This past Sunday, Mr. Husband and I spent the afternoon at the Celebration Showcase hosted by the Washington West End Marriott. We had a seriously great time! This is what greeted us when we arrived:
So pretty! Oh, and please excuse the poor picture quality in this post. We didn't take the good camera along, so I had to rely on my phone camera.
The Celebration Showcase is an event that the Marriott holds a couple of times a year to give couples and event planners a chance to come in and check out the hotel's event spaces and event-related services. It's like a little party with lighting, food, champagne, music . . . a lot of the things you'll probably have at your wedding. We got to see the main ballroom all dressed up for a party; taste delicious apps and sweets from the Marriott chefs; check out the linen selection; taste yummy wedding cake from Creative Cakes; and chat with DJ Mike Blaufield, who did a great job setting a relaxed and sophisticated mood.
I really liked the event spaces at this Marriott. The ballrooms are by themsleves on the second floor, with an expansive gallery overlooking the lobby of the hotel. That means you shouldn't have random hotel guests wandering through your reception, the restrooms outside the ballroom will be used almost exclusively by your guests, and you get two event spaces (the gallery outside the ballroom and the ballroom itself) to work with.
Your guests will enter through the hotel lobby (pictured below from above -- I shot this picture from the railing just outside the entrance to the main ballroom)
and use the escalators in the top right corner of that picture to head up to the second floor. For guests who need or prefer an elevator, there's also plenty of elevator access. There's a large blank wall area just above the escalator, and if you choose to have a custom gobo made (a gobo is a metal plate with a cutout -- in this case probably your names and wedding date -- that goes over a spotlight to project the cutout image onto the wall or floor), then the Marriott can project it onto this space so it's the first thing your guests see when they arrive. I love that! And the Marriott can handle the custom gobo for you as part of their lighting upgrade package.
Once your guests step off the escalator, they'll enter your cocktail hour, which will take place in the gallery area outside the main ballroom. You can see the ballroom entrance below, highlighted with the draping and the uplighting. The gallery is quite large and should allow ample space for your guests to mix and mingle.
From there it's on to the reception in the ballroom, which you've already seen pictured at the top of this post.
As long as we were there, I also took some photos of the restroom for you. Odd? Maybe. But it's always best when the restrooms are outfitted just as nicely as the rest of the event space, and these are. There's a lounge area and the restroom area; and the lounge offers seating, plenty of mirrors, and surfaces where you could place decor or baskets of amenities for your guests.
The Washington West End Marriott is located in D.C.'s West End, roughly midway between Washington Circle and Dupont Circle, and is about a ten-minute walk from either the Foggy Bottom or Dupont Circle Metro stations. The ballrooms and adjoining meeting rooms can be configured to accommodate both large and intimate weddings.
Questions? Post a comment below, or you can get in touch with the event pros at the hotel directly by visiting their web page.
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