Happily ever after begins after the cake is cut and the last notes of music waft from the reception. What will they remember? The details. Allow the wedding personal concierges at Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts to arrange local flourishes such as native floral bouquets and the finest international cuisine, ensuring the destination is more than just the backdrop to your storybook ceremony.
NUPTIALS IN THE NETHERLANDS
Travel back in time for a fairytale wedding at Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam.
Set in a beautiful 18th-century building composed of six canal palaces, the property features a UNESCO heritage garden and a historic tea house.
“There are so many lovely venues in the Netherlands, but what sets us apart is the atmosphere that we’re able to create at Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam,” says Joye Weegenhuisen, wedding personal concierge. “We will craft an environment where your guests will feel like they have been invited into your own home.”
Choose the Maurer Room with original 18th-century wall paintings and Rococo decor for an intimate affair, or go for grandeur in the elegant Hooft Ballroom, accommodating 80 guests and overlooking the iconic Gentlemen’s Canal.
“Consider having your reception on a canal boat tour on the Amstel River,” Weegenhuisen suggests. “You can show your guests around Amsterdam and offer them some local delicacies.”
No destination wedding is complete without equally inspiring regional cuisine. Start with a tailor-made menu from two-Michelin-star chef Sidney Schutte. Opt for small bites—such as Dutch stroopwafels with a traditional cup of coffee or tea—or plan a six-course dining experience in the private Kemp Room.
Add a pop of color with vibrant Amsterdam tulips or go for the dreamy fragrance of native hyacinth blooms.
“The Netherlands is famous for its range of flowers,” Weegenhuisen says. “Have a look at what kind of flowers suit your style, and design the most wonderful arrangements with our florist.”
The elite Waldorf Astoria wedding team will work with you to create your dream celebration down to the last detail, blending Dutch charm throughout.
“Couples should choose Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam because the team is dedicated to making it the most wonderful day of their lives,” Weegenhuisen says. “Your dedicated wedding concierge will ensure that everything is simply perfect. We will be there from the beginning to the end, even at moments you would not expect to need a hand.”
Create your Dutch dream at Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam.
FAIRYTALE ON FLORIDA’S COAST
From a barefoot beach ceremony to exchanging vows on board a private yacht, the perfect oceanfront “I do” is possible, thanks to the wedding team at Boca Raton Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort.
“The resort’s signature venue for weddings is our historic Cathedral Ballroom,” says Deanna DeCraepeo, wedding personal concierge. “With its opulent design, gorgeous views of Lake Boca and original Venetian chandeliers, this recently redesigned ballroom is not your traditional venue.”
Whether you wow 300 guests in the Cathedral Ballroom beneath gold-leafed pillars and stained-glass windows or plan an intimate ceremony along the half-mile private shoreline, you’re guaranteed memorable moments—even down to guest activities.
“For true Florida experiences, couples and their guests can enjoy every water activity along Lake Boca and the Atlantic Ocean, such as catamaran cruises, sailing, fishing, WaveRunners and more,” DeCraepeo says. “For a more relaxed experience, guests may opt for our beachside luxury Sea Level Experience or the Waldorf Astoria Spa, where Florida orange is the signature scent.”
Of course, no beach-inspired wedding is complete without coastal cuisine. “Given the resort’s proximity to the Gulf Stream, couples can choose locally sourced seafood to capture a true sea-to-table experience,” she says. “Our chefs and culinary team will craft custom menus for the most distinguished palate.”
Savor the Morimoto sashimi and sip Key lime libations on the Spanish Terrace or Grand Lawn. Or what about a Key lime wedding cake? Chef Stephen Day can provide custom desserts, from traditional white cake to rich chocolate, red velvet and more. Add layers of fresh fruit, such as sliced Florida oranges, for an extra burst of fresh, local flavor.
“The couple will receive exceptional and personalized service, from rehearsal reception to wedding ceremony to farewell brunch,” DeCraepeo says. “With every detail of the weekend-long affair set, the couple and their guests will enjoy the unforgettable experiences that await.”
An oceanfront “I do” awaits at Boca Raton Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort.
BETROTHED IN BEIJING
Welcome wealth and good fortune trimmed in bright red and shimmering gold at Waldorf Astoria Beijing, where rich tradition blends with modern elegance, from the historic Hutong Courtyard to the Grand Ballroom.
Complete with full staging for an elaborate affair, the Grand Ballroom supports 150 guests. For a more intimate, traditional ceremony, the red-pillared Hutong Villas incorporate history from the Ming dynasty.
“Our contemporary design features traditional Chinese elements to create a discreet and exclusive environment in the main building,” says Sunny He, wedding personal concierge. “And the Hutong Courtyard sits in a separate wing, providing a unique environment for elite wedding ceremonies.”
If donning a customary qipao or Zhongshan suit is too traditional, opt for incorporating red peonies for wealth or orchids for luck.
Fortune can also be found in the reception spread, curated by the chefs of Zijin Mansion. “Traditional and creative dishes like roasted duck, Cantonese-style suckling pig, sweetened red dates, longan and peanut have good meanings in China,” says chef James Wang.
And don’t forget the baijiu (traditional Chinese rice wine), which the groom customarily drinks with guests. Or select from a deep wine cellar of 400 vintages from New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Argentina, Chile and France.
How about continuing the red theme during dessert? On-site Patisserie Couture can design a five-tier, Beijing-style red velvet wedding cake complete with raspberry puree. For bite-sized sweets, try assorted macarons, ranging from passion fruit to Earl Grey flavors, paired with a Champagne fountain.
Finish your big day with a bang via colorful firecrackers, which spreads joy and wards off evil spirits according to custom.
“We’re passionate about delivering exceptional guest experiences, including dedicated wedding dishes, private venues, romantic setups and professional service,” Sunny He says. “Our professional wedding specialists always provide personal recommendations and constructive suggestions to the wedding couple.”
A ceremony steeped in tradition meets modern flare at Waldorf Astoria Beijing.