Hilton Garden Inn offers popular wedding diningWritten by Allison Wingate | | firstname.lastname@example.org
One year after opening, the Hilton Garden Inn is so popular that brides need to book the facility 18 months in advance.
“We’re already booking into 2010 and 2011,” said Betsy Gavin, director of sales.
The Garden Inn in Levis Commons typically hosts two weddings per weekend, but has hosted four because of demand.
“We do all of our own catering from breakfast to lunch, dinner and reception menus,” Gavin said. “Our chef can even customize a menu for you and for the larger parties we’ll do tastings beforehand where the chef prepares the food and walks you through it.”
The ballroom is 10,000 square feet and, depending on the style of seating, can accommodate from 600 up to 1,000 people. The ballroom also can be broken down into thirds for smaller events and seminars, such as corporate meetings, conventions, social events and fundraisers, while the facility also has smaller break-off rooms for more intimate functions.
A patio off of the ballroom serves as an area for cocktails and appetizers, for use before the reception begins. A separate entrance allows guests to enter directly into the hall rather than walking through the hotel. Parking is free and plentiful because of proximity to Levis Commons.
When designing the ballroom, the Hilton took into account the history of Toledo and the culture it represented.
“When you walk into the ballroom, there’s a lot of glass art since we’re in the Glass City,” Gavin said. “Our designer commissioned work from a lot of local artists.”
The all-inclusive wedding package includes a champagne toast, four hours of an open bar, a cheese and vegetable display, a choice of entrée, a complimentary wedding cake (courtesy of Wixey Bakery), after-dinner coffee services (courtesy of Starbucks), over-night accommodations for the bride and groom, special guest rates for out-of-town guests and free parking.
Plated dinners range from $53.95 to $68.95 per plate, depending on the choice of entrée.
“We have 184 guest rooms here at the Hilton, and typically, the party stays here,” Gavin said.
It doesn’t end after the wedding night, though — the Hilton Garden Inn follows up a year later with their brides and grooms and provides them with a complimentary one-year anniversary overnight stay with breakfast.