Friday, March 2, 2012

Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte Redefines Wedding Visualization with EYI Design Studio

Brides booking weddings at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte have access to
a dramatic new planning resource which turns event design into an
exclusive and highly-personalized creative process. Planners of local
Charlotte galas are invited to enliven their visions in the same new
setting, which opens today and is called E.Y.I.or "Engage Your
Imagination" Design Studio.

Having transformed much of The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte's sixth floor
into a next generation in event stagecraft, E.Y.I. Design Studio lets
brides and planners walk through a complete creative process, moving
from room to room as each bride's vision for a wedding and/or
reception is visualized and customized. E.Y.I. Design Studio consists
of seven rooms filled with striking artwork and graphics, as well as
elegantly-detailed lighting, finishes and event inspirations. These
settings touch the senses, allowing each stage of a wedding to be pre-
styled according to the bride's own inspiration and set- design

David Rothwell, general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte,
explains, "The goal of E.Y.I. Design Studio is to transform the
planning experience, making it a memorable, highly-personalized
occasion which couples will remember as the creative heart of their
wedding. In crafting E.Y.I. Design Studio, we were inspired by the
desire to actually co-design with each bride, and to help bring a
bride's vision to life in a dramatic, stunningly visual way."

Building on the reputation of the Bar Cocoa dessert experience, E.Y.I.
Design Studio showcases the hotel's pastry offering, with The Cake
Gallery highlighting ten spectacular Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte wedding
and specialty cakes, each pin-lit to show off intricate and colorful
detailing. Serving up to eight guests, the studio's Tasting Room
allows brides, grooms and event planners to sample their selected menu
options in a uniquely private environment, also presenting the ability
to fully customize each event's culinary experience.

Offering several more planning areas featuring on-screen highlighting
of event layouts and visuals, E.Y.I. Design Studio's virtual-wedding-
day environment is highlighted by its inspiring Design Lab, where
exclusive tablescapes, including linens, china settings, chair
selections and table design creations, are presented as starting
points for bringing a bride's style to life. Options for wedding and
event colors, themes and props are presented, along with tools and
guidance to make the concepting of each wedding a hassle-free creative

Access to E.Y.I. Design Studio is available at no cost to brides and
planners presenting their events at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte. It is
also offered to area residents wishing to order customized Ritz-
Carlton wedding and specialty cakes for delivery to off-premise
locations. A further benefit of E.Y.I. Design Studio is the ability of
hotel wedding clients to plan a glamorous Charlotte ceremony and
reception along with a luxury honeymoon at a choice of Ritz-Carlton
hotels and resorts around the world, tied together in a specially-
priced package complete with guaranteed upgrades.

Representing a one-of-a-kind next step in the world of imagination-
based wedding planning followed by impeccable execution, E.Y.I. Design
Studio opens at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte. For further details,
please contact Kimberly Werner at 704.972.4452 or