Quintessential New York Wedding Destination Plays Host to Lucky “Today” Couple
New York – June 24, 2009 – Following a search for the perfect wedding venue, NBC has selected the legendary Plaza Hotel as the venue of choice for this summer’s “Today Throws a Wedding.” On July 15, 2009, this historical New York landmark will be the wedding reception location for one lucky couple who have competed in a series of challenges live on “Today.” 
This year, “Today Throws a Wedding” is celebrating 10 years of “I do-s.” Four lucky couples are participating in weekly challenges for the chance to win the hearts of viewers across the country and walk down the aisle on America’s favorite morning show. Following tradition, “Today” viewers will plan the wedding by voting on the couple’s rings, the wedding gown, the tux, the attendants’ attire, the cake, and the honeymoon. Last year, hundreds of thousands of viewers logged on to plan LaDonna and Darnell’s dream wedding.
The July 15th wedding event live on “Today” will culminate with the reception broadcast from The Plaza’s Grand Ballroom from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Millions of viewers will watch the winning couple realize their fantasy wedding within the gilded splendor of the landmarked ballroom – where for over a century, celebrities and discerning people alike have celebrated their nuptials, including members of the Kennedy family, Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas, and Donald Trump and Marla Maples. The Plaza has also hosted many of the city’s most memorable parties – Truman Capote’s Black & White Ball and Sarah Jessica Parker’s 40th birthday bash – and scenes from countless classics were filmed in the ballroom including Hitchcock’s North by Northwest and the recent blockbuster Bride Wars.
The unforgettable reception will feature a menu created by the Grand Ballroom’s Executive Chef Chris Harkness. Hard at work designing a reception fit for today’s discerning and eco-conscious bride and groom, Chef Harkness plans to unveil a new signature drink and feature selections from the Ballroom’s famed 100-mile menu. Guests will enjoy fresh ingredients that travel less than 100 miles to the Plaza’s Ballroom directly from Katchkie Farm in Upstate New York, owned and operated by CPS Events partner Liz Neumark.
Located at New York’s most renowned address, at the crossroads of Fifth Avenue and Central Park South, The Plaza Hotel re-opened in March 2008 following a $400 million dollar three-year restoration. The Plaza is the city’s ultimate wedding destination, providing couples and guests myriad wedding offerings within one location. The Plaza’s 282 guestrooms and suites, featuring the largest overall square footage of any luxury hotel in New York City, offer contemporary conveniences to meet the needs of today’s most discerning travelers; Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa provides wedding parties and guests primping treatments from manicures and pedicures to specialty body treatments; Warren-Tricomi Salon offers color and styling to ensure a picture perfect day; Fitness Center by Radu Physical Culture, is ideal for last minute pre-honeymoon workouts, and The Shops at The Plaza, featuring The Plaza Beauty by Warren-Tricomi offering hand-collected selection of beauty and home essentials and professional makeup applications. In addition, The Shops at The Plaza offer an extensive retail collection for any last-minute needs from couples and guests.
The Plaza also offers a variety of culinary options for a rehearsal dinner, Sunday brunch, or pre-event cocktail. The elegant Champagne Bar offers an incomparable selection of Champagnes; The Rose Club, a stylish new cocktail lounge; and The Oak Room and The Oak Bar, originally opened in 1945, providing a quintessential New York experience for couples and wedding guests.
About The Plaza Hotel
Timeless, captivating and unforgettable, The Plaza has undergone a $400 million, three-year, lobby to roof renovation and restoration. The passion and uncompromising service which made the hotel a legend has returned with a new and contemporary spirit. The Plaza is an extraordinary hotel and a luxury lifestyle destination that offers guests every indulgence featuring a world-class retail collection with a Caudalie Vinotherapie® Spa, Warren-Tricomi Salon and Fitness Center by Radu Physical Culture. The Oak Room and Oak Bar provide quintessential New York experiences, and the opulent Plaza Grand Ballroom continues to host the world’s most memorable events. New additions include the elegant Champagne Bar and stylish Rose Club. Designated a New York City Landmark in 1969 it is also the only New York City hotel to be designated as a National Historic Landmark. The Plaza Hotel is jointly owned by New York-based El Ad Properties, a subsidiary of the El Ad Group, and Kingdom Holdings, a Saudi Arabia-based corporation. It is managed by Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. For reservations and additional information, please call 888-240-7775 or visit www.fairmont.com/theplaza.
About Central Park South Events at The Plaza
CPS Events is a stand-alone joint venture between Delaware North Companies, one of the world’s leading hospitality and food service providers, and Great Performances, New York’s most prestigious event management and catering company, founded by Liz Neumark. Together as CPS Events they have leased the Grand Ballroom, Foyer, Centennial Room and 7 meeting rooms at The Plaza for the next 25 years.
About Delaware North Companies
Delaware North Companies is one of the world’s leading hospitality and food service providers. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International and Delaware North Companies Boston, owner of TD Banknorth Garden. Delaware North Companies is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States with revenues exceeding $2 billion annually and 50,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com.


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