Hotels Now Allowing Outside Food for Receptions

ImageWhen someone decides to host a reception or get married in a hotel, they are often required to have their event catered by the hotel’s restaurant. This often results in limited menu options for couples on their big day.  However, the Associated Press is reporting that several hotels and banquet halls have begun accommodating the bride and groom’s desire to serve their guests whatever food they want.  Hotels, such as The Sheraton Uptown in Albuquerque, NM, are now offering to work with outside caterers and local restaurants to serve menus that are handpicked by their clients.

“It’s a change from the long-held practice of insisting that customers use only in-house food choices,” said Sharon Ringier, president of the Chicago chapter of the Event Planners Association.  This change allows couples to serve ethnic, gluten-free or organic foods and cuisines that reflect their culture and tastes.

It’s a no-brainer for the hotels that don’t want to lose potential business.  “They don’t want to miss out on the revenue,” Ringier said. “It’s better to accommodate (customers).”

The venues will still charge an outside catering fee to cover the use of restaurant equipment and staff.

So there you have it.  Your dream of one day having a McDonald’s-catered wedding at a HoJo with a full chicken nugget bar and a McRib Cake is one step closer to becoming a reality.  You weirdo.

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