Q&A With Kay Alonge - Senior Catering Sales Manager at The Allegro Royal Sonesta

By Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown By Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown | February 29, 2024


What is your best advice for engaged couples?

Enjoy the process! Plan special date nights with your favorite snacks and beverages and really think about what’s important to the two of you and go from there. Your wedding should be personalized to who you are individually, and who you are as a couple. Also – don’t listen to everyone else’s opinions…even your mom!


What is something you constantly strive for?

I am always looking for ways to challenge the status quo. Coming from off-premise catering where options were endless, I challenge myself and our team to look at new and different ways to do things within the four walls of our hotel. Also, perfection – I don’t know anyone in this industry who isn’t part perfectionist!


What is your favorite trend for weddings currently?

Mixed metallics. I love monochromatic and classic looks, but finding a little bit of an edgy way to do it and mixed metals are perfect for that.


What’s something couples shouldn’t skimp on?

Photographers and wedding planners! With a wedding photographer, you will likely never spend the money, or throw a wedding like this, so you’ll want those pictures forever. As for wedding planners – enjoy your day and let them take care of the small day of details. I have worked with so many couples that after the fact said it was the one thing they’d go back and change.


How far in advance should couples book your business?

The earlier the better is always best. It gives you the opportunity to ensure you’re first to pick the important things you want like your preferred date. However, don’t be afraid to book your wedding in three months if that’s what you want either! Not only is our team amazing, but we work with the best professionals in the business and can make your dreams come true regardless of timeline.

Photography by: Courtesy of (from top): AL; Allegro Wedding; Allegro Chicago; Studio 2 Imaging; Studio 2 Imaging