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Let us create unforgettable Georgetown wedding experiences with personalized service and remarkable venues
All wedding receptions and events are special, and yours will be a custom-designed experience in an environment of luxurious ambiance. No detail is overlooked when you consult with our Georgetown wedding specialists, which will be one of the most important steps in the planning of your special day. We work with the best vendors in the area and beyond, and we have accumulated a wealth of knowledge to help you choose the best combined services to form the perfect picture in our unrivaled wedding venues. Your wedding professional will assist with every selection – it's all part of The Ritz-Carlton experience.

Known first and foremost for impeccable service, The Ritz Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C. will delight your guests with our attention to detail and personalized service. We are proud to employ the most refined and experienced banquet professionals in the area and boast breathtaking indoor and outdoor wedding venues, including our Fahrenheit Ballroom.

This is the one day in your life when you want everything to be perfectly flawless – and wedding venues at The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C are the place you have always dreamed of.

Let our expert Wedding Specialist guide you through every detail in planning your event to make all of your wedding dreams come true. Please contact our Wedding Specialist, Lauren Mulvey at (202) 912-4177 or email to arrange for a wedding consultation.

What does The Ritz-Carlton provide for weddings and receptions?
The Ritz-Carlton provides all food and beverages, tables, chairs, table linens, silverware, glasses, a dance floor and staging for your event. The rental of a ceremony location includes chair set-up, staging, as well as the rehearsal time for the ceremony. This also includes an on-site Wedding Concierge to greet and assist your guests.

What other services or items can The Ritz-Carlton provide for my event?
The Ritz-Carlton can provide a wide range of specialty items to help you personalize your event, such as chiavari chairs, specialty linens, specialty base plates and menu 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.

How do I arrange for flowers?
The hotel can arrange stunning florals with our partner florist, Edge Floral Designers. They will prepare a range of seasonal arrangements, centerpieces, bouquets, headdresses, corsages and button-holes. The hotel also allows outside florists for events. Costs for all items vary.

 

How do I choose the food for my reception?
Whether your reception is an intimate dinner or a lavish gathering we offer a range of cuisines. From hors d’oeuvres and champagne cocktails to specialized stations, gourmet buffets and formal dinners — all of your selections are catered with synchronized service. Your wedding professional will assist you with choosing from our extensive menu and a tasting will be scheduled to help you finalize your choices.

Some of my guests have special dietary needs. What are the options?
We are delighted to offer a selection of cuisines to meet all dietary needs and restrictions. Please consult with your catering manager for more details.

May I bring in an outside caterer?
All events at The Ritz-Carlton are catered by our exceptional culinary team. You may, however, choose to have your wedding cake prepared by an outside vendor. If a Kosher caterer is required, please speak to your Meetings and Special Events Manager.

 

What do I need to know before contacting the hotel?
It would be helpful for you to know the estimated number of guests, the date and an approximate budget for your event. If possible, choose a few alternative dates in case your first choice is not available.

How far in advance should I reserve the date?
Although The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C. often fills the most popular dates as far as one to two years in advance, other dates are typically available with less notice. Please contact the hotel for more information about available dates.

What is the average food and beverage cost per person for weddings at The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown?
Based on our current banquet menus, you should expect to spend on average, $80 - $200 per person for lunch and $130 - $325 per person for dinner, both of which are exclusive of service charges and sales tax. These include hors d’oeuvres for your welcome reception, a three-course meal, the wedding cake, wine service with the meal, a champagne toast and an open hosted bar during the event, based on a group drinking moderately. Please keep in mind that our menu items and pricing are subject to change and are guaranteed 90 days in advance. Your final menu pricing will be based on your actual selections.

When do I need to tell The Ritz-Carlton exactly how many guests will be attending my wedding?
We require the final number of attendants be communicated to the catering office no later than Noon at least three (3) business days prior to the date of your scheduled event. If the guaranteed number is not provided, billing will be for the greater of the following: (1) The number of persons for which the party was originally booked or (2) The number of persons in attendance. The hotel will prepare and set for five percent above the guarantee, if requested.

Are there special room rates for wedding guests?
For family and friends of the wedding party, The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C. is happy to quote preferential rates for the week of the event.

What is the responsibility of the Special Events Manager?

  • Act as the on-site liaison between your wedding coordinator and the hotel operations staff
  • Establish your guest room block and monitor the status of reservations (if applicable)
  • Oversee the details of the bride and groom’s room reservations (if applicable)
  • Recommend special event professionals for wedding coordination, music, floral, photography, ceremony officiant, invitations and amenities
  • Provide food and beverage selection advice and consultation 
  • 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) 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 to ensure accuracy, prior to completion of the final bill

What are the responsibilities of a Professional Wedding Coordinator?

  • Assist with etiquette and protocol for invitations, family matters, ceremony and toasts
  • Create a detailed wedding day timeline for the Special Events Manager, including your ceremony and reception
  • Organize and coordinate your ceremony rehearsal. Remind bridal party of pertinent “call times” and “don’t forgets” on the wedding day
  • Confirm all details and call times with vendors several days prior to your wedding day
  • Liaison with your family, bridal party and all vendors
  • Assist with dressing the bride and bridal party
  • Ensure the ladies have their corsages and bouquets and assist with the pinning of gentlemen’s boutonnières
  • Arrange and deliver ceremony programs, escort and place cards, favors and any personal items
  • Coordinate the ceremony (line up bridal party, assist bride with dress, etc.)
  • Coordinate the reception (grand entrance, first dance, toasts, cake cutting, etc.)
  • Coordinate with vendors and the Hotel Banquet Captain to ensure timeliness of your events
  • Collect personal items brought at the conclusion of the reception
  • Collect and count the wedding gifts and deliver them to the appropriated location
  • Provide full-service coordination – from your engagement to your honeymoon – should you select a full-service package

 

 

 

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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.

 

OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE      Show All    Hide All

 

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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