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So, you’re engaged and you’ve picked your date. Now you need a place to party. Jay Day of the Sheraton Inner Harbor will make sure that your day is amazing. We sat down to chat with Jay…
I needed a part time job in college, so I helped out a wedding planner in Philadelphia on the weekends. I really enjoyed weddings, so I started planning them to help pay for college. In 2004, I moved to the Brass Elephant, handling their in-house and outside functions. I moved to the Radisson Lord Baltimore for two years, then I organized non-profit events around the country for while. I finally settled back into the area as I missed having clients. Since October 2011, I’ve handled all social functions at the Sheraton Inner Harbor.
Unlike a lot of other hotels in the area, we only do 40-50 weddings a year, so we give a more personalized experience to our clients (one person to deal with from start to finish). We only do one wedding a day, so you won’t run into another set of wedding party people at our hotel. We have a kosher kitchen (for those of you that need it)! The most important thing I would like to tell my couples is to take a big breath. Since the first thing when planning a wedding is finding the venue, it seems that my couples are like deer-in-headlights and nervous about making a decision. But once you make one, it gets easier. I love to help my couples, if they want to bounce some ideas off of me. And once they book another vendor, like the DJ, they will have two people to gather ideas from. Every decision makes the next one easier.
I did a wedding once where the groom was Scottish and the bride was Jewish. They really mixed their cultures for the wedding (yarmulke with a the family tartan, Hora was played by bagpipers, etc.) which really shined through. It was a really wild and memorable night!
People should stop taking wedding magazines as the bible. In an attempt to be unique, it becomes a cookie cutter (10,000 other couples are styling their events the same way). On the flip side, it doesn’t matter how kooky or weird you think an idea you have is, you can incorporate it in some way during the party (trust me, I love a challenge).
I used to spend my summers in North Africa when I was young. I’m also a polyglot (English, French and Italian).
Visit Jay and the Sheraton Inner Harbor if you want some Baltimore character for your wedding. Tell him we sent you!