Richmond Wedding Vendor Spotlight: The Westin Richmond
We love visiting The Westin Richmond, and we think you’ll enjoy getting to know a little bit more about this fabulous hotel!
Tell us a little about your hotel!
Among Richmond hotels, the AAA Four-Diamond Westin Richmond sets an award-winning precedent, boasting Westin’s coveted honors for “Hotel of the Year” and “Best in Class.”
Feel your best in luxurious rooms appointed with The Westin Heavenly® Bed and Heavenly® Bath and complimentary perks like bottled water, Starbucks coffee/tea and high-speed Internet. Reserve a room on our private, secure Club Level to enjoy exclusive upgrades, including complimentary continental breakfast and evening hors d’oeuvres in the lounge. Get equipped with Gear Lending with New Balance® to enjoy high-performance weight or cardio sessions in the WestinWORKOUT® fitness studio before rewarding yourself with a massage or dip in the heated indoor pool or hot tub. Enjoy superbly crafted cocktails and cuisine at Crossings Restaurant Bar & Lounge.
How did you get started in the wedding business?
When we opened eight years ago, we realized the potential that The Westin Richmond had to be an ideal wedding venue. Since then, we have been dedicated to developing holistic packages, connections with local vendors, and modern culinary experiences.
What’s your favorite wedding story?
Tisha shares this story from one of the Westin’s recent brides: “My wedding day got off to a perfect start when I woke up to mimosas being delivered and a text from my hairdresser saying that she would be at my door in 30 minutes. I was enthralled because the Westin Richmond was making yet another part of what was supposed to be a nerve-wracking process so stress-free! This one moment is true to form for the entire planning process.
The Westin provided me with a package that included my rehearsal, ceremony, reception and even a luxury suite for the night before and night of my wedding. Not only did this package allow me to have my wedding at The Westin, it also provided me with choices for meals, linens, chairs, centerpieces, china, and lighting, among other elements of décor, equipment and services. All that was required of me was to decide which options I envisioned on my big day, and on the off chance that I was indecisive, The Westin event planners offered me their expert opinion.
Choosing The Westin Richmond as my wedding venue was the second best decision of my life, just behind choosing to marry my husband.”
Why do you like working with weddings?
We find weddings rewarding because the feeling of being able to take the stress off of the bride and her family is unlike any other.
Also, everyone at The Westin Richmond loves a good love story and each department jumps at the opportunity to make a couples dreams come true.
From a vendor’s perspective, what is the one best piece of advice you can offer to engaged couples?
Have faith in the professionals that you entrust with your wedding. Do not sweat the small stuff — they are just as dedicated to making your wedding day the most spectacular day of your life!
How far in advance should couples book your services?
At least a year out, however, we have planned a wedding in 2 weeks.
What inspired you the most / where do you find inspiration?
The Westin Richmond event team actively searches blogs and publications, such as Richmond Weddings, for new trends and inspiration.
We are also inspired by the gratification that we receive from our clients and knowing that we had a part in their special day.
What do you like to do when you are away from work?
Members of our event team enjoy various creative activities such as graphic design, videography, studying wine, cooking, and interior design.
Thanks Tisha, and the whole catering & sales team, for answering our questions! If you’d like to learn more about the Westin Richmond, please visit www.westinrichmond.com.