My fiancé and I just starting planning our wedding so I wanted to reach out to the Marriott community to get some feedback. A lot of the details haven't been ironed out yet but we are shooting to have our wedding at some point in the Fall of 2016. Our wedding budget is $25,000 - $30,000 (+/- $5,000) and we are planning to invite between 250 - 300 people (knowing that the attendance number will probably be lower than that). Because our families mostly reside in either New Hampshire (mine) or Laos (my fiancés) we are trying to have it in a hotel that is either close to the airport or close to downtown Nashville. We figure that if we make our wedding easy to get to and close to all of the fun Nashville has to offer more people from greater distances will make the trip because they can turn it into a mini vacation with their families.
We decided to choose a Marriott hotel to have our wedding in for a few reasons. The first reason is because of the convenience of having a one-stop-shop wedding where the ceremony, lodging, rehearsal dinner, and reception are done in a single location. This will allow people to arrive in Nashville and not have to rent a car or figure out complicated transportation logistics. The second reason is because I am currently a Marriott Rewards Silver Elite member and the points made from having a wedding at the Marriott could be used for our honeymoon. This will surely save some money on the back end. The third reason is because the Marriott properties that are in the areas we are currently considering are very nice. The Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University and Renaissance Nashville Hotel are both close to downtown while the Nashville Airport Marriott is close to the airport. The fourth reason is because these Marriott properties offer an onsite event planner. This is a major benefit as I am sure they have tremendous experience and resources to make sure everything is handled at the highest level of quality and professionalism.
All this being said (sorry for the lengthy post), I would like to get some feedback from the Marriott community as it relates to planning and having a wedding at a Marriott property (preferably the ones listed in my post). I really want to know the following:
I think having answers to these questions will give me a pretty good idea as to what to expect from having a wedding at a Marriott hotel. I really appreciate any and all feedback. Thank you!
Never staged a wedding at a Marriott Hotel; however, I did offer one of my grandsons and his wife honeymoon accommodations at the Nashville Opryland Hotel & Resort (Marriott facility) recently. Not only does this venue provide large ballroom, exotic places for wedding photographs, good restaurants and is near the Nashville Airport. You can check to see if the hotel provides free shuttle service. Also, for those interested in touring area, the hotel is only some 10 miles west of Nashville city, Vanderbilt University, historic Rhyman Auditorium (original Grand Ole Opry site), and you can just about walk to the present Grand Ole Opry auditorium, adjacent to the hotel:
Yay! Congrats on your engagement, nashvilletnguy! I'm so excited for you! I will reach out to our team to see if there's any insight they can provide me around weddings at properties around Nashville. I'll let you know what I hear back!
I've been working with Lindsey and we heard back from our team on getting you some additional information on having your wedding at a Marriott in the Nashville area. They have given us a link to the hotel directory provided here: http://www.marriott.com/hotel-search.mi , so you have the option to call a hotel directly and ask to speak to an event specialist. You may also want to contact our National Group Sales at (800) 831-4004. We hope this is helpful, and wish you the best for your wedding! Please feel free to share photos from the day on Insiders