, of course, and a string quartet. The hotel also provides a bride and bridesmaid hospitality room, a groom and groomsmen hospitality room, butler service, customized catering, and even white parasols as take-home gifts for the guests. In a fitting finale, bride and groom are transported away from the festivities in a horse-drawn carriage through the city’s Centennial Park.
And the elephant? That was at the request of an Indian bride-to-be at the Millennium Hotel Cincinnati. The hotels’ wedding specialists have helped plan numerous ethnic celebrations, even bringing in an Indian chef to ensure that the wedding feast was authentic. The hotel also uses kosher providers for Jewish celebrations. Among requested WOW wedding reception themes have been a Winter Wonderland, a South Beach party, and a complete Fairy Tale wedding in which the bride arrived on a horse.
About Millennium Hotels and ResortsMillennium Hotels and Resorts (MHR), established in the United States in 2000, is the North American arm of London-based Millennium and Copthorne Hotels plc (MLC). The MHR portfolio includes 19 holdings in The Americas, and the company operates properties including: Millennium Broadway Hotel, New York City; Millennium UN Plaza Hotel, New York City; Millennium Airport Hotel, Buffalo, New York; Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles; Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, Chicago; Millennium Bostonian Hotel, Boston; Millennium Hotel, Minneapolis; Millennium Hotel, St. Louis; Millennium Hotel, Cincinnati; Millennium Harvest House, Boulder; Millennium Hotel, Durham; Millennium Alaskan Hotel, Anchorage; Millennium Resort, Scottsdale, McCormick Ranch; and the Millennium Maxwell House, Nashville. MLC holdings outside of the Millennium brand include the Millenium Hilton (New York). For further information on Millennium Hotels and Resorts, call 866-866-8086 or visit www.millenniumhotels.com.
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