The Hotel Albuquerque Wedding Expert, Liz Robinson shares her thoughts on all your wedding venue can do for you!
Almost immediately after booking their venue, I’m approached with the same questions from the couples I work with: “What else am I missing at this point?”, “What else do you need from me?”, “By this date, what should I have finalized and given to you to make it easier on your staff?” While I can’t express how helpful it is to have a couple so organized and concerned with making the day easier on myself and my staff, it’s not about us. The wedding day is purely about the couple, and it is our job to make sure that we are doing everything in our power to make it as easy as possible on them and all family members who have attended the wedding. Your guests, while on Hotel Albuquerque property, are our guests and we are in the hospitality industry aren’t we?
This all may sound a little bit too involved coming from the venue who will be hosting your special day but, I firmly believe that being involved is a quality that only I and my staff have to offer. We are the ones behind the scenes and it is our job to know exactly when each space will be set. We know how much time is needed based on the amount of staff we have and when everything will kick-off. So, let us handle the logistics, you enjoy your special day.
The word “determined” doesn’t do justice to the effort that the hotel staff puts in to making sure everything is accomplished properly. In addition to myself, each wedding has a Wedding Concierge who is there to provide additional help for you and your guests. As a team, we manage logistics ranging from ceremony programs, place cards, champagne flutes, menus, favors, table décor, seating charts, floral arrangements*…and this is just the tip of the iceberg. We also help coordinate the rehearsal if needed. That translates into getting everyone down the aisle, cueing your musicians or DJ during the ceremony, escorting your guests to the next location for cocktail hour, the list goes on. The reality is, if the ceremony doesn’t start on time, this pushes the cocktail hour back, which then pushes dinner back, toasting, dancing etc.** Our couples have hired us to conduct each component of the wedding day and that is exactly what we do.
I’m sure you can tell by now, that being uninvolved, is not in our nature. We take every detail and make sure it is the best it can be. This also includes working with a wedding planner if you choose to work with one. We can manage the back of the house while letting your planner or special family members shine with the roles you’ve given them.
We manage over 100 weddings each year and I can’t express how much we look forward to hosting every one of them. We constantly feel so honored to be entrusted with such an important day.
Here’s to the next happy couple!
*Florists typically like to setup all of their own centerpieces and rightly so. It is their creation and they know what exactly the vision is. If you’ve taken a nod from Pinterest and have assembled them all on your own, by all means, bring them to us in advance with instructions and we are happy to help set them up.
**Some of your guests have been here for hours already and if your timeline gets heavily delayed, to say that they will be “annoyed” is an understatement. Not to mention, our Chef takes incredible pride in his work and would never serve his meals overcooked or cold.
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