Thursday, May 5, 2011

Weekly Inspiration: Royal Wedding Receptions

Didn't you just fall in love with William and Kate's wedding? Perfection in every way. From the bride's impeccably designed gown (and that veil!), to the adorable flower girls and pages, to the light-hearted words whispered at the alter, I was impressed that such a grand and traditional affair also felt so modern and personal.

If you’re feeling inspired by the royal wedding, I wanted to share some of my favorite venues for regal receptions.

The Breakers, Palm Beach

The legendary Breakers is a spectacular Italian-Renaissance hotel overlooking the ocean in Palm Beach. Its grand old world feel is just magnificent ~ a truly special place with so much rich history that each of their beautiful ballrooms transports you to another time and place. In addition, the service is outstanding, making each guest feel like a king or queen.

Photography by Abby Ross. See more from this event here.

City Hall, San Francisco

San Franciscans are truly lucky to have such a stunning and impressive building for our City Hall. Even a small elopement feels so significant and special when the couple steps onto the grand staircase in the Rotunda. But I love City Hall for large receptions, with dinner and dancing under the gilded dome or in the spacious North Light Court. With its marble floors and grand archways, City Hall is a wonderful venue for feeling like American royalty.

Photography by Gertrude and Mabel. See more from this wedding here.

The Palace Hotel, San Francisco

The iconic Palace Hotel is a landmark in San Francisco, reminiscent of turn-of-the-century grandeur. The Garden Court, with its spectacular stained glass dome and crystal chandeliers, is perfectly befitting a royal reception. Isn't it breathtaking in candlelight? I also recommend taking a page from Prince Harry's wedding playbook by hosting an after-party in the Ralston Room, giving guests a chance to really cut loose at the end of the night.

Photography by Suzy Clement. See more from this wedding here.

Laurie Arons Special Events is a preferred vendor at all of the venues listed above. Please feel free contact us if you'd like to plan an event.

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