Golf Course Wedding Guide
It finally happened: you found the love of your life, and now you're planning your wedding. Who knew planning a wedding would come with so many obstacles? You've sat down to begin the planning stages, and realize there's so much to do.
One of those things you must do is decide on the venue. There are so many great venues to choose from, how will you know what to pick? Have you thought of a golf course wedding?
A golf course is an excellent venue for a wedding. Imagine the beautiful green hills rolling in the distance and the country club environment. It's time to plan a golf course wedding!
Where should you begin? There are many great golf course wedding tips found in our golf course wedding guide below. Continue reading to get started!
Start With the Biggest Details
When you're planning any type of wedding, you need to give yourself time. Don't try to cram all of your wedding planning into just a few short months. Instead, start as early as possible to reduce stress.
Then, start with the big stuff. For example, you should set your date, finalize the guest list, and get your dress picked out all in the beginning stages. Eventually, you'll also need to pick out your venue and send out the invitations.
Once you get all of the big details out of the way, you can then start looking at the smaller details. What type of cake do you want to have? What will your table toppers be?
What type of flowers do you want? Don't forget that many country clubs offer guests the option of hosting the wedding on the green or inside the clubhouse. Which is the right fit for your wedding?
Come Up With Your Budget
Don't forget to think about your budget as well. What's your wedding budget and how will each expense fit into it? Figuring out different price points for certain things can take a lot of effort and research, but its' worth it to ensure you have everything you need and want all within your price point.
One of the good things about choosing a golf course venue is the fact that you can host the wedding and the reception all in the same place. This makes budgeting a bit easy and makes it easier on all your wedding guests as well. Your budget is a big part of your wedding and you'll want time to get everything right.
It's also beneficial to work with wedding planners and coordinators who can help you sort out all of these details.
Don't Hesitate to Ask For Help
Planning a wedding isn't always an easy task. There will be many challenges along the way. It's not uncommon for partners planning a wedding to feel overwhelmed or stressed.
When this happens, don't hesitate to ask for help. There is help available to you. The more help you have, the more successful your wedding ceremony and reception will be.
Your wedding day is a special time for you and you deserve to be able to enjoy it without having to worry about also hosting it at the same time. Ask your golf course venue for a wedding/event coordinator or planner to help you plan your wedding. They'll be able to provide you with one who knows all the ins and outs of planning a wedding at that venue.
Then, don't forget to recruit the help of friends and family members as well.
Think About the Needs of Your Guests
You'll want to consider the needs of your guests as well. If you have guests traveling from a far distance, then can you provide them with discounted accommodations? You should ask the golf course if they can offer any special deals or discounts on nearby hotels.
Think of some of the other needs of your guests and how you might be able to make your wedding an entire weekend event for everyone to truly enjoy. Your wedding planner should be able to provide you with some great ideas.
Choose the Right Golf Course
You know you want to have a golf course wedding, but what golf course will you choose? It's essential to take your time when selecting the right golf course venue for your wedding. There are several different golf courses that will allow weddings on their properties, but do they specialize in hosting wedding events?
This is something you should ask before making a final decision. Then, be sure to ask what's included with the venue. Take the time to read online reviews from past weddings and browse through their websites to learn more about the venue as a whole.
You can also contact the golf course and ask several questions regarding their event venue and wedding options.
Put Together a Golfing Event
Your guests might be disappointed if they attend your golf course and wedding and don't get to play a few rounds of golf. Let's be honest, you might feel a bit disappointed as well. Because you're planning an amazing golf course wedding, you should consider putting together a golfing event as well.
If your wedding is over the course of several days, then you can schedule one day for a golfing event. Ask the golf course about different time slots they have available for you to bring some of your guests out to the green and hit a few balls. If they're able to set up an entire golfing event for you on that day, then even better.
Your wedding guests will love having a free day to play a few rounds of golf and it really brings the entire experience together.
Prepare Your Photography
Another essential aspect of wedding planning is hiring a photographer. Because you're going to host your wedding at such a stunning venue, you might want to take the time to walk around and explore. Survey the entire golf course and look for areas where you believe would make some great photo ops.
Do this ahead of time so you and your photographer already know exactly where you want to go for the photos. This will make the process much quicker on your actual wedding day. Plus, you'll have checked out the entire property, so you won't miss any great spots.
Consider Easy Meal Choices
Have you already thought of what meals you want to serve? Choosing the food can be a difficult task. How will you know what all of your guests like?
What if some guests are vegan or need gluten-free options? Sometimes, the best route to take is to choose easy meals. Think about what you and your partner like first.
The two of you are the main priority. Then, you can set the food up buffet style so people can pick and choose what they want to eat from what's offered. If you know you need specific types of options for your guests, then you can throw a few different things in there to ensure everyone has something to eat.
Always be sure to speak with the venue as well to see what food options they can provide to you and the best way of going about it.
Create a Fairytale For You and Your Partner
The final piece of advice when golf course wedding planning is to make it all about you and your partner. The two of you deserve that fairytale evening you've both been dreaming of. Throughout the planning process, you'll be given lots of advice from a wide variety of people.
Always listen and be kind, but always put your wants and needs before anything else. It's your special day and no one else's. It's important that the two of you get exactly what you both want.
When you need help planning certain aspects of the wedding, don't hesitate to get in touch with the wedding coordinator/planner. They'll be the best person to go to with your ideas in order to bring them to life.
You Can Plan a Golf Course Wedding Today
If you've been dreaming of the ideal wedding, then you'll want to consider all the wonderful benefits of a golf course wedding. Use all of the helpful information listed above to plan a golf course wedding of your dreams. At the Country Club of Ocala, we look forward to hosting your wedding.
We offer a full range of catering options and can provide you with an experience like no other. When you're in need of help with the planning, our event coordinator will help you with every detail of your wedding. Are you ready to schedule the date and learn more about how the Country Club of Ocala can create the wedding you've envisioned?
Contact us today to request more information.