At a recent bridal show we had the pleasure of meeting Karlene Summerall from the Wyndham Dallas Suites-Park Central. She invited us to come by and see some of the exciting things the Wyndham has to offer Dallas brides.
We took her up on the invitation and were impressed with what we saw, but we were even more impressed with Karlene, because she’s been coordinating events for the hotel for twelve years. That means she’s been in this business for as long as we’ve been videographing them.
Karlene’s hotel is a beautiful place. Outside it’s a substantial brick building near the High Five intersection of Central and LBJ. The centralized location would be easy for guests from all over Dallas to reach. There’s plenty of parking and when they enter the double doors of the lobby, everyone’s jaw will drop as their eyes wander up ten stories of atrium.
The chic lobby features warm carved wood. Carpets and upholstery in black, white and tan will enhance any color scheme a bride chooses. When it comes to ceremony and reception venues, the Wyndham has a great selection for weddings with up to 280 guests, but if you’re putting together something smaller, there are choices for you, too.
The ballroom in the picture above is very near the entrance, but a stylish vestibule sets it off from the lobby. Two adjacent antechambers are available for anything from coat checks to waiting rooms. You just have to bring your ideas. I’m afraid as lovely as the picture is, it doesn’t begin to show the elegance of the ballroom. The huge crystal chandeliers set a dramatic scene for your event without competing for attention with what your imagination brings to the space.
If you’d like something a little cozier, then Karlene has just the thing for you, too. Around the corner from the ballroom is a smaller room built on two levels. Seventy-five to eighty guests can be entertained in this room dominated by rich wooden columns. It’s great for rehearsal dinners or smaller weddings. The hotel also has a number of meeting rooms that can be utilized for ceremonies if the bride wants to keep everything at one location.
And speaking of one location, if you have out-of-town guests, you can offer them a choice of accommodations, because Wyndham’s more economical sister, Hawthorn Suites, is right next door. Imagine the logistical nightmares you can avoid by having everyone close-by, whether they want one of the Wyndham luxury suites or prefer to watch their pocketbook.
While I was at the property, Karlene allowed me to sample something from the kitchen. It was delicious, but then Karlene let me in on a secret. Even though most hotels can’t provide a bride with specialized ethnic dishes, they won’t let her bring in food from a caterer who can. That’s one of the things that differentiates the Wyndham from other facilities. They’ll work with a bride to create a win-win situation and make it possible for specialty dishes to be brought in. We were excited to hear that, because many of our brides come from backgrounds with very specific traditions and we understand just how important a particular food can be to a celebration.
But as I said before, the best thing the Wyndham offers is Karlene. She takes a personal interest in her events and inspects the set-up and service of every wedding herself. She doesn’t leave it to others to interpret what she’s discussed first-hand with a bride. After she understands exactly what a bride wants, she follows through on the day of the event – down to the very last detail. Karlene wants every bride to get exactly what she wants.
If you’re expecting less than 300 people at your wedding and reception, then you’ll want to check out the Wyndham. Tell Karlene that LeniCam sent you.
LeniCam Video Productions – Dallas Videographer