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Radiate elegance and style when you walk down a Florida beachfront aisle
Your wedding is the most important day in your life and we want to create a memorable, personalized experience for you. A talented wedding specialist will assist you with every detail in creating your dream Southwest Florida wedding. From our elegant ballroom to our outdoor terrace, choose among our stylish event venues and create the beach wedding you have envisioned all your life. In addition to our enclosed menu selections, our Executive Chef can prepare any choice of delectable dining options based on personal preference, religious observations or dietary restrictions. With personal service being a trademark of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, we are pleased to assist you with the selection of flowers, linens, music and decor to ensure your Naples wedding celebration is the ultimate expression of your heritage and happiness.

Can I get my flowers from the hotel?
The Floral Design Studio at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples features custom-designed floral creations tailored to your own personal style from bridal bouquet to centerpieces and décor. The on-site floral designers are happy to provide a complimentary consultation.

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

What other services can The Ritz-Carlton provide for my event?
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples 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 specialty lighting.

How far in advance should I reserve the date?
Whether it’s a short-term wedding secured and celebrated within a month or a wedding planned two years out, The Ritz-Carlton, Naples is able to accommodate all requests.

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

What is the responsibility of a Special Events Manager?
Your Special Events Manager will: 

  • Act as the on-site liaison between your wedding coordinator and Hotel operations staff.
  • Monitor the status of guests' room block reservations (if applicable).
  • Personally oversee the details of the bride and groom’s room reservations (if applicable).
  • Recommend Special Event Professionals to provide music, floral, photography, ceremony officiate, 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 Hotel.
  • 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 Hotel with your seating arrangements.
  • Oversee the ceremony and reception room(s) setup, food preparation and other Hotel 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.
  • Create a timeline for your entire wedding day.
  • Coordinate your ceremony rehearsal.
  • Ensure the ladies have their corsages and bouquets, etc. and assist with the pinning of the gentlemen's boutonnières.
  • Coordinate your actual ceremony (i.e., line up bridal party, etc.).
  • Coordinate your reception (i.e., timelines, first dance, toasts, cake cutting, etc.).
  • Coordinate with vendors and the Hotel Banquet Captain to ensure timeliness of your events.

 

If my event is non-kosher, can I provide kosher meals for some guests?
Yes. Kosher alternates can be prepared ahead of time for observant guests. These meals are sealed and served with compliant dinner ware.

Can we have another kosher catering company cater our event?
MD Catering is an exclusive kosher catering partner with The Ritz-Carlton and serves as the only kosher catering option for our clients.

Is the wedding cake included in a kosher package?
From the passed hor d’oeuvres to the wedding cake, MD catering is a full service company that will consult with each client about their needs, restrictions and wedding day desires.

 

What is the average cost per person for food and beverage?
All-inclusive wedding packages start at $195 USD per person, which are exclusive of service charges and sales tax. These packages encompass hors d'oeuvres during your cocktail reception, three-course plated meal or buffet, wedding cake or dessert buffet station, wine service with the meal, champagne toast and an open hosted bar for the entire event.

Please note that menu items and pricing are subject to change. Your final menu pricing will be based on actual selections.

Can food or beverage be brought in from the outisde 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.

 

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.

  • Initial Deposit – Due at signature of agreement and is based on 25% of the combined food and beverage minimum, plus the venue rental 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 rental fee for the event space reserved.
  • Final Deposit – Due 10 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, Naples 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.

Do the bride and groom get a complimentary room for the wedding night?
All of our ceremony packages include a complimentary coastal view guest room for the bride and groom on the night of their wedding.

Can the complimentary room be upgraded?
The complimentary guest room may be upgraded based on availability, and will be determined on the day of arrival. You may choose to extend the complimentary room to a member of your bridal party or family. A separate room reservation for an upgraded room would be made for you by your Special Events Manager and the room would be charged at the prevailing rate.

Where does the bridal party get ready before the wedding?
We recommend guest room reservations be made for a minimum two-night length of stay with a check-in date of the night before the wedding and checkout the day after the wedding. This will eliminate the stress on the day of the wedding of having to check in and out of guest rooms.

The bride, groom, bridesmaids and groomsmen can also enjoy services and treatments at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Naples. Hair styling, makeup, manicures, pedicures, massages and couples treatments are all available on property.

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 guest rooms per night.

Holiday weekends may be subject to a three-night minimum stay. Please note check-in time is 4 p.m. and checkout is 12 p.m.

What about guest parking?
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples is pleased to offer a reduced valet parking fee for any of your guests attending the wedding. The hotel offers only valet parking and you may choose to host the parking fee for your guests. Please consult with your Special Events Manager for current pricing.

May 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 exclusively.

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.

 

 

 

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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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