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Let us exceed your fantasy of what a wedding should be.
Weddings at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale set a new standard in romantic elegance. From breathtaking ballroom receptions to bridal showers, our dedicated, Special Event Managers will create memories that will last a lifetime.

As a top Fort Lauderdale beach wedding location for South Florida destination weddings, brides can choose to celebrate on a tropical pool terrace or under stunning hand-strung Hungarian crystal chandeliers in our Grand Ballroom that can accommodate up to 400 guests. Our tropical pool terrace allows guests to take in the sights and sounds of the Atlantic Ocean, while our luxury hotel suites provide world-class accommodations for overnight guests.

Let The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale help you plan your dream day as you celebrate a lasting love surrounded by friends and family. Request more information.

Flawless wedding receptions with stunning décor and impeccable service
Setting the standard for an elegant wedding, The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale will ensure every detail is in place as we assist brides from the very start with putting all the pieces together for their special day. We specialize in creating wedding receptions and ceremonies that cater to your unique style, from sophisticated and contemporary to traditional and elegant. Starting at the planning stage, our special events manager will work with you to ensure a memorable day.

What kind of a wedding would I experience at the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale?
Contemporary sophistication and traditional elegance is the best way to describe a wedding at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale. From the mesmerizing water views when walking through our foyers to the breathtaking chandeliers in our ballrooms, there are very few additions you will need to create a perfect wedding at our hotel. Our Ladies and Gentlemen have the perfectly subtle touch to make your wedding experience uncomplicated and worry free. Occupancy maximum is 400 persons. We do not offer beach ceremonies.

Can I get my flowers from the hotel?
The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale does not have an on-site florist however, we have wonderful relationships with various floral vendors in the local area who know our hotel very well and have continuously partnered with us to create exceptional events. We will gladly provide you with a list of our preferred vendors.

Do you suggest photographers, entertainment and other vendors?
Capturing the memory of your special day is important, so let our staff assist you in finding the perfect photographer.

The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale has established great relationships with many entertainment acts! Whether you are looking for a traditional orchestra, DJ, swing band, or a jazz trio, we have the resources to assist you in finding the perfect match for your celebration.

Who will help me through the wedding planning process?
Our Weddings Team consists of a Catering Sales Manager and Special Events Manager.

Upon contacting the resort, a Catering Sales Manager will:

  • Check availability for preferred dates 
  • Provide a tour of the wedding locations to select venue/s that meet your needs 
  • Create a personalized wedding proposal outlining costs inclusive of food, beverage and space rental fees 
  • Work with Reservations Manager to establish a guest room block with preferred rates 
  • Work with you to understand your vision and determine any additional services needed 
  • Create a Wedding Agreement to secure your date and venue/s

Once your Wedding Agreement has been signed and returned, our Special Events Manager will work with you on every detail including:

  • Confirm your preferences and help design your event 
  • Recommend vendors in areas such as wedding planning, floral design, photography, videography, officiate, entertainment, and beauty consultants 
  • Act as your wedding liaison between your wedding planner, selected wedding vendors and the resort 
  • Layout your floor plan including placement of tables, dance floor, bar and wedding cake and any additional displays 
  • Schedule tasting with the Chef and work with you to create your personalized wedding menu 
  • Work closely with you and/or your wedding planner to develop the ceremony and reception timeline 
  • Monitor your guest room block 
  • Detail a Wedding Resume outlining all your event specifics to communicate all aspects of your wedding to the hotel 
  • Oversee Ceremony and Reception set-up, food preparations and all other resort operations on the day of your wedding 
  • Create an estimate of charges outlining your financial commitment and deposit schedule 
  • Review accuracy of banquet check prior to completion of your final bill

What other services can The Ritz-Carlton provide for my event?
The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale can also provide a wide range of specialty items to help you personalize your event. These upgraded items include, but are not limited to: Chiavari chairs, specialty linens, specialty base plates and Ritz-Carlton menu cards (Additional Fees may apply).

How far in advance should I reserve the date?
The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale typically books weddings approximately 9 - 12 months in advance of the wedding date.

Is there a minimum guest requirement to have a wedding at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale?
The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale is pleased to host a beautiful wedding for you, no matter how grand or intimate.

 

What are the deposits based on and when are they due?
Deposits are based on anywhere from 25% - 100% of the combined food and beverage minimum, plus the rental fees for the event space reserved. Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.

What is a food and beverage minimum?
The food and beverage minimum is the least amount of money that you are required to spend on a combination of food and beverage, excluding service charge and sales tax, but it is not all that you could spend. The food and beverage minimum is reached by selecting individually priced, a la carte menu items to equal or exceed the required dollar figure. 

The following examples would apply towards the food and beverage minimum:

Hors d'oeuvres, food display and carving stations, plated or buffet meal, wedding cake, dessert display stations, wine service with the meal, champagne toast, bar (including alcohol), and any non-alcoholic beverages.

Centerpieces, upgraded linens/china/silverware, décor and specialty lighting would not apply towards the food and beverage minimum. 

Food and Beverage minimums will vary from size, time and date of event.

Do the bride and groom get a complimentary room for the wedding night?
The resort provides a complimentary Ocean Front Suite for the bride and groom on the evening of their wedding with a minimum spend of $20,000 in food and beverage.

Does the hotel offer a discounted room block?
If you wish to reserve a block of rooms for your family and guests, please notify your Catering Sales Manager who can provide you with availability and rates. A discounted group rate will be offered based on a minimum of 10 or more guestrooms per night.

Holiday weekends may be subject to a three-night minimum stay. Please note check-in time is 4 p.m. and check out is 11 a.m. 

For all reservations a daily $25 Resort Fee will apply. Fee subject to applicable taxes.

Can we book a ceremony only, and not a reception at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale?
The resort ceremony locations are reserved exclusively for weddings holding a reception at the resort.

Can we take wedding pictures at The Ritz-Carlton if we are not holding our reception at the resort?
We reserve the privilege of wedding photography at the resort for Ritz-Carlton brides and grooms only.

What if we plan an outdoor ceremony and it rains?
The Catering Sales Manager always holds an appropriately sized backup room inside the hotel in case of inclement weather. The client will see the potential backup space, prior to the event confirmation, during the original hotel tour.

 

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 $75-$100 per person for Brunch, $100-$175 per person for Lunch and $165-$250 per person for dinner, exclusive of service charge and sales tax. These averages would encompass hors d'oeuvres during your welcome reception, three-course plated meal or buffet, wedding cake or dessert buffet station, the option of wine service with the meal, champagne toast and an open hosted bar for the entire event. 

Please be aware that our menu items and pricing are subject to change. Your final menu pricing will be based on what you actually select.

Can food or beverage be brought in from the outside or catered?
It is our policy that all food and alcoholic beverages must be provided by the resort.

When do I need to finalize my menu?
Food and beverage selections must be finalized and confirmed with your Special Events Manager at least three weeks prior to the date of your wedding.

When do I need to let the hotel know exactly how many guests will be attending my event?
Your Special Events Manager must be notified of the exact number of guests attending a function at least 72 working hours prior to the start of the event. This will be considered a guarantee, for which you will be charged, even if fewer guests attend the event. In either case, your contracted food and beverage minimum will have to be met or exceeded.

 

 

 

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What is the average cost per person for food and beverage?

 

Based on current banquet menus and wedding packages, costs will vary per person for lunch and per person for dinner exclusive of current taxable service charge and current sales tax. These averages would encompass hors d’oeuvres during your welcome cocktail reception, plated or buffet meal, wine service with meal and an open hosted bar service based on a moderate drinking group. 

 

Please be aware that our menu items and pricing are subject to change and your final expenditure will depend on your final guest attendance, menu selections and food and beverage financial commitment.

 

Are we permitted to provide our own food and beverage at the hotel?

 

Although we do not permit food and beverage from outside sources to be served in the hotel, our culinary team provides an extensive selection of wonderful food and beverage, including a multitude of ethnic cuisines. We are delighted to customize menus to reflect your own personal tastes and even incorporate cherished family recipes.

 

Can you please clarify the Food and Beverage Minimum?

 

The food and beverage minimum is the least amount of money that you are required to spend in a combination of food and beverage, excluding service charge and sales tax based on the venue you are utilizing for your event. Please keep in mind that is not all you can anticipate to spend. The food and beverage minimum is reached by selecting individually priced, a la carte menu items or applicable wedding package with optional enhancements to equal or exceed the required dollar figure. 

 

The following are examples of items that would apply towards the food and beverage minimum: 

 

Butler passed and displayed hors d’oeuvres, carving stations, plated or buffet meal, dessert stations, specialty martini bars, dinner wine service, champagne toast, bar service and non-alcoholic beverage items. 

 

Upgraded linens, china, silverware, specialty lighting and décor, bartender and/or chef fees, parking, guestroom accommodations and in-room dining do not apply towards the food and beverage minimum.

 

How late can alcohol be served?

 

We recommend that alcohol service be discontinued approximately one hour prior to the end of your function. By California State Law, no alcohol may be served after 2:00 a.m.

 

When do I need to finalize my menu?

 

Food and beverage selections must be finalized and confirmed with your Ritz-Carlton Events Manager four to six weeks prior to the date of your wedding. Your final guest count or guarantee is due three business days prior to the wedding or one week with choice entrée selections. This will be considered a guarantee, for which you will be charged even if fewer guests attend the event.

 

Do you provide children’s and vendor meals?

 

Children’s menus are customized to the needs of your event and will vary for children ages (5 through 12). Chef’s choice of vendor meals is priced based on the current banquet menu selections.

 

Do you provide a tasting of the food we select? When may I come and what is included?

 

We are pleased to offer a sample menu tasting for weddings with a food and beverage minimum. Tastings are scheduled with your Meetings and Special Events Manager for as outlined in your tasting guideline in the sales contract. There will be an additional for guests beyond the above listed.

 

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How do I secure my wedding date and venue?

 

Your initial visit will be conducted by the Catering Sales Manager. She will conduct a thorough inspection of a designated venue and will check dates, space and locations. Upon selection of your wedding date, a Catering Agreement will be prepared and your date will be confirmed upon receipt of your deposit. Your details are then turned over to a Ritz-Carlton Wedding Specialist on the Special Events team to begin the planning process of your wedding.

 

Can I host my ceremony only at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe?

 

While our indoor and outdoor ceremony sites are generally reserved exclusively for those couples hosting their reception at the Resort, ceremony-only options may be available on select dates and times.

 

How late can I play music?

Indoor locations (The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom and Pines Ballroom) – 2 a.m. 

Outdoor locations (Fireside Terraces, The Woods, The Meadows) – 10 p.m.

 

 

What are the deposits based on and when are they due?

 

Deposits depend upon how far in advance your arrangements are made and range from 25% - 100% of the combined food and beverage minimum, taxable service charge, applicable taxes and rental fees for the event space reserved. A deposit schedule will be provided as part of your contract. Deposits are non-refundable and non-date transferable. The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe requires full pre-payment and a credit card on file for all events.

 

What accommodations are provided for the Bride and Groom?

 

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe provides a complimentary deluxe guestroom for the Bride and Groom the evening of the wedding over most dates excluding holiday periods.

 

How do my guests reserve rooms?

 

A special rate may be available with a minimum commitment of 10 or more rooms. The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe strongly recommends that a room block be arranged for all wedding celebrations. A room block guarantees a certain number of rooms exclusively for your guests. Your contracted guest room rate is guaranteed until approximately 45 days prior to your wedding date. This date is listed on your sales contract. After that time guests may make reservations based on availability at prevailing rates. Any remaining rooms not reserved will be released for sale at the cutoff date. Financial responsibility for unused and unsold rooms may apply; please refer to your sales contract.

 

Can we do a rehearsal for the wedding ceremony?

 

Your Ritz-Carlton Wedding Specialist is happy to arrange a ceremony rehearsal for you and your wedding party. Rehearsal times are confirmed up to three (3) weeks prior to your wedding and set at a time that does not interfere with other booked events; please contact your Ritz-Carlton Wedding Specialist in advance to arrange. Ceremony rehearsals are normally one hour in length and there is no additional fee.

 

Where does the bridal party get ready before the wedding?

 

Many of our brides choose to stay with us the evening before their wedding and therefore have the use of their room for changing. Your florist, bridesmaids and family members may bring any flowers, dresses and makeup into your room. Wedding parties also have the option of buying out the salon area of The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Lake Tahoe for hair, nails and makeup providing all services are contracted through the resort.

 

What are the fees for parking? Can I pay for all guests parking?

 

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers only valet parking. Our current valet parking charges are $10 event parking and $35 for overnight guests. You may choose to host your guests parking charges by applying the charges to your master bill. Alternatively they may pay individually. The wedding party is responsible for any vendor parking as well which may be added to your master account.

 

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How can I obtain a marriage license in Placer County?

 

There are several requirements for obtaining a marriage license in Placer County, CA. If your ceremony is taking place in another county or state, your wedding coordinator or Ritz-Carlton wedding specialist would be delighted to assist you in obtaining the necessary information for that locale. 

 

The following requirements need to be fulfilled to obtain a marriage license in Placer County: 

 

Both parties must be at least 18 years old 

Both the bride and groom must apply in person 

You must have proper government-issued identification with the correct spelling of your name and address. Options include: 

Driver's License 

Passport 

 

Divorce papers are not necessary if the divorce has been final for over 90 days. 

A blood test is no longer required in California. 

The certificate may be obtained from any county seat in California. It will be honored within the state for 90 days.

 

To obtain a marriage license, contact the North Lake Tahoe License Bureau: 

Placer County, North Lake Tahoe License Bureau 

5225 N. Lake Blvd. Carnelian Bay, CA 96140 

(530) 546-1900 

 

By appointment only, issued Monday through Friday mornings - $56.00 

 

NOTE: This information is subject to change. Please verify current requirements in advance of your wedding date.

 

 

 

 

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May we take our wedding photographs at the hotel if we are not hosting our reception there?

 

Our most elegant backdrops for wedding photographs are private areas reserved for our guests hosting their wedding reception in the hotel. We request that photographs taken in any public area of the hotel, such as the hotel lobby, staircases, lounges or restaurants do not interfere with another guest's experience. Removal or rearranging of public area furniture is not permitted.

 

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Are you able to recommend photographers, florists and other vendors?

 

We are pleased to provide an extensive list of the finest special event professionals in the area. These individuals have provided impeccable service and products to our guests in the past, and we are delighted to assist you in contacting them and obtaining any necessary information.

 

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What is the average cost per person for food and beverage?

 

Based on current banquet menus and wedding packages, costs will vary per person for lunch and per person for dinner exclusive of current taxable service charge and current sales tax. These averages would encompass hors d’oeuvres during your welcome cocktail reception, plated or buffet meal, wine service with meal and an open hosted bar service based on a moderate drinking group. 

 

Please be aware that our menu items and pricing are subject to change and your final expenditure will depend on your final guest attendance, menu selections and food and beverage financial commitment.

 

Are we permitted to provide our own food and beverage at the hotel?

 

Although we do not permit food and beverage from outside sources to be served in the hotel, our culinary team provides an extensive selection of wonderful food and beverage, including a multitude of ethnic cuisines. We are delighted to customize menus to reflect your own personal tastes and even incorporate cherished family recipes.

 

Can you please clarify the Food and Beverage Minimum?

 

The food and beverage minimum is the least amount of money that you are required to spend in a combination of food and beverage, excluding service charge and sales tax based on the venue you are utilizing for your event. Please keep in mind that is not all you can anticipate to spend. The food and beverage minimum is reached by selecting individually priced, a la carte menu items or applicable wedding package with optional enhancements to equal or exceed the required dollar figure. 

 

The following are examples of items that would apply towards the food and beverage minimum: 

 

Butler passed and displayed hors d’oeuvres, carving stations, plated or buffet meal, dessert stations, specialty martini bars, dinner wine service, champagne toast, bar service and non-alcoholic beverage items. 

 

Upgraded linens, china, silverware, specialty lighting and décor, bartender and/or chef fees, parking, guestroom accommodations and in-room dining do not apply towards the food and beverage minimum.

 

How late can alcohol be served?

 

We recommend that alcohol service be discontinued approximately one hour prior to the end of your function. By California State Law, no alcohol may be served after 2:00 a.m.

 

When do I need to finalize my menu?

 

Food and beverage selections must be finalized and confirmed with your Ritz-Carlton Events Manager four to six weeks prior to the date of your wedding. Your final guest count or guarantee is due three business days prior to the wedding or one week with choice entrée selections. This will be considered a guarantee, for which you will be charged even if fewer guests attend the event.

 

Do you provide children’s and vendor meals?

 

Children’s menus are customized to the needs of your event and will vary for children ages (5 through 12). Chef’s choice of vendor meals is priced based on the current banquet menu selections.

 

Do you provide a tasting of the food we select? When may I come and what is included?

 

We are pleased to offer a sample menu tasting for weddings with a food and beverage minimum. Tastings are scheduled with your Meetings and Special Events Manager for as outlined in your tasting guideline in the sales contract. There will be an additional for guests beyond the above listed.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION      Show All    Hide All

 

How do I secure my wedding date and venue?

 

Your initial visit will be conducted by the Catering Sales Manager. She will conduct a thorough inspection of a designated venue and will check dates, space and locations. Upon selection of your wedding date, a Catering Agreement will be prepared and your date will be confirmed upon receipt of your deposit. Your details are then turned over to a Ritz-Carlton Wedding Specialist on the Special Events team to begin the planning process of your wedding.

 

Can I host my ceremony only at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe?

 

While our indoor and outdoor ceremony sites are generally reserved exclusively for those couples hosting their reception at the Resort, ceremony-only options may be available on select dates and times.

 

How late can I play music?

Indoor locations (The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom and Pines Ballroom) – 2 a.m. 

Outdoor locations (Fireside Terraces, The Woods, The Meadows) – 10 p.m.

 

 

What are the deposits based on and when are they due?

 

Deposits depend upon how far in advance your arrangements are made and range from 25% - 100% of the combined food and beverage minimum, taxable service charge, applicable taxes and rental fees for the event space reserved. A deposit schedule will be provided as part of your contract. Deposits are non-refundable and non-date transferable. The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe requires full pre-payment and a credit card on file for all events.

 

What accommodations are provided for the Bride and Groom?

 

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe provides a complimentary deluxe guestroom for the Bride and Groom the evening of the wedding over most dates excluding holiday periods.

 

How do my guests reserve rooms?

 

A special rate may be available with a minimum commitment of 10 or more rooms. The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe strongly recommends that a room block be arranged for all wedding celebrations. A room block guarantees a certain number of rooms exclusively for your guests. Your contracted guest room rate is guaranteed until approximately 45 days prior to your wedding date. This date is listed on your sales contract. After that time guests may make reservations based on availability at prevailing rates. Any remaining rooms not reserved will be released for sale at the cutoff date. Financial responsibility for unused and unsold rooms may apply; please refer to your sales contract.

 

Can we do a rehearsal for the wedding ceremony?

 

Your Ritz-Carlton Wedding Specialist is happy to arrange a ceremony rehearsal for you and your wedding party. Rehearsal times are confirmed up to three (3) weeks prior to your wedding and set at a time that does not interfere with other booked events; please contact your Ritz-Carlton Wedding Specialist in advance to arrange. Ceremony rehearsals are normally one hour in length and there is no additional fee.

 

Where does the bridal party get ready before the wedding?

 

Many of our brides choose to stay with us the evening before their wedding and therefore have the use of their room for changing. Your florist, bridesmaids and family members may bring any flowers, dresses and makeup into your room. Wedding parties also have the option of buying out the salon area of The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Lake Tahoe for hair, nails and makeup providing all services are contracted through the resort.

 

What are the fees for parking? Can I pay for all guests parking?

 

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers only valet parking. Our current valet parking charges are $10 event parking and $35 for overnight guests. You may choose to host your guests parking charges by applying the charges to your master bill. Alternatively they may pay individually. The wedding party is responsible for any vendor parking as well which may be added to your master account.

 

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How can I obtain a marriage license in Placer County?

 

There are several requirements for obtaining a marriage license in Placer County, CA. If your ceremony is taking place in another county or state, your wedding coordinator or Ritz-Carlton wedding specialist would be delighted to assist you in obtaining the necessary information for that locale. 

 

The following requirements need to be fulfilled to obtain a marriage license in Placer County: 

 

Both parties must be at least 18 years old 

Both the bride and groom must apply in person 

You must have proper government-issued identification with the correct spelling of your name and address. Options include: 

Driver's License 

Passport 

 

Divorce papers are not necessary if the divorce has been final for over 90 days. 

A blood test is no longer required in California. 

The certificate may be obtained from any county seat in California. It will be honored within the state for 90 days.

 

To obtain a marriage license, contact the North Lake Tahoe License Bureau: 

Placer County, North Lake Tahoe License Bureau 

5225 N. Lake Blvd. Carnelian Bay, CA 96140 

(530) 546-1900 

 

By appointment only, issued Monday through Friday mornings - $56.00 

 

NOTE: This information is subject to change. Please verify current requirements in advance of your wedding date.

 
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