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UPDATE, 9.30.14:The wedding was held at the Aman Canal Grande with a brunch to celebrate the couple the following day at the Belmond. As you were.
Lately, our issues with the water world city that is Venice, Italy have been centered around lackluster hotel design and obscene prices. But when you're George Clooney on the eve of your nuptials, none of that even enters your mind. Or so we imagine.
Clooney and his betrothed, Amal Allamuddin, are set to marry this weekend in Venice and according to the Telegraph UK, speculation about where the couple will marry is in "overdrive." Here's the top contender for the wedding site:
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UPDATE: The hotel told CNBC the policy was a joke and "It was meant to be taken down long ago and certainly was never enforced." We say, "That's convenient."
UPDATE, 8.6.14: The owner has posted this apology and update on the hotel's Facebook page. While the negative review policy may have been a joke gone wrong, the hotel still has a bunch of other ridiculous policies. Be sure to read those in our story below.
Hotels have been striking back at online guests reviews over the past few years in various ways. The most popular and most sensible way is the constant responding of management to all reviews--good and bad (so long as you aren't a dick about it.) Then, there's the requesting of really bad reviews to be removed from the site, which TripAdvisor has agreed to recently, especially if the property has been renovated since the negative note. Hotels have also gone straight to the guests,
bribing them offering them perks during their stay or discounts for future stays if they write a positive review.
"There will be a $500 dollar fine that will be deducted from your deposit for every negative review of USGH place on any internet site by anyone in your party and/or attending your wedding even if you stay here to attend a wedding anywhere in the area and leave us a negative review on any internet site you agree to a $500 fine for each negative review.”
The policy is in effect for wedding guests in the area and wedding parties at the Inn, not regular guests (although this a strange distinction to make.) The hotel will also refund the $500 if the review is taken down.
Um, yeah, well now that this policy is being condemned on the news, we can safely say this has back fired for the hotel.
State by state, equal marriage rights continue to gain ground across the country. But gay couples are still prohibited from marrying in 31 states, including Nevada.
So if you’re a same-sex couple that always wanted to get hitched in one of those kitschy Vegas drive-through chapels, you’re out of luck. In Sin City, the sanctity of marriage is still reserved for Britney Spears and her 24-hour husband. Committed couples like that.
Here’s the next best thing, and no, we don’t mean the Madonna-Rupert Everett movie. (Let us never speak of it again.) To coincide with NYC Pride, Wythe Hotel is unveiling a pop-up wedding chapel on the outdoor deck of The Ides, its rooftop bar. Looking to make it official on a spur of the moment? Look no further.
From June 27-29, it takes just $1,500 to book an hour-long ceremony for up to 20 guests, an officiant to perform the ceremony, a wedding photograph and a champagne toast. And just to be clear, same-sex marriage is recognized in New York, so when you’re “legally pronounced” husbands or wives, it’s a binding deal. (Get the full details here.)
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The Burj Al Arab in Dubai is the world's most luxurious luxury hotel where every hotel room is a two-story suite, every guest has its own butler, and every in-room iPad is plated in gold. And now, weddings at the Jumeirah Group hotel are sky-high. Literally.
The hotel's new Wedding in the Skies experience will allow couples to get married on the helipad of the hotel 212 meters above the Arabian Gulf. The very same helipad where Roger Federer and Andre Agassi played a game of tennis and where Formula One Champion David Coulthard performed donuts in a Red Bull Racing car.
For $55,000, guests will work with not a wedding planner but rather a "Wedding Architect" who will guide them through such pressing wedding day decisions as--should the couple arrive at the hotel by air in an Italian twin engine Augusta 109 or by road in a Rolls Royce Phantom? Which wedding cake from Executive Pastry Chef Johannes Bonin should they choose from? Which spa sessions from the Talise Spa should they indulge in? And perhaps, most importantly, what specially designed wedding scent developed by a leading perfumist should the couple spritz everywhere?
Other perks in the package include, accommodations (of course), private sessions with personal trainers, shopping and styling sessions with personal stylists, dance and etiquette lessons, floral consolations and access to Dubai's best jewelers and top haute couturiers.
Interestingly, there's no mention of photography services so we hope the Wedding Architect can at least recommend someone. And yes, we think you should get BOTH a photographer and a videographer for this big day.
[Photo: Burj Al Arab]
Daryl Hannah would be so proud to tie the knot at Sheraton Forth Lauderdale Beach Hotel with their newest wedding package that's fit for those with fins. While we might be over underwater hotels, we can really get behind a picture-perfect, underwater-wedding day.
The Mermaid Wedding package offers love-dovey couples the opportunity to say their "I Do's" under water with an "actual" mermaid while up to 50 of their closest friends watch from the dry deck of The Wreck Bar, the hotel's nautical-themed bar. (See a photo of a vow-renewal here.) From portholes and picture windows, your guests have a view under the surface of the hotel pool for the bride and groom's 10-minute ceremony. Something tells us there wont be a dry eye in the house.
Once the happy couple dries off, a 90-minute reception in the bar for toasts and mingling with your guests. The package includes a choreography session prior to the ceremony so neither the bride or groom look like a dead fish and mermaid tails will be on offer for photo-ops.
The Sanderling Resort in the Outer Banks of North Carolina has some rather clever culinary presentations that they do for wedding receptions and other events at their beachfront property (check out the I Love Bacon station here.) But with everyone else but us (or it seems like) kicking back on Spring Break this week, we're really loving this Beer Canoe.
Yup, a canoe filled with bottles of beer. So simple and yet so right. The hotel will also do a seafood buffet out of a canoe too. Hello there, lobsters!
More pics below!
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We thought yesterday's rental of a resort in the Florida Keys for a 12-13-14 was insane, namely because it costs nearly $200,000 but the W Hotels of New York City are on another level of cray.
They are now offering the services of a W Social Media Wedding Concierge whose job will be to document your entire wedding across all social media platforms including using a special wedding hashtag. The service costs $3,000 but you have to be hosting your wedding at one of the W Hotels in NYC to get access to the concierge.
The W Social Media Concierge will also help guests of the wedding post their own photos to social media.
Good God, what is this world coming to? Simply posting a picture of the happy couple on Facebook saying "Congrats!" is no longer enough?
And for what it's worth, uploading photos, Tweets, Instagrams, Vines, and Pinterest boards and creating hashtags is still completely free. So maybe take that three grand and extend the hours of the open bar while putting your college-aged cousin to work. #justsaying
TL; DR this is how we really feel:
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Calling all brides and grooms: December 13, 2014 is your absolute last chance to have a wedding on a sequential calendar date in this century. You know what we're talking about. It started off with 1/2/03 and moved on to dates like 5/6/07 and 10/11/12 and 11/12/13 and now it will all end with 12/13/14.
As with all sequential dates, and palindrome dates like 7/7/7 and 12/12/12, hotels are ready and willing to help you celebrate your (extra) special day. We're sure to see a flood of offers and wedding packages as the date nears but if you're in the nuptial planning stages now, consider the Little Palm Island Resort & Spa in the Florida Keys and their jaw-dropping hotel buyout offer.
The hotel's ETERNITY package will give one couple and their guests exclusive use of the private island resort from December 12-14, 2014. That includes tax and tipping.
Marking the last sequential date of the century, privileged guests join the bride and groom for three full days of decadent fine dining, award-winning service and luxury accommodations, as the resort’s dedicated team of wedding specialists ensure all preparations are flawlessly executed. Priced at $195,000, the 12,13,14…ETERNITY package also includes a $5,000 resort credit, to be used toward a return stay on the couple’s one-year anniversary.
Here's the entire breakdown:
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Did someone put a ring on it over Valentine's Day? Congratulations! Now it's time to get to work planning your dream wedding.
But while you embark on the what will be, without a doubt, the most exhausting, nerve-wracking, limit-testing ordeal of your life (until you have kids, of course) here's a clever way to pay for your honeymoon--have your wedding guests chip in.
Hilton Worldwide has just launched the new Hilton Honeymoon Registry . Simply register for one of more than 100 Hilton properties worldwide (including their Conrad and Waldorf Astoria brands). and from there you can select specific rooms, suites, upgrades, amenities and other experiences for your friends and family to give to you on your wedding. Read more on how it works here.
We perused a sample registry and you can literally put anything available at the hotel on the registry from a bottle of wine in the room to dinner in the restaurant and spa treatments.
While china, place settings and food processors from your friends and family will always be appreciated, we kind of like these gifts too because you will actually use them. Just pray that Grandma doesn't buy you a sensual couples massage. Eee.
[Photo: Hilton Honeymoon Registry]
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If you are so inspired by the gorgeous scenery at the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort that you feel like you want to marry it, now you can do the next best thing: get married in it.
The Puerto Rican resort has partnered with renowned designer Lela Rose (dresser to many of the stars, including Anne Hathaway and Cameron Diaz) to create an capsule collection of wedding dresses inspired by the resort and destination. It's the only place you'll be able to buy one of the special dresses: the collection is available exclusively to brides booking their wedding at the Bahia Beach, where they do a roaring wedding business and even have their own wedding planning team on staff.
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The first same-sex wedding performed at W Retreat and Spa, Vieques Island
Same-sex marriage rights are being honored more and more across the country and now Puerto Rico's The W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Islandhas become the first hotel to exclusively partner with an LGBT wedding planner.
The resort has joined with Bernadette Coveney Smith and her customized “14 Stories Wedding Day” business to offer same-sex couples an opportunity to exchange vows on Vieques.
Coveney Smith's 14 Stories is said to be the first business in the U.S. to specialize in planning legal gay and lesbian weddings.
Couples who host their nuptials at the W's deluxe hotel can expect the following:
· A legal marriage ceremony performed in NYC or Boston
· 45 off-site planning hours
· One pre-wedding tasting and planning on Vieques Island with Coveney Smith and the W's culinary team
· Coveney Smith’s attendance fee to personally oversee the Vieques ceremony and rehearsal
· Post-marriage resources specializing in the LGBT community
· A personalized website for guests to book hotel rooms, view photos, learn about wedding festivities and the couple’s complimentary registry
· A donation to a marriage equality charity on the couple’s first anniversary
· 12,000 Starwood Preferred Guest points which can be redeemed towards a free night at W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island and other onsite options.
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Gabourey Sidibe provides the comedy for Jimmy Kimmel's wedding!
As wedding season continues (hey, how many have you been to so far?), we’re taking a look at a few celebrities who are getting hitched during this toasty summer in hotels all around the world.
Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel tied the knot on July 13th, with his show's co-head writer, Molly McNearney at California’s Ojai Valley Inn and Spa. Over 300 friends (including Matt Damon!)came to partake in the special day. Naturally it was star-couple studded event with Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, plus Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux in attendance. But in true comedic fashion, there had to be a joke somewhere in the festivities and that came in the form of “Precious" actress Gabourey Sidibe. She donned a Cinderella-style wedding dress and veil and walked down the aisle to greet Kimmel. The prank was set up by Kimmel’s own fiancé and everyone got a kick out of it. Later, Sidibe changed into a proper red dress. Sounds like a good time!