We’ve all been to at least one “cookie cutter” wedding. Between the generic decorations, venue, and entertainment, it could fit anyone you know.
When it comes time for your big day, you want the wedding to reflect who you are as a couple. As much as you may love all the old wedding traditions, you want to infuse it with your own personality, too.
A great place to start is with an unconventional but beautiful venue: your local golf course. If you want to hit a hole in one with your golf course wedding, start with these planning tips.
Planning Tips for a Golf Course Wedding
Golf courses are full of potential for great weddings. Between their beautiful photo backdrops and, in many cases, their gorgeous indoor event spaces, it’s not hard to put together a picturesque day.
Still, there’s plenty of planning that goes having a stress-free, memorable and treasured wedding. Check out these tips.
1. Take the Planning Into Account
Perhaps you know you want a golf course wedding but you haven’t chosen a golf course yet. As you search, be sure to look beyond the visual appeal.
One key factor to consider is how involved the course will be in your planning. Some have their own event planners who will help you arrange everything venue-related, from the decor to the wedding catering. Others just rent the space to you and let you take it from there.
There are pros and cons to each of these, so it’s all about personal preference. A venue planner takes a lot of work off your plate, but you don’t have as much control over the details.
2. Know the Rules in Advance
All event venues have certain rules for their renters, but golf courses may be especially particular. For instance, if you’re having your wedding out on the course, expect very precise rules that prevent damage to the grounds.
Make sure you find out all the rules in advance. The last thing you want to do is spend a small fortune and precious time planning decorations and then find out you can’t use them.
3. Make Use of the Facilities
If your wedding is on a golf course, why not take full advantage? Consider planning some time for your guests to enjoy a few holes during the day.
Many weddings have a gap of time between the ceremony and the reception while the wedding party takes photos. The golf course could be perfect entertainment for your guests during that gap.
Of course, you’re sure to have some guests who aren’t fans of golf. Make sure they have some entertainment options to enjoy or a place where they can relax during this time, too.
4. Get the Guest List Limit
Another crucial piece of information you need to have early in the process is the guest limit. Depending on whether your wedding will be outside or inside, the course may have a specific limit of how many guests they can accommodate.
No one wants to end up un-inviting guests from their wedding. Before you promise your mom that you’ll invite all 20 of her co-workers, know what your limits are.
5. Specify a Dress Code
All you have to do is a bit of Instagram scrolling to see that there’s no longer a “standard” dress code for weddings. The venue, the couple, and the time all impact what your guests choose to wear.
With a golf course wedding, there’s some added confusion. Do your guests dress for a golf course or do they dress for a wedding? Is the wedding a casual affair out on the green or a more upscale event in the club house’s ballroom?
To give your guests a helping hand, make a note about the dress code. The guests will appreciate the ability to know that they’re dressing appropriately.
6. Have a Plan B
Many golf course weddings are outdoors, and why not? After all, you’re surrounded by gorgeous greenery, so you might as well use it.
With every outdoor wedding, though, there is a risk. Make sure you have a plan B ready to go in case it rains. The idea of getting caught in the rain might sound whimsical to you, but your guests may not appreciate it as much.
7. Get Vendors with Experience
At first glance, this seems obvious. No one wants a caterer who just learned how to boil water. We’re not talking about just any experience, though – we’re talking about experience with your golf course.
There are details that a vendor learns from experience at each particular venue: where to come in, who to contact about problems, what rules to follow, and more. The event will run more smoothly if your caterers, decorators, and other vendors already know how to work with your golf course.
Here’s an extra tip: when you book your venue, ask them if they have any recommendations. Many golf courses keep lists of the vendors they’ve worked with in the past.
8. Work With the Golf Course Theme
Every modern wedding needs a great theme, right? If you’re having a golf course wedding, you have it made in the shade when it comes to picking a theme.
Particularly if you’re a couple who loves to golf, embrace the sport as part of your wedding theme. Play it up by naming your tables with cute golf puns and adding other fun touches. Personalized golf balls make great party favors too. The possibilities are endless.
Creating a Picture Perfect Golf Course Wedding
With any wedding, one of the hardest parts of the planning process is decorating and dressing up your venue. With a golf course wedding, the setting is already so beautiful that most of the work is done for you.
Even still, there’s plenty of planning left to be done if you want a wedding day that reflects who you are as a couple. The tips above can give you a headstart.
Guest Post from Eagle Harbor Golf Course in Fleming Island, FL