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Written by Hazeltine National on May 20, 2015 2:46:11 PM

Essential Elements for a Successful Wedding

The possibilities seem endless when it comes to planning a wedding. Themes and styles can dictate many of the preparations, and those all come down to the wishes of the couple. Still, no matter how much you customize your big day, there are still some essentials in any wedding plans. So, here is our advice on how to handle five must-have items for your wedding day.

CoupleSpeech.jpgProfessional Photographer

Having a professional photographer capture all the spectacular memories of your wedding day is a must. However, make sure that you find the right photographer for you and your future spouse. Consider these questions when you’re deciding who to hire: Can they do the style you want? Are they strictly a “posed” photographer, or can they shoot candid photos? Is their work traditional or contemporary?

Ask to view an entire completed wedding album, so you can see this person’s work in another way besides highlights on their website. Remember that the best photographer for your wedding may not be the one that’s the most expensive.


Choose a videographer for your wedding who will go beyond capturing the ceremony. A digital copy of your ceremony is nice, of course, but wouldn’t it also be fun to have a highlight reel of your wedding day? You’ll be able to relive so much more about the experience than the vows, because you may not go back and watch the full ceremony very often, but a highlight reel might be more fun to play over and over. Who knows, you might look at that highlight reel even more than the still photos in a traditional wedding album.


The decorations at your reception venue can really bring out the theme for the special day. Flowers are a traditional and obvious place to start. But what kind do you want? Which colors? Should flowers be just for centerpieces or spread all around the venue? You could even scatter flower petals along the aisle. The possibilities could go on and on, from tablecloths to candles, decorative letters representing the couple’s initials and using fabric to make the backs of chairs look radiant.

Delicious Food

What’s a wedding reception without mouth-watering food? Choosing a caterer is probably a good idea, but make sure you’re comfortable with the company and that it can help serve the food to fit your wedding style or theme. Menus can vary from simple to extravagant, depending on your taste and budget. A cocktail reception in-between the ceremony and dinner is a nice option, allowing guests to relax and visit before the formal dinner. Along with beverages, a variety of hors d’oeuvres are a nice touch to quiet any grumbling stomachs before the meal. Dinner can either be a buffet or sit-down meal, depending on your preferences.

Whatever the option, work with the caterer or chef to choose food options you and your guests will enjoy. Insist on a tasting, to test the dishes you’re choosing, because although guests may never actually see or hear the “menu names” for the food you’re serving, they will certainly remember the flavor.

Good Music

Whether it’s a DJ or a band, choose the option that will help achieve the desired mood. Do you want everyone to get up and dance? Or maybe have a playlist of love songs? Or you may prefer simple background music to add to the ambiance.

Once you make that choice, make sure the DJ or musicians are coming from a reputable company – and if you pick a DJ service, don’t just settle for knowing the name of the DJ who will pump up the jams at your wedding. Ask questions beforehand. How many weddings has that DJ done? How long has he or she been with the company? How will this person work with you and your partner when it comes to developing the playlist?

While DJs are commonly the ones running the music at weddings, that doesn’t mean you have to rule out live music either. Good wedding bands will keep the dance floor full of reception guests all night long. Strive for a memorable musical experience that will make your wedding stand out from “the usual.”

Learn about Weddings at Hazeltine

Hazeltine National Golf Club is a private golf club located in Chaska, Minn., about 30 minutes southwest of downtown Minneapolis. The club opened in 1962 with a mission to build and maintain a golf course suitable for the conduct of national championships. Hazeltine is one of only two courses in the United States to have hosted the U.S. Open, PGA Championship, U.S. Senior Open, U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Amateur, and Ryder Cup. Hazeltine’s meeting and event space, golf shop and specified services in the learning center are open to the public. More information about becoming a member at Hazeltine is available at www.hazeltinenational.com.

Topics: Weddings