A Great Option for a Big Family
Most engaged couples I know were busy before they got engaged. But once they peruse the typical wedding "to do list", the reality of what they're in for can be quite a shock. True, it's so much easier to stay organized thanks to the online resources from sites like Wedding Wire and The knot. But they're not really much help when it comes to juggling a complicated and ever expanding guest list that leaves you scrambling to find the perfect accommodations for kids, senior citizens and everyone in-between!
An awesome and often overlooked option is a large ballroom at a high-end hotel. If having a place for a large extended family to hang out together is a priority, there are few better options. Gathering at one central location where out-of-town guests can easily fly into and out of makes so much more sense than adding the confusion of multiple locations. Most friends and family would prefer spending time together rather than traveling (and getting lost!)
Another perk? The wedding couple can have fun the night before, wake up, get dressed, get married and spend the night in a honeymoon suite without leaving the premises!
If you're in Raleign and looking for a venue for large families, I would highly recommend the Hilton Garden Inn/ Crabtree Valley. It's beautifully done, definitely elegant and has a nice indoor pool. It's surrounded by tons of restaurants and shopping and only 3 miles from the North Carolina Museum of Art! The staff is really on top of things. The wedding coordinator, Latesha Evans, has an infectious enthusiasm that rubs off on everyone around her! She's awesome to work with! They've also got excellent reviews on Trip Advisor.