Unexpected Amenities and Distinctive Wedding Venue Locations Offer a Fresh, New Way to Celebrate The Ritz-Carlton creates custom wedding packages for modern brides and grooms

CHEVY CHASE, Md., Nov. 12, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Luxury weddings at The Ritz-Carlton set a new standard for romantic elegance. And whether they're intimate celebrations, grand occasions or lie somewhere in between, the company's distinctive wedding venue locations and on-site wedding advisors welcome brides and grooms around the world to experience a one-of-a-kind wedding that perfectly represents their personalities.

One of the ways The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., a global leader in hotels, service and lifestyle, is able to create dream weddings, is by developing custom wedding packages that flawlessly incorporate tradition with couples' unique style and trendy accoutrements. According to Ritz-Carlton wedding advisors, some of the simplest ways to give receptions a stylish edge is by using wedding venue locations in chic hues and unexpected layouts - and eschewing traditional menus in favor of updated offerings. Some options the company's wedding advisors recommend include: Dressing wedding venue locations in shades of orange and aqua.

Topping reception tables with flower arrangements in small- to medium-sized vases in different shapes and sizes.

Using a combination of squares, rectangles and round dining tables to create more interest in the room.

Choosing alternative china in geometrical shapes to highlight each course.

Offering a "pre-dessert" course. This will act as a bridge between the savory entree and a sweet dessert. Some examples include basil ice cream, strawberry soup or olive oil ice cream with roasted figs.

Leaving your guests with a post-reception treat, such as mini burgers, mini french fries and small soda, or Asian noodles in a Chinese to-go box with chopsticks and a personalized fortune cookie.

With the ceremony and reception complete, the bride and groom can embark on an unforgettable honeymoon experience, which The Ritz-Carlton can also help plan.

From luxurious urban retreats to secluded mountain chateaux, whatever your desire, our wedding advisors and honeymoon concierge will work together to design a perfect new beginning.

For detailed information about wedding venue locations and packages available at The Ritz-Carlton, please visit www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Events/Weddings/Default.htm.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 73 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe with future openings including Dubai International Financial Centre, United Arab Emirates; Toronto; and Hong Kong. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, which recognizes outstanding customer service. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company web site at http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Default.htm. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) - for more information on Marriott International, visit www.MarriottNewsCenter.com.

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