Is a Ballroom Wedding Right for You?

The experts at the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel are sharing four reasons why a ballroom celebration might be the perfect fit.

Sponsored by Sheraton Bloomington Hotel

Congratulations on your engagement! This is an exciting time and with all the choices in front of you, it can feel extremely overwhelming. One of the first and biggest steps in planning your big day is picking the perfect location. There are country clubs, barns, backyards and everything in between. And, of course, don’t overlook the hotel ballroom! As a couple, when you stop to consider your personality, needs, and budget, a hotel ballroom wedding might just be the best fit for you.

The Hotel Ballroom is Convenient

Does the idea of a “one-stop shop” appeal to you? Do you have a lot of friends and family traveling to celebrate? Do you prefer to go straight from ceremony to party with minimal effort?

Your guests will appreciate the convenience of a ballroom wedding. By planning your big day around a hotel venue, the guests benefit by low wait times between events, making it more likely that all of your loved ones will be there to celebrate with you every step of the way.

Not only is a ballroom wedding convenient for guests, but it's convenient for the couple too. Many hotel venues offer multiple event spaces to host everything from your rehearsal dinner to gift-opening. Hotels also often provide onsite catering options, eliminating the need to separately contract your food and beverage. A hotel venue with a well-known chef and enviable menus can be easily customized to your exceptional tastes. Unique lighting fixtures, beautiful décor and included linens can also minimize the need for a lot of additional décor because….

The Hotel Ballroom is Flexible

With so much included with the hotel ballroom, you may not need to bring in a lot of additional décor, but that doesn’t mean you won’t want to. Many hotel ballrooms are beautiful enough to stand on their own, but are also great “blank spaces” ready to be personalized. If your hotel ballroom features neutral colors, it lends itself to any wedding color palette. Go crazy! Or don’t…it’s up to you! Many hotel venues have great partnerships with other wedding vendors and may have a preferred vendor list to help make finding the perfect fit as simple as possible.

The hotel ballroom was created with weddings in mind. With such flexibility in the ballroom itself and surrounding spaces, your wedding can be as intimate as you need, while also accommodating large guest lists, which may not fit in more non-traditional locations.

The Hotel Ballroom is Cost-Effective

There are often many incentives and discounts offered to the couple who contracts sleeping rooms, event space and food and beverage packages all in the same place. Those savings can really add up! Many hotels often have reward programs that can earn you points, which can go toward future night stays (Hello, honeymoon!). Most hotel venues will also provide a professional onsite coordinator who can help walk you through all the little details of your big day.

The Hotel Ballroom is Complete

The wonderful people that support the hotel ballroom are in the business of hospitality and provide a multitude of services including the planning, set-up, execution and take-down of your special day. The couple doesn’t have to persuade friends to set up chairs, put down tablecloths or polish silverware.

Also, the Minnesota-based couple can’t ignore the consequences that may present themselves due to unpredictable weather. Unlike many rural locations, the hotel ballroom comes equipped with the “little things” like heat and air conditioning, bathrooms and ceilings. Also, the hotel ballroom tends to be easily accessible for out of town guests arriving via plane, train or automobile and looking to make a weekend out of your wedding. A hotel ballroom with lots of convenient, free, onsite parking also makes it easy for your guests to enjoy all the nearby attractions such as shopping, golfing, museums and zoos.

Getting engaged is exciting; planning for your big day should be too. With all the choices available, it can easily get overwhelming. When choosing a venue, the couple should evaluate their needs, personality and budget. Here are a few questions you should ask yourself: Is planning a wedding that's convenient for both you and your guests important to you? Is hosting a reception with delicious, beautiful, exceptional food and beverage that reflects your unique tastes a must? Are you high-maintenance, low-maintenance or no maintenance? Do you want the option to put on as many or few extra touches as you want, while still ensuring a memorable day? Do you want to surround yourself with hospitality professionals whose job it is to make your special day as easy and seamless as possible? Do you want the benefit of sticking to a budget with lots of added perks and benefits? A hotel ballroom may be for you!

Congratulations again on your engagement! 

Conveniently located with easy access Highway 100 and Interstates 494 and 35W, the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel provides the ideal setting for every occasion from intimate gatherings to large wedding ceremonies and receptions. Join us for an inventive experience created with elevated catering and refined, personalized service all set in a modern environment. The newly renovated hotel features the Bloomington Ballroom which can accommodate up to 300 seated guests for dinner as well as locations for ceremonies and receptions. To ensure your event is effortless, you will work with a dedicated wedding specialist throughout the entire planning process.  Bridal couple may earn up to 100,000 bonus Starpoints® which can be used towards honeymoon nights. Let our dedicated, experienced professionals turn your event into a memorable experience.