You’ve got the man. You’ve got the ring. Now all you need is the venue, and you’ll be ready to revel in the wedding you’ve always dreamed of. With its flawless historic-meets-modern aesthetic, extensive catering menu and luxurious guest rooms, the Elyton Hotel is the perfect place to swap “I Do’s.”
Planning a wedding can be overwhelming, and because the venue sets the tone for the day, it is one of the first and most crucial decisions you’ll make in the process. You want to select a space that is both beautiful and functional, a venue that will make guests feel welcome and comfortable and a place with an ambiance that suits the celebration in store. With these qualifications in mind, what could be better than a historic Birmingham building that gives homage to our city’s roots while supplying the modern conveniences a wedding requires?
Built in 1909 and originally known as the Empire Building, the Elyton Hotel received a full renovation (and a new name honoring Birmingham’s beginnings) before it opened in 2017 as a member of Marriott’s Autograph Collection. The 16-story Elyton sits on the “Heaviest Corner on Earth” at the intersection of 1st Avenue North and 20th Street, and has one of Birmingham’s most striking facades, completely covered in molded terra-cotta and elaborate cornices and moldings. The building’s interior is equally impressive, from the gorgeous original marble staircase that spills into the lobby to the elegant and beautifully appointed furnishings. From the moment guests set eyes on the building, they are sure to be wowed.
Tim Heim, general manager of the Elyton Hotel, says that an Elyton Hotel bride is one who is looking for a fully customizable wedding experience, from outings in the city for the wedding party and specialty drinks to hangover food sent up to guests’ rooms at the end of the night. “We can do those personal touches for them,” says Tim. “Due to our great team and us being so small, it’s going to be more of an exclusive-type of atmosphere for them and they’re going to get all of that special one-on-one attention throughout the planning process.”
The Elyton’s 16th floor offers 4,000 square feet of flexible space that can be fully customized to suit your vision for the day and can accommodate up to 80 guests. With a muted gray color palette, the Empire Ballroom, named for the building’s original moniker, is the perfect neutral backdrop for any event’s aesthetic. Upper windows flood the space with natural light while leaving the space flexible for any furniture layout.
The rooftop bar, Moon Shine, offers a space perfect for either a small, intimate wedding ceremony or for cocktail hour preceding a reception downstairs. With sweeping views of downtown Birmingham, this space is enchanting and truly a special showcase of the Magic City.
And of course, no wedding or reception would be complete without a celebratory meal. Group sales & catering manager Taylor Weller says when it comes to catering, the sky is the limit at the Elyton. The catering menu boasts a bevy of delicious traditional wedding fare, but if a bride wants to offer something special, the talented culinary team at the Elyton can almost surely accommodate. “If a bride wants to serve Southern food, we can do a biscuit bar, or if she wants to showcase New Orleans-style cuisine, we can do a jambalaya — things like that,” says Taylor. “Our culinary staff is fantastic, and our pastry staff is amazing. Anything the bride wants we can most likely create for her.”
And if your guests are looking for luxury accommodations at the end of a night of dancing and celebrating, they need look no further than the Elyton. “With its comfortable, stylish rooms and unparalleled service, the Elyton is sure to give guests a relaxing stay that perfectly represents a weekend in the Magic City,” says Tim.
With one simple decision, all of your other wedding planning will simply fall into place. By booking your wedding at the Elyton Hotel, you are that much closer to the wedding day of your dreams and your happily ever after.
This article is sponsored by the Elyton Hotel.