This is “The Love List” by our female wedding DJ, DeeJay Shelly & The Michelle Lee Entertainment team! Combined we have over 30 years experience in the wedding industry. We want to be the resource for our newly engaged couples! As experts in the industry, we thought we’d share our list of favorite WEDDING VENUES with you. Each Wednesday, we’ll feature one venue we love. If you visit one of our featured venues, please let them know we referred you! Thank you – Michelle Lee (DeeJay Shelly)
This week’s review? Sofitel Philadelphia – Where life is Magnifique!
What we love…
1) It’s French inspired!
2) Window hooks for dresses & suits!
Many of us have experienced the “hanging of the wedding dress, or suit, onto the fire alarm sprinkler”. Sometimes it’s the only way to get the perfect photo before it’s worn for the first time. If you haven’t witnessed this, you can only imagine how tense it can be for everyone in the room until this photo shoot is over! Sofitel has done away with this wedding nightmare. Now, photographers, videographers, and couples getting married around the world can stay calm! There are hooks on the windows!
3) Luxurious while approachable
Look & Feel: Modern day France, European, Elegant
Location: Sofitel Philadelphia is located in Rittenhouse Square in an area designated as the city’s French Quarter
LGBT Friendly: Yes!
Outside Ceremony: For outside ceremonies near Sofitel, you would need to contact the city. Yet, you can have a gorgeous wedding ceremony inside their main ballroom.
Staff & Service: Extremely welcoming and friendly!
First Impressions: Luxury Hotel
Parking: Valet Parking is available with discounted parking for special events. There are also numerous parking garages in the area.
Hotels Close By: It is a hotel!
Corporate Meeting Planners: Sofitel offers 16,000 sq ft of meeting space. With Sofitel’s French inspired decor and cuisine, it’s also an unique spot to hold your next corporate dinner party, or gala. For more information contact: Lisa Deluca at Lisa.DELUCA@sofitel.com.
Michelle Lee’s Summary:
Sofitel is one of the most inviting hotels in Philadelphia. As you arrive, each hotel staff member greets you in a warm French welcome, “Bonjour”! Every guest is treated as VIP. Part of Sofitel’s goal of being a “luxury, but approachable” hotel starts with every guest receiving the same luxury hotel amenities; marble bathrooms with soaking tubs, free WiFi, flat screen TVs, white robe, a down bed and comforter feathered everyday (yes everyday), and a brasserie.
As a guest you can also enjoy Sofitel’s stylish Liberté Lounge. This fashionable bar and lounge boasts “tantalizing French-inspired cuisine”. What I love most about the lounge is it’s inviting feel, warm setting, and trendy atmosphere – perfect for your after party!
While the hotel brings a taste of the French culture, it also “blends cultures together”. It does this by incorporating the local flare and vibe into their menus and events. While eating lunch there for the first time, I was so surprised to see a Philly soft pretzel featured on their bread plate! Since many of the hotel guests are from around the world, its comforting knowing Sofitel is embracing and sharing our Philly culture with everyone. Another way Sofitel helps to bring cultures together? The hotel gives some of their employees a world experience by transferring them to work in their hotel destinations around the globe. Their logo of the connecting links is to represent connecting people and cultures together.
Sofitel Weddings can include:
– Custom Menus
– Custom Cakes (They have their own dessert chef, Leah)
– Traditional “Croque-En-Bouch” (A fun french dessert tradition to incorporate into your unique wedding)
– Everything in one location! (Ceremony, Reception, After Party, Restful sleep on your freshly feathered down bed, and morning brunch all without having to leave the hotel!)
If the perfect place for your wedding would be somewhere “luxurious, yet approachable”, French inspired with local culture, and/or the convenience of everything in one location, Alors ne cherchez pas plus loin que Sofitel Philadelphia! Then look no further than Sofitel Philadelphia!
To take a tour, or to book your wedding today, contact Lisa Deluca Social Catering Sales Manager by Tel : 215-564-7983, or via email: Lisa.DELUCA@sofitel.com.
We hope you enjoyed this week’s Wedding Venue Wednesday Review. Thanks for reading! – Michelle Lee (Aka DeeJay Shelly)
Life is Magnifique by Sofitel