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If you’re looking for a wedding venue that is a combination of beautiful scenery and exclusive facilities, a golf club wedding might just be perfect for you. Golf clubs are usually situated in picturesque countryside and they have immaculately maintained grounds, meaning your guests can enjoy an al fresco glass of champagne as they admire the view.
Many golf clubs are now specially designed to hold events such as weddings and come equipped with gorgeous function suites, on site catering, and complete wedding packages for you to choose from. Some clubs are licensed to hold civil ceremonies and many even have their own wedding co-ordinator to make sure your day goes with a swing.
A golf club wedding would be particularly special if you and your fiancée are interested in golf, and you could even incorporate the sport into your wedding theme. We’re not suggesting that the groom arrives at the ceremony in plus fours, but perhaps you could name the tables with golfing terms such as ‘the fairway’ and ‘the fringe’.
Your bombonieres could be tiny golfing bags with chocolate clubs, or simply five chocolate golf balls in a small box or bag. Your escort cards could be attached to miniature flags like the ones used to mark the location of the hole, and your seating plan could be laid out like a golf course. Your invitations could have a simple golfing motif such as crossed clubs, and you could send save the date fridge magnets in the shape of golf balls.
If you are having your ceremony and reception at the same place and don’t see the need for a fancy wedding car, you could ask to borrow a golf buggy to transport you and your new husband around the course. As well as some fantastic photo opportunities, this adds a fun element to your wedding, and may save you a few dollars at the same time.
The scenery surrounding a golf club should provide a perfect backdrop for wedding photos, but the course itself might also give your photographer some inspiration. A romantic shot of the two of you teeing off together at the first hole just as the sun sets could be magical. For a more humorous picture, have the groom bent double under two heavy bags of clubs as the bride merrily takes a swing without a care in the world.
Try to set up an area where your guests can have their photos taken, either with a digital camera to be used as a slide show, or a Polaroid camera so the photos can be pinned to a notice board. Provide clubs and golfing paraphernalia for them to use in the photos and be prepared for a really good display.
Whether you choose the Green Acres Golf Club in Melbourne, St. Michaels Golf Club in Sydney or the Meville Glades Golf Club in Western Australia, golf club weddings are becoming very popular, so include your local clubs on your list of venues to visit. If any of your close family are long standing members of a local club, find out whether they do weddings; you may even get a discount.