Frequently Asked Questions about Weddings at Lakedale
You’ve made the decision – let’s get married! And now the planning begins… Full disclosure: our philosophy for weddings, and for pretty much everything at Lakedale, is to make it easy and make it fun. So here are the answers to our most frequently asked questions about planning a wedding at the resort. Or bypass this list entirely and go straight to the source. Contact our Event Coordinator who will be thrilled to help you in person!
Book My Wedding
What is required to book a wedding or reception in the Lodge at Lakedale Resort?
How do I book the space and make my wedding or reception date definite?
How much is the deposit?
How far in advance do we need to book our wedding?
What are the wedding locations at Lakedale Resort?
Are there different rates at different times of the year?
How do I obtain a marriage license?
When is my final payment due?
What happens if I choose to cancel my event?
Is there a weather alternative space?
How early can I set up?
Do you have a dance floor?
Do you know a good officiate, photographer, or florist?
Our island has a wealth of talented vendors. However, they book quickly. Click here for a list of our preferred vendors. Most are very familiar with our property, adding a welcome level of convenience on your special day.
Can we have a rehearsal for the wedding ceremony?
Your Ceremony Package includes a one-hour rehearsal at no additional cost. This will be provided at a time that does not interfere with other booked events. The rehearsal specified time will be confirmed 60 days prior to the wedding. If you would like to have a rehearsal dinner in the Lodge, there is an additional facility fee.
Is there a place for the wedding party to change clothes?
Usually we encourage the use of the Lakehouse and/or one of the guestrooms near the Great Room.
May we take advantage of the various photo opportunities on the resort grounds?
Please do!!! We have beautiful views all over the property.
Can the front desk distribute my gift bags upon guest's check-in?
Yes. We are happy to distribute gift bags to your guests as they check in. There is a $2 fee per bag for this service. If you would prefer the bags be put in the guestrooms, the fee is $3 per bag.
Catering and Facility
What is included in my facility fee?
Do you offer catering at Lakedale Resort?
No. Lakedale Resort does not have an in-house caterer. We allow you to bring in any licensed, bonded caterer of your choosing. Our kitchen is only licensed to heat and serve food, not to be used as a cooking facility so caterers need to prepare the food offsite prior to their arrival at Lakedale. We offer a list of reputable local caterers or you may choose someone from off island for your reception.
What about bar services?
Lakedale Resort offers beer and wine for purchase at our general store. We do not provide hard alcohol or bartending services for events. All open bars need to have a licensed bartender. The team at Lakedale would be happy to assist in locating products and bartending services.
What linen is provided?
Linens are not provided. Most caterers are able to supply these for you.
How may I pay my deposits?
You may make deposit payments by credit card.
How do I handle gratuities? What are your service charges?
All purchases are subject to a 8.1% Washington State sales tax. The Facility Fee includes all set up, clean up, and labor fees for bartenders, and our team members. If you would like to leave a gratuity for the bartender, event coordinators, or any other team member, they would be most appreciative, although it is not necessary. You may arrange for envelopes with the event coordinator, who will be most discreet in accommodating your request.
Is there a group discount available to my guests?
Yes at certain times during the year. Guestroom rates will be negotiated with your event coordinator and will be dependent on season, availability, day of the week, and total number of rooms blocked. Group minimum is 10 rooms. Once a rate is negotiated, the number of rooms determined, and the arrival and departure dates needed, this information will become part of the contract which outlines your wedding ceremony and reception space.
Wedding party guestroom rates are net, non-commissionable and are based upon single or double occupancy. These rates will be subject to the prevailing San Juan County Coding Tax, currently at 10.1%. There will be an additional charge of $25 for each guest exceeding double occupancy. There is no additional room charge for children under sixteen. County Fire Codes control the maximum number of people allowed per guestroom and in the cabins.
How do my guests make their guest room reservations?
Your wedding guests will make their room reservations directly with you as the host. Lakedale will provide you with a rooming list template, simply fill it out as you receive RSVPs and send it