Ask A Wedding Expert: A Wedding Weekend at Nobu Eden Roc

Arranging a wedding means putting together much more than the ceremony. There can be countless other events involved, from rehearsal dinners to bridal showers and bachelorette parties. Add in entertaining out-of-town guests, and you have a full weekend to plan.

To find out how to make a weekend of wedding events as seamless as possible, we spoke with Director of Catering Ana Hernandez at the newly opened Nobu Hotel Eden Roc. Located directly on Miami Beach, the hotel sees its fair share of large weddings with out-of-town guests coming in to spend a weekend in the luxury oasis, and of course, to celebrate the bride and groom. Here, Hernandez breaks down her top suggestions for every wedding event at Nobu Hotel Eden Roc.

Family Events

Whether it’s  a bridal shower, a meet-and-greet or a post-ceremony brunch, the hotel provides multiple upscale venues for family-centric events. “We have a lot of brides from out of town or their families are from out of town, so they always do a meet-and-greet reception as they’re arriving,” says Hernandez. The hotel also boasts two trendy restaurants: an outpost of Nobu (of course!) and Malibu Farm. Nobu offers private spaces for upscale dinners with guests and Malibu Farm–which sits outdoors and directly overlooks the ocean–is a perfect spot for a bridal shower brunch.

The Bachelor/Bachelorette Party

Located just north of bustling South Beach, Nobu Eden Roc makes it easy to plan a classic night out in Miami at one of the many extravagant nightclubs the city has to offer. For a more relaxing alternative, the hotel can arrange a VIP cabana at the pool or beach, followed by a private dinner in Nobu’s Tappan room or a day at sea on a luxury yacht. “We often do spa days for the bridal party. That’s definitely a hit with our brides,” says Hernandez. Both the bachelor or bachelorette can opt for the choice of a VIP luxury shopping experience, private party at the sandbar, or even deep sea fishing or shark diving in Key West.

Nobu Eden Roc

Nobu Eden Roc

Pre-Wedding Relaxation

During the wedding weekend, Hernandez advises taking advantage of the Nobu Hotel Eden Roc’s expansive spa, which features a lounge overlooking the ocean. Enjoy a glass of champagne with your bridesmaids or fiancé while you wait for a spa treatment like the Nobu Zen massage, which includes an indulgent foot soak, personalized with your choice of aromatherapy and with the additional option of add-ons like hot stones or a salt scrub. Hernandez notes that one of the most popular couples’ spa treatments is, uniquely, acupuncture.

The Ceremony

For the ceremony the hotel offers multiple options—from grand ballrooms to a sweeping palm-enclosed rooftop. “Our original ballroom is from 1956. It has so much history behind it—very historic and iconic. Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand have performed there,” says Hernandez, “For the bride that’s looking for more of that history, that’s the perfect ballroom for them.” For something a little more modern, there are Ocean Tower ballrooms which overlook the sunset. For a very private venue, Hernandez suggests the rooftop. “It’s a very hidden space,” she says, “It’s one of my favorites because it has palm trees all around and then the sunset right behind. It’s a little hidden gem we have, overlooking the city of Miami. Brides love it because it’s very private. You can do a nice, long aisle.”

Nobu Eden Roc

Nobu Eden Roc

The Backup Plan

While Miami is a beautiful choice for a beach wedding, the area is notorious for its varied weather, humidity and rain. Should this affect your choice to choose the location? Hernandez says no. “For any of our outdoor spaces, we always have an indoor, backup space. I always make sure the bride envisions that space as well. If we do have to make that call, for whatever reason, they can also feel just as happy with their backup plan.” She suggests choosing a wedding date between November and March for prime weather conditions.

Her #1 Tip

“Stay in the moment,” Hernandez says. “Try to stay in the moment! It just comes and goes so fast. It can breeze right by!”

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Greg Oden Got Married in Hawaii Over the Weekend

Troy Aikman wasn’t the only person from the sports world to get married over the long holiday weekend as former Ohio State star Greg Oden tied the knot with fiancee Sabrina Williams in Hawaii. GO took to Instagram this afternoon to introduce the world to the Odens:

The wedding took place the Grand Wailea Resort in Maui. His former Ohio State teammate, Mike Conley, made the trip out with his wife and was one of Greg’s groomsmen:

You can watch Greg and Sabrina walk down the aisle and share their first dance in the video below:

According to an ESPN profile from earlier this year, Sabrina works at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and is currently studying to be a nurse. She and Greg have one child together.

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Lana Spent Her Labor Day Weekend Milking Cows and Herding Sheep in a Bikini

While all of you fiends spent your long weekend trying to watch every college football game without passing out, WWE’s Ravishing Russian, Lana, was hard at work in Bulgaria coming up with A+ content for “Total Divas”.

You gotta hand it to the producers giving the people what they want: Lana taking on farmhand tasks such as milking a cow… but in a bikini. We have no doubts that her man Rusev, who, again, is like the luckiest dude in the world, was impressed:

Also on Lana’s to-do list: herding sheep.

Not sure why she risked it all and climbed up this haystack, but hey, the WWE universe probably isn’t complaining:

Rusev also got down and dirty to milk some cows. Sorry ladies, no speedo:

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Faryn Corey’s Holiday Weekend, The USC Song Girls Are Back & ESPN Buys Suits In Bulk?

What did we learn this weekend in college football?

  1. That QB at Wyoming might have a rough season after pretty much being named by experts as the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Did you see his line against Iowa?
  2. Josh Rosen has CFB by the balls right now.
  3. FSU needs a new QB after Francois went down with a season ender.
  4. Michigan’s defense — I don’t care if you think Florida’s offense is a complete dumpster fire — looks pretty damn good.
  5. Alabama’s going to sleep through the SEC.

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Box Office Report: Worst. Weekend. Ever.

Remember how I said the North American box office was in a bit of a tough spot this Summer? Well, that didn’t improve this week. Indeed, it only worsened, as none of last week’s new releases could clear $ 5m in their opening weekend. That’s bad. How bad? Try ‘lowest level of revenue since the days following 9/11’ bad.

In fairness, it was a tough week outside of movie-world, and none of the new releases were major enough to warrant people leaving their houses during a hurricane, a boxing match, or screaming at Netflix over how freaking awful their beige remake of Death Note is. Instead, the biggest film of the week remained The Hitman’s Bodyguard, which took in $ 10m and ensured Ryan Reynolds will have some cashflow other than Deadpool to put towards his retirement fund.

Annabelle: Creation held on tight to second place with $ 7.4m, bringing its domestic gross to just under $ 80m, and Halloween is still two months away. The biggest new release of the week was Leap!, a minor animated children’s film about a ballerina with big dreams, which grossed $ 5m, enough to debut in 3rd place. That’ll be good enough for The Weinstein Company to breathe easy another week, as will Wind River taking in $ 4.4m after expanding to over 2000 theatres.

Birth of the Dragon, Blumhouse’s pseudo-biopic of Bruce Lee — the one where the protagonist is still a white dude — opened in 8th place with $ 2.6m, which is strong for a no-budget effort with zero promotion beyond people wondering why Bruce Lee has to be a white guy’s helpful friend in a movie of his own life that’s probably just telling a story that never happened.

Poor Logan Lucky: Whatever has stopped people from warming to Steven Soderbergh’s movie comeback, it must be pretty major, as the film’s two weeks into its release and could only pull in $ 4.4m, even with paltry competition. To put that into depressing perspective, the Mayweather vs. McGregor boxing match played in 481 theatres nationwide and made $ 2.4m, enough to place it at number 9, above The Emoji Movie. I guess people like to watch the sport with all the punching that makes all the money.

September looks set to be a stronger month for movies. IT may be a box office record breaker, festival season kicks off hard, mother! may finally answer all our questions, and we may find out if Tulip Fever even exists. We can but dream.

You can check out the rest of the box office top 10 here. What films did you see this week? Reynolds or Gosling? Do you feel the exclamation point in the title for Leap! is unnecessary? Does the fact that The Emoji Movie has made $ 76.4m in the USA alone frighten you? Let us know in the comments.


Tina Fey Crashes ‘Weekend Update’, Says Things, Eats Cake

I’m gonna level with you, I’ve honestly been kind of bored by SNL becoming the comedy leaders against Trump, especially since they arguably did more than Jimmy Fallon’s hair ruffle to normalize and soften his bigoted bullshit by letting him guest host (that was also just a supremely unfunny episode). Watching the show post-election become weirdly essential due to Trump’s own thin-skinned hatred of it is a very bizarre experience, particularly because it’s barely driven by SNL and its players themselves, except for Kate McKinnon: It’s more a platform for bigger stars like Melissa McCarthy and Alec Baldwin to do all the heavy lifting. And dear lord, did we really need a Weekend Update spin-off, helmed by the most inessential comedians alive?

I’m straying from the topic. Tina Fey was on Weekend Update this week, and the results were mixed.

Wearing her University of Virginia jersey, where she graduated from in 1992, she talked about how watching the Charlottesville Nazi invasion broke her heart: ‘Anyway, Donny John comes out and he says that he condemns violence on many sides, and I’m feeling sick because I’ve seen Raiders of the Lost Ark and I wasn’t confused by it. Nazis are always bad. I don’t care what you say.’

She then mentioned the upcoming alt-right rallies (can we just call them Nazis already? None of this euphemism bullshit?), including one planned this Saturday for New York’s Washington Square Park: ‘Part of me hopes these neo-Nazis do try it and get the ham salad kicked out of them by a bunch of drag queens, because you know what a drag queen still is? A six-foot-four black man.’

Sigh. Fey gonna Fey.

Fey’s advice to potential counter-protesters was to steer clear because ‘I don’t want any more good people to get hurt.’ Fair enough, what with the whole literal murders going on, but maybe not the best mode of action. Her recommendation?

‘So I would urge people this Saturday instead of participating in these screaming matches and potential violence, find a local business that you support — maybe a Jewish-run bakery, or an African-American-run bakery. Order a cake with the American flag on it like this one and just eat it.’

Okay, so here’s the thing.

The rest of the segment’s actually pretty funny, although ‘Yard sale Barbie’ is a kinder description than Ann Coulter deserves. It’s also worth noting that the Southern Poverty Law Centre’s own advice for ways to fight hate after Charlottesville suggests avoiding such protests and creating alternative rallies, including creative ways to strengthen community through peace, entertainment and even food. Support your local businesses, guys! Those Nazis probably do hate that sheet cake (although the cake Fey’s eating seems dry). It can feel so damn easy to sink into powerlessness and fear and stress-eating, simply because you don’t know what to do and the options available scare the shit out of you.

But there are options and they’re not all easy. None of this will ever be easy again. Protesting Nazis is a basic human requirement, but you can’t help but be terrified of the possibility that taking such a simple fucking stance could result in grievous harm to you and your community.

Hearing Fey, someone of privilege and a minor history of her foot being directed into her mouth, someone who’s a bit too quick to sink into the ‘poor over sensitive SJW’ millennial strawman jokes on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, telling you to tap out on protesting is probably an aggravating sight to many, and I don’t blame them. How often have we been told to sit out giving a shit, including in voting, because ‘it won’t make a difference’? That’s the part of the segment most people will remember. That’s a shame. Even discussing this problem in the context of Fey’s segment will inevitably lead to her airing her grievances on season 4 of Kimmy Schmidt like she’s Aaron Sorkin or something.

Fight on, do what you have to do, and be safe.

That cake also looks like shit, which is a major disservice to Team Cake.

If you are interested in ways to fight hate following Charlottesville, check out the SPLC’s advice pamphlet.


Jimmy Fallon And Seth Meyers Dragged Trump On “Weekend Update Thursday”


There’s very few things that could make me appreciate the wig-patting simper of Jimmy Fallon. This isn’t one of those things. Fortunately, Seth Meyers passes muster, and he offset his former co-worker’s presence last night on Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday.

Unless you live in the echoing void where Paris Hilton’s brain should be housed, you’ve heard about POTUS decrying the recent trend of states tearing down their monuments commemorating racism honoring Confederate soldiers of the Civil War. White supremacists’ tiki-torch protest of a Robert E. Lee statue being slated for demolition in Charlottesville, VA last weekend resulted in a woman being killed. Afterwards, President Donald Trump bemoaned that the US will next be tearing down statues of Washington and Jefferson (that’s when he wasn’t lifting the spirits of bigots everywhere). Jimmy and Seth got into the seriousness while dressed up as those presidents. Personally I’d rather watch Tina Fey preach the truth and eat grilled cheese dipped in sheet cake, and luckily we get that too.

Jimmy played a smarmy Washington, so basically just Jimmy Fallon with a powdered wig on. He protested Trump’s comparison of him with Robert E. Lee. Weekend Update host Michael Che called him out for treating Donald Trump like he was a cute plushie toy when he did Jimmy’s Tonight Show owning slaves.

According to EW:

“You gonna do me like that on national TV?” said Fallon as the first president. “That was bad. That was wrong. But if you want to talk about owning slaves, you should really be talking to Thomas Jefferson.”

That’s when Seth Meyers came out as Thomas Jefferson and they bro-ed out.

“You’re going to make me the slave guy, really?” he told his fellow former president. “Look, we’ve all done bad things. But the difference between us and Robert E. Lee is that we also did good things.”

The Tina Fey sketch is phenomenal. Tina preaches! With cake! Haven’t you always wanted to just attack a sheet cake from Costco when times are bleak? Set up a high-dive over it! Sheet cakes have that particular Play-Doh-like taste and the preservative-riddled frosting that triggers an intense sugar high. Delicious! We could probably solve a lot of problems if we could all just gather around a sheet cake. Tina knows.

Pic: YouTube


SNL’s ‘Weekend Update’ Special Was Something Something

Saturday Night Live’s «Weekend Update» specials began their run last night in the hopes of taking advantage of the heightened interest in politics our country has had during the Trump era, and the episode was fine. At 20 minutes (without the commercials), it was about double a normal segment of «Weekend Update,» which mostly just meant more segments with guests. Leslie Jones and Kenan Thompson offered fairly unmemorable segments, and then Bill Hader came out as Anthony Scaramucci, offering the highlight of the show.

I admit that I also found Eric and Don Jr. fairly amusing, especially when Eric began playing with a fidget spinner.

As for the jokes? Eh. Pretty typical fare. Mildly amusing week-old jokes delivered with their typical smugness. It was fine, but you can find better commentary and better jokes literally almost anywhere in late night. Hell, Rachel Maddow is far more insightful and typically twice as funny.

As a summer primetime diversion, I suppose it was better than, say, America’s Got Talent, but it was hardly noteworthy, except for the meta-joke Colin Jost made about diluting the brand of SNL, which is precisely what this special is doing.

But you know what would make it better?

Different hosts.



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