Weddings: Better late than never


SAN FRANCISCO -- As in other areas of the travel industry, booking windows for wedding ceremonies are getting shorter, said Barbara Lewis, the Pan Pacific San Francisco's director of catering.

It's not uncommon for people to book weddings for 200 people only three months in advance, she said.

To accommodate the last-minute nature of many weddings these days, Lewis teamed with wedding vendor Gumps to create a wedding showroom in the Pan Pacific. Props, attendant gifts and party favors are displayed on the property.

With facilities for rehearsal dinners, bridal showers and weddings for up to 300, the hotel can accommodate almost any need. Custom menus for multicultural weddings and receptions are also available, including Chinese banquets and kosher-style meals.

In one new trend, "groom-groom weddings seem to be a market that's opening up," said Lewis, who has fielded more inquiries about these ceremonies.

Clients who don't need a ballroom might consider the 21st-floor terrace and outdoor solarium, with panoramic views and a capacity of 100 for dinner and 150 for a reception. The Board Room and the Gallery work well for smaller functions of up to 40 people.

A wedding planner can help plan every aspect of the service, and also aid with hotel room blocks, morning-after brunches, DJs and bands, videography and custom guest books.

Lewis prefers to work within a client's specific budget by offering custom cost estimates.

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