Wedding expert Laurie Arons has been a long-time friend and beloved fan of The Breakers. Living in San Francesco, Laurie and her company, Laurie Arons Special Events, has helped West Coast clients plan sensational destination weddings here at the Palm Beach resort.
The special event guru says wedding planning was a new industry when she started her company in 1994. “I feel fortunate I had the chance to blaze my own trail and form a company based on principles that were important to me – outstanding service, attention to detail and a passion for perfection.”
Q: What is it like planning an event at The Breakers?
A: The Breakers is a Mecca for an event planner. There are so many incredible venue options. The resort also offers so many amazing resources at your fingertips. The full time master sommelier, talented in-house floral designers, and world-class chefs … the possibilities are endless.
Q: Do you have a favorite ceremony spot or reception ballroom?
A: For a breezy outdoor affair, the Ocean Lawn holds the best views of the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. For spectacular glamour and over the top elegance, my favorite is the Circle ballroom.
Q: Describe your inspiration.
A: I’m first and foremost inspired by the couple – getting to know the bride and groom, figuring out their style and giving them their dream wedding. I’m also inspired by beautiful things all around me, whether it be wedding style, fashion, food and wine, interior design, or travel.
Q: What is the most important reason your clients cite for choosing The Breakers?
A: My clients who choose The Breakers want a spectacular five-star event and outstanding service, in a setting you don’t find often (if at all) in this country. They immediately know The Breakers will deliver an unforgettable experience for them and their guests.
Images from two of Laurie’s events at The Breakers…
Q: Give us three of your favorite weddings must-dos.
A: 1. Stay true to who you are as a couple. I always tell my clients that they can’t please everyone, so the most important thing is creating a day that is special for them and reflects their vision.
2. After you kiss and are married, stop with your new husband or wife at the end of the aisle before you recess and take it all in. It’s a moment you’ll only have once, so don’t rush through it. The portrait session can wait a minute.
3. Assign seating – don’t leave it up to chance. I know some couples dread this, but it’s a lot of stress on the guests to figure out where to sit on the fly. Just take a little time the week of the wedding to place groups of people together in a way that ensures a good time for all.
Q: What hot new trend do you see emerging for winter weddings? How about 2012?
A: Dare I say more formal and traditional weddings, possibly influenced by the Royal Wedding of William and Kate? That’s a trend I would love to see, because it’s actually anti-trend – a return to classic, special occasions. Another trend I’m really having fun with is the after-party, complete with nightclub-style DJ’s taking guests late into the night.
Q: How does The Breakers history and architecture inspire the design of your events?
A: I love the grand architecture, the high ceilings, the uniqueness of each room – it’s inspiring to build a design to enhance the existing beauty. Event lighting is important, a great way to highlight all those elements.
Q: How does a wedding at The Breakers differ from those at other venues?
A: The Breakers holds the most spectacular set of ballrooms I have ever seen, and on top of that, it’s set in a gorgeous location. In sunny Palm Beach overlooking the water and just five minutes from Worth Avenue, one of the best shopping streets in the country – how can you beat that?
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