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Marriott International

October 04, 2013 15:15 ET

Charleston Civic Center Hotel Toasts the Event Trends of the Year

In the Charleston Marriott Town Center, Couples Find a Style-Savvy Place to Say, "I Do"

CHARLESTON, WV--(Marketwired - Oct 4, 2013) - When engaged couples or those planning a special event have to worry about whether or not Cousin Barry will wear his tracksuit to the occasion, the last thing they need to fret about is whether or not their centerpieces are trendy enough. And yet it's precisely that level of inspired design (or lack thereof) that will stick with guests long after the ravioli and spanakopita are gone. Luckily for those booking at the Charleston Marriott Town Center, the hotel knows its way around a soda fountain and other on-trend features, and it makes organizing a stylish wedding or party not only easy but fun.

Good taste begins with the place, and the Charleston Marriott Town Center takes top billing among reception venues in Charleston, West Virginia. In addition to traditional ballrooms, guests can access the dramatic rooftop pavilion -- replete with skyline views and unforgettable ambience -- for their event. (This is particularly useful since creating atmosphere is in vogue, while themes are most certainly out.) With onsite certified wedding planners also available to couples, this Charleston, West Virginia hotel ensures that every wedding reception it hosts goes off without a hitch.

Those same planners can point couples in the right direction when it comes to what's popular and what's not, or accommodate couples who are looking for a venue that can pull off the style-driven event they envision. This year, there is a decidedly retro feel to what's in. Sangria has gone the way of the Macarena, for example, while soda has experienced a revival with old-fashioned soda fountains, regional soda flavors and even sodas sourced from far-flung locales. Vintage punch bowls and recipes, like the Charleston Marriott Town Center's Golden Citrus Wedding Punch, have also made a comeback, along with alcohol-infused cherries and that perennial favorite, the champagne cocktail.

Just as guests of the hotel's Brick Salt Bar + Kitchen enjoy local ingredients in the seasonal menu, events at this Charleston, West Virginia conference hotel feature simple, savory fare that's in keeping with overall trends. Small bites of tasty, timeless dishes -- think chicken-salad sandwiches, BLTs and other miniature renditions of comfort food -- whet guests' appetites for dinner, where 2013's favorite vegetable, Brussels sprouts, will likely accompany a regionally inspired meal like blackened chicken breast with mango, tomato, onion and black-bean salsa.

Good taste, it seems, extends to all parts of a reception venue, including its location. This hotel is situated downtown near performing-arts venues, Charleston Town Center Mall and other attractions, which means guests have plenty to see and do after the big day has passed. And that's one advantage that never goes out of style.

About Charleston Marriott Town Center
Anyone visiting Charleston, whether for business, pleasure or a special event, will find everything s/he needs at the Charleston Marriott Town Center. After a multimillion-dollar renovation in 2012, the property features 352 guestrooms and suites, a new lobby and a concierge level where the luxurious rooms include breakfast, hors d'oeuvres and beverages. Of course, with Brick Salt Bar + Kitchen onsite, no guest will go hungry. The restaurants serve seasonal dishes made from local ingredients, along with Starbucks coffee and specialty cocktails. The Charleston Civic Center hotel's event space, however, earns it a top spot among veteran business travelers. With 16 meeting rooms and 17,500 square feet of space, as well as onsite certified wedding planners, no event is too big or too small to make spectacular.

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