What is legally required for weddings by the Sultanate of Oman? Please note that no wedding ceremonies can legally be conducted on property. Wedding receptions, however, are welcomed.
For a legal Islamic marriage, the marriage contract needs to be conducted by a legal or religious representative in the court. Expatriates can be married provided they meet the civil and religious requirements of their home country. Certain embassies and consulate staff can perform civil marriage ceremonies. Please contact your embassy for more details.
What do I need to know before contacting the hotel? You should know the estimated number of guests, a date and an approximate budget. If possible, select a few alternate dates in the event your first choice is not available.
How far in advance should I reserve the date? To avoid disappointment, it’s recommended you book 12 to 15 months in advance; on occasion, it may be possible to accommodate you on shorter notice.
What is the average cost per person for food and beverage? Based on current banquet menus, you may expect to spend on average OMR 24 per person for dinner and soft drinks. This does not include alcohol or the 17% service charge and sales tax. Note that menu items and pricing are subject to change and guaranteed 90 days in advance. Your final menu pricing will be based on your actual selections.
When are the deposits due? Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable. The estimated final balance is due 30 business days prior to your event.
When do I need to tell the hotel how many guests will be attending? The catering department must be notified of the exact number of guests attending the function at least 14 days prior to the event. This will be considered a guarantee, for which you will be charged, even if fewer guest attend the function.
What is the cancellation policy? The deposit shall be retained as a cancellation fee, depending on how far in advance the event is cancelled. Guest room cancellations follow standard room cancellation policies.
Can the hotel cater my offsite celebration? The hotel can provide offsite catering in the venue of your choice.
What does the hotel provide for wedding receptions? The hotel provides all food, beverages, tables, chairs, gold table linens, silverware, glasses, a dance floor and staging.
How do I arrange flowers? The resident floral designers will be delighted to create seasonal arrangements, centerpieces, bouquets, headdresses and corsages. The events team can also create special themes and matching décor.
What additional services or items can the hotel provide for my event? The hotel can arrange a wide selection of specialty items and services to personalize your event including customized stages, Arabic-language menus, a private ladies entrance, welcome baskets, bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts and more. All the above services are available for an additional fee.
What are the responsibilities of a Wedding Specialist?
Act as the onsite liaison between your wedding coordinator and the hotel operations staff
Monitor the status of your room block (if applicable)
Recommend vendors to provide wedding coordination, music, floral, photography, ceremony officiant, invitations and amenities
Act as a menu consultant for all food and beverage selections
Create an estimate of charges outlining your financial commitments and deposit schedules
Create a floor plan and provide the hotel with your seating arrangements
Oversee the ceremony and reception room(s) set-up, food preparation and other hotel operations
Ensure a seamless transition to the banquet captain on the day of your event
Review banquet checks for accuracy prior to the completion of your final bill
Coordinate with vendors and hotel banquet captain to ensure timeliness of your event
Are there any guidelines or requirements for using outside vendors? All vendors are required to sign a Ritz-Carlton vendor agreement form.
Are there are any preferred event production companies that you can suggest? The hotel wedding specialist can share a list of registered and certified companies.
How do I select the food for my reception? The hotel catering team is seasoned in a range of cuisines and can create hors d’oeuvres and champagne cocktails, a gourmet buffet or formal dinner with plated selections and synchronized service.
I/my guests have special dietary needs; what are our options? We are delighted to accommodate vegetarian, vegan and any other special dietary needs.
Can the hotel provide my wedding cake? The pastry chef can design a cake based on a specific example or present you with other imaginative options for cakes and pastries.