Bride Interview With Denison Ridge
Please take a moment to read this before deciding to book your wedding at Denison Ridge
How long have you been doing what you do and how did you become a wedding and event facility? Very nice to meet you, I’m Teri, owner of Denison Ridge ~ Weddings and Events. After both our oldest daughters were married here on our property one with over 300 guests and the other with over 250 guests ( however, Denison Ridge is approved for 200 max.) we decided to open our “backyard” to others. As a result, Denison Ridge officially opened July 2011. Why would we do such a thing you might ask? I love home and family! Having the venue in my back yard keeps my children
in a job productive, my yard “very” beautiful, and I get to meet all kinds of wonderful people… that “is” a winning combination! :~)
On that note… We are very excited to be able to share our facility for all those special occasions and events.
Can you tell us what sets you apart from other wedding and event facilities? Why is Denison Ridge Unique? We are not a cookie cutter venue. There are lots of different ways for you to make your wedding unique to your tastes. It can be very decorated or kept simple. There are huge pine trees, flower and vegetable gardens, remains of an old log cabin, rock walls, a pergola, covered patio for food tables, a covered area in case of rain, etc.
Our outdoor venue has a very calming effect on people, very relaxing and a fun atmosphere for visiting and entertaining. We are located on a Mountain Ridge just north of Spokane Washington. That makes us 25 min. from the big city where there are hotels, shopping, and restaurants. Also, we are only about an hour from the airport if you have out of town guests.
We are country! To get to our house you travel about a mile and a half on a county dirt road that has banks covered in grass, and rocks. Because of this your first impression might be disappointing? As you turn into our driveway you see our fruit orchard with an electric fence around it, we must keep the deer out. I am a country girl at heart and I make applesauce, apricot syrup, can peaches, you get the idea. Behind the fruit orchard is the venue parking area. You cannot drive by and see Denison Ridge, there is nothing to see until you come into the yard.
It just occurred to me that Denison Ridge is appealing to most people because it’s like a big relaxed backyard? With all the stress, excitement, planning and organizing that goes into a wedding or other special event, relaxed sounds very good! We have a rock fire pit for family smores, a big lawn for family volleyball, a cozy deck for conversation. One of our guests said “you have everything, it reminds me of when I grew up”. I love that!
I do need you to know that the max for our facility is 200. Also, everyone wants to know if we have a covered area in case of rain, yes! Our covered area has been used for dances, anniversaries, food reception, and BBQ area.
There is lots of parking, and Denison Ridge staff will direct and keep things moving. After parking you will walk into the yard and a whole new dimension opens up. It’s like a secrete garden, a hidden treasure. The view and true identity of the property is at the back of the house. In order to get the real feel of Denison Ridge you must have a walk through.
Photographers will love all the variety in the landscaping . As a matter of fact, the photographer at our first “official” wedding said “looks like your first wedding was a huge success” he was having a blast, couldn’t get over all the cool pictures he was getting. We have rock walls, flowers, trees, a hanging tree swing, lots of green grass, the possibilities are endless.
Our bridal room has a lighted make-up bar with mirror, and a 6ft. by 6ft. wall mirror. There is a love seat, table and chairs, and a closet for all those beautiful dresses. This room is large! One photographer was very excited about all the space she would have to photograph those beautiful girls in. There is also a two sink bathroom right next door for bridal party use. We also have a very nice room available for the guys to dress and hang out in.
There is a special mirrored vanity with a professional hairstyling chair if you chose to have your stylist (I know a great one! :~) come to Denison Ridge to do hair. Now this is fun! The hair styling chair sits in a perfect spot so while your hair is getting done you get to watch and hear the activities that are going on.
For the guests we have two portable restrooms (one for the guys, one for the girls) they have hand sanitizer in them and we also have a hand-wash station. These restrooms are serviced before each event and are very clean! They also have a light in them for evening use. We have a designated smoking area also.
Our daylight basement also has a sitting area for those in-between times and there is a small kitchen area in the daylight basement, with a big area for organizing.
We have an upper and lower lawn area. The upper lawn has been used for the dinner/dessert area because the daylight basement opens out to it.
The lower lawn is where the ceremony usually takes place and then after the chairs have been removed (up to the eating area) you can dance on the grass by moonlight. There is a deck that runs the full length of the house, this is where the bride has thrown her bouquet from, and the groom the brides garter. Toasts have been made from up there too and everyone can see and hear what is going on…great fun! One bride put it this way ” I wish I could sit on this deck and drink coffee every morning…wow!”
Also be sure and check out the “Blog” page for all the latest “news” on the ridge. I try to “post” at least once a month on what we are doing around here.
This all sounds wonderful but it also seems expensive. Are we going to be able to afford this? We have three packages for you to chose from, our goal is to be able to accommodate most budgets. Denison Ridge Wedding Packages/Services
Who do you work best with? Those that are excited about their day! Positive people who are willing to work with others to create that once in a lifetime event. The one thing that is disappointing to me is when appointments by phone or email are made and then it’s a no show. I understand things come up and you may have booked another venue… but just a quick phone call or txt to cancel would be very much appreciated.
Who is not going to benefit from having an event at Denison Ridge? I don’t know!! We are country, calm, relaxed and very down to earth here. Sounds like a winning combination to me. And… Denison Ridge staff will do everything, within reason, to make your day exceptional.
Will you work with my vendors I have already found or people I want to work with? Yes, we realize there are special people in your lives that you will want to be in charge of things.
Do you take credit cards and can we have a payment plan? Yes, we do take credit cards and you can go to our payment options page and choose a payment option at the bottom of the page. We require $500.00 ( Non refundable) to reserve your event date (more for ” Top Of The Ridge” Package). This is deducted from your rental fee. The rest of the payment (including damage deposit, which is returned seven days after the wedding if applicable) is due 30 days before your event. If you would like to make payments up until the 30 day time period that’s ok too.
Do you have liability Insurance? Yes we do carry yearly liability insurance and our clients are required to carry an Event Insurance policy. Insurance is available through Cynthia Gustafson of Kraft Insurance Agency: 509.343.5555 or Cynthia@InsuranceSpokane.com
Do you take more than one wedding per day? No we don’t. You get the facility from 10 – 10, unless other arrangements are made (Simply Wed package 6hrs, Tuesday-Thursday) and you will need most of that time for decorating, pictures, ceremony and clean-up. We do not want you to feel pressured. No music or alcohol served after 9:30.
This sounds like everything we have been looking for, how do we start the process? The next step is for you to contact me to set up a consultation. I want to hear about your needs and see if we are a good match and what package fits your personality, style and budget best. We will walk through the facility so you can see what we can offer. Please feel free to throw out those questions.
Then we can sit down and look through a book of a past wedding so you can get a feel for what happens during a wedding at Denison Ridge. Hopefully it will spark ways in which you would change things to make Denison Ridge special for your day. I will give you a contract that you can look over while your here or take it home with you to read thorough. You can make a decision that day or we can hold the date for three days (the date may still be available, but can only be secured with deposit). Do you need to come back again and look? That’s ok too!
May we contact some of your former clients to see what it’s like to work with you? Yes absolutely. You can also look at our client testimonials right now.
We have a couple more questions before getting started, can I call you to discuss further? Yes, in fact we highly encourage all our clients to schedule a consultation so that we can get all your questions out of the way, answered, and make sure that we are a great fit for one another. Again, feel free to call me with any questions you may have 509-954-1928 or you can contact me to discuss all your needs and desires.