Friday 5: The Top Real Hotel Weddings of the Week

We're wrapping up another week here at My Hotel Wedding. While we're excited for the weekend, we're even more excited to get back to work on Monday when we'll be kicking off our International Weddings Week! We'll be featuring tons of inspiration, tips, and insight on cultural and destination weddings. It's going to be SO much fun! But, until then, let's wind down our Friday afternoon with a look at the week's top real hotel weddings:

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Songs to Walk Down the Aisle to

Press play, then slowly imagine a small, whitewashed chapel, or a mountain hideaway, with only your closest family and friends tucked inside. Intimate. Romantic. You're standing behind closed doors, waiting for the moment they open and you see the person at the end of the aisle who you're saying, "forever, I do," to. A moment this sweet calls for a melodious song to soundtrack a new beginning. In this week's Songs to Walk Down the Aisle to, we're blushing over Kaye Matriano's soft cover of Cat Power's "Sea of Love." It's the perfect tune for a personal ceremony in a secluded setting. We hope you enjoy!

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Dramatic Wedding Gowns c/o Val Stefani

Happy Halloween, MHW readers! In honor of this festive holiday (and yes, Fashion Friday), we're featuring a few fab and totally dramatic wedding gowns from the Val Stefani bridal collection. They've got a little bit of mystery, a little bit of magic, and a whole lot of magnificent details custom-made for the bride who wouldn't dream of saying boo to drama. No tricks, all treats. Just feast your eyes on these stunning creations.

This Lumina gown is literally dripping with rhinestones. How much do you love that web-inspired design?

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Foil-Pressed Invites by Minted

Have you heard the news? Minted just launched a new line of foil-pressed invites, and let's just say there was plenty of oohing and ahhing going on around here the first time we laid eyes on it. Talk about let it shine! These luxe invites scream celebration, and instantly up the sparkle factor, too. Here are a few of our favorites from the collection.

Gold Rush

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Classic Ballroom Wedding at The Mayflower Renaissance Hotel

As lovers of all things hotel wedding related, ballroom weddings will always hold a special place in our hearts. In our opinion, there’s no better place to tie the knot than in one of these timelessly elegant spaces! That’s why we’ve fallen head over heels for today’s real wedding. Megan and Shawn said “I do” in the stunning ballroom of the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C. We’re swooning over all the beauty!

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What is the Forbes Star Rating?

Welcome to part 2 of our series giving you the breakdown on AAA Diamond and Forbes Star Ratings. If you missed our post on AAA Diamond Ratings, you can find it here. Now for today's topic, the Forbes Star Rating.

Forbes Star Rating, Rosewood Hotel Georgia Five Star Hotel

Photo of Five Star Hotel, Rosewood Hotel Georgia via My Hotel Wedding

Forbes Travel Guide, formerly known as the Mobil Travel Guide, has been rating hotels and restaurants since 1958. They send their incognito inspectors around the globe to rate the finest hotels. They stay in each hotel they rate under an alias, dine at the hotel's restaurants and even use the spa before releasing their rating. Unlike AAA, Forbes rates hotels, restaurants and spas worldwide, not just in North America and the Caribbean. They also focus solely on the top luxury hotels from around the world. Keep on reading to see detailed descriptions of their star ratings.

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Traditional Navy and White Wedding at the Springfield Marriott

Chrissy and E.J.'s wedding was a traditional white wedding with a church ceremony and hotel reception. Although, we should mention that they decided to spice up tradition with some navy blue AND blow up instruments for their grand entrance. See how Chrissy and E.J. stayed true to tradition while also having fun with their wedding in the images below.

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Make the Perfect Negroni with the Cocktail Academy

As the Cocktail Academy says, 'We are cocktail party experts, brand ambassadors and cultural innovators using cocktails as our medium.' I've had the pleasure of working with these guys on a couple of events and am now excited to share with you my first video with them. In today's segment, expert Bartender, Brandyn Tepper tells us how to make the perfect Negroni, a classic cocktail made up of three simple spirits. See how you can make this simple, easy to batch, yet delicious cocktail a specialty drink for your wedding day!

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Hallowedding: Happy or Haunting?

When many brides begin planning the wedding of their dreams, Halloween is usually not the first date on the calendar that comes to mind. Goblins and ghosts and gravestones... "oh my" is right! Let's be honest, Dia de los Muertos doesn't really scream "happily ever after." Or does it? You may be just as surprised as we were to see these amazing Halloween-themed weddings look, well, cute. Deep hues of black and orange pulled together with traditional elements of white make for an elegant (and memorable) evening. Browse through some of our drop-dead favorite Halloweddings, and you may just end up changing that save the date.

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34 Wine and Cheese Wedding Ideas

I'm obsessed with cheese and, to me, there's no better pairing for a fine fromage than a delicious glass of wine. Yum! Considering how elegantly these two delightful indulgences go together, I thought it'd be fun to put together a little wine and cheese wedding inspiration for you. If like me, you and your fiance(e) are obsessed with wine and cheese, then you'll definitely want to incorporate some of these ideas into your special day. Bon appetit!

The Ceremony

Wine bottles and corks can be used in so many ways to style your ceremony. Here are a couple of our favorite ideas:

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