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Source: New York Post

I just had to profile the Westin Book Cadillac and add it to the Detroit Ceremony and Reception Guide.  How can you have a Detroit Wedding blog and not mention this historical Detroit icon?

Back in 1923 when the Book Cadillac first swung its doors open, it was the tallest and most prestigious hotel in the City of Detroit – and the tallest in the world.  Located in downtown Detroit on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Washinton, the Italian Renaissance-style hotel was a place to see and be seen.  (Click here to read about the Book Cadillac’s star-studded past)  But after 60 years of glory, the hotel closed its doors in 1984.

In late October 2008 – after almost 25 years – the new Westin Book Cadillac reopened.  The luxurious and elaborate 31-story hotel has three gorgeous ballrooms, 455 hotel rooms, one premiere and upscale restaurant (Roast) where the “Next Iron Chef” winner Michael Symon presides, as well as other eateries and bars.  It also includes 67 luxury condo’s and penthouses on the top eight floors. 

Venue Details:
The  Book has three beautiful ballrooms in which you could host your wedding or event. 

The Venetian Ballroom

Venetian Ballroom – The glitzy and glamorous Venetian ballroom, which has soaring ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the city, will accomodate 220 guests and a dance floor.  During peak season (May, June, Sept, Oct) on a Saturday you must spend a minimum of $30K.  Off season $25K. On a Friday or Sunday during peak season, a minimum of $25K.  Off season, a minimum of $20K,

Crystal Ballroom – This gorgeous room also has window and will accomodate 110 people with a dance floor.  During peak season, this room can be yours on a Saturday for a minimum of $15K.  Off season, $10K.  On a Friday or Sunday during peak time, $10K.  Off season is all negotiable.

Woodward Ballroom – This ballroom is the largest and most contemporary of all the ballrooms, though it doesn’t have windows.  The Woodward will accomodate 450 guests including a dance floor.  A peak season Saturday will cost you a minimum of $30K.  Off season Saturday will be $25K.  Friday and Sunday peak season 25K.  Off season – $20K.

Included in your package is a bridal suite, floor length ivory linens, four votives per table and day of wedding coordination for those vendors who will begin their day at Book.  If you’d like to have breakfast with your guests the next day, they’d be more than happy to accomodate you, though I don’t believe it would be at a discounted rate.

Accomodations:  Rooms for your wedding guests would be at a discounted rate of $149 per night.  If you wanted to rent a junior suite the day of the wedding that would serve as your getting ready area, they would give you a discounted rate as well.

Inside the Book Cadillac

Ceremony Site: Yes, the Westin Book Cadillac does offer a ceremony site for an additional $1,500.  While they don’t offer an outdoor location, they do offer you an indoor site.  Also, they do not yet have any partnerships with area churches.

Parking: They do have a self parking lot for guests, though valet was strongly encouraged.  Valet is $8 per vehicle.

Pro’s: The swanky Book Cadillac offers a beautiful and historical site for a real Detroit wedding.  It also is an all-inclusive venue where you could have your ceremony and reception and guest accomodations.  If you’re looking for high arched ceilings and a bit of old hollywood glamour, you’ll surely get it at the Westin Book Cadillac.

Con’s: Price, price and price.  If price isn’t a consideration, then the Book may be the venue of your dreams!

Rebecca at 313-442-1628

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The Crystal ballroom in the newly renovated Fort Shelby Hotel in Detroit. (Source: Detroit News) I'll post my own pics on Saturday!

After much stalking, I finally have the Fort Shelby Hotel details.  And, they’ve piqued my interest enough for a visit.  Watch out Greektown!  

As we know, a lot of the Detroit reception and ceremony venues have incredibly steep prices!  But, the Double Tree Fort Shelby Hotel, they’re quite reasonable.  Here’s the details:

The Double Tree Fort Shelby Hotel, which is located on West Lafayette Street between First and Second Streets in downtown Detroit, has two ballrooms that will accomodate about 200 guests and a dance floor.  Each ballroom may be able to accomodate more, but they won’t know for sure until they until they lay out the room. 

Venue & Accomodations:
The renovated Crystal ballroom, which was the premiere ballroom back in 1917, is located on the second floor and features ornate cathedral ceilings, marble floors and three large windows overlooking the street.  The room can comfortably accomodate 200 sit down guests and a dance floor.   The minimum for this room on any Saturday night is $10K.  They don’t have defined prices for a Friday or Sunday wedding, but you’ll surely get it for a steal.

They also have a second ballroom, called the Terrace which is a not as extravagent as the Crystal ballroom, but does offer a more intimate feel.  The room also features two different entrances allowing the bridal party a separate entrance from guests.  This room also accomodates 200 guests and a dance floor.  The minimum for this room on any Saturday is $8K.  And, Friday and Sunday’s also are negotiable.

Your wedding guests can stay at the Double Tree for $99, which is a discounted rated from the $129 weekend rate and $189 weekday rate.  I’m sure with a little finnagling, you get could an additional discount for your guests that is competitive with what other Detroit hotels offer for wedding guests. (Greektown, Mariott and others offer more competitive rates.)  They also will be offering a Sunday buffet at their new Finn and Porter restaurant.  So if you choose, the bridal party and guests and other guests can reconnect for brunch the day after the wedding.

Packages for both ballrooms start at $75 per head and don’t include tax and gratuity – but, they do include plated dinner, standard bar, room charge, guest parking, chair covers and sash, a complimentary suite for the bride and groom the night of the wedding with breakfast the next morning.

Fort Street Church

Fort Street Church

Ceremony Site:
If you’re looking to have your ceremony at or near the Fort Shelby, they offer several different onsite locations and they’ve also partnered with the nearby Fort Street Presbyterian Church.  The great thing about this partnership is that you don’t have to be Presbyterian to be married here, they allow parties of different faiths to utilize their space.  I even think you can bring in your own minister – but I’m not entirely sure.  Also, I’m not sure what the fee would be…

If you’d rather wed at the hotel, they offer different indoor ceremony sites for your to chose from depening upon your needs and preferences. 

To date, they have about six weddings on the books for 2009 and are talking with several couples about their soon-to-be weddings. 

Pro’s: Great Detroit location just minutes away from other restaurants and the casinos.  Reasonably prices compared to other Detroit venues.  Offer guest accomodations and complimentary bridal suite night of the wedding.  Complimentary shuttle for guests that takes them within a 5-mile radius.  Free parking.  Offer ceremony site locations including the historic Fort Presbytarian Church!

Con’s: Packages begin at $75 and tax and gratuity are not included. 

Dee (313) 963 8900 Ext. 5024

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The new Doubletree Suites Fort Shelby Hotel in Detroit (Source: Model D)

Today marked the re-opening of the historic Fort Shelby Hotel in Detroit.  Now dubbed as the Doubletree Suites Fort Shelby, not only does this symbolize another step towards Detroit’s revitalization, but this offers couples yet another snazzy location for a Detroit wedding. 

Located on the Lafayette between First and Second Street, the hotel offers 203 suite-type guest rooms and 56 rental apartments on the upper floors.  Eventually, when the economy stablizes the apartments could be sold as condominums. 

The Fort Shelby first opened it’s doors in 1916 and served as one of Detroit’s premiere highrise hotels.  But like most great Detroit structures, the hotel closed its doors in the 70s.  According to the Free Press, the Fort Shelby was slated for demolition until Detroit-area real estate investors teamed-up with Doubletree to revitalize the property.

Surely, there’s more to come… And,  you better believe I already have a call in to talk with the event coordinator about wedding details.  Contact info and details to follow in another post.

Read all about the Fort Shelby reopening and revitalization:
Detroit News: Fort Shelby Poised For Gleaming Debut 
Detroit News: Ballroom at Doubletree Hotel Gets Classy Facelift
Free Press: Historic Fort Shelby Hotel to Reopen as Doubletree
Free Press: Fort Shelby in Detroit Goes From Eyesore to Elegance

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