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.
For more information, call (800) 533-6465; e-mail
[email protected]; or visit www.panpacific.com.
To contact reporter Katherine Nichols, send e-mail to [email protected].