Elda Brouwer - Director of Social Catering
Having overseen more than 1,500 weddings, Elda Brouwer is one of Miami’s most celebrated wedding experts. From impressing a celebrity clientele, to ensuring culturally authentic weddings, to orchestrating grand entrances complete with elephants or fireworks, she has heard and conquered all.
From the moment she landed in Miami from Havana via first class on KLM flight 977 in 1962, Elda channeled her classic Cuban glamour from the opulent Old World into a successful profession stateside. She started her career traveling the world as one of Braniff Airlines famous Pucci-clad stewardesses and moved on to become a high-profile meeting planner for Warner Brothers, where she managed large events for the CEO in international locales including the Ritz Paris and the Palais Schwarzenberg in Vienna. After returning to Miami with her family, she utilized her social contacts and built a lucrative career in planning the city’s most high profile events at various top hotels in the city.
Brides seek Brouwer out for her expertise in traditional, destination and culturally authentic weddings, but it is her signature touches that set her events apart from all others. “I don’t like the ordinary… it’s boring,” she says. “I love speaking with the bride and groom and coming up with new ideas that are elegant, unique and represent the couple’s personality.” Authentic Cuban cigar rollers in guayaberas, lavish Brazilian “Carnival” themed weddings (complete with dancers and more), beautiful authentic Indian traditions, and tropical outdoor weddings featuring exotic animals, lush tropical flowers and island-style music are just a few of the distinctive scenes she has created.
Despite her continuous successes, Brouwer always looks to the next task at hand, noting “I’m only as good as my last party.”