New York, NY (September 9, 2009) – The Plaza Grand Ballroom is a timeless and magical setting for wedding celebrations. Now, today’s cost conscious bride can plan the wedding of her dreams in one of the world’s most elegant and historic locations. A Plaza Grand Ballroom wedding is well within reach with these tips from Mike Warren, Grand Ballroom Director of Catering:
  • You can save significantly by choosing an elegant and architecturally historic venue like the Grand Ballroom that requires little decoration. Simple flowers or centerpieces of fresh fruits or vegetables juxtaposed against the Ballroom’s newly restored neoclassical decor create an unforgettable ambiance with a minimal investment.
  • A Grand Ballroom menu offers access to the freshest organically grown food without additional cost thanks to an exclusive connection to an organic farm in Upstate NY, Katchkie Farm.
  • The relationship with the Plaza Retail Collection affords brides a discount on favors, bridal party gifts and souvenirs.
  • Be flexible with your dates and the time of year. The months of January, February, July and August have less demand and therefore offer more wiggle room with pricing.
  • Consider a Friday or Sunday wedding rather than Saturday night. The difference between days can save almost $50 per person.
  • Know your exact guest count in advance. The more you are willing to guarantee the number of people the more flexible the pricing.  
The Plaza Ballroom has hosted many of the city’s most memorable parties – Donald and Melania Trump’s wedding, Truman Capote’s Black & White Ball and Sarah Jessica Parker’s 40th birthday bash. Imbued with rich heritage and enduring beauty, a Plaza wedding is priceless.

For more information on Plaza Grand Ballroom weddings, images or to speak with Mike Warren, please contact Harriet Weintraub, Cate Evans or Stuart Cohen at 212.925.1558.
About Central Park South Events at The Plaza
Central Park South Events at The Plaza is a stand-alone joint venture between two New York state companies, Great Performances and Delaware North Companies, created to manage and operate The Plaza Grand Ballroom and meeting space. Great Performances, New York’s prestigious event and catering company, and Delaware North Companies, one of the world’s leading hospitality and food service providers, opened the landmark Grand Ballroom in January 2008 and have signed a 25-year lease with Elad Properties, owner of The Plaza. For more information, visit www.plaza.com.

About Great Performances
Great Performances brings consummate culinary skill and originality to the table, complemented by personalized attention to detail and exquisite service. The company, founded in 1979 by Liz Neumark as a staffing service for women in the arts, is now an acknowledged leader in the high-profile events arena and has carved out a niche as the foodservice partner of some of the city’s most prestigious cultural institutions, including Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Sotheby’s. Great Performances is the only catering company nationally to own and operate its own organic farm, Katchkie Farm in Columbia County, New York. The Company pioneered the 100-Mile Menu bringing sustainable food to the forefront of the special events industry. For more information on Great Performances, visit www.greatperformances.com.

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.


Cate Evans cevans@hwpr.com
Harriet Weintraub hweintraub@hwpr.com
Stuart Cohen scohen@hwpr.com
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