The Ritz-Carlton. The name alone, brings a distinguished feel to anything and everything they are associated with. For those couples looking to give their wedding guests a five star treatment, The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, is the way to go above and beyond. With multiple different dining and venue choices, along with a serene spa, anything and everything you could need is at the resort.
Ceremony Spaces on Property
Offering seven different venues for both ceremonies and receptions with over 50,000 square feet of indoor space and 70,000 square feet of outdoor space to create your dream wedding day. Have your ceremony under this picturesque structure known as The Gazebo and say ‘I do’ to the beautiful views. At sunset, the lighting and ambience will never disappoint. Consult with your floral and event designer about adding lights, flowers, or whatever you so choose to make the space personalized just for you.
After the ceremony, lead your guests to one of the outdoor venues for cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres on The Da Vinci Lawn. The simple outdoor setting will have your guests in awe, but wait until the reception really starts. The option to string bistro lights across the entire lawn creates an ambiance like none other should you choose to also host your reception in this vast outdoor space.
Event Spaces on Property
For a classic reception space with enough space to fit up to 635 guests, choose The Plaza Ballroom. 6,055 square feet of space will give you and your planner plenty of space to plan, decorate, and host the reception of your dreams.
However, you can never go wrong with the enormous and elegant 15,696 square foot Ritz-Carlton Ballroom. A classic, luxury space with silk walls, carpeted floors, chandeliers hanging 13 feet off the floor, and a large open layout, perfect for those who wants to make sure everyone feels a part of the party.
Couples looking to enjoy the outdoors during their reception, The Citrus Garden is a beautiful location for a more intimate party. Surrounded by lush gardens filled with citrus and palm trees, let the sun set and moon rise on your special day. The 2,700 square feet space offers a perfect place to dance the night away with your closest friends and family.
On-Site Wedding Coordination
Your wedding planner is your right hand gal (or guy!), the coordinator at The Ritz-Carlton will be her go-to person. The Ritz-Carlton offers a professional group of wedding coordinators on location to help with your special day. They will do everything from suggesting local vendors who suit your needs, to coordinating all the details from your planner with the staff at the hotel and resort.
The resort offers rentals of tables, chairs, china, linen, charger plates, menu cards, dance floor, staging, and cocktail table centerpieces, along with help in renting upgraded items as well. All weddings are catered by their world class culinary and pastry teams with specialty cuisines, such as Indian menu choices, available if you choose.
Other Wedding Day Amenities
Once your wedding day arrives, why not plan for a full day of fun for your guests? Enjoy a round at the 18-hole par-72 Greg Norman Signature Golf Course or relax in the beautiful resort spa. Let your bridal party be pampered and get ready for your big day with hair, makeup, manicures and pedicures together. Or treat yourself to one of the renowned treatments and massages they offer.
To get a last minute sweat session in, look to the fitness center located in the same complex as the spa. Take advantage of their personal trainers for some one on one training or gather some guests for a group class like yoga and Zumba. Can you say pre-wedding zen? Your mom and ‘maids will thank you!
Whisper Creek Farm
Food is such an important part in deciding where to stay and spend your time. With that understanding, The Ritz-Carlton has introduced Whisper Creek Farm to the resort. The farm produces pineapple plants, cucumbers, acorn squash, collard greens, avocado, mango, sweet potatoes, and a variety of herbs to serve their guests the freshest ingredients possible.
Since the resort is located in Florida, they could not forget citrus trees. Resident bees are also kept on property to produce honey, pollinate the luscious grounds, and more. The farm offers many exciting events, Argentinian grilling cooking classes, a communal fire pit, and barn-style event space. (Perfect for those looking for a farm to table meal.)
Rehearsal Dinner Spaces
If you’re looking to host the ultimate southern feast, choose the Highball & Harvest. Your southern groom will appreciate the rustic and industrial atmosphere, classic dishes and inventive cocktails everyone is sure to love in this rehearsal space. As an added plus, a selection of available produce is “field to table,” the freshest of the fresh from the on-property Whisper Creek Farm, of course!
Or have a classic rehearsal dinner the Ritz-Carlton way. Norman’s is everything you expect from a Ritz-Carlton dining experience. Invite your guests down to enjoy celebrity Chef Norman Van Aken’s fine food. His New World Cuisine mixes and matches Latin, Caribbean, and Asian flavors with European technique. With large windows, an outdoor terrace and impressive wine displays throughout the space, your rehearsal dinner will surely set the tone for your big day.
Hotel Stay Details
At the end of the day, invite your guests to stay the night (or weekend) in the hotel. No matter what room they stay in, your guests, and even you, will be impressed at how beautiful and comfortable their rooms are. They may never want to leave! With multiple different spaces allocated for family fun and personal relaxation, the amenities at The Ritz-Carlton will make sure everyone is happy.
All guest rooms come with free internet, premium channels, bathrobes and slippers, marble baths, twice-daily housekeeping with turndown service, choice between a king bed or two double beds, and balconies with views of your choice; the gardens, pools, lakes, or golf course. Or stay in one of the three suites; the Executive, Presidential, and Royal. Depending on the room, you can enjoy numerous balconies, spacious living areas, or a full media room with soundproof walls. Average room rates start at $279/night.
Other 5-Star Amenities
Guests can also join The Ritz-Carlton Club Level. This includes services such as 24-hour access to the Club Lounge with snacks and nonalcoholic beverages, five culinary offers throughout the day, complimentary pressing daily for two garments, Ritz Kids Day Time Programming for three children per room, media room, rotating events, views of area and resort holiday fireworks, and computer and printer stations.
On-site parking fees are $29 daily for valet parking and $22 daily for regular parking, both with in and out privileges (of course!). There is an airport shuttle fee for $45 roundtrip per vehicle for those coming from far off destinations to attend your special day.
Overall, having this important day at the The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes Resort will not leave you disappointed. With so many exclusive offers you and your guests will never forget your event and stay at this exquisite resort.