Should You Have Your Wedding at a Golf Course?

If you’re getting married, you’ve probably already had the wedding venue talk: Indoor or Outdoor? Intimate Gathering or Huge Party? Timeless or Modern? All-Inclusive or Bring Your Own Vendors?

Fortunately, golf courses and country clubs offer it all. Here are the Pros and Cons to having your wedding at a golf course.

PROS

Everything is included

We mean everything. Most courses and country clubs have all-inclusive wedding packages that cover food, flowers, table decorations, bridal and groom getting-ready suites, DJs, photo booths, chairs, dance floors, you name it. Buying packages can get you discounts on things that could otherwise cost a fortune if purchased individually. Courses have lists of preferred vendors that they’ve worked with, and will vouch for their awesomeness.

Your pictures will be on stunning, manicured lawns

One of the things golf courses have perfected to a science is keeping their greens, well, very green. Your photographs will have flawless backdrops. Most courses have a variety of natural features such as waterfalls, trees, flowering plants, and sloping landscapes. Plus, a course with a fantastic clubhouse creates all sorts of additional picture opportunities.

There’s staff a-plenty

At a golf course, you’re well-equipped for a seamless event. Depending on the course you choose, you could have coordinators, chefs, valet services, servers and hosts, and event directors all supplied by the course. They’ll be familiar with the property and be held accountable not only by you, but also by the golf course.

CONS

Your wedding is at the mercy of the weather

If you chose a golf course as your venue, it’s probably because you wanted an outdoor ceremony. That means you’ve gotta prepare for possible weather problems. Ensure that your golf course has a backup plan for rainy days and stormy weather.

You might have to share

Ever hear about a stray golf ball flying into a wedding ceremony? It’s more common than you’d think. Try to book a course that can black out your date and keep golfers off the greens during your ceremony time. The last thing you want on your big day is a stray Titleist landing in your wife’s bouquet, or worse, your great-grandmother’s lap.

This ain’t no backyard affair

Golf course weddings are not typically cheap. You’ll get a lot of bang for your buck, but there will definitely be bucks. If you’re looking at country clubs, the cost may be even higher. Golf courses provide convenient, time-tested, reduced-stress ways to have stunning and well-coordinated weddings. That might just be worth the expense.

No wedding in your near future? For more ways to use your home course, read Making the Most of Your Golf Course.

To search for golf course or country club wedding venues in your area, visit Country Club Receptions.

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