Country clubs can be a perfect venue for your wedding, especially if you’re looking for an elegant style. They generally offer wedding packages that include tables and linens and have staff included to help with your big day. Before getting your heart set on a country club wedding there are several things you should take into consideration to help your planning go smoothly.
The first thing you should look at is whether the clubs near you allow non-members to host events. Obviously, if you’re already a member this is a non-issue. Some clubs are completely open to the public, some require you to be hosted by a member, and some only allow members.
Another consideration is the vendor situation. Some clubs require you to use their approved vendors only or charge a fee to use your own, which can drive up your event costs if the approved vendors are more expensive than others available in your area.
There are many advantages to using a country club for your wedding as well. Some courses offer a “back-up” area that can be used in the event of rain if you’re planning an outdoor ceremony or reception. Weddings at The Links Club at Spruce Creek include this plan-b option to alleviate as much stress as possible leading up to your big day. The gorgeous backdrops also make pictures extra memorable, and the lawns and outdoor areas are fantastic for lawn games to entertain your guests.
Country clubs usually pride themselves on offering a private experience for events, so you won’t likely see other members during your wedding if you’re planning an indoor event. Outdoor events may have spectators, as the golf course may still be in use. If complete privacy is important to you, consider an indoor reception and ceremony or discuss options with the event planner at the club prior to committing to the venue.
The size of your wedding party must be taken into account as well. For example, the options for the Victoria Hills Wedding Venue include both a smaller, intimate room for around 65 people or a larger more decadent room for 100+ guests. Having options on available rooms while you’re still finalizing your guest-list can be invaluable.
Clubs usually have beautiful rooms and grounds, so choosing to have your wedding at a country club can reduce your decor budget significantly. Using the decorations already in the room, such as chandeliers and expensive paneling, can make it so you don’t need to buy draping or other expensive elements. Sound systems may also be included in the package, further limiting the amount you’ll have to spend on these elements.
Rules & Regs
Keep in mind that the club may have rules and limitations on what you can do, especially during normal business hours. Check if there are limits on DJ volume, rules about caterers and other vendors, and any other limitations on decor or the event.
Getting ready at the country club may also be something that’s problematic. Ask about arrangements for the bridal party and groomsmen to get ready, as there may not be a room that can accommodate your entire party.
Meal service at a country club is generally delicious and can be served in a variety of styles, including sit down or buffet style. Discussing your options with the in-house chef will give you an idea of what is available, and they may be able to create a special menu to reflect your favorites.
Overall, a country club can be a fantastic choice for your wedding. Make sure you know what is included and allowed before signing the agreement and enjoy your special day in your beautiful country club venue.