WEDDING FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. How many hours does the facility rental fee include?
With the exception of a Saturday day wedding, the facility rental is for a five-hour period, typically 5 pm to 10 pm or 6 pm to 11 pm. The facility rental time is totally dedicated to your event, with set-up and breakdown handled outside of the event window. Daytime slots are available for weekday events (Monday through Friday). Saturday day facility fees are in four-hour event periods from 10 am to 2 pm or 11 am to 3 pm. Additional hours are available at a pro-rated rate from the facility rental fee.
All Alta Lodge and outside vendor (i.e. musicians, DJs, etc.) services must end at the pre-determined hour of your event. For after event socializing, we offer use of the Sitzmark room for overnight Lodge guests. Alta Town ordinance requires that all music and loud noise end at 11 pm.
Wedding facility rental fees are based on the day and time of the event.
Alta Lodge can be booked for exclusive use. Please inquire.
2. Is a deposit required?
To book a date, a deposit in the amount of the facility rental fee and a signed contract are required.
3. What is the cancellation policy?
In the unfortunate event that you cancel your booking, the deposit is non-refundable and will be forfeited.
4. Are linens, tables, chairs, china, glassware, silverware, and serving accessories included?
Everything associated with your dining and beverage service is included with the facility rental fee. We offer white on white tablecloths and napkins. Set up and break down of standard ceremony and reception services are included in the facility rental fee.
5. When is the final count due?
The final headcount for meals is due two weeks prior to the event. To accommodate any last-minute guests, we prepare enough food for five percent more than your final count. You are charged for the final count or the actual headcount on the day of the event, whichever is greatest.
6. When is the final payment due?
Two weeks prior to your event, we will present an estimate based on the details of your event and the final count. Full payment of the estimate is due ten days prior to the event. If alcohol is served, final settlement is done the day after the event.
7. What is the summer accessibility of the Lodge for people with disabilities?
The lodge is a historic building and is accessed by 59 stairs from the roadside to the lobby entrance. For guests who are unable to negotiate the stairs, a call can be placed from the courtesy phone at street level. Guests are transported via four-wheel-drive vehicle to the lobby and patio levels. There is one wheelchair accessible lodging room on the main level. Some areas of the Lodge are not accessible by wheelchair from the lobby and we do not have an escalator or elevator.
We make every effort to provide assistance to people of all abilities to access and use the Lodge facilities, and we welcome your inquiries about accessibility. For more information, please see Accessibility and Accommodations.
8. Do you offer overnight lodging for guests?
During the summer months, Alta Lodge features 44 guest rooms with mountain views. In keeping with the tradition of a mountain inn, there are no televisions in our lodging rooms. Sunday through Friday night lodging rates include continental breakfast. Saturday night rates include Sunday brunch.
A block of up to 20 lodging rooms can be held as a courtesy for your guests the night of your event. All lodging rooms are blocked for exclusive bookings.
9. When is the deposit due to reserve a lodging room?
To confirm lodging, a deposit in the amount of one-night stay with tax is required at the time of booking. Please have your guests refer to your event name when booking lodging.
10. Is a bridal suite included with the wedding package?
Compliments of Alta Lodge, a corner room with king bed, private balcony, and fireplace is provided for the wedding couple the night of the event.
Two complimentary changing rooms to use the day of your event are also included with your event rental. These rooms are not intended for overnight lodging, rather dedicated dressing rooms for the wedding couple and their wedding parties. Lodging rates apply if changing rooms are used for over-night lodging.
11. Can we use an outside caterer or supply our own food?
With the exception of wedding cakes, we do not allow meals or food to be catered by an outside supplier. If you are interested in something we do not offer, please inquire.
12. Do you provide food tastings? Is there a fee?
We are unable to provide formal menu ‘tastings’. However, during the winter months, we serve dinner nightly and welcome you to be our guests. In the summer, we invite you to join us for Sunday brunch. Our Sunday brunch buffet offers a wide variety of food to enjoy from appetizers and salads to desserts. In an effort to provide you with a feel for Alta Lodge dining, arrangements for dinner or brunch can be made with our compliments.
13. Can you accommodate special meal and dietary requests?
At no extra charge and with advance notice, we can make accommodations for special dietary needs such as vegetarian/vegan, gluten-free and lactose-free diets.
We can also provide pre-arranged ‘kid friendly’ meals for children ages 12 and under. The entrée charge is half price for children ages 12 and under.
14. Can limits be put on the amount of alcohol served? Even with a full bar?
To work within budgets and/or control alcohol consumption, we can customize the timing and offerings of alcoholic beverages services during your event. All arrangements for bar/beverage service can be made with our Wedding Coordinator and set up prior to your event.
15. Is there a place where children can play?
We have a Kids’ Room with activities, games, and a television with a DVD player and Wii console that is available for our guests. Adult supervision, provided by the guest, is required.
16. Are pets allowed?
Pets are not allowed at the Lodge. Dogs are not allowed in Alta or anywhere in Little Cottonwood Canyon, because the area is a protected watershed. (There are a limited number of dogs licensed to residents under Alta ordinance.) People bringing unlicensed animals into Alta are subject to citation and large fines, and the Alta Marshal enforces this strictly. Please visit the Town of Alta’s website for more information.
If you want your beloved dog to be part of your wedding ceremony, it is possible with advance notice to obtain a temporary Town of Alta license. In this special situation, we can accommodate your dog, during the day (not overnight), on leash, and outside the Lodge buildings only. Please inquire.
Alta Lodge makes every reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities, and we do accommodate service dogs that guide or perform a task for a person with a disability. Please notify us in advance if you require a service or guide dog during your stay.