Getting married at the Fairmont was an absolute dream. My original contact, Kendra, was truly one of the main reasons I decided to splurge and sign the contract. She was so friendly and extremely responsive. Kendra left the staff right before my wedding, but my new contact, Katie, was still great to work with too.
The venue speaks for itself. It's historic, pristine, glamorous and anything that I could want in a venue. They are of course on the pricey side. After all was said and done, my charges at the Fairmont came out to almost $300 per person. I don't think the space I was in (Fountain Room) merited that kind of money.
I did get everything I asked for. The service was superb from check in to check out. The one thing that wasn't so great was that my wedding was on a day that there were 2 other weddings. Mine was the smallest so my main contact spent most of her time at the other weddings and I had a different contact on the actual day of the wedding (who I never spoke to before). It was a little stressful explaining the processional music 5 minutes before the ceremony, but in the end, he was attentive and easy to work with too. He kept us on schedule and everything was great.
The food was soooo delicious! We had seared beef tenderloin, chicken saltimbocca, pan seared striped bass and truffled risotto. They used an outside vendor for the cake, who I'm a little iffy on (see separate review), but everything overall was great.
The other little thing was my cake topper was broken when it was returned to me, but minuscule in the grand scheme of things.
Meghan F. Del Mar, CA
I got married at The Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco on Sunday September 2nd. We worked with Meghan Gruss the Catering Manager. She was spectacular!! We were so lucky to get paired up with her. Our whole wedding planning experience was so easy and well organized thanks to all of Meghan's hard work. We live in San Diego and had to plan everything from a distance. Additionally, I'm an Interior Designer and I had very specific requests and design visions. I was a little nervous about my vendors really understanding the big picture and everything coming together without me being there.
Meghan was so thorough and really cared about us and made us feel special. I immediately felt a bond with her and I completely trusted her in every way. She came through with everything she promised AND THEN SOME!!
I had champagne dreams with not exactly a champagne budget. Meghan went above and beyond her call of duty to help me work within my budget and still get the look I wanted. We couldn't be happier and we have the best memories of the most special day of our lives thanks to The Fairmont and Meghan Gruss and her staff.
You get what you pay for with this stunning property and first-class service across the board. They really go out of their way to accommodate your every need and make your time there memorable. If you're thinking of getting married at The Fairmont... do it! And ask for Meghan Gruss and her assistant Rachel Gellerman. You will NOT be disappointed! They really will make you feel like a princess and go above and beyond to make your wedding the best!
Finally, I had many guests tell us the food at our wedding was the best food they have ever had at a wedding. I was too busy to notice so it was really nice hearing so many guests rave about our food being the best they had ever had.
Good luck brides, and thank you Meghan Gruss and The Fairmont!
-Meghan F..... now Meghan T.!! :)
The venue was fabulous and the entire staff (especially Meghan Gruss, Catering Manager) were very helpful and professional.
We consider ourselves lucky to have had our wedding at the Fairmont. After visiting a number of different venues such as the Mandarin Oriential, the Omni and others, there was no doubt that the Fairmont was the perfect spot. Not only is the location great for out of town guests and for its views, but its grandiosity and elegant atmosphere made it all very special for everyone.
Emilie was wonderful to work with, always approachable, warm, accomodating and making great suggestions. The food and cake were also exceptionally good, with an easily arranged tasting and impeccable service. The ceremony was held in the Pavillion Room & Garden, followed by the reception in the Crown Room. We couldn't have been happier with those two venues as there is access to the outside and windows everywhere at the very top. The overall feeling was very fresh, airy and sunny.
Guests commented for a long time afterwards how much they loved the hotel and services. A truly memorable experience.