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Wedding FAQs

Wedding Deposit

How much of an advanced deposit will I need to make prior to my wedding?

A check or credit card deposit in the amount of the wedding package is required to secure the dates and space. Balance of estimated food and beverage charges (based on menu selection multiplied by anticipated guests) is due thirty (30) days prior to the date of group arrival date. Food and Beverage minimums do NOT include taxes and service charge.

Lodging at Northstar

Does a Sunday night stay count as a weekend or midweek?

Holiday Sundays, Friday, Saturday nights are considered weekend, Sunday – Thursday rates are considered midweek.

How do my guests receive the group rates for lodging?

We will setup a lodging “shell” that guarantees the rate. Guests will need to call the front desk at (800) Go-North (800-466-6784) and let the reservation agent know the group code.  They will need to make a deposit to book accommodations. Luxury condo units, custom homes, the Ritz Carlton and the Welk Northstar Lodge are also available by calling the front desk and referring to the wedding party, but a group discount does not apply.

Which lodging units do we receive group rates on?

Your guests can receive group rates on Northstar Resort managed lodging units.  This includes Village Rooms & Lofts located in the Village, as well as surrounding condos located within one mile of the village.  All lodging units are accessible to the Village using the free on-site transportation.

How soon can our guests make reservations at the group rate?

Once the contract is finalized, your lodging shell will be set up and guests can begin making their reservations for most lodging options.

Are there any dog-friendly lodging units available at Northstar?

Dogs are not permitted in the lodging units at Northstar (only at the Ritz Carlton). If the bride and groom want to bring their dog because he/she is part of the wedding, we can make special concessions such as an additional cleaning fee.

Can the hotel staff help us pass out welcome packets or gift baskets for our guests if they are staying in Northstar lodging?

Yes, the front desk staff will be able to hand out welcome packets or gift baskets to your guests as they check-in.

Is there a minimum number of nights a guest needs to stay in order to receive the group discount?

Your group needs to book a minimum of 5 units for 2 nights in order for the group discount to apply.


Describe the complimentary on-site transportation that is mentioned in the wedding package.

Northstar Resort offers complimentary on-site transportation between all lodging units and the Village at Northstar or the NPOA Recreation Center.  Shuttles are available from approximately 10:00 am until 10:00 pm, for most of the year. Guests will need to request a shuttle to pick them up at their lodging units (the phone number is available in each unit). Shuttles frequent the Village area to take guests back to their units.

Event Setup

Can we setup the day before?

No. If you want to setup the day before, please contact your sales manager to book the space.
Is there a cost for the dance floor or is it included?

Dance floor rentals can only be coordinated through Northstar. Dance floor pricing is as follows:
  • 10 x 10 is $325
  • 12 x 12 is $410
  • 15 x 15 is $640
  • 20 x 20 is $1,070

Prices include set up and break down. Taxes and service charge are added to the above rental fees.
Is the wedding cake part of the package or is it additional?

Northstar can help you design a dessert station or you can hire a bakery if you prefer a wedding cake.  Your Northstar coordinator can refer you to a local bakery.
Can I request a list of preferred vendors?

Ask your coordinator for a list of vendors we have worked with and had a good experience with.

Ceremony Questions

Are dogs allowed in the Village for the ceremony/wedding?

Yes, dogs are welcome in The Village at Northstar. They need to be kept on a leash, in control and any messes created need to be cleaned up by the dog's owner.

Is there a ceremony arbor that comes with the package?

Northstar does not own an arbor, but we can assist you in selecting one for rent.  You can also ask your florist.

Reception Questions

Passed appetizers are included in the dinner package, how many pieces are included per person?

We will prepare enough to have five pieces per guest.
Are individual menus printed by Northstar Resort for our guests, or do we have to print them?

Menus located at each place setting are optional and will need to be prepared by you.
Can we make substitutions in the menus?  If we prefer a different entree with a certain menu, can we make that change?

Yes, that is fine. We always work with the couple to customize the menu as they wish. Some substitutions may require an increase in price.
My vendors require that I include them for the meal. What are my options?

We provide a hot meal based on your guests menu at 1/2 price.

Bar Service

What is the cost of a champagne toast, or is that included in the package?

The toast is not included in the package. One champagne bottle has six full glasses and you usually toast with a half glass, so perhaps you can count on 10-12 toast glasses per bottle.  Please refer to our wedding banquet menu to see our current champagne offerings, or you can bring your own with a $25 corkage fee per bottle.

After Party

We want to have an After-Party, what are our options?

Mikuni hosts after-parties from 10:00 pm until 1:00 am for approximately a $500 or less rental fee. Any food and beverage would be extra.  Please contact them directly for details at (530) 562-2188.

Download the Wedding Menus (.pdf)


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