Experience a stylish, contemporary, accessible Dallas hotel, Ritz-Carlton, Dallas — where glamour, graciousness and the Texas spirit meet. The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas is ideally located in the chic, picturesque enclave of uptown, adjacent to downtown Dallas, on the McKinney Avenue Trolley Line. The luxury hotel is within walking distance to gourmet dining, upscale shopping, sightseeing, galleries, professional sports games, live entertainment, outdoor parks and downtown’s largest urban arts district in the United States.
GO: Food is such an important element at a wedding; tell me about your menus/culinary team?
RCD: The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas recently experienced the fortunate addition of Chef Chris Southwick as Executive of Culinary and Food & Beverage, overseeing all hotel culinary activities, including weddings. Chef Southwick not only holds an impressive background with leadership at some of The Ritz-Carlton’s top hotels, including Sanya, Sarasota, Moscow and Palm Beach, he’s charismatic, energetic and alive with creativity, making him the ideal culinary partner for our brides & grooms. He leads the team to customize each menu, ensuring it suits the vision of the evening.
Another wonderful benefit of hosting a wedding at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas is our in-house pastry chef, Corey Thomson. Chef Thomson has created numerous newsworthy wedding cakes and desserts, such as seasonally-flavored macaroons in pear, salted caramel, passion fruit, and rose with rosewater buttercream.
GO: What do you do for couples and their guests that set you apart from everyone else?
RCD: First and foremost, couples can feel confident due to the level of personal attention and commitment from the hotel’s senior leadership team throughout the entire wedding process.
For planning details, the Event Design Studio at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas is the ultimate resource in the creation of customized events. Couples are welcome to invite their event planner within this private space to select from an array of the finest linens, china and specialty décor available. Private tastings by our culinary team are also possible within this space.
For weddings with a minimum of 150 guests, The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas provides couples with a complimentary deluxe suite guest room with a rose petal turndown on the night of their wedding. The hotel also happily coordinates anniversary stays to ensure lasting memories for years to come. Additionally, the hotel offers weddings with 250 plus attendees access to a private valet entrance and valet service staff, providing a convenient and seamless arrival/departure process.
GO: What are some of the amenities/special activities that you offer for a couple planning to have a weekend wedding?
RCD: The hotel orchestrates a variety of unique offerings and packages for wedding festivities including:
- Welcoming wine receptions for wedding guests in the hotel’s three connecting Arboretum Rooms or the outdoor Live Oak Bar.
- Rehearsal dinners in the Sendero, a glass enclosed pavilion overlooking outdoor gardens and water features, at the hotel’s award-winning Fearing’s Restaurant by celebrity chef Dean Fearing.
- Wedding party packages at the 12,000 square-foot Ritz-Carlton Spa, including ‘Manicures & Mimosas’ for the bridal party and ‘Groom the Groomsmen’ for the husband-to-be and his main men.
- Ceremonies and receptions in The Ritz-Carlton, Ballroom – the largest luxury ballroom in Dallas which can be divided and setup for a variety of celebrations.
GO: Do you have unique guest spaces, where out of town guests can feel like they’re also on vacation?
RCD: Absolutely. Our saline-treated rooftop pool and outdoor terrace is the perfect place to sip cocktails and soak in the Texas sun. The hotel also offers a nightly Guacamologist™ experience at 6 p.m. in the hotel lobby where a chef prepares fresh tableside guacamole and a tasting of our signature margaritas. After the experience, I highly recommend a visit to Fearing’s Restaurant. It’s been recognized as one of the top 10 hotel restaurants in the world and offers phenomenal Elevated American Cuisine by Chef Dean Fearing. The restaurants two bars – The Rattlesnake Bar and Live Oak Bar, are also terrific places to people watch and catch a glimpse of the Dallas social scene.
When it comes to accommodations, The Ritz-Carlton Club® Level is a must try. It’s the only experience of its kind within the city of Dallas, offering a private concierge and continuous complimentary culinary offerings, including light snacks, hors d’ oeuvres, champagne and cocktails. Additionally, Club Level guests are invited to partake in a new Friday Night Flights offering when a rotating presentation of regional tastes and sips, such as cheeses from nearby creameries, handmade Texas salsas, local jams and preserves, and decants of Texas wines and brews are presented in the hotel’s key-required Club Lounge.
GO: What is the first thing a couple should do if they are interested in having a destination wedding at your property?
RCD: I invite couple’s to become acquainted with our event space and wedding packages by visiting our website at www.ritzcarlton.com/dallas. To arrange an appointment to visit our hotel and personally view the event space, I welcome guests to reach me by phone at 214.922.0200.