At The Ritz Carlton, Chicago, the distinctive wedding experience begins the moment you connect with one of our wedding specialists and continues through to your honeymoon celebration. From planning your shower and selecting your dinner menu to creating the perfect martini night for the bachelor party and organizing the farewell brunch, our wedding advisors can offer guidance and support as you choose hotel wedding venues and décor offerings.
Please contact our Wedding Specialist at (312) 573-5181 or by email.
Can you assist with flowers and centerpieces? We have exclusive relationships with Chicago’s finest floral and event designers. Recommended designers specialize in creative, contemporary and traditional arrangements and can tailor the blooms, design and accessories to meet your needs and preferences.
Are table linens included? We provide ivory floor-length damask linens and white linen napkins on all dining tables. Your Catering Manager can also assist you with renting custom linens. Modern glass and steel action stations are also available at no additional cost.
Do you have any recommendations for entertainment? We have an exclusive list of the finest musicians in Chicago and are delighted to work with them in planning your wedding. The vendors are very familiar with the hotel and are thoroughly reliable and creative.
Is parking available? Parking is available either through our valet covered (weather protected) Pearson Street concourse entrance or by self-parking in Water Tower Place at the Chestnut Street entrance. Your Catering Manager can make arrangements should you wish to host your guests’ parking fees.
How can I arrange overnight accommodations for my guests? We are pleased to offer special room rates for your out-of-town guests. Couples who host a wedding of more than 180 guests in The Grand Ballroom will enjoy a complimentary One-Bedroom Lake-side Suite on the evening of their wedding as well as complimentary deluxe accommodations for the both sets of parents of the couple.
Do we need to hire a wedding consultant? Couples are not required to have a wedding consultant. However, we will be pleased to recommend a wedding consultant to coordinate your special day.
What will be the responsibility of the Catering Manager?
Recommends vendors such as wedding planners, music, floral, photography, invitations and décor
Acts as a menu consultant for all food and beverage selections
Prepares your event detail orders for your approval and details to be communicated successfully to the operational team of the Hotel
Creates a floor plan of your function space in order for you to plan and provide the Hotel with your seating arrangements
Assists you with any overnight room requirements
Reviews the all invoices post event for accuracy prior to the completion of your final bill
Do you recommend any vendors such as photographers, florists, entertainments and others? We have a list of several vendors that we recommend for weddings. We will be pleased to assist you with any contacts you may need to make your event memorable.
Can we have our wedding portraits taken at the hotel if we don’t hold our wedding at The Ritz-Carlton? No, the hotel’s public spaces are extended as a privilege to only the couples who are hosting their reception at The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago; however, upon availability, function rooms may be rented for this purpose.
Do you have a spa and what does it offer? The Carlton Club Spa can help brides and grooms relax before their big day, allow bridal parties to bond or offer a special treat for friends and family. We invite you to explore the range of treatments available, including massages and nail services.
What is the average cost per person for food and beverage? Based on our current banquet menus, on average you may expect to spend approximately $210 – $315 per person, exclusive of service charge and sales tax. These averages would encompass hors d’oeuvres during your welcome reception, a plated dinner inclusive of wedding cake, wine service with the meal, and an open hosted bar for four hours. In addition, we also offer a Friday and Sunday package that begins at $150 per person, exclusive of service charge and sales tax.
Can we bring our own wedding cake? Yes. Wedding cakes can be custom made by our award-winning wedding cake specialist. If the cake is not purchased from the hotel and is instead brought in from the outside, we charge a cake-cutting fee.
Do you allow outside catering? No. The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago culinary team provides all food and beverage at the hotel. However, for kosher and Indian catering, the hotel has agreements with vendors who consult and supervise in the food preparation to ensure authenticity and adhere to the laws of the Chicago Rabbinical Council.
When do we need to finalize our menu? Food and beverage selections should be finalized and confirmed with your Catering Manager 30 days prior to the date of your wedding.
When do we need to let the hotel know exactly how many guests will be attending? The Hotel requires that the final guarantee of attendants be communicated to the catering office no later than 12 p.m., three business days prior to the date of your scheduled event.