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Once-in-a-lifetime love deserves a once-in-a-lifetime celebration.

Your wedding is a day you will never forget. From the groom’s first glimpse of his new bride to the couple’s first kiss, your wedding is a cherished event that will create memories that last a lifetime. At The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, we understand the importance of this monumental day and work with you to make every last detail special, down to the very last place setting. From saying your vows lakeside to our extravagant ballroom foyer, our luxury wedding venues allow you to create the romantic setting of your choice, whether you prefer modern sophistication or classic traditionalism.

Let us assist you in wedding planning details at every stage —from bridal shower teas to farewell breakfasts, we offer an array of event and wedding venues perfect for any celebration. Let our wedding advisor Ms. Robin Kreitner assist with perfecting every detail by calling (706) 467-7115 or by requesting more information.
 

What do I need to know before contacting the hotel?
It is important to know an estimated number of guests, a preferred date and time, and an approximate budget for your wedding.  If possible, choose a few alternate dates.  For further flexibility on our availability and pricing, it may be worthwhile to consider an alternate day of the week/weekend, time of day, month or season.

Suggestions for planning my wedding?
We suggest creating a wedding binder.  Clip pictures from magazines and make notes about what you have liked (and even disliked) at other weddings you have attended.  This will help your Special Events Manager propose options for you based on your preferences and will also help you in selecting the appropriate flowers, cake, room décor and other special touches to make it uniquely your own.

How far in advance should I reserve the date?
Weddings generally book 6 months to one year in advance; however, it is also dependent on the time of year and size of your party.

Who will be my main contact to assist me with my wedding planning?
Our Catering Sales Manager will provide you a proposal with the availability and rates for your wedding.  She will meet with you upon request for an initial site visit to show you around our lakeside resort.  Once your wedding has been confirmed, a Special Events Manager will guide you through the important stages of designing the wedding of your dreams.

How do I get a Marriage License in Georgia?
Visit any county courthouse in Georgia to obtain the marriage license if either party is a Georgia resident. If neither party is a resident of Georgia, the application must be made in the county where the marriage ceremony is to be performed. The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee is located in Greene County. Both bride and groom must be present to obtain the license.

Bring certified copies of birth certificates and current photo identification issued by a state or federal government entity or a valid passport from any country with you to the courthouse.

Present an original certified copy of a divorce decree if either party has been previously married and divorced within the last 12 months. (Some counties require a final divorce decree no matter how long you have been divorced.)

Pay the license fee and head for the altar. (Some counties will only accept cash.) There is no waiting period for getting married in Georgia.

Greene County Courthouse
113 N. Main Street, Suite 113
Greensboro, Georgia 30642
Phone: (706) 453-3346

Hours of Operation:

  • 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 
  • 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Wednesday

 

Can food or beverage be brought in from the outside?
It is our policy that all food and 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.

 

Can I get my flowers from the hotel?
The Floral Designer at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee features custom-designed floral creations tailored to your own personal style from bridal bouquet to centerpieces and décor. Your Special Events Manager will be happy to assist you in setting up a complimentary consultation with our floral designer.

What is the responsibility of a Special Events Manager?

  • Act as the on-site liaison between your wedding coordinator and resort operations staff. 
  • Establish your guest room block and monitor the status of reservations (if applicable). 
  • Personally oversee the details of the bride and groom’s room reservations (if applicable). 
  • Recommend Special Event Professionals to provide wedding coordination, music, floral, photography, ceremony officiant, invitations and amenities. 
  • Act as menu consultant for all food and beverage selections. 
  • Detail your Banquet Event Order and Wedding “Resume” outlining all of your event specifics and overnight accommodations to ensure that all information is communicated successfully to the operational team of the resort. 
  • Create an estimate of charges outlining your financial commitments and deposit schedule. 
  • Create a floor plan of your function space in order for you to plan and provide the resort with your seating arrangements. 
  • Oversee the ceremony and reception room(s) setup, food preparation and other resort operations. 
  • Ensure a seamless transition to the Banquet Captain on the day of your event. 
  • Review your banquet checks for accuracy, prior to the completion of your final bill.

Do you suggest photographers, entertainment and other vendors?
The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee offers a list of preferred professional vendors such as officiates, photographers, videographers, and entertainment consultants.

What other services can The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee provide for my event?
The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee 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 charger plates, menu cards, and place cards.

We can also assist you with welcome baskets, bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts and a variety of other special amenities to help add that personal touch to your wedding. Costs for all items vary.

 

 

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 minimum number of guest rooms is required for your wedding celebration and a discounted group rate is offered with a minimum of 10 or more guest rooms per night. This will require a group sales agreement with a guarantee of these rooms. Certain dates may be subject to a minimum night stay. Please note check-in time is 4 p.m. and checkout is 12 p.m.

 

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 facility fees for the event space reserved. Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable. 

 

Initial Deposit – Due at signature of agreement and is based on 25% of the combined food and beverage minimum, plus the venue facility fee for the event space reserved.

Second Deposit - Due four months or 125 days prior to the event date and is based on 75% of the combined food and beverage minimum, plus the venue facility fee for the event space reserved.

Final Deposit - Due 14 working days prior to the event date and is based on the estimated final balance for your event, based on your actual food and beverage selections and all related costs such as décor, floral, and additional elements of your special day.

 

 

The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee requires full pre-payment for all events. The above outlined deposit policy is subject to change and could alter based on actual date of the wedding.

 

 

What if we plan an outdoor ceremony and it rains?

 

At The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, we always hold 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 resort tour.

 

May we take wedding pictures at The Ritz-Carlton if we are not holding our wedding or reception at the resort?

 

We reserve the privilege of wedding photography at the resort for Ritz-Carlton brides and grooms exclusively. 

 

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 minimum number of guest rooms is required for your wedding celebration and a discounted group rate is offered with a minimum of 10 or more guest rooms per night. This will require a group sales agreement with a guarantee of these rooms. Certain dates may be subject to a minimum night stay. Please note check-in time is 4 p.m. and checkout is 12 p.m.

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 facility fees for the event space reserved. Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.

  • Initial Deposit
    Due at signature of agreement and is based on 25% of the combined food and beverage minimum, plus the venue facility fee for the event space reserved.
  • Second Deposit
    Due four months or 125 days prior to the event date and is based on 75% of the combined food and beverage minimum, plus the venue facility fee for the event space reserved.
  • Final Deposit
    Due 14 working days prior to the event date and is based on the estimated final balance for your event, based on your actual food and beverage selections and all related costs such as décor, floral, and additional elements of your special day.

The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee requires full pre-payment for all events. The above outlined deposit policy is subject to change and could alter based on actual date of the wedding.

What if we plan an outdoor ceremony and it rains?
At The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, we always hold 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 resort tour.

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

 

 

 

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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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