MONTEREY, CA—While wedding traditions can vary by culture, demographic and sexual orientation, there’s one thing that remains the same: love. Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa is offering diverse wedding packages designed to take couples seamlessly from vows to wedded bliss.
For South Asian wedding celebrations, the hotel’s team can help orchestrate a multi- day affair to include pre-wedding rituals such as a Mehndi ceremony (henna application); Sangeet (means ‘sung together’ in Sanskrit); Baraat (groom’s wedding procession); wedding ceremony; and reception. The hotel can accommodate large groups in its 5,700-sq.-ft. ceremony location, which is accessible to the Baarat area. Larger room blocks are also available for wedding guests.
For guests in a hurry to get hitched, there’s also an elopement package comprising an intimate wedding service for up to 10 guests, an officiant, bride bouquet, cake for two, a bottle of sparkling wine, photography and a wedding suite.
Other wedding ceremonies may include a cocktail hour, amenity for the couple, floor-length linens in ivory or white and votive candles to dress the tables, complimentary Monterey Suite on the night of the wedding and a World of Hyatt Honeymoon Program.
“Hyatt Hotels & Resorts has deep roots of being a very inclusive hospitality organization, from the people we hire to the people we serve and do business with. It’s one of our core values to respect and encourage diversity…of people and thought. Hyatt starts with how we treat, value and respect our ‘own family,’ which is then extended to our ‘guest family,’” said Jerry Malone, director of events and event services, Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa. “Over the years, we continue to find avenues and opportunities for diversity to thrive including HyPride, which launched in 2011, and serves as a group for colleagues in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community and their allies.”
Caring for couples on their special day and ensuring guests’ needs and expectations are met is part of the brand’s DNA. “It’s a continuation of our overall hospitality philosophy of ‘we care for people so that they can be their best,’” he said.
As the only wedding specialist at the property, Jessica Neal has had to become well-versed in a variety of wedding styles by necessity. She’s completed more than 100 hours of catering and event training in addition to the brand’s three-day Hyatt Wedding Specialist Training Course that encompasses standard wedding practices and specific details on a variety of diverse weddings.
“Our employees are diverse, so many times they really do have the most current information, customs and trends that are out there related to these wedding and social events,” Malone said. “We have very good communication tools to implement each style, and we do ongoing training with our staff to keep them updated and to educate newer employees.”
Little touches can go a long way and create lasting memories on a couple’s wedding day. Malone recalled that one of his grooms loved the wasabi aioli on one of the appetizers, and the executive chef made sure he received his very own bottle of sauce on the sweetheart table.
“The couples also love that they are able to celebrate their wedding with us and enjoy free nights on their honeymoon. My last wedding couple acknowledged me in their wedding pamphlet and sent me a gift basket as appreciation for assisting them from the planning stages to executing their special day,” he said. “It is imperative to make each couple feel important and go above and beyond to service them on their wedding day.”