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5 Practical Benefits of a Golf Course Wedding

Written by Jan Hillius on Sep 9, 2020 9:04:00 AM

Getting engaged is one of the most exciting moments of your life – followed immediately by a lot of work. After you’ve called all your closest family and friends to tell them the good news (and retold the story about a million times), it’s time to start planning your big day.

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Picking a venue has become an even more important part of planning your wedding these days. You want to find a place that has the space to conform to social distancing guidelines, but still offers a sense of normalcy. This is your big day, and you deserve to celebrate it with your loved ones.

Although a golf course wedding may not have crossed your mind before, it’s worth checking out. In fact, there are several surprise benefits of a golf course wedding you might not have considered. Here are a few:

One Day, One Location

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While you might think of a golf club as merely an elegant reception venue, it can be a beautiful site for your ceremony, too. Hosting both your ceremony and reception at one site is easier on you, your wedding party, and your guests for several reasons:

  • Your belongings stay at one location.
  • You only have to work with one staff.
  • You get more time with your guests.
  • Setup and teardown are seamless.
  • You don’t need to fund the cost of transportation between venues.
  • You can ask your stylist and makeup artist to meet you at the club.

Talk about efficiency!

Outdoor or Indoor Wedding Ceremony Options

Outside, the manicured grounds of a golf course offer a variety of spectacular options, regardless of the season. In spring and summer, the course is lush and green. As the leaves change in fall, Mother Nature shares her beautiful pallet of oranges, yellows, and reds. 

Inside, most golf clubs have pristine ballrooms, panoramic views of the course, and cozy fireplaces – any of which can be the perfect backdrop to say “I do.”

Always expecting the unexpected, the professional team at the club managing your big day can turn on a dime and move that outdoor wedding indoors when Mother Nature decides not to cooperate. Not all wedding venues are as adept or accommodating.

In-House Catering and Bar Services

Planning a wedding requires making hundreds of decisions – wedding day, venue, wedding party, guest list, music, colors, dresses, centerpieces, etc. – but with a golf course reception, catering and bar service are one decision you won’t have to make.

Instead of scrolling through countless caterers online and trying to specifically hire people to tend the bar, the golf course will provide it for you. The relief of having one less decision to make is matched only by the confidence in knowing the food will be delicious and the service will be friendly, professional, and hygienic.

Beautiful Scenery for Photo Ops

So we know the scenery at a golf course isn’t exactly an unexpected benefit, but it’s still worth noting in case it slipped your mind. If you’re looking for beautiful natural backdrops for your wedding day photos, there’s no better place than a golf course. 

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Spring will provide bright green trees that contrast well with the dark hues of the evergreens, and all sorts of foliage and flowers will be in bloom; the trees will be at their fullest and greenest in summer; fall brings a spectrum of yellow, orange, and red to curtain your wedding photos; and those dark evergreens will pop out against the snow-covered hills of the course in winter. At almost any golf course, you’re also likely to find a scenic pond with an adorable pedestrian bridge – imagine the wedding couple photos you can get there, not to mention family photos.

Professional Staff 

You should never underestimate the power of excellent customer service when it comes to your wedding day. From the moment you get engaged, you're going to spend several months planning every little detail – but when the day finally arrives, you don’t want to have to worry about any of those details yourself. That’s why you pick a venue with an exceptional staff. Golf club staff are some of the best in the business.

Like other vendors, club staff can answer questions you have relating to the venue leading up to the big day – but unlike off-site vendors, they're also onsite the day of your wedding to ensure everything runs smoothly. And because club staff are in the hospitality business, you can rest assured knowing they'll welcome your guests with the utmost respect and friendliness.

If you’re on the hunt for the perfect wedding venue, check out the schedule, venues, services, and wedding packages at your local golf clubs. There’s nothing like a golf course wedding in Minnesota. Happy hunting!

Jan Hillius
Sales & Catering Director

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Topics: Weddings