Everything You Need to Know for Planning Golf Course Weddings
Are you looking to combine your big day with your love of golf? Do you want your wedding to have the perfect blend of luxury and natural beauty? If so, then you need to learn all you can about planning golf course weddings.
Doing so can give you and your future spouse the wedding you've always wanted. You'll be able to set up an entire weekend full of memorable experiences and, of course, a ceremony and reception that you'll cherish.
See below for an in-depth guide on planning golf course weddings and how you can achieve the big day you've always dreamt of.
1. Create a Must-Have List
Everyone has wedding features that they've dreamt of since they were little. For example, the bride likely imagined herself in a beautiful wedding dress. The groom likely imagined himself in a strapping suit with his groomsmen by his side.
Then there are other aspects of the wedding, such as the setup for the ceremony, the DJ that would run the show at the reception, whether or not there will be a cash bar, etc.
Before you get too far into your wedding planning, be sure to start by creating a list of your "wedding must-haves". This will help you in the next stage (budgeting).
Take the time to sit down with your fiancé and discuss all of the items and aspects that are important for you. For example, you might want to spend more on the photographer to ensure beautiful pictures you can enjoy for years to come.
Think about things you want to have at the venue as well. Do you have someone in mind to officiate your wedding? Do you need to hire a wedding planner or does the golf course already have an event planner on staff?
2. Construct a Golf Course Wedding Budget
If you aren't careful, planning a wedding can cause significant financial stress on you and your future spouse. That can cause your marriage to get off to a rough start.
Here's where we're going with this: it's always advantageous to start wedding planning off with a golf course wedding budget. Get a feel for how much your ideal venue, such as Blue Sky, will cost, then use that to create a realistic budget for you and your spouse to follow.
Use that previously-mentioned list of your "wedding must-haves" you've constructed to prioritize the items on your wedding budget.
Creating a budget will help hold you accountable throughout this process. You'll be able to construct the perfect golf course wedding and weekend away without breaking the bank.
One more tidbit of advice on this: ignore the noise. You'll have people (relatives, bridesmaids, wedding planners, etc.) telling you everything you need to have for your wedding. Only purchase/rent what's important to you two.
3. Secure the Big Three
Now that you have your golf course wedding budget finalized, it's time to take action. As with any other type of wedding, you want to make sure and lock down the "big three" details first: the date, the venue, and the guest list.
The first two are interchangeable, depending on what's important to you. For example, if you want a certain date (such as the day you started dating), you can find a venue that has availability.
We recommend focusing on the venue first. That way, you're ensuring that you have a golf course that's experienced with weddings and can help you create the perfect big day.
Once you have that set in stone, you'll be able to create a guest list. Be warned, many brides prefer to the guest list as the most stressful part of the planning process.
4. Plan the Details
After you have the venue and date set, you can also start to work out the finer details of that weekend. The top priority is finding a hotel for your guests to stay at.
Many hotels, especially ones by golf courses, will be able to offer you a wedding block for that day with special rates if the guests book in advance.
If you aren't sure where to look, as the event planner at your golf course. They'll likely have a few hotels that they've built great relationships with that they can direct you to.
5. Customize the Wedding
In the end, there are only two people whose opinions matter: yours and your fiancé's. While you're sure to hear two cents from everyone else, you have the freedom to customize your wedding and reception however you'd like.
Use this guide from Martha Stewart's website as a wedding day checklist of all the items you should consider adding to different aspects of your big day.
Remember, almost all the items on this list are optional, not mandatory. You get to pick and choose what items you wish to include, and which ones aren't your style.
Planning Golf Course Weddings: Use Blue Sky as Your Guide
Now that you've seen an in-depth guide to use while planning golf course weddings, be sure to use this information wisely.
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