How to Plan a Stress-Free Golf Course Wedding
We know what you’re thinking. Is a stress-free wedding even possible?
While you can’t completely avoid stress during wedding planning, a few tricks can help make sure you’re headed in the right direction of enjoying your wedding day. After all, out of all of your life events, a wedding is something that deserves a lot of your attention, and even a little bit of stress.
If planning, designing, and executing a spectacular wedding on a golf course has you a little nervous, we can help. Consider these pro tips to having the golf course wedding you’ve always dreamed of.
Allow Plenty of Time to Prepare
Are you celebrating a recent engagement? Congratulations! After celebrating your new commitment to love and marriage, it’s time to get a few important details figured out ASAP. Then you can focus on the little details to complete the big day.
First things first, select your wedding date far in advance. Once you get the date set, you can work with venues and vendors while having more time to make payments toward your final balance. The advanced preparation also ensures you get the location and vendors you want while giving your guests plenty of notice, especially for those making travel arrangements.
Consider a Golf Course Venue with All-Inclusive Wedding Packages
If you host a wedding reception on a beach, you have to bring absolutely everything. Not everyone wants to coordinate all the details and work required to make a wedding happen from scratch.
A wedding venue, like Eagle Harbor Golf Club, reduces the stress of dealing with the delivery of chairs, decorations, and more. Many venues offer complete wedding packages which provide tables, chairs, linens, and even dishware and flatware. They make sure everything arrives on time and is set up according to your specifications.
A venue can also take care of catering and serving food. This includes wait service staff to assist with serving the meal.
Work with Vendors Referred by Your Venue
Most venues offer a list of reputable vendors they work with who have a track record of amazing service and coordination. While it can sometimes be pricier, referred vendors come with a higher assurance of excellent service. Because these vendors are familiar with the venue, there are typically fewer questions for you to answer or hiccups in coordination on the day of your event.
Make an “Easy Meal” Choice
Offering a variety of meal options can be tempting, but also very expensive. Some guests may also have dietary restrictions which can make meal requests even more tricky.
The easiest way to go about meal selection is to choose a meal you and your partner love and serve it buffet-style. Guests can select what they want and leave the rest. Easy meal choices are much easier to coordinate and easier on the pocketbook.
If you decide to serve a full-plated dinner, let guests know in advance and consider offering one main meal for everyone with a vegetarian option available.
Trust the Advice of your Venue Coordinator
Your venue coordinator is there to help you make sure your wedding is a success. Trust their advice when they offer it because they’ve seen their fair share of weddings at the venue. They have a good idea of what works well and what doesn’t. Generally, you can trust their recommendations.
Go with Your Gut!
Weddings can get complicated fast with so many family members and friends offering their opinions while you’re in the decision-making process. Keep in mind, their preferences may not lead to planning the wedding of your dreams. If you invite too many decision makers into your wedding planning, it could lead to regrets.
Don’t focus too much on trying to impress your guests on your big date. Remember why you and your partner are throwing this grand party in the first place. Focus on what you as a couple want to see at your wedding and don’t try to please everybody else.
At Hampton Golf Clubs, we help brides and grooms plan their perfect country club wedding with our wedding venue coordinator experts. Learn more about the wedding options at Eagle Harbor Golf Club, in Fleming Island and contact us for more information.