When choosing a wedding venue, there are many factors for a couple to consider. While hotels may offer similar amenities and experiences, there are few that can boast that “special something”; that extra touch that makes guests gush and brides look back on their special day with glowing reviews. Omni’s most historical hotels have a special presence, grandeur and elegance that cannot be duplicated. From Gatsby flair to Kennedy chic, each location is bursting with its own unique style and story to tell. Make your wedding one for the history books at one of these fabulous Omni properties!
A Sophisticated Affair
Since 1916, Omni William Penn Hotel has encouraged a reputation for romancing and entertaining. Roaring through the twenties in style, the hotel was home to the world’s first radio broadcast in 1922, and in 1933, opened the Chatterbox Supper Club for “debutantes and younger dancing men”. During WWII, the hotel was constantly filled with servicemen and their sweethearts, as the Penn Central Railroad Station is mere blocks away. The popular tune “I’ll Be Seeing You” (a la The Notebook, for this generation) floated through the lobby for tearful goodbyes and joyous homecomings, as wartime romance blossomed. The elegant two-tier Grand Ballroom located on the 17th floor captures the sophistication of the era, perfect for past and present wedding receptions! Through the years, Omni William Penn Hotel has remained a time honored jewel of Pittsburgh, full of treasured memories and new ones waiting to be had for you and your guests.
Omni Parker House was founded in 1855 in the heart of Boston, and has seen many famous faces and famous love stories. John F. Kennedy chose Omni Parker House as the setting to propose to the lovely Jackie O at Table #40 in Parker’s Restaurant, and even had his bachelor party in the historic Press Room. Twenty-six other presidents have relished in the splendor, romanced their loved ones, and laid their heads to rest at Omni Parker House. A small crowd gathered in 1867 to hear Charles Dickens’ very first reading of A Christmas Carol, before he introduced his classictale to the public. The infamous “Saturday Club”, whose members included Emerson, Thoreau and Hawthorne, met monthly for notoriously rambunctious table readings, flowing chatter and spirits. A wedding at Omni Parker House would be a chance to wine, dine and celebrate in true presidential style that would make the Kennedys proud!
Picture a southern summer in 1935, The Omni Grove Park Inn—renowned author F. Scott Fitzgerald relaxes and sips a mint julip in a scene straight from his classic novel, The Great Gatsby. Handsome wicker furniture, grandfather clocks, stone fireplaces and a sunset terrace view over the mountains create the perfect setting for high tea and cocktail hour. Today, this same scene awaits you for your wedding ceremony and reception through the doors at The Omni Grove Park Inn. After its opening dinner in 1913, William Jennings Bryan declared it was “built for the ages”. Other famous guests have included Harry Houdini, Thomas Edison, and Eleanor Roosevelt, to name a few. Modeled after the grand old railway hotels of the West, the inn truly captures the era of simple elegance and fabulous entertaining, worthy of a Gatsby wedding celebration for the ages.
Rock ‘n Romance
If music is an important part of your upcoming nuptials, Omni Shoreham Hotel is sure to excite and intrigue you. Few hotels in the country can claim the legendary moments in music history that have taken place over the years at this renowned D.C. landmark. In 1964, The Beatles played their very first concert on American soil at the Shoreham—their hand-written set list was printed on the hotel stationary and is still displayed in the lobby. Shortly thereafter, the Rolling Stones caroused through the halls as honored guests. Have your first dance as a married couple in the charming and elegant Blue Room on the Terrace, where performers such as Judy Garland, Bob Hope and Aretha Franklin once serenaded a captivated audience. Since opening night in 1930, there’s been no shortage of exciting entertainment milestones and firsts at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, and it’s not slowing down anytime soon!
Fit for a Princess
A cozy mountain oasis tucked away from the stresses of everyday life, The Omni Homestead Resort is the perfect venue to escape into marital bliss. If walls could talk, this hotel would have more than enough to say. Founded ten years before the American Revolution, this historic resort will be celebrating its 250th anniversary in 2016. Through the centuries, the halls of The Omni Homestead Resort have been filled with the legends and lore of Presidents and Princes, war and peace, romance and laughter. Say “I do” where Thomas Jefferson himself once stood, and dance the night away where dukes and duchesses of high society courted, flirted and romanced!