The Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs is like no other venue. From the moment I walked in, I knew that a wedding at this hotel was bound to be unforgettable. The lobby was warm and inviting with tapestried walls and bold striped wood floors. I could instantly see opportunities for a wedding party to congregate or a couple to grab a drink before the nuptials. The walls featuring music memorabilia are unique conversation starters, and art lovers will appreciate collectable- covered halls.
Another fun feature about the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs is their vicinity to local shopping, dining, and entertainment. Within walking distance you will find adorable coffee shops, boutique décor, art galleries and any kind of food you desire. I suggest you arrive early and spend a few days relaxing before the wedding. Enjoy a massage at the Rock Spa on site or stroll through Motif, a nearby modern art store. Or, remain at the hotel after your wedding is over to enjoy your honeymoon in this energetic and exciting town. Rent a cabana during the pool party on the weekend or rock out with your own electric guitar in your honeymoon suite! The possibilities are endless.
I was excited to speak with Martha Stolting, the Catering Sales Manager and wedding coordinator about all of the possibilities, and I was not disappointed. Martha (I’d like to think of her has the Hard Rock Hotel’s own personal Martha Stewart!) is the ideal wedding planner. She is professional, creative, and easy to work with. I can see why so many couples flock to the venue for their event. After speaking with her, I got the feeling that a couple is never alone in the planning process. If you’ve started your wedding planning at all, then you may already be overwhelmed with options and organizing. But I felt so at ease with Martha. I knew immediately that a wedding in her hands would be magical.
You may feel overwhelmed when you first begin planning a wedding. So you wanted to find a venue to relieve that stress and offer an alternative to the typical frenzied wedding event. After talking with Martha and her staff at the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs (HRH PS), I knew I didn’t need to search further. You are no longer alone in planning your wedding when at the HRHPS. You have a team behind you, and they are dedicated to creating the perfect event for you. Whether you are considering a destination wedding or you are a short drive away from Palm Springs, your entire event can be planned on site. From the invitations, flowers and caterer to the photographer, décor and weekend events, the HRH PS has everything you can dream of for your event. You will never need to call a vendor again and have to start with the dreaded questions about if they support your marriage or not.
GWM: ARE COUPLES COMING TO THE HRH PS AS A DESTINATION WEDDING OR ARE THEY LOCAL?
Martha: Couples come from different
parts of the country and state, all over. Some are destination weddings, and they come from as far as Chicago, or Canada. Other couples drive in from other parts of Southern California. Due to the Palm Springs International Airport that is down the street from our hotel, it is much easier for couples to travel here and spend time on planning and enjoying the city and traveling.
GWM: WALK ME THROUGH AN INITIAL MEETING WITH A COUPLE. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE QUESTIONS YOU ASK THEM? Martha: Like any wedding planner I want to know, “What is most important for you on your wedding day?” The rest of the planning falls into place easily when the expectations are communicated. We can then spend time on finding the best way to plan their dreamwedding. Time of year, number of guests, and timeline are all necessary items to cover so we can create the best package for our clients.
GWM: HOW INVOLVED ARE YOUR WEDDING DAY-OF COORDINATORS?
Martha: The nice thing about our hotel is that our coordinators are with the client from beginning to end. There is no need to hire outside help for an event at the HRH PS. We believe you should enjoy your event, so we take care of everything!
GWM: WHAT ARE THE MOST POPULAR CATERING OPTIONS RIGHT NOW?
Martha: We are fortunate to have talented chefs on site that are ready to meet the needs of any culinary guru. We see that clients still love personal service that includes food stations and individual small portions. This gives the guests an opportunity to try a variety of options instead of the traditional buffet.
GWM: WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU SEE A COUPLE FACE WHEN PLANNING
Martha: Couples stress a lot about making other people happy. I encourage them not to be concerned with pleasing everyone else. This is their special day. Their guests are here for them.
GWM: DO YOU HAVE PREFERRED VENDORS YOU SUGGEST?
Martha: Absolutely! We have cultivated a list of talented and unique vendors that are familiar with our venue and they are wonderful to work with. From the invitations and flowers to entertainment and lighting, we can provide it all. A couple can decide how involved they would like to be as well. Once the venue is booked, I can give them the list of vendors, and they are more than welcome to reach out to them. However, many decide to delegate that responsibility. We are flexible, and we want to create a package that fits the unique needs of each couple.
When planning your wedding, don’t hesitate to call The Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs. I plan to return and enjoy another fun-filled and unforgettable weekend soon.
Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs 800-280-2971 www.hrhpalmsprings.com