One thing I’ve been told about weddings at the Pfister Hotel is that once a bride walks in, she is hooked.
In addition to this “love at first sight” phenomenon, the Pfister is known for second-to-none service, elegance and history.
The hotel’s three ballrooms, 307 guest rooms and elegant accommodations make it the perfect spot for your wedding.
Historic Elegance and Tradition
The Pfister Hotel was built in 1893 for over $1 million dollars and was the most lavish hotel of it’s time. Two of the Pfister’s three ballrooms – the Rouge and the Imperial – are original to the hotel, with the same decorative touches and chandeliers that graced the ballrooms in 1893.
One cool thing about a hotel this rich in history is that different generations can celebrate their weddings in the same place. When I sat down and talked with Sydney, the Pfister’s director of catering, she told stories of current brides using the same ballroom as their mother and grandmother. How awesome is that!
Weddings at the Pfister
One of the great things about having your wedding at the Pfister is its amenities. First, it’s a hotel, so it offers a great central location for you and your guests. They offer discounted room blocks, and if they are full, they can work with their sister properties, the Hilton and the Intercontinental to accommodate your guests.
Also, the Pfister has a spa, a cafe, a restaurant and two bars – all of which will get plenty of business from your guests during their stay.
The Pfister’s ballrooms are really what makes it one of the top wedding venues in town. All of the ballrooms are located on the seventh floor of the hotel. In the center of this floor is a common area that works great for drinks and appetizers. Each ballroom can accommodate different party sizes as described below:
- Imperial Ballroom – 300 guest capacity
- Grand Ballroom – 600 guest capacity
- The Rouge – 150 guest capacity
Impeccable Service from a Staff Who Cares
Beauty and history aside, you’ll want to be treated like a queen and avoid any problems on your wedding day. And this is where the Pfister really excels. The Pfister has a very tenured staff, some who have been there for 30 years. They are not only experienced, but they take pride in making your wedding the best night of your life.
The Pfister will also provide a dedicated wedding staff person to work with you throughout your planning process. This staff person will help you plan your menu, suggest and coordinate with vendors, block rooms and will even act as a day-of coordinator.
The Pfister’s Job is to NOT Say No
Have a special request for your wedding? If the Pfister can make it happen they will. Some of their coolest “special requests” involved surprises for the bride, the parents and even a surprise for all the guests.
For example, one groom bought his bride a surprise car as a wedding gift. The Pfister managed to secretly get the car in a room on the seventh floor next to the couple’s wedding reception and surprise the bride!
Another awesome surprise was a flash mob conceptualized by a couple. Their guests had no idea what was going on, but I’m sure it ended up being one of the most unique weddings they had ever been to. It makes me smile just thinking about it 🙂
Special Pfister Discounts
The Pfister is one of the pricier venues in town, but there are some discounts available that can make it much more affordable. For example:
- Friday/Sunday weddings receive a 10 percent discount on their food and beverage.
- Military personnel receive a 25 percent discount on their food and beverage. The Pfister also gives them a deployment clause, so if they are called to duty, they won’t be on the hook for their wedding bill.
If you’re one of the lucky brides and money is no object, you can rent the entire seventh floor of the Pfister. This allows you many setup options, such as doing your wedding in one ballroom, drinks and appetizers in the central lobby and a sit down reception in another ballroom.
To learn more about weddings at the Pfister Hotel, check out www.marucsweddings.com. As an added bonus, the site also includes information on other Marcus properties, including the Hilton and the Intercontinental.
Special thanks to Dennis Felber Photography and Z2 Marketing for the beautiful photos in this article.
What an absolutely stunning location for a wedding! I love buildings with character and the Pfister has it in spades. Any city would be blessed to have such an amazing venue.