(Closed) Cape Cod wedding – Ballymeade or Ridge Club?

posted 9 years ago in Cape Cod, Marthas Vinyard, Nantucket, and Block Island
Post # 3
1 posts
  • Wedding: August 2008

I was married at the Ridge Club in August 2008. I selected the venue b/c I loved the reception room and I loved the garden terrace area for the cockatail hour. I also chose  to have my ceremony held onsite under the tent. When I booked the wedding there, i was working with the site events coordinator, who i liked very much and seemed very knowledgeable. By the time my wedding came around, the Ridge Club was under new management and a new Event Coordinator was in place. While my wedding ended up being the happiest day of my life and in the end it was beautiful, i was dissatisfied with the events coordinator provided by the Ridge Club. Unfortunatley, it rained on my wedding day…not only did it rain, it poured. We knew the day before that it might rain and despite being told when I booked that they always have a rain contingency, Terry told me the day before the wedding that there was not back up plan if it rained and we would siimply have to hope for the best. A little frightening for a bride to be! Well the day came, and seeing the coulds rolling in and knowing that the ceremony start time had already passed, my hubby-to-be, talked to the Event Coordinator to try to move things along. Instead of listening the event coordinator yelled at groom and informed him she wasn’t ready to start because she lost the ring bearers bouitineer. The ceremony was about to begin when the rain started. It began as a drizzle as I was walking out to the ceremony site, sans umbrella, b/c the Ridge Club didn’t have any that worked. Then it poured so hard that my quests who were seated on the edge of the tent were soaked. As you can imagine, the cocktail hour could no longer take place inside and we were forced to have it in the same room as the reception.

During the cocktail hour we had passed appitizers, which my guests raved about, however my husband and I never even tasted them. Normally, the event planner will set aside a plate of apps for the bride and groom to make sure they can taste what they served, afterall it is their special day. The Ridge Club event coordinator did not do this.

Additionally, the beautiful & expensive flower arrangements that were to be brought in from the pilars where the ceremony took place and placed in the reception room, were never brought inside. In fact, when i went back the morning after the wedding, they were still outside never touched.

As soon as I first spoke to the new Event Coordinator to go over the details of my wedding, I felt uneasy. Despite being told that she had 20 years of event experience, she just didn’t seem on the ball. I had to tell her the same thing over and over again and then she still didn’t quite get it.

I had a wonderful wedding, the meal was delicious, the venue was beautiful, and the day was special. There were a few small things that I was not happy with. If booking at the Ridge Club you will have a beautiful day, just be sure to go over all of your expections up front.

Post # 5
2 posts
  • Wedding: June 2010

Terry is no longer at The Ridge Club.  Amanda is the event coordinator, and she has been fantastic so far in the planning of my event. 

Post # 6
374 posts
Helper bee

I agree about the Ridge Club.  It looked wom and tired.  The supposed guard at the gate couldn’t even pronounce my name.  Elizabeth at Ballymeade was such a doll.  These places have a turn over so what works for one bride doesn’t always work for another bride. Roxy and Bowen you both will have a lovely wedding.  Don’t worry.

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