2013 Brides Choice Award
Thursday, January 10, 2013

 We are very excited to have won this award!!!We would like to Thank all of our past and upcoming brides for letting us be a part of their Very Special Day.Courtyard on the Ridge Strives to make their day a memorable one. New Orleans Wedding Recetptions without the hassel of safety or parking for your guests with Authentic New Orleans Cuisine.

Wedding Vendor Recommendation: Dream Catcher Photography
Monday, August 13, 2012
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Although we work with some amazing New Orleans wedding photographers, one of our favorites is Dream Catcher Photography.  Dream Catcher Photography & Video is  by the husband-and-wife team of Celeste and Joe Mackenroth.  They specialize in a combination of photojournalistic as well as traditional-style wedding photography and video.  The great thing about their photography packages is that they include not only 7 hours of photography coverage on your wedding day, but also an engagement session with a custom-designed, sign-in photo album for your guests.   Plus, their wedding videos are captured in real time and always include an opening and closing montage that just seem to make moms cry. So if you're still looking for a New Orleans wedding photographer, make sure to visit thier website at http://www.photozzz.com/

5 Most Followed Wedding Traditions
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
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Have you ever wondered where popular wedding traditions, like "something borrowed and something blue" came from?  We did too!  In our search for the answer, we found something very interesting...most wedding traditions that American brides follow didn't originate here.  I guess that reiterates how much of a mixing pot the USA really is. "Something Blue" Here are the top 5 wedding traditions still followed today: White Wedding Dress - Queen Victoria of Great Britain wed Prince Albert in the 1980's, and made the white wedding dress popular.  Young women in England and America immediately began clamoring for white wedding dresses of their own. Whereas the white wedding gown had previously been a luxury of only the richest (it was, after all, a very difficult color to clean and maintain with nineteenth century technologies), more and more middle class brides were beginning to select white as their color of choice.  Now, the white wedding dress is a signature color for an American wedding. One Knee Wedding Proposal - The custom of proposing on one knee reaches as far back as the days of knighthood and chivalry when it was customary for a knight to dip his knee in a show of servitude to his mistress and his master. The knight would kneel before a tournament and wait for "his" lady to toss him her ribbon or colors, as an ...

How to Choose a Wedding Venue
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
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Did you know that where you get married reflects a lot about who you are as a couple?  Whether you and your fiancé love wine and must exchange vows at a vineyard or are sophisticated urbanites that can't imagine celebrating your nuptials anywhere but in a loft with nighttime views of the city, here are a few essential tenets for finding the picture-perfect location of your dreams. Self-contained locations - These are venues that provide all of the services you'll need at your wedding.  The Courtyard on the Ridge is a good example of this. From food and beverages to tables and chairs, china and even the wait-staff. These sites are ideal for the bride who wants convenience and ease when planning, because all of the services are coordinated centrally.Off-site locations - These locations provide few to no services, so all these details, from catering to party supply rentals, must be arranged separately. These locales, such as private homes, historic houses or a barn, are made for the bride who want the freedom to pick and choose vendors as they please.Ceremony & Reception in one locale - Logistically, it is often easier to hold the ceremony and reception at the same site. Plus, you may even save money when you don't have to move flowers and decor elements from the ceremony to the reception.  However, it is perfectly workable to have your ...

Spring Wedding in New Orleans
Sunday, March 25, 2012
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What a beautiful day to have a spring wedding in New Orleans.All of our gardens are in full bloom and the weather is perfect.The bride and groom had a police escort to Courtyard on the Ridge and everybody in the neighborhood knew that they had arrived!!The guests enjoyed corn and shrimp bisque, seafood pasta, courtyard catfish tenders to mention a few of the items. They sure enjoyed our very large dance floor to get out there and show their moves. If you are planning a spring wedding in New Orleans for next year do not wait too long as those dates are filling up fast.