Blue Ribbon is the perfect place for a wedding reception. We got married in May 2009 and had our reception at Blue Ribbon. Our guests had a great time, and, more importantly, so did we!
Things we loved …
Food: Our guests are still talking about the food. We served it family style and everyone loved being able to fill up on what they wanted, not small servings of rubber chicken and cold potatoes. The one downside is that guests asked the servers for seconds before they made their way around the room. Tell your guests to be patient, more, lots more, food is on the way. Also, the bar prices were very affordable and they provide alternative beverages for the non-alcohol drinkers – not sugary soda, but drinks like lavender lemonade or raspberry iced tea. It’s also cool that you can have a separate bar area for the people who want to escape the chicken dance or just hang out on the couches.
Location: We got married in mid May and started the reception around 5 … so, the sun was still shining and guests were able to enjoy the deck and view. Being on the water was great; there is a partial view blockage from the moored boats, but it’s not a big deal.
Parking: Free and plentiful! Good luck finding that at a downtown hotel or venue.
All-in-one package: We LOVED that everyone was included – the food, cake, flowers, décor. It was a huge timesaver and created piece-of-mind.
You don’t have to rent anything, deal with multiple vendors: I can’t imagine doing it any other way. The last thing a bride wants to do is stress about the tables arriving on time or if the cake melts on the way to the venue. We only had to (or I should say got to) work with our Blue Ribbon coordinator (Bryce!), a photographer and DJ.
The people: Everyone is super nice and accommodating. We mainly worked with Bryce, but the director (Vanessa) was involved and very available as well. Bryce went above and beyond by collecting corks, making menu cards and setting up all the extras just the way we wanted. He wowed my family and friends with his organization and friendly manner. Some friends have seen him at Blue Ribbon events since and they still rave about him, and he remembers them.
Planning meetings: We had numerous planning meetings with Bryce. Blue Ribbon sets aside certain days were they have all the people on hand - chefs, baker, florist – to try the food, drinks and cake, and talk about flowers; and others were they have all the décor set-up to look at. It can feel a little cookie cutter, but it made it so easy to pick what we liked.
Cooking classes: Some classes were included in our wedding package. If they still are when you read this, take them! They are so much fun, and you get really familiar with the space. We almost feel at home at Blue Ribbon now as we know where everything is in the kitchen; and chefs Krista Fay and Mark Schoenthaler are fun, knowledgeable and remember us every time we walk into a class.
The only downside, and it’s not really a negative …
Space can be a little crowded: Make sure you know how many people will be at the event and how you want to use the space. We had about 165 guests for a sit-down dinner … it was crowded, but not uncomfortable. After dinner, we removed the dance floor tables which displaced quite a few people. No one seemed to mind, but take this into consideration if you want people to remain at their tables during dancing. However, the dance floor is huge and they have a raised area for the DJ – both pluses.
Overall, I highly recommend Blue Ribbon for your wedding – or even a cooking class or event.
Pros: Location, food, parking
Cons: Sit-down dining space for large parties