Help! The Palms Hotel in Miami Beach or Westin Diplomat in Hollywood, FL

posted 3 years ago in Miami and South Florida
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

@Katita0603:  

With a high percentage of out of town guests (over 50% of your 168 guest list), I think you can expect a higher % of no shows than 15% that you estimated. I estimate 20% no show normally for my clients and their guest list do not have such a high percentage of out of town guests. 

My suggestion is to save the money and go with the smaller venue. That way you can have the outdoor ceremony that you want even if it rains.

Happy Planning! 🙂

Joyce

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I would definitely do the Palms! 

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

How “out of town” are we talking for your guests? A few hours or a plane flight?

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

@Katita0603: 

I went to the Palms website and it actually said 220 banquet style seating in the Royal Palm ballroom (under the meeting page). I think even if you add in dance floor space, you will have enough room for your guest list. If you are very concerned, please ask the hotel to send you a floor plan showing how they will set up for 145 people in the ballroom with dance space. If they want your business, they should send that to eliminate your concerns so you can book with them. If they cannot comply with this simple request, then I am not sure it is a good idea to book them. 🙂

If you are talking about the ceremony space limitation, I cannot find anything that specify how many people the gazebo area can fit. However, if they tell you they can fit 180 people for wedding ceremony, then I think it should be ok.

It seems to me you love the Palms more than the Westin so I would suggest you ask for an actual floor plan layout for your review.

Cheers,

Joyce

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

@Katita0603:  

I also took a look at the photo of the ceremony gazebo that is on the hotel website. It looks like they have 144 chairs set up (9 rows of 8 chairs per row on each side) so I think ceremony venue size should be fine for your guest list. 🙂

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