Love poetry is being used as a novel means of promoting wedding venues at Marriott‘s UK hotels and country clubs.
Budding poets are being invited to enter the Marriott Love Poems competition and so far poems have been submitted from brides, groom and fathers-of-the-bride.
"Weddings are exciting and emotional for the engaged couple, their family and their friends and naturally everyone wants the big day to be perfect," said Sejal Kankali, Marriott's wedding planner, based at the London Marriott hotel, County Hall.
"Marriott wants couples to remember the love that led to them getting married as well as to celebrate their love at the wedding venue of their dreams, without getting caught up with the minutiae of the big day."
Poet Matt Harvey, together with the editor of Poetry Review magazine, Fiona Sampson, will judge the entries and select 10 winning and 10 runner-up poems. All selected poems will be published in a book of Marriott Love Poems, which will be distributed across the 54 UK Marriott hotels and country clubs.
Marriott will also invite the 10 winning poets to spend a romantic weekend for two at one of their country clubs.
In 2010, Marriott Hotels hosted about 1,500 weddings - including traditional ceremonies and civil partnerships - across its portfolio of properties.
By Janet Harmer
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