As classic as a black-and-white film, saying, “I do,” inside the beautiful ballroom of an elegant hotel still remains a picture-perfect way to be married. “There’s a misconception that having your wedding at a hotel can be very expensive,” Sarah Johnson, director of sales and marketing at the Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel St. Louis, says. “Back in the day, that may have been true, but we are able to work within a range of budgets.”
At the Sheraton, weddings may range from small to big, with a versatility in floor plans and a list of valued vendors at hand. “We have a number of vendors we trust to do a great job,” Johnson shares. “Based on what the bride and groom want, we get them in touch with the vendors, so they can morph the space into the couple’s vision.”
That initial consultation begins with the Sheraton’s wedding specialist. “Our catering manager, Deedy Johnson, takes a consultative approach with couples,” Johnson says. “She guides them through [the space], learning how they envision it – down to every detail – and finding the best way to create that.”
The Sheraton ensures its staff stays up to date on the latest and greatest happenings in the wedding world. “Deedy can step up and say, ‘I’ve seen this on the East and West coasts. You’d be the first to do that here,’” Johnson explains. “She attended a conference in LA and brought back a suggestion, a doughnut wall, which has been a huge hit. It’s the little things she keeps up with that can really make the bride and groom’s night special.”
From trendsetting details to the meal served on each plate, the hotel focuses on personalizing each couple’s wedding. “Smaller weddings don’t always, but sometimes [do], have smaller budgets,” Johnson notes. “If a couple really loves the venue, but their budget isn’t matching the menu prices, we are happy to sit down with them and have our chef [present] new offerings. We always do a tasting for the couple.” The hotel even specializes in kosher events, being one of only five venues in St. Louis to offer a dedicated kosher kitchen.
“Unlike some freestanding venues, all of your [extras like] linens, flatware, the bar and dance floor are here,” Johnson says. “Elsewhere, they could be an additional cost. We offer it all.” Set aside a block of rooms for your out-of-town guests, who will appreciate the hotel’s convenient location to shopping, restaurants and more, and make your affair one to remember. The Sheraton proves the hotel wedding is never going out of style.
Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel St. Louis, 7730 Bonhomme Ave., Clayton, 314-719-4303, sheratonclaytonhotel.com