Honestly? I love love loved The Ritz Charles in Carmel. Honestly they were the best AND incredibly affordable. They included a lot of things in their price that a lot of others didn’t (e.g. The Indianapolis Zoo didn’t include linens, or chairs, or silverware!!). They took care of everything and it was amazing. Here is my officaly review:
“My experience with The Ritz Charles was very good. The facility (the Garden Pavilion) was beautiful, the table setups were a setup were as we discussed and even exceeded my expectations. Everything that we discussed per our contract, for instance colors of linens, decorations, table runners and centerpieces that I provided, were just as discussed. In a word, they were perfect. Luckily we were able to have access to the venue one day prior to our rehearsal and they were accommodating with us bringing in wedding props (garden arbor, planters, centerpieces, etc). This was extremely helpful for our party so we didn’t have to do it the day of the rehearsal. The staff of The Ritz Charles were completely knowledgeable, helpful, and fabulous in every way. During their Bridal experience in March, when we were able to sample all things available to us on the menu for our wedding dinner, it was very well run. The food was amazing, and the servers that presented the food were very knowledgably about sauce contents and what meats and vegetables were commonly paired together. It helped us narrow down our choices from chicken to cake. Paula was extremely helpful and friendly. She answered my seemingly never-ending questions and if she didn’t know the answer to one of them, she got back to me in a timely manner. On the day of our wedding, the manager, Renee, was completely helpful, completely accommodating, completely awesome. Our wedding ceremony and all the events following went smoothly. She kept things moving and everything on time! Renee and a few members of the staff were extremely helpful in packing the gifts and centerpieces at the end of the evening. Everyone was kind, clean, well groomed, and well mannered. The food completely lived up to our expectations. It was hot, tasty, and delicious! The entire meal was served in a timely manner. The cake not only tasted far beyond our wildest dreams, but it was a work of art. The baker, using only a picture from the internet, totally replicated my idea and made it even better! I was 100% pleased. All our guests were wanting seconds! The bar and the bar tender were fabulous! Good humored and seemed to be just as excited to be there as we were. We received many compliments on him. Our only issue with The Ritz Charles was that they lacked/ didn’t provide a bride’s room because we only signed a contract to rent the Garden Pavilion. Other than that, we had a completely satisfying experience with The Ritz Charles. I would highly recommend them for any celebration especially a wedding! “
Here are some pictures from my wedding:
We had the ceremony and reception in the same room
They took care of all the table settings. I made the centerpieces, but explained how I wanted them and they said ‘okay!’.
(My husband made the arbor)
They took care of scattering the rose petals where I wanted them
This is the cake their baker made for us!!! This was BUTTERCREAM as well. Everyone really liked the cake it was really really good! We chose white cake with almond mousse. They even included the beautiful cake stand.
**Honestly you pay per guest with The Ritz and everything else is included (even an open bar). They set up, broke down, and did everything inbetween. I didn’t have to worry about ONE thing leading up to my wedding with the venue, food, cake, bar, etc.**