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Fly over the Pacific Ocean just before popping the question, thanks to The Shore Hotel in Santa Monica.
June is just a month and a half away and you know what that means--wedding season kicks off once again! (Yay! Boo! Uggggh.) But for hotels, the wedding season is practically a year-round thing. So if you're looking for the right way to propose, or if you're in the midst of planning a destination wedding or even if you're just looking for the chance to get a free wedding, start with these three hotels right here:
· The Shore Hotel Santa Monica: The Ocean Avenue hotel, practically an aisle march away from the Santa Monica pier and beach, has put together the Proposal By The Shore package which gives lovebirds a private helicopter ride over iconic LA landmarks with a special landing at a private and secluded spot overlooking Malibu beach. Once that's over a gourmet dinner will be provided on the beach at sunset with a personal beach butler, where presumably the question should be popped. (Sorry, ring not included.) The next morning, guests are treated to a massage at the holistic Tikkun spa nearby. Starting at $1,399, the package also includes overnight accommodations (of course) and a bottle of champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries. The package must be booked at least 72 hours in advance. Call the hotel at 800-599-1515.
There’s nothing more beautiful than a wedding and we’ve covered many a good story here at HC. But then comes the tales of nuptials that go oh-so-wrong. And stories of nakedness. And when they mix? Whoa, daddy.
Take this OTT “Wedding Crashers”-like episode that occurred at a Charleston, South Carolina DoubleTree Hotel. 20-year old Samuel James Dengel was arrested and charged with indecent exposure after he flashed his genitals to the bride and groom during their ceremony this past weekend, according to the Daily Mail and Philly.com stories.
The mother-of-the-bride told officers she saw a naked man in the window of the hotel room at the DoubleTree Hotel where the wedding party had assembled. Dengel was apparently easy to identify due to a large tattoo on his back which he’d been showing guests earlier that day, even though he supposedly wasn't a guest of bride or groom. Written in Latin, the tattoo "Vi very veniversum virus" supposedly translates to 'By the Power of Truth, I, while living, have Conquered the Universe.' Mmkay. But, wait, there's more.
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Back in June, The Plaza, whose neoclassical Grand Ballroom is one of the most expensive, lavish, and coveted hotel wedding venues in all the land, hosted its first-ever-in-106-years gay wedding. Now, you can witness Jay & Tony's ceremony for yourself in all its fabulous -- and in many ways, quite traditional--glory (heck, it is The Plaza!).
Here's the recently released wedding video, shot by John Armendariz of NewYorkFilmworks. We love how it starts off with a chuckle as the priest awkwardly stutters, "Well, it's a little unusual for me to be the only one in white at one of these things!".
But we warn you, have a tissue in hand--this one's a tearjerker!
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The pass is incomplete at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach
Apparently, they've all said "Hell no" to hosting the nuptials of tempestuous couple NFL player Chad Ochocinco (nee Johnson, soon to be Johnson again) and "Basketball Wives" star Evelyn Lozada.
[The hotels have been] telling producers they didn't want to deal with any fighting or risk having their hotels portrayed in a negative light on camera.
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Wedding season is now in full effect and it's become clear why destination weddings are so popular--because all the worry and arrangements are done by the wedding planner. All you have to do is pack your dress and your beloved.
Quite possibly one of the most romantic ways to get married is to do it at a French chateau like Chateau de Challain’s whose turreted and gleaming white stone facade was inspired by the dreams of Albert de la Rochefoucauld and his countess Ida. Interpreted by famed Parisian architect Louis Visconti, this Neo-Gothic fairytale castle's eloquent design practically begs a bride and groom to say "I Do."
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It's what you've been waiting all year for--The 2011 HotelChatter Awards! We'll be bringing you the best and worst of the year all day today and part of tomorrow. Agree or disagree with our picks? Air your thoughts in the comments below.
This year, we tried something a little different with our video tours, opting for more face time with hotel concierges and other staff members—in addition to the usual room inspections, bathroom tours, and otherwise. And we guess you could say we had some fun along the way...
Possibly the most entertaining of the interviews was with Assistant Front of House Manager at Andaz Wall Street, Michael Stevens. Michael opened up to us about a "lively" wedding group that had passed through earlier that weekend, and who took up 50 rooms, then got so drunk they all forgot their room numbers! But as nightmarish as it sounds, Michael's team apparently handled the situation with tact and aplomb—and lived to tell about it the following day.
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Valentine's Day is still five months away, but Marriott is clearly in the mood for love. Yesterday, the company announced two new promotions—"More Love In The World" and "Cake From Buddy"—that not only let couples indulge in a little suite-snuggling, but also ply them with cake! Buddy "Cake Boss" Valastro will welcome guest couples to his New Jersey facilities to discuss their dream wedding cake; and then, he'll bake it for them.
Can't make it to Jersey? That's OK, Valastro is open to video conferencing too. The point is, Marriott seems to be really enjoying playing Cupid.
In order to choose from the 24 custom cake designs, all you have to do is book your wedding or another "qualifying event" at a Marriott in the tri-state area between now and February 29. What qualifies as an event on par with a wedding? Well, hopefully, dessert.
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Andaz Wall Street concierge, Michael Stevens.
Have you ever flirted with a hotel concierge? In our newest series, Concierge Interviews, HotelChatter goes behind the Front Desk and gets chummy with the men—and women—whose job it is to never say no. Filmed inside various lobbies, courtyards, and bar lounges, each video will offer a glimpse into the world of hotels from the people who know them best. Got a burning question you'd like us to ask? Or have someone in mind for us to interview? Email us your requests!
If this is the summer's second biggest celebrity wedding, then it's at least the first to take place at a well-known hotel. On October 1, The Beverly Hills Hotel will host the wedding of KISS front Gene Simmons and his girlfriend of 28 years, Shannon Tweed.
Evidently, Simmons has been itching to host another event at the hotel, and decided to step things up since the last time he was there. Apparently, weddings are more involved than global web chats. Like, for example, they require fancy letter invitations—and Gene Simmons' wedding invitations (scripted by his children) don't disappoint. Click below to read what they say!
If you've always dreamed of marrying your special someone inside a Crowne Plaza, then this is without a doubt the promotion for you.
And just in case you didn't know: the address of Crowne Plaza Times Square 1605 Broadway. That's 1-6-0-5. As in, 16 minus 5 is—oh my gosh!—ELEVEN! This auspicious mini-mass-wedding will almost certainly open a powerful energy vortex into other Crowne Plaza dimensions, where no mortal has ever ventured. Needless to say, our RSVP is already in the mail.
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When we told you last week that Kim Kardashian's big-ass wedding had the Four Seasons Biltmore all booked up, we had no idea that the newly married couple would be spending their first night as husband and wife there as well. Yet
E! Online released photos sly photographers caught the couple exiting the hotel on Sunday morning.
Now in looking at the guest rooms and suites available at the hotel, we can safely assume that the couple, who now wear million dollar wedding bands, was not shacked up in a regular old guest room. But with eight one-bedroom suites and one Ty Warner cottage (also a one-bedroom) to choose from, we wonder which one was good enough for Kim and Kris. Um ok, that's an easy one.
Kim Kardashian is all set to marry NBA star Kris Humphries in a super spectacular wedding in Montecito, Calif. (just outside of Santa Barbara) that will probably put all celeb weddings to shame (to the tune of $20 million!)
And but of course, no celeb wedding is complete without a hotel stay. As it turns out, The Kardashians will be keeping up with all their guests by putting them up at the Four Seasons Biltmore while the family itself is spending the weekend at the nearby San Ysidro Ranch where private cottages go for $5,500 a night, according to Star Magazine.
While it's not quite clear where exactly the nuptials are happening--it's looking like San Ysidro Ranch might be the place--both hotels are completely booked up for the weekend.
Hmmm. Looks like Santa Barbara may have gone all out for the wrong royal couple this summer. Still, if you're interested in staying at the hotel favored by other reality stars, The Four Seasons has rooms next week starting at $595 a night.
[Photo: Kim Kardashian]