“My wedding was on July 12th, 2014 and we had the reception at the Grand Ballroom at the DoubleTree in King of Prussia. Words can not express how grateful I am that Mary Bell took over the planning for my wedding. From the first moment I spoke to her on the phone, she was patient, understanding and really easy to talk to. She worked with chef John and made my dream of having a family style reception a reality. My family and friends still talk about how delicious the food was and about how much food there was!! I love the fact that everyone at all the tables had their food at the same time. No one waited for food! And the servers kept asking our guests if they wanted more food to be brought out! What more could a big Italian family ask for!? It was perfect! And they brought a tray of food to our wedding suite! Not to mention a tray of chocolate covered strawberries and a bottle of champagne. I was so surprised to see it when we went to the room. Such a nice surprise!!!

Mary was super organized and had a timeline all set up for us months in advance with all the details that needed to be addressed. Every time I sent Mary an email, I would hear back from her by the next day at the latest.

She was able to get our guests an amazing nightly rate at the hotel for more than just two nights since we had many guests from out of the country. Every one who worked at the front desk was friendly and there were no problems at all when my family checked in. In fact, we made welcome bags for our guests, had them all named for people and the staff handed out the bags to all of our guests as they checked in without any problems. There were no complaints whatsoever from any of our family when it came to their stay at the hotel. Our wedding suite was gorgeous as well!

I want to gush a little more about how wonderful Mary is, since I spent so much time with her. (Lauren is amazing also!!) Mary understood the vision my husband and I had for how we wanted our cocktail hour and reception to be set up. It was perfect. Since I trusted her judgement, I just brought in all the items we wanted to be set up (place cards, picture frames for a memorial table, guest book etc) and asked her to set them up how she felt they would look best. It was perfect. There was even a small issue with the cake and cake stand, and she took care of everything for me.

On the big day, as soon as I arrived at the hotel, Mary found me and helped me in a moment of distress. I am a klutz and tripped on my dress at Valley Forge Park (only me!) and I had a mud and a grass stain on my dress. Mary got out the club soda and worked her magic and got the stains out! Once that tiny debacle was over, she brought me to the ballroom so I could get a sneak peak before anyone else went in.

My jaw dropped. Every single thing was perfect. The room looked like it was a picture out of a magazine. She and Lauren set it up perfect. Every bow on every chair was perfect. The linens were gorgeous and even how the menu was placed in the napkin was perfect. I could not have asked for anything more. The memorial table and cake table were gorgeous. I will always cherish that moment that I shared with Mary when she showed me the Ballroom, and I will never forget it!

The whole night was perfect. I couldn’t have asked for anything more. Again, I can’t thank Mary Bell and Lauren enough for making my special day absolutely perfect!”

“My son and daughter in law were married at the DoubleTree Philadelphia Valley Forge in King of Prussia this past Sat. Aug. 23. From the check in staff, housekeeping to all those that helped put this wedding together, enough kind words cannot be found. Lauren Gotthelf, Mary Bell and Nelson were all spectacular. Lauren and Mary guided Mark and Dana throughout the whole wedding planning process. It was never too much for either one of them to answer an email quickly or return a phone call. I as mother of the groom worked directly with Mary Bell in planning the brunch on sunday after the wedding and things just went so smoothly and Nelson was there for all my requests and questions. He touched base with me after the wedding and the T. Burke’s was set up beautifully the next morning for our brunch. I would highly recommend the DoubleTree for a wedding and post brunch. Thank you all very much for a most memorable wedding experience.”

“We had our wedding ceremony and reception at the DoubleTree Valley Forge Hotel on 8/23/2014. Words cannot accurately describe how incredible everything was – from the hotel rooms, the staff, the food, the accommodations, the service, etc. My (now) husband and I worked with Mary Bell and Lauren Gotthelf to plan our wedding at the hotel. They were both amazing! They both went over and beyond anything we could have expected for our wedding day. Our ceremony was scheduled to be outside by the pool area, unfortunately, the rain could not hold off. Mary waited until the absolute last minute (1 hour before our ceremony) before gathering all the hotel staff she could find (housekeeping, drivers, check in staff, etc.) to set up our ceremony in the ballroom. It turned out to be just as perfect!! The staff must have had superpowers because they were all the most incredible people to have working with you on your wedding day. I am so thankful that we chose the DoubleTree Hotel for our wedding and are extremely grateful for Mary and Lauren and would highly recommend their services to anyone! Thank you again!!!”

“My husband and I could not have asked for a more caring, enthusiastic, and efficient team. They treated us like royalty while we were there and made sure that our very wish and desire was implemented. Mary thought of everything and made sure our special day went smoothly. I can honestly say it was everything I had dreamed of and so much more. John made food that people are still talking about and everyone has commented on how relaxed I was throughout the day. This is all because I had complete confidence in the team that was running the show. Mary & Lauren are a great pair and I felt that they cared about me as a person, not just another bride they had to cater to.

I can not say enough how great they were and how my day was perfect in every way 🙂 I highly recommend this hotel and their staff for hosting the wedding of your dreams.”

“Hi Mary,
Joe and I would like to thank you for everything. You and your staff were amazing. You made our special day less stressful and very beautiful. I could not have imagined a better day. All of your guests commented on how professional your staff was and how beautiful the venue was. We will make sure to recommend the DoubleTree to everyone for any future events. I really believe that our day would not have been as special without you. Thank you again for all that you did! It was such a great day!”

Amber and Joe

“Hi Gals,
I just wanted to express my thanks again for all of your hard work in making our event so awesome! We had a great time and people are still talking about it here.
I cannot tell you how many compliments we received for the accommodations, set up and aesthetics. They even loved the little gold bars taped to the thank you cards!
You both worked so hard and were so caring and flexible that it made what can usually be a stressful time, very enjoyable. The Hilton has a gem in the two of you and I wish you both much continued success, you deserve it.”

My sincere appreciation,

“Mary and Lauren,
Thank you so incredibly much for everything you two have done to make our wedding day absolutely perfect. Despite the rain, it was more than Mark and I could have ever imagined. You both worked so hard for us and we are forever grateful to you both. I was even told you guys had all hands on deck on Saturday to help set up the ceremony inside, and I really appreciate you trying to hold off as long as you could so we could have our ceremony outside like we wanted. It was perfect anyway!
Mary, we are especially grateful that you came on board at the DoubleTree. You were so awesome to work with and gave me (and Mark) everything that we asked. There is no way we could ever thank you for all of your hard work. We were especially grateful for your quick responses to all of our (numerous) requests and how you went over and beyond to make our day so incredibly special.
Again, we are forever grateful for all of your hard work and we are so glad we chose the DoubleTree for our wedding =)”

Dana and Mark

What a beautiful wedding. We had a great time. Everything was so nice, the ceremony, the cocktail hour, the dinner, everything. As the father of the bride, these were some of the many comments that I received after the event. Mary Bell was the person most responsible for a wonderful time had by all. Mary worked with Amber and Joe to ensure that their special day was indeed special. The love Mary has for her job is the thing that impressed me the most. She wants the event to go off as close to perfect as possible. She used her experience to help Amber and Joe make great decisions in the planning stage, and followed through with advice every step of the way. I never knew how many details need to be taken care of, to make a great wedding . Mary made sure that nothing was overlooked. She was at her best on the day of the wedding, making sure everything was as Amber and Joe wanted it. She is the best!!

My husband and I chose the DoubleTree Valley Forge after a lot of back and forth. The all-in-one advantage of the venue won us over. We were able to have our ceremony out by the pool, cocktail hour in Three01 and our reception in the Grand Ballroom. Our guests were then able to pour themselves into bed upstairs afterward if they chose.

The sales and catering manager, Mary Bell was incredibly accommodating and forthright from the very beginning. She gave us up front pricing, and was negotiable when the package put forth wasn’t quite what we wanted. The rates were the cheapest of any venue that we checked out, a huge factor in us deciding on the DoubleTree.

The sales and catering manager, Mary Bell was incredibly accommodating and forthright from the very beginning. She gave us up front pricing, and was negotiable when the package put forth wasn’t quite what we wanted. The rates were the cheapest of any venue that we checked out, a huge factor in us deciding on the DoubleTree.

Mary got every single detail from us before our big day. When it finally came, I was very relaxed knowing that everything was taken care of. Our tasting server, Rose took care of any need that I or my husband had the day of our wedding, including escorting me downstairs when it was time. She kept us on schedule and in the right place. I never had an empty glass, and she also really took care of both sets of parents.

The ballroom had just recently been renovated and the lighting in the coffered ceiling was able to be set to our wedding color! It made everything super romantic and unique! Mary and her team were also able to put all my centerpieces and aisle decorations together and into place. This took a load off of me and really reduced my stress. They even accommodated us by hanging paper lanterns in the ballroom and out on the pergola.

Almost everything went very smoothly. We did have an incident where one of the servers accidentally dropped our cake topper, breaking it. However the hotel is replacing it. Also, just a couple of billing hiccups that the hotel is also correcting.

In total, I am extremely pleased with the look and experience that the DoubleTree was able to offer us. I felt taken care of from start to finish!

We had our wedding here on 10/4/14 with 180 people. Everything was perfect from start to finish. We had a long engagement and took our time searching for the best venue. This was the best choice for us and here is why.

Most important was the price, not only was it the cheapest place in the area but they were straight forward about exactly what it’s going to cost. Their quote included everything with tax and tip. Be warned about other places that don’t quote the total cost. They also made some small changes to the menu without charging us extra.

The next detail that I didn’t realize was so important until we started the search was the person you are going to be dealing with at the venue. Mary was perfect! She will let you plan every detail if you want to but we trusted her to take care of the little things and everything was great.

The service was great. We had 2 catering managers on our night and they kept my drink full the entire time. The food was great. Normally you get at least one complaint from someone but we had none.

The after party was important to us and having it all in one place right at the hotel made it so easy and convenient. We didn’t have to worry about shuttles or searching for a local hotel that can have so many people. We also gave vouchers to everyone for breakfast which made for a fun morning of storytelling and we only had to pay for the people that came.

It’s a huge place. Many places we looked at say they can fit a certain amount of people but I would be weary of their numbers. It was so nice to have tons of room with high top tables in the back which allowed everyone to get up and mingle like we were at a big bar with a photo booth.

Last but not least it was a beautiful place. They just renovated the entire place and it looked great.

My wife and I chose DoubleTree by Hilton for our wedding – the ceremony plus the reception – and couldn’t have been happier.

When we first started dealing with them, our wedding planner was really on his game. Then, a few months after we made the down payment, he ended up leaving for a new job. Initially we were very worried.

Thankfully our wedding planner, Mary Bell, eased all of our uncertainties. If anything, we were glad we had Mary to help us rather than the planner we were initially working with. Mary was on-point with the entire affair even when (especially when) we weren’t. She was a calming presence for us and always supportive.

We have no shortage of good things to say about Ms. Bell. When it came down to crunch time, she got everything done quickly, yet she always remained pleasant. She felt more like a friend than a wedding planner. No matter what was going on and how busy she might have been, Mary was always willing to talk with us and do whatever we needed.

Everyone who came to our wedding raved about the venue, the service and also the friendly atmosphere among the staff.

We’ve recommended DoubleTree by Hilton not just because of the venue – which was very nice – but especially because of Mary. If she plans your wedding you won’t be disappointed.

Our wedding was 5/17/14 and it was AMAZING! We started out with another wedding coordinator that left a few months into planning and I was slightly nervous that I would not get some things that had been promised to me, but Mary Bell was great (and so was her assistant Lauren that started shortly before our wedding). Mary and Lauren were both extremely responsive and always got back to me very quickly and handled all of our special requests. They both were SO warm and nice, it felt like we were friends by the end of the process.
Our tasting was in December and we felt like royalty! The service was beyond anything I expected: the chef came out multiple times to talk to us, the attention to detail was over the top, and the food was delicious. I also loved that our final meeting and item drop off was a week before the big day, which forced me to get everything done ahead of time, and made me more relaxed the week of.

I stayed in the suite the night before with my bridal party, which made the morning very relaxed. It was a perfect spot for getting ready, very spacious, with gorgeous views, and a nice little kitchen area.

Upon returning to the hotel after the ceremony, everything was so smooth! Before heading to our cocktail hour, the wedding party headed to a private room with water, beer, and some hors d’oeuvres, which was great because I could put some food in my stomach before greeting my guests. When we headed out to the cocktail hour, the staff was very attentive making sure the groom and myself were always taken care of. Our cocktail hour by the pool was perfect. The space is beautiful and it had a great flow. Towards the very end of the cocktail hour, we were brought into the ballroom to make sure everything was set up to our liking (it was :D). The staff set up all of our decor, we did not have to do anything. The rest of the night was just as wonderful. My guests all commented that the hotel staff was so helpful guiding them to each location. I was hesitant about the table side ordering because I was worried it was going to take too long to get the food out, but the meal was served in a timely fashion and did not cut into our party time at all. The dinner was delicious and when we only finished half of our portion, we requested to have the 2nd half brought to our room and instead they delivered us, 2 fresh dinners that we enjoyed twice the next day! The service was great during the night and we were left wanting nothing. The staff coordinated with my husband’s parents to take our card box out to the parking lot at a certain point at the night, the rest of the gifts were delivered to our room. I will say, I wasn’t a fan of how things were stacked together to transport them, because it was hard to tell which gifts were from whom, but it was nice not to have to deal with any of it that night. After the reception, we moved over to the hotel bar and we ended the night with a few of our friends back in our suite, which had champagne and some chocolate covered strawberries waiting for us. So many of our friends and family stayed over at the hotel (even people that lived close since it was so convenient), which really kept the night going, which I loved! The hotel staff cleaned up all of our decorations and had them waiting for us the next morning, which was so amazing. (I’ve been to weddings where the bride is cleaning everything up at the end of the reception, who wants to do that?)
Overall AMAZING!

In May of 2014 the bridesmaids and I decided with a large guest list we needed an outdoor area that would accommodate a large group for my daughter’s Bridal Shower. We selected the DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia – Valley Forge and it was beautiful. We held the shower out at the pool area which was extra special for the honeymoon theme summer wedding. The arrangements, food, down to the color linen choices for the tables were perfect. As I live out of state however a native of King of Prussia working with Mary Bell, the Catering Events Manager, made my job so easy and less stressful especially with her quick email and phone communication. She is amazing to work with, efficient along with her team. I highly recommend this venue and for its outstanding staff.