Your First Look at Weddings at Philly’s New Four Seasons Hotel
On offer: floor-to-ceiling windows in the ballroom, dinner options by Greg Vernick, and florals from a Kardashian favorite.
In case you’ve somehow missed the buzz, the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia has been Philly’s most anticipated hotel of the decade. Officially opened for business on August 12th on floors 48 through 60 of the Comcast Technology Center, travelers and locals alike have flocked to the 60th-floor lobby bar and restaurant to sip cucumber martinis and take in the views. (The hotel is the tallest in all of North America.)
With the new hotel opening comes a gorgeous new upscale option for a city ballroom wedding. Per Jennifer Adams, the hotel’s director of event sales and group services, the Four Seasons Philadelphia boasts 15,000 square feet of wedding and event space. The two main ballrooms are located on the 5th floor of the tower. Ceremonies will typically take place in the 2,364-square foot Arch Ballroom, with cocktail hour spilling out into the foyer and then leading into the adjacent 4,554-square-foot Grand Terrace ballroom, which can accommodate up to 320 guests for a seated dinner and dancing. (The terrace portion of the Grand Terrace ballroom, a rare opportunity for outdoor event space in Center City, can hold 75 guests at a time.)
Both the Arch Ballroom and Grand Terrace ballroom are outfitted with 17-foot floor-to-ceiling windows, and, most significantly, a neutral color scheme. More often than not, hotel ballroom floors are covered in heavily patterned carpet. This is necessary to hide weekend after weekend of heavy foot traffic and red wine spills, but the design decision often competes with a couples’ wedding decor scheme. That won’t be the case at the Four Seasons Philadelphia. Here, the carpet is an elegant beige, ready to blend in with whatever is placed on top of it.
When it comes to florals, wow-factor won’t be a problem — the hotel has teamed up with Jeff Leatham, a celebrity florist who counts Oprah and several Kardashians as clients. Though technically based in L.A., Leatham keeps three offices: one at the tony Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, another at the historic Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris, and now, a third at 19th and Arch. Use of his teams’ services are not required for weddings at the Four Seasons, but the Four Seasons is the only place in Philly where they’ll be on offer.
More big names are attached to the dining options. Couples hosting their wedding at the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia will be able choose from menus featuring dishes created by both Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Greg Vernick, the star chefs attached to the hotels’ two restaurants. And if it’s the views from Vongerichten’s 59th-floor restaurant you’re after, that won’t be an issue — the hotel has two private dining rooms, perfect for a rehearsal dinner or next-day brunch, located just off the main dining space.
Also on offer: services at the hotel’s luxurious 57th-floor spa. Wedding parties can relax with a pre-wedding massage or facial, primp with pedis and manis, or even get their tresses tamed on-property when the hair salon opens in October.
Couples booking their wedding at the hotel will receive a complimentary stay on the night of their event, and Adams says they can expect a little Four Seasons magic when they head up to their room at the end of the night. The hotel brand has been known to have a couples’ first dance song playing when they enter, and has also monogrammed robes with new initials.
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