These hotels are going above and beyond to make weddings extra special.
Hotel wedding packages seemingly include it all: the food, the drinks, the linens, the tables and chairs. But you probably didn't even realize there is so much more a hotel can offer its brides and grooms—things you would likely deem unnecessary until you know they're an option and think, "Hmm, that could really make my special day that much better." (On the flip side, you may very well think some of these are just a bit over-the-top.) Read on for a few of our favorites.
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Let's be honest: even though you're the bride, your mom may be acting like she should be getting all the attention. The St. Regis Aspen Resort aims to make the MOBs feel like a queen, with a dedicated day-of butler whose sole responsibility is to keep her happy and seeing to last-minute details.
Price: $500, or included for couples who reach $25,000 in food and drink.
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Take your destination wedding at Mexico's Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita to the next level by incorporating some native Huichol Indian rituals into your ceremony. A medicine woman does the service, and dancers—wearing customary feathers—also perform. But make sure to give your guests warning: traditional attire is white.
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Part of the Westin Cleveland Downtown's John Legend-inspired "All of Me" package, this reception amenity provides guests with a way to stay rejuvenated throughout the night. The bride and groom select six organic and therapeutic aromas—from peppermint, lavender and lemongrass to vanilla and gardenia—and oxygen gas is pumped into scented water and then through a breathing tube that guests breathe in at the bar. Go ahead: admit to inhaling.
Price: $253/guest, including service charge and sales tax.
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Ever heard of the Eric Clapton song "Change the World"? How about Garth Brooks' "Maybe" and Amy Grant's "Every Heartbeat"? Well, thanks to a new offer from the Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation, in Lake Oconee, Georgia, musically inclined couples have the chance to work with the songwriters behind these hits to create their very own wedding tune. The package includes a virtual meeting with the songwriter of their choice, a demo version, a digital copy of the finished product, and a keepsake gold record.
Price: $5,000. Additional fee if you want the writer to perform the song at the reception.
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Scotland's Gleneagles Hotel—set on an 850-acre estate in the Perthshire countryside—is known for its outdoor pursuits, including the traditional sport of falconry. Couples can work these into their big day as post-ceremony, pre-reception entertainment. Prefer not to stand back and watch? Guests—and even the bride and groom—can take a turn handling the hawk or eagle.
Price: $1,130 for half-hour demonstration.
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You've heard of an artist-in-residence—how about a perfumer-in-residence? At The Restoration in Charleston (which reopens in December after extensive renovations), the bride and groom can work with a scent expert to create an all-encompassing fragrance, which can be incorporated into the guest rooms, the venue, even a signature cocktail. It can also be made into perfume and candles, which are great favors for the bridal party or guests.
Price: Available upon request.
Photography: Courtesy of The Langham Chicago8 of 9
Get the party started with your bridesmaids the night before your nuptials—and do it in style at The Langham Chicago, which provides a martini cart and a butler to shake up specialty cocktails like the "I Do Martini" and "The Perfect Pear." Just don't overdo it.
Price: Included in wedding package.
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When your head hits the pillow your first night as husband and wife, why not have it be on linens with your new initials (assuming there's a name change in your future, of course)? Couples who wed at the Peninsula Beverly Hills (and book either a king room or a suite) will get to do just that—and can take the pillowcases home with them. (An extra touch: The night before the wedding, the hotel will even provide monogrammed cases with the bride's original initials.)
Price: Included in wedding package.