If you’re a true Lehigh Valley or even more specific a Bethlehem native, then there is one place you may have always dreamt of having your fairytale wedding and that is the Historic Hotel Bethlehem. This notable location in the heart of historic downtown Bethlehem has been hosting weddings since 1922, which is when the hotel first opened. With multiple rooms to choose from, couples are destined to find a space that fits their vision for their perfect day. Exquisite Bride Magazine spoke with Marketing Coordinator, Brynn Levine, to get all the details on what makes the Historic Hotel Bethlehem the perfect choice for you and your guests.
The Historic Hotel Bethlehem offers a variety of spacious, elegant rooms for couples to choose from. The Grand Ballroom accommodates up to 250 guests, and contains many extravagant features. Levine states, “On the Mezzanine, beautiful balconies and four large arched mirrors make the magnificent Grand Ballroom one of the most exquisite grand banquet rooms in the Lehigh Valley.” The Mural Ballroom can accommodate 140 guests, and truly stands out with its unique features. It boasts seven large murals, painted by George Gray and have hung there since 1937. These large murals tell the story of the history of Bethlehem. In particular, the story of how Count Zinzendorf and other early settlers met on Christmas Eve in 1741 in a crude cabin on the site now occupied by the hotel, and named the city of Bethlehem.
Besides these two lavish ballrooms, the Historic Hotel Bethlehem also has more intimate settings for smaller wedding parties. The 1741 on the Terrace can host up to 60 guests and if you are looking for even more intimate the Lehigh and Lafayette rooms are perfect for wedding parties with up to 40 guests. If you’re looking to have your ceremony at the hotel as well, the Hotel can absolutely accommodate you. Levine states, “Inside the hotel, we use the Mural Ballroom for ceremonies, as it has the columns in the room that make the perfect walkway for a ceremony. We also have outdoor ceremonies in the industrial quarters (located right behind the hotel), for those who enjoy the history of Bethlehem or just the scenery.”
Along with these historic rooms, the hotel also offers incredible weddings packages from couples to choose from. Each package offers hors d’oeuvres during the cocktail hour, champagne toast, open bar, full dinner, cake cutting, overnight bridal suite, bridal party hospitality suite, house linens, day of Maître d’ and experienced wedding planner. Each package offers different items making your day stress-free. When asked which type of package is the most popular, Levine mentions that each of the packages the Historic Hotel Bethlehem offers is special because each is chosen and designed by the bride and groom. The wedding specialists at the hotel help customize packages so that couples are completely satisfied with their special day.
Besides the historic features, the Historic Hotel Bethlehem has many other things that make it stand out amongst other venues in the Lehigh Valley area. The convenience of being in historic downtown Bethlehem allows guest to walk around to shops and restaurants during their stay. Also, the hotel accommodates all different wedding activities such as the rehearsal dinner, reception, and post wedding breakfast which makes it feel like a destination wedding. If the Historic Hotel Bethlehem seems like the perfect fit for you, contact Kathy Sanders or Terry Marrow to help you start planning your wedding today.
The Historic Hotel Bethlehem
437 Main Street