The Mandarin Oriental, Miami offers an elegant and stylish location for a luxury wedding. Located by the water with banquet halls influenced by Asian and chic tropical decor, the Mandarin Oriental, Miami is the perfect reception site for intimate or large weddings with many outdoor and indoor venue options. After recently celebrating its 10th anniversary in Miami, we had the opportunity to speak to Victoria Chase the very talented Director of Social Catering at the hotel.
Victoria has been planning and executing weddings and special events for the past 20 years. She handles all aspects of the event planning from menu design and planning, design consultation, logistic management to the execution of events both nationally and abroad. Victoria was able to give us an exclusive peek into planning a wedding at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami and the unique services they offer for brides to be.
GO: What is your unique role when it comes to a couple’s wedding day and how does your property distinguish a couple’s experience as opposed to getting married somewhere else?
VC: The Mandarin Oriental, Miami assures each couple that their experience will be distinctive in venue, cuisine and experience. There is great exclusivity to our hotel, in that we host only one wedding on property at a time. Each wedding is truly distinctive, and our professionals strive to create an event that is the very embodiment of your personality, preferences and dreams. From the initial phase of inquiry, through the completion of the event, the Catering department and I oversee the planning and details. It is our goal at Mandarin Oriental, Miami to keep all aspects of the wedding planning process stress free, allowing you to truly enjoy the months, days and hours leading up to the celebration.
GO: If you had to describe your property in three words, what would they be?
VC: Luxurious, distinctive and memorable!
GO: What are the unique locations where a couple can host their ceremony and reception at your venue?
VC: Our Oasis Private Beach and our Lawn offer unique and memorable settings that reflect and infuse the essence of Miami chic. Also, our Ballroom is the epitome of elegance and features 22 ft high ceilings, luxurious rice paper chandeliers, and built in shoji panels around the perimeter of the room, reflecting a subtle Asian influence. The ballroom has full accessibility to a private terrace, allowing guests to enjoy Miami’s tropical breezes throughout the evening.
GO: Food is such an important element at a wedding; tell me about your menus and culinary team?
VC: Our menu offerings are formatted in the design of a package, however our award winning chefs are passionate about food presentation and innovative cuisine and strive to customize these menus to each of our couple’s specifications. The food and beverage presentation is the most important component of our wedding events, and as such, we ensure that the cuisine, as well as the venue, reflects the bride and groom’s preferences. On some occasions, our chef’s have literally worked side by side in the kitchen with our brides and their families during the months leading up to the wedding to incorporate traditional family recipes.
GO: What is the first thing a couple should do if they are interested in getting married at your property?
VC: They should first know that we will make sure their wedding is everything they have dreamed of, then simply call, or email me.
With a stunning lobby featuring views of the Miami sky-line and Biscayne Bay, luxury suites for the bridal party to “get ready” in and stunning outdoor space, the Mandarin Oriental Miami is a magnificent venue for your wedding celebrations. Thank you Victoria Chase for sharing all the great services the Mandarin Oriental, Miami has to offer!
Be sure to check out the Mandarin Oriental, Miami Wedding Guide blog by Victoria Chase!