By Armella Stepan
Southern California is one of the most popular locations for weddings as the sun is usually guaranteed to shine and the temperature averages a comfortable 72 degrees.
Now picture two iconic luxury hotels sitting side by side on a beach, with coastal charm and world-class service. You would be envisioning Santa Monica’s Shutters on the Beach and Hotel Casa del Mar, two sought-after destinations for saying “I do!”
The demand for long weekend and destination weddings is on the rise. This means couples are seeking locations that can offer their guests a variety of outdoor activities—dining, spa, and entertainment options—so the bride and groom can focus on relaxing.
For many brides and grooms, their wedding is the first day of their life together [...]
“After all the planning and preparation, brides often recall their wedding day as a ‘blur.’ The anticipation coupled with all the heightened emotion, can create a lot of anxiety,”explains Bruce Hochberger, Director of Catering at Shutters and Casa. “Today’s bride wants a chance to celebrate with as little stress as possible.”
To help make dreams come true for the newly engaged, Shutters and Casa created the Platinum Package for worry-free weddings.
“As with any large event, many of our clients are often daunted by all of the moving parts of celebrating a special occasion. Our Platinum Wedding Package makes planning the ultimate wedding a breeze!” Hochberger extols. Reserved for weddings with 50 guests or more, the package includes passed hors d’oeuvres, a customizable three-course dinner, customized wedding cake, champagne toast, table-side wine service, and five hours of a premium bar. As the proverbial icing on the cake, the bride and groom will also receive a complimentary suite on their wedding night.
In addition, Hochberger and his team’s carefully curated list of preferred local vendors, the best of the best in the area, is provided during the initial planning meeting.
“For many brides and grooms, their wedding is the first day of their life together,” Hochberger adds. “Our goal is to help them find the perfect team who can bring their vision to life as they begin their lives together.”