El Portal Sedona Offers Exclusive Destination Wedding Packages

September 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

El Portal Sedona has developed four new wedding packages for indoor or outdoor weddings at the 4 diamond luxury boutique hotel. Located in the historic arts district, the 12 room hotel is located adjacent to Tlaquepaque shopping village and Sedona Spa. The property was designed and built in turn of the century Southwestern design, featuring custom adobe architecture, distinctive stained glass and luxurious finishes throughout.

El Portal Wedding Packages start at $999, and each package includes a two night stay for the bride and groom in a luxurious Garden Room at the hotel. Brides can choose to include in-room hair and makeup, floral creations, musical accompaniment ranging from violinist to native flute, delectable and elegant wedding cakes, and photography. Red Rock Sunset photos create a truly unique wedding memory of exchanging vows in one of the most beautiful natural settings in the world. The hotel’s courtyard is a romantic venue for any wedding, featuring lush plantings, koi pond and grapevine arbors enhanced with twinkling lights.

El Portal owner, Steve Segner, says, “Sedona is the ultimate wedding destination in Arizona, and we are pleased to offer our distinctive setting and custom wedding planning services to discerning brides. At El Portal, our resources and unique knowledge of the area allow us to help brides plan the wedding of their dreams.”

Bridal parties interested in renting all 12 rooms at the hotel can enjoy spacious and well-appointed guest suites that feature patios, fireplaces, entertainment centers and more. El Portal’s wedding planning staff can make all wedding arrangements including custom reception menus from casual to elegant. Concierge services at the hotel will assist in planning weekend activities for wedding guests ranging from spa services to jeep tours or picnics. Segner says, “We want each of our guests to make El Portal their home away from home, especially for special occasions such as weddings. We provide personalized recommendations and services in a welcoming atmosphere that allows bridal parties and guests to relax and enjoy the day.”

Weddings at El Portal can accommodate up to 35 guests. For larger weddings of up to 100 guests, the Segners offer use of their own ranch in Sedona.

For more information on wedding packages at El Portal Sedona, please visit http://elportalsedona.com/weddings.html.

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Are destination weddings getting a bad rap?

September 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

I read an article the other day where the writer suggested that a destination wedding is just a terrible thing to inflict on your friends or family and that people who do this are selfish, inconsiderate boobs.  To be completely candid, I’ve read variations of this theme over the years and what bothers me every time I read something like this is the time and energy devoted to such a simple remedy – politely decline the invitation!  Really, it’s that simple.  Why get all worked up over an invitation?  Just say no and leave it at that.

People get married for so many reasons and it’s such a shame that others go out of their way to suggest that if you don’t have your wedding their way, then you’re selfish and inconsiderate.  Honestly I think this is why destination weddings are so popular, people don’t want hear that they have to have their parents’ wedding.  They want a choice and the opportunity to create a unique experience; I completely get this.  And what are the chances that anyone can plan a wedding that makes everyone happy?  Zero.  The kind truth is that someone is going to have a problem with the date, the location and so on.

So what’s the solution?  Plan your wedding around the people who support your vision and don’t worry about the rock throwers, there’s no shortage of them and chances are they wouldn’t come to your wedding even if you did plan it around them.

I do have some tips though on how to keep your destination wedding guest friendly.

  1. Be kind – give your guests plenty of advance notice in order to save money, arrange child care or take off work .  You can announce your intention for a destination wedding without all the details 12 to 18 months in advance.
  2. Be generous – Pay for a portion of your guest’s hotel expense, at least for your “must attend” guests.
  3. Be practical – Keep your destination within four hours flight time and plan a Saturday ceremony so that guests short on time or money can fly in on Friday and out on Sunday.
  4. Be sensitive – Not everyone can attend so plan an at home reception for those guests.  When you send out your formal invites, give your guests the option to RSVP to either your destination wedding or your at-home reception.

What has your experience with less than supportive guests and how did you solve it?  I’d love to hear about it!

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