If you’ve known from the first tee that you wood spend the course of your lives together, these suggestions should help you avoid any bunkers in planning a par-fect golf-themed wedding.
Golf Theme Wedding Location Ideas
The perfect location for a golf-theme wedding and reception is a golf course or country club. The existing décor already sets the stage for your celebration. Remember to have a solid back up plan if you are planning to hold the ceremony and/or reception outside on an actual golf course.
Golf Theme Wedding Announcements & Invitations
Announce your engagement on cards that look like flags on a golf green! If you are planning a formal wedding, use an elegant invitation that has been printed on card stock that has a pattern similar to the indentations of a golf ball. Use a sheet of vellum paper to soften the look. To continue the theme, glue tiny “golf balls” (pearls) to the top of the invitation. The couple heading out for a day on the links will surely let your guests know how much fun is in store for them on your wedding day!
Golf Theme Wedding Colors
The color scheme should be white and green with subtle splashes of yellow and red. Think late spring or summer day at the golf course!
Golf Theme Wedding Ladies’ Attire
Your dress should be a simple summery dress. Consider a halter style or sleeveless dress with a detachable train. Pearl beading on your dress and a pearl encrusted tiara will go a long way toward reinforcing the golf ball theme! If your wedding is to be a casual affair, consider having golf attire made out of lace and satin. Attach veiling to a matching golf visor! Your bridesmaids should be dressed in a style that is similar to the bride. Consider green or yellow for their dresses or golf attire! Have them wear pearls as their jewelry to provide continuity to the theme.
Golf Theme Wedding Men’s Attire
Your groom will look very handsome in either a sports coat with a fun golf-themed tie or in traditional golf attire. Set him apart from the rest of the men in the wedding party by having him wear a different color tie or shirt. Again, the groomsmen and ushers should be dressed to complement the groom. If the wedding is casual, set the groom apart by honoring him with a golf cap that lets the world know that this is his big day!
Golf Theme Flower Girl’s Attire
Dress the flower girl in a simple summer dress, either in white or yellow. Have her carry a basket that has a large pearl (golf ball) as the focal point of the décor. An option to having her scatter loose flower petals might be to attach flower blossoms to golf tees and have her drop these on either side of the aisle.
Golf Theme Ring Bearer’s Attire
Dress the ring bearer in the style of a caddy—complete with knickers, sleeveless sweater vest, long sleeve shirt and argyle socks! Decorate the ring pillow with plastic white golf balls or golf charms. Another option might be to decorate the pillow with a golf flag and have the rings carried in on the flagpole.
Golf Theme Rehearsal Dinner Ideas
Instead of a traditional rehearsal dinner, hold a golf tournament the day before the wedding. Gather for a picnic at the end of the day to present the awards (attendants’ gifts) and for toasts to the bride and groom. Don’t forget the flower girl and ring bearer and all their hard work in making this a very special day!
Golf Theme Flowers/Decorations
Pew bows could have small round white flower balls attached to them or use golf flags on each pew. The bridal bouquet should be all white to resemble a golf ball. Accent the bouquets with stephanotis, gardenia, camellia, and orchids. The arrangements at the ceremony and reception site should be informal, as befitting a golf club.
Golf Theme Wedding Ceremony Accessories
Use indoor/outdoor grass/carpeting as an isle runner. Keep a supply of mini-pencils handy for your guests to send you their best wishes in your guest book. Attach tees to your unity candle to complement the links feel as you seal your wedding vows for now and for always. However, if your wedding is actually taking place on a golf course, consider sealing your vows with a shot for the hole together!
Gold Theme Wedding Transportation
Use “Just Married” decorations for the golf carts that will carry you and your wedding party from the ceremony site to the reception.
Golf Theme Wedding Reception Ideas
The 19th Hole of your favorite golf club is the ideal location for a golf themed wedding reception. The décor is already in place, and the room needs only a few added touches to create a festive atmosphere. Decorate the food table with an ice sculpture that is in the shape of a golf bag. Display food trays on top of different shaped green placemats to simulate different greens. Use white chocolate golf balls to hold up the tiers of the wedding cake. Decorate the groom’s cake like a golf green with a bridal couple taking a shot at the hole! Use golf tees to hold place cards in place on the tables. Consider using scorecards as place cards! Simply write only one name per card! Have guests capture the spirit of the day with sparkling wedding cameras!
If you and your cowboy are dreaming of a western-style wedding, here are some ideas to help you plan one helluva hoedown.
Western Wedding Locations The location you choose will do more than anything else to set the stage for your western theme wedding. Scout out barns for rent in your area or contact a state park that has a pavilion or cross-fenced area. Western Wedding Announcements & Western Themed Invitations Send friends and family engagement announcements in the style of a Pony Express letter or use specially printed announcements that have a western theme. Maintain the theme with your choice of wording. Instead of "Announcing the engagement of," use the words, "We're gettin' hitched!" This will set the stage for what's sure to be a rip snortin', boot stompin' good time!
Western Engagement Party Ideas Why not have this party at your favorite country and western bar? If that's not possible, continue the western theme by using bales of hay, saddles, and lassoes to decorate for the party. Whether you have a DJ or a live band, a square dance number will surely set the mood. Get the dancing started by teaching your guests the "Boot Scootin' Boogie" or the classic country line dance! Serve classic western barbecue and beans, or have your party catered by a company that specializes in Texas-style fare. Use red and white checked tablecloths, use bandanas for napkins, and drink from mason jars. Decorate the tables with howling coyote candleholders for setting the western mood.
Western Theme Rehearsal Dinner Hold the rehearsal dinner at a local steakhouse or hold an outdoor barbecue at the home of the groom's parents or a local park. Present the wedding party with personalized beer mugs or margarita glasses as they toast to your future together.
Western Men's Wedding Attire While a formal cowboy tuxedo may be difficult to find in some parts of the country, the men in the wedding party will certainly be well dressed in their new jeans, western vests, boots, and big hats. To set the groom apart from the other members of the party, have him wear a different color hat. Add bolo ties to dress things up!
Western Ladies' Wedding Attire There are several styles available to the western bride. A more formal wedding wouldn't be complete with out a modern, lacy, western dress. Look for the style of Victorian gown you might see in an old time photograph. Attach the veil to a feminine western-style hat. Less formal attire can include denim skirts or new blue jeans with a white blouse that has a lace collar. And of course, no western shindig would be complete without cowboy boots! Outfit bridesmaids in western skirts and lacy blouses. Decorate their hats with broad ribbons that tie in the back with bouncy bows.
Western Theme Wedding Flowers When selecting flowers for your western-style wedding, keep in mind that hothouse flowers and formal arrangements would not have been available in the old west. It's best to keep floral arrangements simple-a bunch of Texas bluebonnets in a mason jar, yellow roses in a decorative boot-shaped vase, or bunches of fresh flowers in galvanized tubs decorated with a bow made out of burlap or rope. For bouquets, use long stem flowers tied together with a bit of rope. Texas spider lilies, exotic looking fleshy herbs with pointy blooms, would make a great addition to centerpieces or bouquets. Another flower choice would be zinnias. These flowers come in a variety of colors and are available throughout the US from late spring to early fall. Their tight blooms and bouncy appearance make them perfect for centerpieces and bouquets or boutonnières.
Western Themed Wedding Transportation Hire a horse drawn wagon to transport the wedding party to the reception or arrange for an old-fashioned hay-wagon to transport guests to the reception.
Western Theme Wedding Reception Ideas Bring a little of the Wild, Wild West to your reception from the music to the food to the favors. Whether you choose a live band or a DJ, be sure to specify that you want country music. Share a two-step with your new husband or perhaps have the father of the bride call out a square dance. When making toasts, ring cowbells or shout yee-haw to get the room's attention instead of clinking glasses. Reception fare can be served on long picnic tables can include barbecue, fried chicken, potato salad and baked beans. Everyone knows that wedding cake brings good luck. Why not decorate your cake with fresh flowers and horseshoes or have a western couple as a cake topper? Substitute margaritas and bottled beer for the traditional champagne. Have guests blow bubbles from boots as you ride off into the sunset for your honeymoon.
Western Themed Wedding Favors Say thank you to your guests by sending them home with a special memento of the big day. Personalized miniature cowbells, cowboy hats, or feedbags filled with a favorite candy would be a lasting reminder of the cotton pickin' good time helping you celebrate the beginning of your lives together!
When trying to decide on a wedding venue, anything goes. Couples have been married while scuba diving or up in a hot air balloon!
The setting you choose is the stage on which the drama of your nuptials will play itself out. Do you envision an elegant formal wedding in a grand old cathedral with dinner and dancing afterwards at a stately ballroom? How about marrying in a peaceful garden, surrounded by lush flowers, greenery, and all your family and friends? Maybe your style leans more toward a quaint country chapel with the reception at a charming country inn.
Hopefully, you have some idea of how many people you'll need to accommodate and what type of reception you want: a sit-down dinner with dancing, buffet, or cake and champagne only. This will give you some idea as to how big a space you'll need.
The next critical factor in determining a wedding location is whether or not you want to have your ceremony and reception at different places, or whether you'd like the convenience of having them both at the same venue. This, in turn, will be decided by whether or not you want to have your ceremony in a house of worship, or are open to having it someplace else.
House of worship When planning a religious wedding in a house of worship, the wedding location selection will depend on either your, your fiance's, or your family's personal affiliation with a particular church or synagogue. Keep in mind the location's distance from the reception venue, and its size and style in relation to your overall wedding plans. When considering locations, make sure the space will accommodate all your guests. However, don't select a large church or temple if there are very few guests. A small place of worship would be more intimate.
Some houses of worship also have banquet or meeting halls that work well for a catered reception right there on the church premises, which will somewhat simplify things. Make sure to ask about it when researching the church or synagogue.
It's also possible to have a religious ceremony in a secular location, as many officiants are willing to perform ceremonies at other locations such as homes, gardens, or hotels.
Questions to ask Before making a commitment to a particular place of worship, set up an appointment to discuss the following:
Is proof of divorce or special permission from the church needed when remarrying
Must we be members of the church, or may a friend sponsor us?
What are the fees for the church or synagogue? And how much time does that allow us?
Is there a small chapel available for smaller ceremonies?
Are there any restrictions regarding ceremony attire, such as bare shoulders or yarmulkes?
How many people will the church or synagogue hold?
Is there a hall or social room available for a reception? If so, is there an additional fee? If you plan to serve alcoholic beverages or wine, be sure to inquire about the policies.
Will they supply tables, chairs, linens, china, and silver?
May rice, birdseed, or rose petals be thrown? SS* Are there accommodations for wheelchairs?
Is an aisle runner, chuppah, candelabra, or kneeling cushion available, if needed?
Historical or public sites There are many beautiful old mansions that, over the years have been donated to cities or states and are open to the public for tours. Many of these mansions can be rented. The cost varies so check their fees and availability.
There are also many museums, arboretums, and formal gardens that make beautiful settings for a wedding. To find locations available in your area check local newspapers and phone books, or call the chamber of commerce in your vicinity.
Visit Several Venues
If you're having a tough time coming up with the perfect place or are unable to settle on a style, visiting a variety of sites can be both inspiring and motivating. You'll need to move quickly, however, because the most popular spots are reserved anywhere from twelve to twenty-four months in advance.