SOURCE: Marriott International
BERLIN--(Marketwired - Aug 22, 2013) - Stefanie Schneider's defining moment was at the wedding of a good friend: It was a moving celebration but the trained eye of the event manager couldn't ignore niggling imperfections. The lighting was not very flattering and it made the happy couple look pale. Her conclusion: in order to achieve perfection, attention must be paid to even the smallest detail. As an event professional, Stefanie Schneider applied her personal experience to one of the first weddings that she organized in the Marriott Hotel's beautiful meeting venues in Berlin. She made sure that the lighting throughout the Berlin meeting rooms was right: together with her team, she lined a path from the lobby to the ballroom with red and orange candles, ensuring that the bride and groom were properly lighted and simultaneously creating a romantic atmosphere. The initial success was followed by many others: it was 2008 that the wedding planner started work at the hotel and since then, she has built up the wedding service.
Calla or Ikebana? The wedding planner has creativity and a sense of form and color
Napkin art: everyone is familiar with the rose and the swan. Mussels, candles, maple leaves and other unusual folded serviette variations test the skill of Stefanie Schneider's team. As do the flower arrangements: globe-shaped bouquets of interwoven roses in green, pink or a multitude of colors, Japanese Ikebana or elegant Calla flowers -- whether classical, elegant, modern or glamorous, the floral creativity or the young event manager know no bounds. Her particular concern: lighting; "I pay special attention to the way the ballroom is lighted; a warm gold in particular gives the room a special glow," explains Schneider. From the choice of date to the design of the table cards and ideal chair covers, the result is always a unique Berlin wedding reception.
If necessary, there are creative ways of cost saving: ox cheek replaces beef
On average, the intensive phase of preparations together with the future bride and groom is two to three months. "During this phase, cooperation is very close, especially with the bride. I become an important contact person," says the young wedding professional. After the initial introduction, during which the couple almost always decide to let the lively 26 year-old take them under her wing, the test dinner follows. This is when the previously discussed buffet is tested and when Martin Schmidt, the kitchen director and Stefanie Schneider work together very closely. "We are well-attuned and can react very quickly to any special requests," she says. "Martin can always pull a rabbit out of the hat when needed." At one wedding, the couple really wanted beef on the menu -- but the budget was already exhausted. "So Martin returned to the kitchen and prepared ox cheeks -- the couple was skeptical to begin with but after trying it, they were really enthusiastic," remembers Stefanie Schneider.
Cosmopolitan - appropriate celebrations for every nation
German, Turkish, Russian, Jewish or Croatian? Whether guests request typical decorations, folk dancing or a kosher menu, Stefanie Schneider is familiar with the wedding traditions of other cultures. "We are the specialists," explains the trained hotel manager. One example: the Berlin Marriott Hotel has been working together with a Rabbi for many years and once a year, prepares the Pesach celebrations for 450 guests. The Chef de Cuisine has an international repertoire too: From Turkish Dolmas to stuffed bell peppers or Croatian Janjetina -- roast lamb with Mediterranean herbs -- guests can feel at home. Couples from the USA have even had their friends and family fly to Berlin to celebrate their wedding in the German capital. The wedding planner's team also offers accommodation packages, and is able to promise "a bed of roses" -- literally. The happy couple can spend the night in a suite decorated with flowers or other accessories. The next day, "sleep-in breakfast" with cold and hot specialties is served until 3 p.m. in the hotel's own Midtown Grill, known as a premier American-style Steakhouse in Berlin.
A special arrangement for romantics who simply want to spend their wedding night at the hotel is the "Honeymoon Package" at 329 Euros for one night in a deluxe room including a superb breakfast, a three-course meal at the Midtown Grill with a bottle of wine, soft drinks, chocolate and a bottle of champagne in the room.
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About the Berlin Marriott Hotel
US-American understatement coupled with a superb location in the German capital's Lenné triangle. The hotel in Berlin belongs to the global Marriott International hotel chain. The Berlin Marriott Hotel is located in the heart of Berlin and offers the perfect venue for every occasion. Immediately adjacent to lively Potsdamer Platz, the hotel provides a peaceful, stylish refuge and a bright, comfortable ambience. 379 guest rooms and suites with a timeless allure await hotel guests. For events, there is an extensive banqueting and conference floor. Facilities include a pool with a fitness center and first-class restaurants. Further information at www.berlinmarriott.com.