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Honestly, our experience with The Ridges was amazing from start to finish. We live in Atlanta, bhut knew we wanted an affordable venue out of town a bit. I've never even thought about planning my "perfect wedding", so I was completely lost when I started my search. I decided to be a brat when looking for the venue.... So on on the website I would put filters: 1. Lake 2. Pool 3. Boats 4. Mountains 5. CeremonANDreception 6. Outdoor Activities 7. Golf 8. AFFORDABLE 9. Booze/Food Catering Services Provided.
I couldn't believe it when The Ridges popped up! Seemed to good to be true, so I sent my parents over there to check it out. They were floored at how beautiful the resort was. The yard was perfectly trimmed and full of gorgeous flowers--talk about amazing landscaping! We looked on their website and were pleasantly surprised at their packages! Boats!!! Yes please! Full bar packages at a reasonable price- even better! After we decided we were immediately taken under wing by Kristen, and The Ridges staff. Again, I had no idea what I was doing-- it was so nice to have someone who thought of my questions before I even knew to ask them! I know this is getting long-winded, but I had such an amazing experience, I would highly recommend anyone to not only stay here for a vacation..... But to make your wedding day a vacation too! The food, the drinks, the rooms, the marina, the lawn....a must-see and must-do!
We chose to have our daughter's wedding at the Ridges Resort and Marina and it's one of the best decisions we made. The wedding was on April 25, 2015 and the weekend could not have been more perfect. The entire staff was so friendly and helpful and the property was absolutely beautiful from the lodge to the floating pier to the fire pits! Kristin was our wedding coordinator and did such a fantastic job. She was there the whole weekend helping with every detail to make sure everyone was where they needed to be and to ensure not only the ceremony went off without a hitch but the entire celebration. After you have been planning such a big event for almost a year you just want it to live up to your expectations and frankly it surpassed ours, and we have Kristin and everyone at the Ridges to thank for that.
We highly recommend a Ridges wedding!
John & Therese Powers
My daughter's wedding ceremony and reception was at The Ridges on September 20, 2014. The experience was top notch from the planning to the actual day. Kristin and her staff went over and beyond to provide the vision my daughter had for her wedding. The ceremony was outside on the lawn overlooking the lake with the cocktail hour on the patio around the fire pit ( the crab cakes and fried spanakopita were an excellent choice). We were blessed with perfect weather and were able to have the reception and dance floor on the lawn. The staff set up everything as planned and were very accommodating. Many of our guests stayed at the lodge or in the onsite villas which added to the enjoyment of the weekend. We had many compliments about the venue and how friendly the staff was especially the awesome ladies at the front desk.
Kristin texted me the morning of the wedding to ask if there was anything I needed that she could pick up for me on her way to the venue. She was with us every step of the day and night. We could not have asked for a better on site coordinator than Kristin. I highly recommend this venue for a wedding or other group function.
Thanks again Ridges for a memorable time!
I will give a 10 if I could! The people there were amazing, they did everything they can except make the weather not rain on my wedding day. But even so, they kept trying their hardest to keep the seat dry. The food was amazing, the resort was beautiful, and the most important is the service, you can't asking for better people! Everyone was so accommodating, the wedding would not have happen without them. Highly recommended!
The Ridges was a GREAT site for my reception! Renee Beebe did an awesome job helping us plan. Between my mother and myself... I think we sent her a 1000 emails! She was so great/quick to respond, and the Ridges was so flexible with what exactly we wanted and didn't want. They really took care of so many things, freeing us up to really put time into the details. The food was delicious as well. I highly recommend the Ridges! It was my DREAM WEDDING! :)
Played great dance music. Very personable !
The Ridges is a beautiful venue!!! It was perfect and exactly what we needed. What really pushes this place over the top is Renee. She answered every question we had quickly and with ease. She was a pleasure to work with. All of the staff is very warm and excellent at what they do.
It was absolutely the best place to have a wedding. The outdoor ceremony by the lake was gorgeous and everything was set up exactly like I had dreamed. The reception at the outdoor pavilion was magical. Renee and the whole staff at the resort were more than accommodating to our every need. They have various location for a reception and since we were such a small wedding the location we chose was perfect. The staff helps you with everything. They go above and beyond what you expect. They make sure your relax and enjoy your day. I highly recommend this location for a wedding in the Georgia Mountains.
Absolutely amazing! Renee was wonderful and the venue was perfection. I would not have changed a thing! THANK YOU, RENEE!!
The Ridges was an absolutely beautiful place to hold a wedding. All the staff at the Ridges were extremely helpful and very pleasant. The food was great and everything went as planned. Renee, the wedding coordinator, was wonderful to work with. My daughter and son-in-law said they loved every minute of their wedding day! I would say it was a huge success!
Rebee Bebee was extremely helpful in all areas of Missy and Matt's wedding at the Ridges Resort. The staff was friendly and the food was delicious. Renee made sure all our needs were met and the wedding was beautiful. You could not ask for a more gorgeous setting than having the ceremony right on the lake with the mountains in the background! Missy and Matt said they could not have asked for more.
As I was walking around at my reception, a bridesmaid came up to me and asked, "How does it feel to be living in a storybook?" I replied, "I feel like a princess." The Ridges was the perfect backdrop for my storybook wedding. Renee, the wedding coordinator, was my own fairy godmother. She was a dream to work with. She and all the staff at the Ridges were sweet, flexible, and accomodating. I went to several venues in North Georgia, and looked at even more online. When I went to the Ridges, my fiance and I knew from the moment we arrived that we had found the perfect place. Upon walking inside, the staff knew our names when we walked in the door. The grounds were beautiful, and intimate. It was big enough to have things to do: boats, firepits, walking around the lake, eat at one of their lakeside restaurants. But all in the same location, so that we didn't have to get back into our car the entire time we were there. If they wanted to, guests could drive to Helen to do some mountain town shopping. I have heard from several guests that this was the most fun wedding they have attended. Because of the staff and the location, those who came could leave their cares behind, and rest and relax from Thursday - Sunday. I highly recommend the Ridges.
The search for our daughter’s perfect December 2011 wedding and reception location ended when we visited The Ridges Resort & Marina on Lake Chatuge, in the mountains of northeast Georgia. AJ and I met with Renee Beebe and her calm, confident and professional attitude, as we discussed the event, calmed us and we knew we had the place! The owner of the Ridges, Mitchell Jones, stopped by and assured us that all would be perfect and it was!
Renee worked on the dozens of details in the following weeks and I’m not sure what I would have done without her knowledge and capable assistance.
We’ve received numerous compliments on the locations we used for the ceremony, the cocktail hour and reception. The cozy, warm, lodge-like area off the lobby, with its beautiful fireplace and hearth was perfect for the ceremony. Already beautifully decorated for the holidays, it was elegant, intimate and a perfect size for nearly 100 guests.
The Red Banks Ridge Room was where the reception was held and their staff helped our cake vendor and band get ready and all raved about the staff attentiveness, the décor and food! We had a great menu to select from and the candles, fireplace, dance floor, area for cake, etc… were just right! The staff helped make the reception fun, kept us on schedule and the bride and groom had such a good time. It was the bride’s party and they were there to make her happy!
A variety of overnight accommodations for family and friends was available and made it easier to enjoy the event.
Our daughter says her wedding and reception was perfect and not one detail would she have changed! I will remember it that way, as well and my thanks to Renee Beebe, Tyler Hopf, Vickie Hohmann and many unnamed others who made it so.
We got married at The Ridges and we couldn’t be happier with our wedding day! Our wedding was in October and we had an outside ceremony overlooking Lake Chatuge and the reception was at the Red Banks Ballroom at The Ridges. First of all, it was beautiful! It was a clear, fall day and the leaves were beautiful and the lake is gorgeous and makes the venue unique. You can see the lake AND the mountains in some of our photos. We loved the Ballroom as well. It got cold that night so I am glad we chose to use the Ballroom but The Ridges has a beautiful pier and lawn area for outdoor receptions. Secondly, the staff at The Ridges is very helpful especially the wedding coordinator, Kristin. Kristin was approachable, knowledgeable and listened to me when I had concerns or questions. She also offered suggestions to help us stay within our budget, which I really appreciated. She approaches her job with a genuine interest in the couple. Thirdly, having our wedding at The Ridges was logistically simple and it made the whole weekend more relaxed and enjoyable for our wedding party/guests and us. Our villa at The Ridges was the perfect place to get ready with my bridesmaids. I did not drive anywhere on the day of the wedding—which is exactly what I wanted! We had our Rehearsal Dinner, Bridesmaid Luncheon, Wedding/Reception within a 5-mile radius. Also, The Ridges has a great location and our guests had so many choices for fun activities during the wedding weekend—my bridesmaids and I visited the nearby Equani Spa the day before the wedding, some guests hiked Brasstown Bald, others played golf, attended fall festivals or enjoyed the local wineries. At the end of the Reception we had a sparkler send-off and a getaway in a pontoon boat on Lake Chatuge. It was the perfect ending to our special day. We will cherish the fun memories of our wedding day in the mountains forever!
This i a really pretty place and we loved having our wedding here. Everything was pretty great with the exception of working with their wedding coordinator who was not very responsive and the fact that they installed a new reservations system the weekend of our wedding which made check ins a nightmare. Aside from that is was GREAT to work with them.
Thank you so much for your review. We have hired a new wedding coordinator Renee Beebe to help address this very issue. She started in October and will handle all the weddings from here on out. Congratulations again and thanks for your review!
I worked with Kristin at The Ridges and my wedding was absolute perfection. Kristin knows all the vendors in the area and was very helpful about recommendations to make sure everyhing was how I wanted it. We came up with a custom package.
The planning was going so great until about 4 months before the wedding I got calls from guests saying they were told the hotel was full. It actually wasn't. This happened Multiple times and was pretty frustrating. When you have a room block you expect that they would help you try to fill it. Not only that, this is a destination resort so all employees should understand and know about the booking process. Kristin did her best to relieve the situation
The rehearsal dinner was amazing. They decorated the room and had everything ready. BE AWARE THOUGH! In contracts for open bar for a rehearsal it states that they charge per drink. Well, the entire night not one employee was keeping track of the drinks and my dad even asked the bar tender at the end of the night if he could pay the tab and the bar tender stated he didn't have a clue what we drank. My dad got a final bill later for some false number of drinks that they claim they accounted for. Pretty unprofessional.
The day of the wedding was great! I had my villa for the bridesmaids which I strongly recommend and hair and makeup came on site. All vendors were on time and helped set up and Kristin worked with my bridesmaids to make sure everything went smoothly. The ceremony on the pier and the tented outdoor reception were everything I wanted. It was great
Other than booking, rehearsal bill, and post wedding this wedding went off without a hitch. The grounds are stunning, the food was absolutely delicious, the villas were great and Kristin knows her stuff and is very helpful and super responsive throughout the entire planning process. Gorgeous location for a fall wedding!