Andy & Detra Dyakon

We cannot say thank you enough for all you have done for us on our wedding day.  You will always hold a special place in our hearts.  You worked so hard and we appreciate everything!

August 8, 2015

Maureen Gyger

I really wanted to thank you for your help during the planning and on the day of Darragh and Garrett’s wedding!!   Thanks so much for orchestrating all of Darragh’s wishes and visions and for putting up with our craziness on that day.  Especially with Darragh’s nerves!

August 1, 2015

Joan Castelloe

My daughter was married there in early August.  The location is beautiful, the food delicious and the staff is wonderfully accommodating.  I strongly suggest that you consider the location for your wedding.  You will not be disappointed!

September 24, 2015

Breaking with Wedding Cake Traditions

The most famous of cake quotes, “Let them eat cake”, does not have to apply to wedding cakes anymore. Either in the big city, or herein the Smoky Mountains, I am pleased to say that brides and grooms are stepping out of the “cake box” and getting creative in choosing their wedding cakes or wedding desserts. With so little understanding of the tradition of wedding cake and what it has meant through the ages, couples are free to come up with traditions of their own.

Some traditions are best forgotten? A bride today would never go for the wedding cake or bread as used 2000 years ago, to be broken over her head by her groom to show his dominance over her as they did in Roman times. Stacked, sweet buns were popular in medieval times and brought the bride and groom together by them kissing over the top. From the 17th to the 19th century, minced and meat pies were customary, meat being a luxury much like sugar. As refined sugar was introduced to Victorian England, cakes were developed to showcase a family’s wealth and the virginal state of the bride. It is only in the last 100 years that a couple cuts the cake together as their first act of unity.

Today’s couples are choosing a smaller version of a wedding cake and offering cupcakes instead. We have hosted weddings where family members were asked to bring their specialty dessert. Guests were lined up to sample Aunt Connie’s Rum cake, Great Grandma’s Pecan Tarts and Mom’s Coconut cake. This personal touch reflected the bringing together of both families in a “sweet” way. Pies and cobblers are making a huge comeback, a common wedding dessert in Pioneer days. One of our Destination Brides is having a Rice Crispy Cake we had posted on facebook. She wanted an easy, fun and inexpensive alternative to cake.

Some traditions are worth keeping, the cutting of the cake, hand over hand, in the promise to support and nurture one another. Feeding of the cake symbolizes love, honor and respect for each other, so….no smashing of cake! The final tradition, another symbol of respect and love, the serving of cake to each others parents is worth keeping. I challenge you to test the boundaries of all things sweet until you find what is meaningful for you.

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North Carolina Mountain Wedding Venues, Golf & Fine Dining featured on “Road Trippin” in Waynesville NC

Laurel Ridge Country Club was recently featured on WLOS-TV13’s (local ABC affiliate in the Asheville, NC Mountains) special summer series “Road Trippin’” focusing on Laurel Ridge’s unique North Carolina Mountain Wedding Venues, championship golf in North Carolina mountains & fine dining.

 Mountain  Golf At It’s Finest

The video segment (link below) showcases the unique niche that Laurel Ridge fills to golf North Carolina mountain style.  Not only does it demonstrate the challenging and meticulously groomed golf course, but it also highlights the closeness of the club to towns and cities in the area. Despite this closeness, the golf course provides isolation so that you can enjoy the solitude of the golf game and the beauty that only NC Mountain golf can provide, while also occasionally running into other golfers for a brief, friendly banter about your game; then continuing your day of golf that gives you the feeling of truly “having a day away” on one of the best Mountain Golf Courses in North Carolina.  Come golf North Carolina mountains today!

Fine Dining At Rosemary & Thyme Restaurant

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Enjoy Fine Dining at Rosemary & Thyme

After golf, you can return to the clubhouse and have a refreshing beer, mixed drink, glass of wine or other beverages and talk with your friends or other golfers, sharing a few laughs  about the fun day you had. Take time to enjoy one of the great lunch or dinner entrees from Rosemary & Thyme Restaurant to satisfy your appetite.   It may also be a great opportunity to enjoy one of Chef’s  Specials which vary weekly, featuring everything from prime rib, broiled Maine lobster, Angus beef steaks and fried catfish, to southern favorites such as pot roast and fried chicken.  Flying Pasta is a member favorite; guests  choose from the large selection of fresh ingredients and Chef prepares the dish to order before your eyes.  All Rosemary & Thyme’s delicious and unique options are prepared with local  ingredients when possible. Also available are catering takeout menus to share with family and friends. The incredible staff are always willing to work with you on special requests to make sure your experience  is  memorable.

NC Mountain Wedding Venues

The feature with WLOS-TV13 also focuses on the special events and destination weddings hosted at Laurel Ridge. This spring and summer has been busy with rehearsal dinners, indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies, and receptions.  Our staff of professionals make sure each event is filled with special memories in a backdrop that looks as if it were painted by one of the great art masters.

North_Carolina Mountain_Wedding_ Many brides and grooms choose their NC mountain wedding ceremony to be held in Amber’s Arbor, the perfect, scenic spot for your outdoor wedding ceremony with the gorgeous pond full of koi and the beautiful greens of the golf course and NC Mountains in the background.   If an indoor ceremony is preferred, vows can be exchanged in front of the towering windows within the rustic yet elegant clubhouse, also featuring golf course views and a backdrop of the NC Mountains.  The clubhouse’s panoramic views, vaulted ceilings, rustic design, large fireplace and hardwood floors attract many brides and never fail to impress guests.

After the wedding ceremony, allow our staff of professionals to create the perfect ambiance for your NC mountain wedding reception, either in the beautiful Piedmont Room, the outdoor, open-air pavilion or one of our smaller banquet rooms. The staff  can provide customized Wedding Packages to fit any budget or size.   Whether the bride and groom choose a buffet or a plated meal for their reception dinner, our Chefs and event planner will work with you to pick out a menu of your choosing.   Some favorites from the Chef include local Mountain Trout, stuffed chicken breasts, prime rib, Parmesan salmon and fresh local produce. Following the symbolic cutting of the cake, a DJ can provide music for  guests to dance the night away.  When the day is complete, the happily married couple may leave surrounded by sparklers providing them with a fiery send off underneath the stars.  The beauty of Laurel Ridge Country Club, combined with the impeccable service and food, provides the perfect North Carolina mountain wedding venues.

NC Mountain Event Venue

Private events are our specialty and we provide event space and exceptional catering through our restaurant and catering service, Rosemary and Thyme, for all occasions, large or small.  From baby showers, business luncheons, anniversary or birthday parties, rehearsal dinners, reunions or high school proms to fundraising events, Laurel Ridge has full time event planners on staff to assist you with planning your event.

For more information, visit our website http://www.laurelridgegolf.com/ or Facebook page, Laurel Ridge Weddings and Special Events, or call (828) 452-0545 or email events@laurelridgegolf.com where our events planning staff can assist you with memberships, golf outings, package prices for planning your special day or event or answer any questions you might have.

Destination Weddings in the Great Smoky Mountains

The beauty of the mountains and southern hospitality combine to create the perfect venue for your Destination Wedding at Laurel Ridge Country Club.  The rustic elegance of the clubhouse, open-air pavilion and new outdoor wedding arbor overlooking the golf course and pond offer many choices for your ceremony, reception and rehearsal dinner.  And our impeccable service and food will definitely impress your guests.  Be inspired by other weddings and view comments by visiting our website and Facebook!

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Wedding Planning Tips

Tips for Planning a Mountain Wedding

NC Mountain WeddingsAs if weddings are not wonderful enough, mountain weddings are spectacular, iconic, awe-inspiring and they offer venue, food and design opportunities that are hard to match in an urban environment. Mountain weddings also offer unique challenges in terms of logistics. We’ve included a few steps to get your mountain wedding planning process started and perhaps the most important place to start is to recommend that you keep things fun!

Hire a planner.

It should be fun to plan your wedding. After you’ve announced your engagement and toasted with champagne and handled the congratulations phone calls, you and your fiance should take a week or two and really talk about what you would like your wedding to look and feel like. A good planner will save you time, money and hours of stress.

Set a budget.

Once you have decided what planner to work with start sketching out a budget. Your planner will be able to guide your plan and show you where to save and where to spend. Setting a budget is vital before you select your venue.

Start Your Pinterest Board.

NC Mountain Wedding Planning TipsPinterest is a great tool for design. It allows you to save your photos (instead of trying to remember which wedding blog your dream bouquet was in) and share inspirations with your vendors. Seeing 20-25 inspirational photos enables your wedding vendors to see what you love. With that information – you are setting everyone up for success.

Create a Top Three List.

Every couple is unique and each wedding has different priorities. Sit down with your future spouse and write down the top three most important elements for your wedding. Compare lists and compromise. If your fiance chooses bar, band and food and you have chosen band, food and decor – it only makes sense to find a venue known for their chef and menu with a reception space ready for a band. Put these lists somewhere you can both see them and revisit them from time to time. Remember what matters to the two of you.

Find the Venue.

NC Mountain Wedding VenuesNow you can find your dream mountain wedding location. With the budget, vision and priorities in mind, your wedding planner will be able to easily guide to a spectacular mountain venue. This will save you hundreds of driving miles and several weekend scouting trips!

Weather Plan.

Always always always have a back up weather plan. There’s an old saying in the North Carolina Mountains. If you don’t like the weather, hang around for thirty minutes, because it will change. Those of us who call the NC Mountains “home” can tell you that we’ve seen sunny & mild June mornings that turn into a surprise snow by noon.Work with your wedding planner to create a weather plan and establish exactly how it will be communicated to your wedding party, vendors and guests. Make sure that you have allowed adequate time for reception rooms to be reset by the catering staff and for the florists to move any outdoor decor to your indoor location. Explore and plan for the worst case scenarios . . . and hope for sunshine.

Consider Your Guests and Altitude.

Although you and your honey may have no problem hiking above timberline or taking a chairlift – consider your guests. Have alternate transportation, and encourage everyone to enjoy the mountains at their own pace.

Consider the Elements When Buying Your Dress.

If you are planning to get married outside, consider what the ground will do to your train. If you are getting married on grass, consider a shoe with a wedge heel (or cowboy boots – what can I say – they are functional) and always have a wrap or coat that compliments your dress. It gets chilly when the sun goes down!

Outdoor Mountain Ceremonies.

There are 3 must haves for North Carolina Mountain outdoor ceremonies. Have water available for your guests. Have sunscreen available for your guests (even 30 minutes at 4,000′ elevations can do a number on you!) and consider offering the ladies parasols (there are several options for renting).

Have Fun.

There may be a little more wind than you planned for. You may have forgotten your veil at home. No matter what hiccups may occur, your mountain wedding should be fun. Remember what is important to you and your new husband and trust in your planner, venue and the rest of your wedding team to make your day spectacular.The team and wedding coordinators at Laurel Ridge Country Club would like to invite you to contact them about hosting your special day in the mountains of Waynesville, North Carolina.We’ll help you handle everything and make your wedding day a spectacular one.Click HERE to visit this beautiful NC MOUNTAIN WEDDING VENUE

New Outdoor Wedding Arbor

The picturesque setting overlooking the pond and golf course will soon be home to a new Outdoor Wedding Arbor.  The soon-to-be-completed structure will complement the post and beam style of our clubhouse and open-air pavilion.  Brides are going to love this!

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