A Celebration of Cultures

Hilton San Antonio Airport

A Celebration of Cultures

Hasan Aliyar, Sarosh Ahmed Wedding, Hilton Airport, Celebration of Cultures

The Planning


A wedding is more than the joining of two people. It is the joining of families and the celebration of cultures and traditions. For San Antonio bride Sarosh Ahmed, that meant honoring the Pakistani heritage of both she and her husband’s families through elaborate décor and native foods. She needed a venue that could not only host the lavish celebration but also provide room accommodations for several out-of-town guests. Most importantly, she needed a place that would work with an outside catering company specializing in Middle Eastern cuisine. In South Texas, that could be a tall order, but the Hilton San Antonio Airport was happy to oblige.

“We understand that San Antonio has a diverse population, and we will approve outside vendors for Middle Eastern and other cultures that require a uniquely specific experience,” said Sue Viña, Director of Catering and Conference Services.

Together, she and Ahmed planned and executed a showstopping celebration that incorporated all of the elements that were important to the couple and their families, including the grand entrance.

“The entrance is the main focal point of the event,” explains Ahmed of the walkway leading to the stage. “It is where everyone walks in and is announced. It is the first thing that everyone sees.”

Hasan Aliyar, Sarosh Ahmed Wedding, Hilton Airport, Celebration of Cultures
Hasan Aliyar, Sarosh Ahmed Wedding, Hilton Airport, Celebration of Cultures

The Wedding Details


Candles of varying heights cast a soft glow as guests made their way down the entrance to their designated tables clad in red and white linens and festooned with spectacular floral arrangements from Bisli Event Service. Red roses and greenery cascaded from nearly every available surface, including the ceiling for an extra “wow” factor. Guests enjoyed authentic Pakistani and South Asian cuisine catered by Mezban out of Houston before making their way to the mirrored floor and dancing the night away to the sounds of Bollywood.

“Sue was so helpful with everything,” says Ahmed enthusiastically. “She made sure the décor was exactly as we wanted it. I would recommend this hotel to anyone planning a Middle Eastern wedding.”

Wedding packages at the Hilton San Antonio Airport include a bottle of champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, and a King-sized room for the bride and groom, with discounted room rates available for wedding guests. The Texas Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 400 guests is perfect for large, over-the-top affairs, while the smaller Lone Star Ballroom lends itself to more intimate gatherings of up to 100 guests.

With its close proximity to the airport, as well as its easy access to downtown San Antonio, the Hilton San Antonio Airport is a convenient and economical choice for every bride.

Hasan Aliyar, Sarosh Ahmed Wedding, Hilton Airport, Celebration of Cultures
Hasan Aliyar, Sarosh Ahmed Wedding, Hilton Airport, Celebration of Cultures
Hasan Aliyar, Sarosh Ahmed Wedding, Hilton Airport, Celebration of Cultures
Hasan Aliyar, Sarosh Ahmed Wedding, Hilton Airport, Celebration of Cultures

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