The Tiger Hotel truly is one of Columbia's historic gems. It opened in 1928 with a dinner-dance party and was described
by one newspaper as "Columbia's first skyscraper." But for all its beauty and rich historical character, we think
The Tiger Hotel's greatest asset is . . . it's STAFF!
Case in point: Tina Patel, event planner for the hotel and co-owner of Bleu (located on the hotel's main floor),
has been coordinating events in Columbia for over a decade. This is quite an accomplishment in a field plagued
by frequent turnover (we've known couples who ended up working consecutively with 3 different event planners
at their reception locale). What bride and groom wouldn't want Tina's experience, know-how, and stick-with-it-ness
on their team?! Not only is Tina a veteran event planner, she is also upbeat, kind and oh-so-friendly
. . . in short, just the kind of professional you'd like to help guide you through a perfectly smooth wedding day.
Here's Tina in her own words:
(1) an interesting fact about me: "I have been IN 15 weddings [SilverBox editorial note: clearly, Tina has a
mountain of friends!] and planned over 300 of them!"
(2) my favorite book and film: "Harry Potter...I love sci-fi movies and anything 80’s....Sixteen Candles...great movie."
(3) what every bride should know: "Get references, pick the right vendors and relax!"
(4) one a-ha service clients may not know we offer: "The Tiger Hotel offers full service wedding planning.
We will coordinate EVERY detail. We also have multiple off-site wedding venues."
Speaking of multiple venues, here is a look at various places for hosting events within the hotel itself:
~The Tiger Ballroom ~ a glowing, classic, stylish space with chandeliers and mirror bedecked walls, perfect for a large crowd:
~Blue Restaurant & Wine Bar ~ a great spot for small gatherings like bridesmaid luncheons or a romantic dinner for two
(why not pop the question over a glass of wine HERE?!):
~The Vault ~ a dark, mood-rich bar, with signature drinks and live music . . . how about a night-cap with friends
after your rehearsal dinner?!
~and even the hotel rooftop ~ with sweeping views of downtown Columbia, it's a great spot for a wedding day kiss:
so reliably wonderful.
Oh, and all you fans of the hotel and bleu and the vault, be sure to comment on this post to share your experiences
. . . remember, the vendor in our "wedding pros to know" series who garners the most comments receives
a free ad shoot from SilverBox.
~ amy & kim