Golf Club Wedding Venue Tips for Noteworthy Nuptials
You've found the love of your life. You've picked out the ring, and they said 'yes.' Now, you just have to plan the wedding.
Wedding planning tends to be stressful for all parties involved, mostly because there's so much to figure out, but we're here to help. While we can't pick out your cake for you or rent a tuxedo or hire a limousine, we can help you find and prepare a location.
There are a lot of great places to perform a wedding, but one option that's both classy and romantic is a country club wedding. Maybe you're considering a country club as a venue, but need some help with the details.
We're here to help. Here are some great tips on how to make your wedding really stand out.
1. Pick the Right Venue
A country club wedding obviously needs the right country club, so it's best to analyze your needs first. You might want to arrange a tour of the club so you can learn more about it and find some answers to your most pressing questions.
For instance, how big of a wedding are you planning to have? Will there be a lot of guests? Can this place hold them all?
Perhaps the most important thing to consider is whether or not you can afford it. One of the worst things you can do in a marriage is to start it off with debt you don't need.
2. Club Services
Country clubs tend to offer great benefits, such as catering and decoration. It all depends on the club, but sometimes you can consult with the club to help plan the menu.
Not all country clubs have set-in-stone requirements for what they serve at catered events, but some do. Many others have rules about whether or not you can have a third party cater or decorate for the event.
That being said, the country club itself should have some amazing food and drinks. That is part of the reason people go there, after all.
In addition to the meals, there's also the scenery to think of. Country clubs tend to be very elegant and beautiful, which is perfect for weddings. Since this awesome atmosphere is more or less built-in, you may not have to do much for decorations.
3. The Vendors
The thing about caterers, bands, florists and various other people involved in weddings is that they have a job. The motivational phrase 'always be closing,' popularized in the movie Glengarry Glen Ross, comes to mind.
While most experts question whether that's a good idea, there is some truth to it. Anybody who sells any product or service has the goal of making the sale and earning their paycheck. To this end many of them may be willing to work with you and accommodate some additional requests you might have.
Vendors can also be a great resource. They work in this business so it only makes sense that they'd know a lot about it. If you ever have trouble finding a caterer, a band, a florist, or really anything, try asking a vendor you're already using.
Sometimes, they'll be able to point you in the direction of a good vendor they've worked with before. You may even want to mention the name of the person or service who referred you to the vendor. Chances are, it won't change anything regarding price or services, but you never know.
4. Dealing with Rain
One thing a lot of happy couples and wedding guests fear is a rainstorm. If you want to go full Notebook and have one of the most romantic days of your life take place in the pouring rain, there's nothing wrong with that.
However, most of us are less spontaneous and adventurous and prefer to have a backup plan. Usually, this involves moving the wedding inside or just going inside to wait out the rain.
Though far easier, this last option can be problematic. Rain can't always be predicted, and sometimes it lasts quite a while. Nobody should have to reschedule their wedding because of a little rain--a hurricane, sure, but not a harmless rainstorm.
5. Wedding Size
A lot of people want a big, glamorous wedding filled with guests and decorations. However, others don't.
For some of us, weddings are like Christmas or Thanksgiving. It's supposed to be about those we love and inviting a bunch of people we barely know ruins that.
There's nothing wrong with wanting a big wedding, but there's also a lot to be said for quiet, more personal ceremonies. For what it's worth, smaller weddings are also less expensive, and any extra money can always go to the honeymoon.
One potential issue with having your wedding or wedding reception in a country club is that you can't book a country club, at least not with any reasonable amount of money. This means that there will probably be other guests in different rooms.
Since these people don't want to be disturbed, the country club will request that you abide by certain rules. Oftentimes, this will include a noise restriction, so you can't play your music too loud.
If that's a problem, you should pick someplace else. Don't feel guilty about it, either. Being able to make as much noise as you want on your wedding day is a reasonable request. You're not asking for the earth to stand still. You just want a private party where nobody is going to tell you what to do. If you're not causing any trouble, who cares?
Having a Great Golf Club Wedding
A country club or golf course wedding can be a great idea, but it comes with a lot of things to consider. You'll have to look into what services the club offers and what rules you would have to abide by.
You'll also need to determine who you're hiring and how many people will be invited. Where do you want to have the wedding and how will you deal with rain?
Sure, it's a lot of work, but being with someone you love for the rest of your life is worth it.