Enchanting evenings arise naturally in some places: the sparkling Eiffel Tower, the star-studded West Texas sky and in downtown San Antonio – the dazzling Plaza Club.
“Soaring 21 floors in the skyline, the Plaza Club displays spectacular views any time of the day,” says Paula Doris, the venue’s private events director. “In the evening, wedding events come alive with the city’s twinkling lights.”
Located on the top floor of the City Tower on Houston Street, the Plaza Club overlooks the historic heart of San Antonio and offers a variety of wedding function spaces surrounded by sensational scenery.
“The club’s floor-to-ceiling windows flatter just about any wedding style, from classic elegance to modern chic,” Doris says. “Every event shines when set against the gorgeous views.”
After stepping off the 21st-story elevator, guests are met with a marvelous marble floor featuring the iconic Plaza Club insignia. Then their eyes turn to prominent structures such as the soaring Tower of the Americas and the gold-illuminated Tower Life Building that are magnificently showcased.
“Guests gravitate toward the windows and enjoy snapping pictures of themselves with the landmarks in the background,” Doris says. “As the sun sets, newlyweds take romantic photos in front of the orange, pink and gold sky scenery.”
The Plaza Club’s Main Dining Room typically hosts up to 230 guests for dinner and dancing and boasts a stage and dancefloor, an expansive wine rack and a baby grand piano that can be played or utilized as a guestbook, gift or place card table. The sizeable room can also accommodate a ceremony and can be enhanced with uplighting, pipe and drape or a lounge area.
Ceremonies and wedding receptions for as few as 30 guests are hosted in the Colonel, Plaza or Texas Rooms that feature vintage furnishings and art displaying historic San Antonio motifs.
“Whether intimate or grand, every event gives the couple and their guests stunning vistas and the Plaza Club’s impeccable service,” Doris says.
Conveniently, brides and the bridal party can luxuriously prepare for a ceremony in the State Room that features exquisite crystal chandeliers, a full-sized mirror and views of downtown’s charming Main Plaza, including the picturesque San Fernando Cathedral across the street. The room is often used as a retreat where newlyweds privately share a toast and hors d’oeuvres before making their grand reception entrance.
The Plaza Club makes its special event spaces available to both members and non-members.
“Private events are not exclusive to members only,” Doris says. “We invite couples to tour our inviting spaces and see our extraordinary views for themselves. Many of them appreciate that we are within walking distance or a short ride from several highly-rated downtown hotels.”
From the initial tour to the wedding event itself, Doris is present with the couple to make sure the Plaza Club fulfills their expectations. She also helps them work with the venue’s in-house chef to create a catering menu customized for their choice of a seated dinner, buffet or food stations.
“I meet their vendors as they set up the venue, and I stay at the event at least until the cake cutting to make sure the occasion flows smoothly,” she says.
Providing Chiavari chairs, banquet round and cocktail tables, table linens and napkins, the Plaza Club’s wedding package encompasses many extras. Additional amenities include complimentary guest parking and use of the building’s security.
To help couples envision the ambiance of their big day, Doris arranges a banquet table with linens, napkins and chargers that complement their wedding colors. Then she coordinates their selections with a décor vendor so that tables are adorned according to the couple’s wishes.
“The Plaza Club is very reasonably priced when couples consider they’re getting the venue, catering, table décor and other valuable amenities,” she says. “Most of all, they’re giving themselves and their guests the gift of amazing views that they will always cherish.”
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