Ritz Carlton Lodge…beauty on a budget!

A budget wedding at the Ritz-Carlton?! It CAN happen for you! Here is an announcement I just received, and get ready to marvel at the opportunity before you…

The Ritz-Carlton Lodge INTRODUCES
NEW SIGNATURE WEDDING PACKAGES
Offering ease of planning for busy, budget-conscious brides-to-be

GREENSBORO, Ga. – May 26, 2009 – The Five-Diamond Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation proudly rolls out its 2009 wedding season packages. From the “’Let’s Run Off’ Lodge Elopement” to the “Everything But the Dress,” these value-packed packages offer affordable luxury for the bride-to-be while easing the task of planning the perfect wedding.

Each of the four signature wedding packages include a choice of venue. “From a sunrise service with the backdrop of the shimmering waters of Lake Oconee, to an evening affair under towering loblolly pines in the privacy of a forest clearing, to an amorous afternoon rendezvous within The Lodge’s elegant and luxurious interiors,” said Kimberly Bachelder, Catering Sales Manager, “The Lodge is known for its vast array of inspiring ceremony settings.” Additionally, each of the planning packages offer the services of a Ritz-Carlton wedding professional to handle every detail and indulgence, so that the wedding party and family are free to enjoy the experience.

Perfect for a Vow Renewal or secret getaway wedding, the “Let’s Run Off” Lodge Elopement package is $1,250 USD and includes:

· Intimate Outdoor Setting for Wedding Ceremony

· Officiant for Wedding Ceremony

· Bottle of Champagne for Toasting

· Dedicated Special Events Manager

· Directions or transportation to and from the Greene County Courthouse for marriage license

Offering additional luxury and pampering for couples, the Romantic Rendezvous is priced at $2,675 USD and includes:

· All Lodge Elopement inclusions

· Overnight accommodations in a Luxurious Executive Suite

· Photography for Ceremony (Wedding Portrait Session)

· The Ritz-Carlton Signature Rose Bouquet and Boutonniere

· Romantic Lakeside Chiminea Dining Experience for Two

· 60-minute Couples Massage in The Ritz-Carlton Spa’s Couples Suite

· Rose Petal Turn Down

· Breakfast In Bed

The Lodge’s most popular package, Ceremony Simplicity provides a memorable ceremony setting for intimate weddings of 30 or less. Priced at $3,500 USD, it includes:

· Intimate Outdoor Setting for Wedding Ceremony

· Officiant for Wedding Ceremony

· Signature Décor at Ceremony Site

· The Ritz-Carlton Signature Rose Bouquet

· Traditional Groom’s Boutonniere

· Photography for Two Hours (Ceremony, Portrait Session and Family Portrait)

· Solo Musician to perform during Ceremony (Additional Fee for Harpist)

· Dedicated Special Events Manager

· 10% off any Spa Wedding Packages for you or your wedding party

This ceremony and reception package is ideal for guest lists of 50 to 75. Priced at $6200 USD, Everything But the Dress* includes:

· Intimate Outdoor Setting for Wedding Ceremony

· Officiant for Wedding Ceremony

· Signature Décor at Ceremony Site

· The Ritz-Carlton Signature Rose Bouquet for Bride

· Groom’s Specialty Boutonniere

· Maid of Honor Rose Bouquet

· Best Man Boutonniere

· Photography for Four Hours (Ceremony, Portrait Session and Reception)

· String Trio to perform during Ceremony and Reception (Total of Four Hours)

· Floral Centerpieces for Reception (Up to Five Centerpieces)

· Dedicated Special Events Manager

· 10% off any Spa Wedding Packages for you or your wedding party

· Complimentary two-night first anniversary stay, redeemable at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation

The Lodge’s Signature Wedding Packages are available Sunday through Friday and Saturday prior to 4 p.m. Prices above do not include applicable service charge and tax. For parties of 15 or more, a Food and Beverage Package is required. For additional information on The Ritz-Carlton Lodge’s Destination Wedding packages, please contact The Lodge’s Catering Sales team at (706) 467-7115 or visit the resort’s website at http://www.ritzcarltonlodge.com.

The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation is a AAA Five Diamond resort, providing guests legendary Ritz-Carlton service highlighted by gracious southern hospitality. The Lodge is recognized as one of the “Greatest Hotels and Resorts in the World” by Travel + Leisure (2009 T+L500) and is named one of 50 Top Resorts in the U.S. by Zagat (Zagat Survey 2009). The 251-room Lodge is secluded on the sparkling shores of Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Georgia, with 99 holes of golf designed by the greatest architects of the game, Mobil Four-Star-rated Spa with southern-inspired service and exclusive Lodge adventures from fishing for large mouth bass to horseback riding and canoeing.

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