Golf. It’s a game you love to hate. But when you love golf, you really, really love the game. Many brides and grooms want to personalize their wedding day to incorporate the hobbies and passions they share as a couple. Let’s get creative with ideas for bringing your love of golf into the decorations and theme of your wedding day.
Pick a Style
A golf themed wedding can be taken in many different directions and can dictate the style of your special day. You can lean towards the putt-putt golf end of things or you can lean towards the up scale country club end of the spectrum of golf. Putt-putt golf would be an excellent starting point if you want a whimsical wedding in a casual atmosphere. For purposes of this article, I’m going to concentrate on an elegant affair that might be held at a country club or golf clubhouse.
The location of your wedding can set the mood you want to portray. An outdoor ceremony held on the 9th green could be beautiful and fun. Golf courses are always well manicured and set in a beautiful natural setting, so it would be the perfect backdrop for a romantic wedding and require minimal additional decor`. A country club or golf club house would make a great location for the reception. There are reception facilities that overlook picturesque views of a golf course. Choose your location carefully so it will coordinate with your golf themed wedding.
Consider a Motif
Once you decide on a style, it’s time to find a motif that you can use throughout your stationary, invitations, napkins and decorations. Some people even choose to have a custom logo designed with their monogram, theme and/or wedding colors. But an elegant piece of clipart will work nicely if you don’t want a custom logo design. This will help tie all your decorations together and support the theme.
Get your guests ready for your themed wedding by incorporating your golf theme into your invitations. Use your golf logo or motif at the top of your invitation to begin your theme. You can also change the wording of a traditional invitation and add your own flair to the text to support your theme. Or go for something outside the box and pick an invitation that isn’t traditionally wedding themed, but upholds your golf theme instead. Mountaincow.com has some unique invitations to choose from.
A wedding generates a lot of paperwork for the bride and groom – pre-wedding newsletter, save the date cards, invitations, invitation enclosures, thank you cards, table number cards, cake napkins and even your favors. Take this opportunity to carry your golf theme into every aspect of your wedding. The more often you can have your logo or motif printed on stationary, the more complete your theme will be.
Now is your chance to play! Make a list of all the golf paraphernalia you can think of. Golf balls, tees, ball markets, clubs and putters, golf bags, score cards and those tiny pencils, plaid golf pants – just to name a few. Write down everything you can think of, even if you don’t think you’ll use it in your décor`. You never know what might spark an idea.
Now try to figure out how to use a traditional wedding decoration idea and put a golf-themed twist to it. For instance, a traditional floral centerpiece can be “golfed-up” by adding golf balls into the glass vase along with the water to support the stems of the flowers. Or instead of a traditional floral centerpiece, why not a low, flat container with grass growing in it and of course a golf ball on a tee tucked inside.
It’s always a nice gesture to send a small token home with your guests. This is the perfect chance to share your love of golf with your guests. Golf tees and ball markers can be personalized with the bride and grooms’ name and wedding date on them. A set of golf balls tied with an organza ribbon and a note of thanks would be fun. Or use the groom’s cake as the favor and have individual slices of a golf-themed cake boxed up for guests to take home.
Don’t forget about the game of golf itself. Many weddings stretch over a long weekend starting on Friday morning with the gathering of the wedding party for activities. Why not fit in a game of golf while you have everyone together? Or maybe a post-wedding game could be arranged on Sunday afternoon (or the day after the wedding when guests are still in town).
The possibilities are endless once you let your creativity run wild. Give your guests a glimpse into your life by creating a theme for your wedding that reflects your passion for golf.