An Interview with Hard Rock Resort’s Wedding Coordinator Janessa

Hello Janessa and thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat with us today! 
Thank you, Terrah for this opportunity!

So how long have you been helping plan dream weddings?
I have been planning destination weddings for about a year and a half now.

What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job, I must say, is the whole process. I love being a part of a couples one special day. I love understanding their vision and making it a reality. 

What are some of the most fun/memorable weddings you’ve helped plan? I had a wedding that was just the bride and groom, when the minister asked the groom to place the ring on the brides finger, the groom got down on one knee to do it. There was also a wedding reception that was near a pool and everyone including the bride ended up in the pool at the end of the night.

How do you feel about wedding favors/gifts?
Wedding favors show your guests that you want them to have something to remind them of their special day, however it should be something that will they will have use for, not something that will end up in a drawer or garbage. For example, I had a couple that would collect koozies wherever they traveled together. For their favors, they created personalized koozies and it was something that represented the bride and groom, as well as, something the guests can use afterwards.



Being in a tight economy right now, would you suggest an area to cut costs or downsize? 
We are in a tight economy and cutting costs on certain things is hard to do, but not impossible. How much you spend on your favors, using different types of flowers that will still give the affect you like, guest list, and the venue are all little ways of keeping the costs down.

Is there anything new and exciting going on with weddings at Hard Rock? 
We have new group benefits the bride and groom will receive with booking a certain number of rooms or rooming nights:

· 5 – 9 Rooms of 3 nights or 15-29 room nights = One (1) Cocktail Reception for one   hour.
· 10 – 19 Rooms of 3 nights or 30 – 59 room nights = One (1) Private Function for 2 hours. (cocktail reception or dinner)
· 20 – 24 Rooms of 3 nights or 60 – 74 room nights = One (1) Private Function for 3 hours (cocktail reception and dinner)
· 25 Rooms or more for 3 nights or 75 room nights or more = Two (2) Private Functions for 3 hours each, not to be held on the same day.

These benefits really help the bride and group in keeping costs down and still creating their vision for their special day.



If you were to give some tips or advice to a soon to be bride, what would it be?
I would tell a soon to be bride to plan ahead, create a budget, and to have a vision on how she would like her wedding day to be and look.

Again, thank you so much for your time and effort!

Thank you again for this opportunity.

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