Complimentary bridal open houses are put together by almost all of the golf and country clubs and other venues after the big Bridal Spectacular show at the end of January each year. After couples have narrowed down their venue selections, open houses are a wonderful opportunity to get a closer look at the venue of their choice.
Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the DragonRidge Country Club Bridal Open House. I attended with an October bride of ours and her parents. Carrie Key, the Wedding and Events Director at DragonRidge wanted to hear some feedback from a wedding coordinator’s perspective so she asked me to blog my review!
DragonRidge went ALL out for their bridal showcase and I wish I had more photos from the event to go along with the review.
Every table at DragonRidge was designed with a different color scheme and tablescape. They were all stunning in their own way. The food and cocktails were delicious and along with the wonderful entertainment, guests were not only touring the space but also experiencing an event.
Besides butler passed hors d’oeuvres, there were hot and cold action stations such as fresh mozzarella and heirloom tomatoes, a cheese tortellini pasta salad, calamari caesar salad, and fresh fruit parfait served in a champagne flute.
I couldn’t get enough of their breakfast station which featured the usual but delicious eggs with cheese, homestyle potatoes, and breakfast meats, and assorted muffins and danishes.
My favorite at any event is always a mashed potato martini bar. Two types of mashed potatoes were served in chafing dishes for guests to serve into their martini glasses – a gold Yukon potato puree as well as a purple potato puree. Guests can then top their potato puree with their own toppings of choice!
Live Action Stations of Peppercorn New York Steak flambéed with Brandy Demi as well as Seared Garlic Shrimp Flambéed with Pernod Liqueur were also available. I tried the shrimp and went back for seconds.
For dessert, there was the chef’s signature “Fire and Ice” flambe station which were Bananas and Pineapple in a Rum and Cream de Cacao Carmel Sauce served over ice cream. There were also wedding cake samples from Tiers of Joy – their exclusive preferred cake designer.
And, what’s a wedding event without some cocktails? A Blushing Bride cocktail as well as a Gorgeous Groom cocktail were served to guests!
For prospective brides and grooms, I think an intimate bridal showcase like this is a wonderful opportunity to check out the space while also trying out their food and service. Often times, you won’t get a chance to taste a venue’s food until your menu tasting which either takes place months before your wedding or can happen prior to booking (on occasion) – but with a fee. For the venue, it’s an excellent opportunity to “sell” to a somewhat captive audience. Whether prospective or booked, DragonRidge was able to showcase the best of the best of what they can offer when working with their wonderful partners in floral, linen, musicians, photographers, and even officiants!
The food at their bridal showcase was delicious. That view is simply stunning. And as a final added perk, all attendees were entered into raffle drawings for plenty of great raffle prizes!
Thank you Carrie, Miya, and everyone at DragonRidge for your hospitality as always.
If you’re interested in scheduling a tour of DragonRidge Country Club, please contact Carrie or Miya at (702) 614-4444. Please let them know Green Orchid Events sent you!
Carrie Key – Wedding and Events Director
Miya Williams – Wedding and Events Coordinator