My (now) wife and I knew we wanted to get married in San Francisco, as this is the place we call our home and the city we love. The Westin St. Francis was the first venue we looked at, but we wanted to look at other venues (so we looked in Napa...
, Carmel, a couple of other hotels including the Fairmont, and the Ferry Building). At the end of it all, we ended up deciding that the Westin St. Francis would be perfect because: 1) it was in San Francisco; 2) we really enjoyed meeting and interacting with Lauren, the wedding coordinator, and just had a good feeling; 3) the venue is beautiful and the Imperial Floor had some of the best views around and the decor and style were just so classic and beautiful; and 4) we're both extremely busy individuals and having a wedding package would make things so much less stressful for us.
From day 1, Lauren provided us with so much support and was attentive to every single one of our needs. The hotel was easy to work with and accommodated pretty much all of our reasonable requests, making sure we were happy. There was regular follow-up and communication - I'm not sure if we had more questions than other couples but I know we certainly had quite a few - and all questions were answered promptly and re-assured us that we had made the right choice.
The food tasting was a lot of fun, and Lauren/the chefs gave us an amazing tasting. All of the food was so great and so well prepared. Everyone says to remember to eat during the wedding - well, we knew we had to make sure we ate the food just because it was so good.
The suite we were given for the weekend was amazing, with incredible views and impeccable service. Also, the fact that they accommodated our dog during the ceremony and with a bed, dish, and treats was so thoughtful, and we were definitely glad we had our dog there with us during the festivities.
The wedding itself - it was incredible. The room and setup looked more incredible than either of us could have imagined. The colors, windows, furniture - everything was perfect. Lauren and the entire staff worked really hard to ensure that the whole night ran without a hitch, and really, nothing went wrong. The staff was attentive, nobody was left wanting for drinks or food or whatever, and we didn't have to worry about taking care of anything at all.
Even now, over a month after the wedding, our friends and family are still telling us about how incredible the wedding was and how it was "the wedding of the year". Obviously, they could just be saying that, but I definitely believe it when they say that, especially when we have that many people saying it. This really was our perfect wedding and the best way to start off the rest of our lives.
Once again, Lauren, her staff, and the Westin St. Francis have our gratitude for all that they did to help make that most special of days such a lasting memory.