By now, you’ve likely binge-watched the entire second season of “Bridgerton” on Netflix. If you’re feeling a bit of withdrawal, never fear. Netflix’s “The Queen’s Ball: A Bridgerton Experience” presented by Fever is visiting several cities this season. Fever invited us in to check out one of the balls in Los Angeles and share an honest review. We also chatted with other “members of the ton” to share their experiences with you as well.
Netflix’s The Queen’s Ball: A Bridgerton Experience
The event of the season can be found in Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington D.C. (Montreal, Quebec, is also hosting a fête of its own). The event in Chicago takes place at the courts of the XS Tennis and Education Foundation from April 2022 through June 2022. Various sessions are scheduled from Tuesdays through Sundays.
Washington D.C.’s ball takes place at the Whitfield Entertainment Group Studios with balls Tuesday through Thursday (at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.), Friday (4:30 p.m., 7 p.m., and 9:30 p.m.) and Saturday to Sunday (3 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.). The Los Angeles balls follow the same schedule as Washington D.C.
We attended the ball in Los Angeles, which was held at the truly stunning Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. Walking in, we could sense the night would best festive and maybe just a little magical—as though we’d somehow been transported to another dimension where the Regency Era and current times have blended in a spectacular way.
The location itself had some of the most beautiful interiors (especially the ballroom), which really helped provide the perfect setting. Influencer Francis Dominic attended at the same location and gushed about the setting and the inclusive vibe of the evening.
“The venue felt unreal. I truly felt transported as if I was in the "Bridgerton" Universe. It was magical and enchanting. I was living my “Diamond of the Season” fantasy. Like my Gay dreams could happen here too, and it wouldn’t be a problem. It would simply be praised.”
Many team members were in Regency-era-style livery, and those in modern clothes seemed to fade into the background. While the event was fully interactive, cast members typically stayed in full character, adding to the feeling that you’ve been transported to another time and place.
Influencer Briana Roecks also loved outfits chosen by all the guests, “I just loved seeing EVERYONE so into it. I didn’t expect so many men to be dressed up in their finery, but they were, and they all looked so handsome! It’s less of a challenge to convince ladies to dress up, but wow! Everyone looked so incredible! Truly magical if you ask me.”
“I did feel that there was a regency era authenticity with the venue being a perfect fit for the style of the event,” influencer Krystal Everdeen told us. “The costuming was immaculate, and the fact that nearly everyone dressed up for the occasion really helped with the immersion.”
Guests turned out in all sorts of formal attire and costumes—some choosing period-specific looks and others donning other historic-inspired pieces. “Most people were dressed in dresses and ball gowns that loosely resembled the style of the regency area, and some wore outfits that greatly resembled the style of the time, sporting a full costume and wig!” Everdeen elaborated.
“Those outfits were a lot of fun, but since most people don’t have those things at their disposal, they opted for a floor-length dress or ball gown, or slacks, a button-up shirt, and a blazer. I would say that those guests who had a full costume and wig went “all-out”, but I would also consider those who dressed up to the nines also went “all-out” with styling modern clothing in a regency-style. So be sure that you dress up if you attend!”
One thing to note—the evening itself has a storyline and a schedule on which it runs, so pay close attention to the movement to avoid missing anything. While your evening starts in the main hall, you’re able to join the presentation to the queen, participate in a portrait session, learn Regency Era dances and witness a romance unfold before your eyes.
More active guests might opt to stick with a General Admission ticket if they do not plan to sit for the show. Those hoping to enjoy the evening with a bit more leisure may opt to do the VIP ticket and enjoy a special elevated seating space for the show along with a glass of champagne.
One thing is for sure—don’t miss the show. “My favorite thing about the entertainment is that the audience was also part of it!” Roecks told us. “The queen was beautiful and regal, Lady Heretell was witty and sharp, and the dancers were enchanting and graceful, but the people watching was just as captivating!”
Our best suggestions—if you’re here mainly for photos, take those while others are being presented to the queen or right before the main show begins when most guests are in the ballroom. If you’re more concerned about the entertainment, have your photos taken ASAP and then find a good spot to enjoy the entertainment. And don’t worry if you don’t know any of the dances—learning is part of the experience.
The evening’s highlights seem to vary for everyone depending on their experience and level of interaction. “My favorite part of the night is the ending where you experience the show, the reveal of the “Diamond,” and the party after! It might’ve been only 90 minutes, but so many memories were made that night,” Dominic told me.
“The performances were stunning, and I wasn’t expecting it to be so interactive!” Everdeen told us. “There were times where guests needed to stay off the stage so that the performers could put on a show; then there were times where the performers would encourage guests to join them in a dance, then teach the guests the dance. I enjoyed how that made me feel like I was really part of the ball. The music was phenomenal as well.”
One sentiment that seemed to resound— many would return for a second Queen’s Ball if given the chance. “I would absolutely do it again! I need to!” Roecks said. “I didn’t even start the game to uncover who Lady Whistledown might be, and I’ve only tried one of the signature cocktails! And of course, I didn’t get NEARLY enough photos.”