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Do I Need A Wedding Planner?

Many engaged couples look forward to planning their wedding day. At least they do until they realize everything involved in the planning process. Still, many brides and grooms don’t consider hiring a wedding planner, even after they start butting heads on all the decision making. But if you’re falling behind in your planning, or you feel some professional tips would help, the answers to the following little questions will help you answer the big question of “do I need a wedding planner?”

How to Decide if You Need a Wedding Planner

Hiring a professional full-service planner can actually save you a lot of time, money and make the whole process more stress-free. If you still need convincing, the answers to the following questions might help.

  1. Do You Already Have a Venue? Reserving a venue for your ceremony and reception should be the first thing you do after your engagement. If you haven’t done so and time is ticking, a planner can help.
  2. Do You Have Family Members and/or Friends to Help You? If not, prepare yourself for more decisions and planning than you ever thought possible.
  3. Do You and Your Future Spouse Both Work Full-Time? That will put lots of pressure on your weekends and may even make it impossible to meet with some vendors who are only available on weekdays.
  4. Are You Planning a Destination Wedding? Planning a local wedding is much less complicated than remote planning for a far-away destination.
  5. Do You Know People Who Can Recommend Various Wedding Services? From photographers to limousine services, it’s a chore to find reliable sources without recommendations.

Royal Ashburn Golf Club is not only the premier golf course wedding venue in Durham Region, you also get the services of our professional wedding planner who will help you plan your big day from the moment you call to when you drive away on your honeymoon.

If you liked this post, please check out our recent article on DIY wedding favour ideas for 2019.

DIY Wedding Favour Ideas for 2019

If your wedding day is coming up in 2019, we hope your plans are well underway. Of course, some of the things on your ‘to-do list’ are a priority, like finding a wedding venue in Durham Region.

But showing your friends and family how much you appreciate them is important too. Wedding favors are a great way to do just that. To send your guests home with fond memories of the big day, in a budget-friendly way, check out the DIY wedding favour ideas we’ve assembled for you.

4 DIY Wedding Favour Ideas for 2019

Not only are DIY wedding favors more affordable, but your wedding guests will love something you made just for them. They are also something the bride and groom can do together as they get ready for the special day.

  1. Infused Oil – This is one of the easiest and most unique DIY wedding favours. You’ll need to buy some mini bottles and olive oil in bulk. Fill the bottles with the olive oil and infuse them with the herb of your choice, like chilli peppers, rosemary or thyme. Finally, add your personal labels.
  2. Naughty Hot Chocolate – This one is a sweet treat that can help your guest stay warm at a winter wedding. Add some hot chocolate powder and marshmallows to a mason jar and attach a miniature bottle of your favourite drink.
  3. Homemade Jam – Who doesn’t love jam?! Even if you’ve never done it before, it’s relatively easy to make jam in bulk. Just put the jam in small jars, add your special label and you’re done.
  4. Seed Packets – This is the wedding favour that keeps on growing. Use your imagination to decorate small paper bags or envelopes to hold the seeds. Don’t forget to include the growing instructions!

If you liked this post, check out this recent article to see for yourself how beautiful a golf course wedding can be.

3 Tips for Planning a Better Golf Course Wedding

Rule number one when planning a golf course wedding, or any wedding, is to start as soon as possible. We are always so disappointed to get calls from anxious brides and grooms who are trying to plan the wedding of their dreams, but they didn’t start early enough.

But there are many parts of planning a golf course wedding that you may not have to consider for a normal wedding. The good news is that they are not necessarily added responsibilities. The following are just some ways to take advantage of a beautiful golf course setting and the amenities the golf club has to offer.

1. Plan Your Photography

If you’re in the midst of planning a wedding right now, you are probably all consumed by it. And you will be until you say “I do!” But when it’s all over, what will you have left? The memories and the photographs.

Golf courses offer stunning backdrops for all your wedding photography, including the ceremony, after the ceremony and at the reception. It can help your photographer get even better shots by being able to see the venue before your wedding day. Better yet, and one way to strike one thing off your wedding planning ‘to do’ list is to ask the golf course to recommend photographers who have taken wedding pictures at the course before.

2. Think About Your Guests

First, pick a golf course that doesn’t take forever to get to. And you can fine-tune your golf course wedding to your guests in lots of other ways too.

Are there golfers on your invitation list? One way to make your day extra special is including the option to play a round of golf on the course where you hold your wedding.

3. Find a Course that Specializes in Weddings

You can arrange to get married at almost any golf course. But some courses have outdoor chapel-like settings specifically for wedding ceremonies. And if you want to check a whole bunch of items off the to-do list, choose a golf course that offers a dedicated wedding planner. You won’t regret it.

Royal Ashburn has been helping couples  celebrate their marriage for over 30 years, Checkout this stunning photograph on Instagram from a recent ceremony. Then contact us to start planning your beautiful wedding ceremony and reception.

8 Gorgeous Golf Course Weddings at Royal Ashburn

Spring and summer aren’t just golf season, they’re golf course wedding season too. Many people are surprised to learn that for three generations the Royal Ashburn Golf Club has helped brides and grooms celebrate their love and union in the unique beauty of a golf course setting.

And the setting is just the first feature of a wedding at Royal Ashburn. From your choice of landscaped bridal gardens for an outdoor ceremony, to beautifully appointed reception rooms and complete catering services for weddings of all sizes, everything you need for a dream wedding is right here at Royal Ashburn.

Here are just a few gorgeous weddings and receptions held here at Royal Ashburn to give you an idea of how you can celebrate your nuptials.

Montana & Lucas

Spring time golf course weddings | Royal ashburn golf course

When your engagement photos were shot at a conservation area. The setting of your wedding better turn it up a notch on the natural setting. Our beautiful Cedars Garden provided the perfect backdrop for the ceremony.

Jaycé & Brady

 Winter golf course weddings | Royal Ashburn golf club

Not all weddings can happen in warm months. But a snow-covered setting can be be just as beautiful. You can schedule your wedding year-round at Royal Ashburn.

Jake & Laura 

Golf course weddings | Royal Ashburn golf club

The rain held off for Jake and Laura’s outdoor wedding ceremony at Royal Ashburn. The clouds and pink blooms made for a dramatic backdrop for photos on our beautifully manicured grounds.

Gerry & Monica 

Golf course weddings | Royal Ashburn golf club

June has been the preferred month for weddings since Roman times. A little more recently, Gerry and Monica enjoyed a perfect June day. For the outdoor wedding ceremony and indoor reception at Royal Ashburn.

Sarah & Mike 

 Outdoor golf course weddings | Royal Ashburn golf club

We talked about enjoying year-round wedding celebrations at Royal Ashburn and September is no exception. Just ask Sarah and Mike.

Valene & Kyle 

Beautiful chapel for golf course weddings | Royal Ashburn golf club

A picturesque setting for your wedding is just one benefit of holding your ceremony and reception at Royal Ashburn. Having everything in one place, from a wedding garden. To stunning settings for your wedding photography and well-appointed reception rooms. This gives you more time to enjoy your special moment, instead of travelling all over town.

Camille & Rob 

Golf course weddings | Royal Ashburn golf club

The colour green was present throughout this beautiful ceremony. From the beautiful green bridesmaids dresses, set against the natural greenery of a golf course, to the colour scheme for the reception.

Brian & Jacqueline 

Sunset golf course weddings | Royal Ashburn golf club

Imagine celebrating your union with your family and friends among the trees, flowers and beautifully maintained grounds here at Royal Ashburn. Brian and Jacqueline did, and then they made it happen.

If you would like to learn more about enjoying your special day in the special setting of a golf course wedding ceremony here at Royal Ashburn, get in touch with us today.

 

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What’s The First Step in Planning Your Wedding?

If you can’t find a checklist for planning your wedding online, your internet must be down. Once you manage get one that seems to make sense for your wedding, you’ll probably notice that ‘choose/decide/reserve your venue’ is well down the list, behind items like ‘set budget’, ‘start guest list’ and ‘pick your wedding party’.

Of course, every step in planning your wedding is very important in having the day unfold as you would like it to. But we would suggest at least one reason why you might want to move “venue”, including the setting for the ceremony, up to the top spot on your list.

Your can have many different reasons for choosing a particular place for your ceremony and/or reception. You might choose them because of location, price, services offered, the beauty or other attraction of the setting, or simply because its available on the date you want.

Regardless of why you chose a particular place, we suggest you think about if differently. Again, we suggest this for both the nuptials and the reception.

Planning your Wedding is all About the Experience

Yes, who you invite is important, and so are the floral arrangements, and the entertainment too. But it’s not about any one of those things alone. If there is one, single focus for your entire wedding, it is the experience that you create for yourself and your guests.

At once, your wedding is a very personal, once-in-a-lifetime experience between you and your partner and, at the same time, it’s a shared experience of celebrating the union with your family and friends.

While you might feel that setting a budget is your first step, we suggest that you should decide on the experience you want to have, and that you want your guests to have, before finalizing anything.

Of course, if you want a far off tropical destination and Katy Perry performing at the reception on a 400-foot yacht, that might stretch your budget just a touch. But the idea is to find a setting and venue that’ll deliver a unique, lasting experience, but that is realistic for the average budget.

If, after looking at all the numbers, the setting and venue are pushing things a bit, then maybe you can look at some of the other costs to make the experience happen.

Create the Right Experience for Your Wedding

‘Experience’ isn’t only about settings and the right touches. It can get right into the small details. Here are just a few things to consider for having a wedding that is uniquely you.

1. The Wedding Ceremony

If you’ve always wanted a traditional or religious ceremony, then a house of worship might be the best setting. If you’re looking for something a little different, but still befitting the significance of the moment, an outdoor ceremony, in a beautiful garden setting designed specifically for weddings is an option.

2. The Wedding Reception

Yes, a beautiful room, floral arrangements and place settings are a must. But you and your guests will also appreciate culinary creations prepared by professional chefs and a level of service that makes everything feel extra special.

3. Locations

This is one of those details that many people don’t consider. Yes, the day is yours, and if you choose a to have a ceremony downtown, and a reception in the country, that’s great. But, again, thinking of the experience you want you and your guests to enjoy, consider having the ceremony and reception in the same place. That way no one has to travel or try to find ways to pass the time between the ceremony and reception.

4. Advice & Assistance

Creating a memorable wedding experience can be difficult considering you don’t do it every day. Wedding planners can help you make everything unfold as it should. But they aren’t your only option. If you find a venue with professional wedding coordinators who will help you every step of the way, from the first one you take down the aisle to the last one as you leave to begin your life together.

Start Planning Now!

That’s really your first step. The sooner you reserve the right setting for your wedding, the less chance you’ll have of being disappointed that you had to make a compromise. Call us here at The Royal Ashburn Golf Club. We’ve been creating memorable wedding experiences in the most beautiful setting for over 40 years.

 

The Unforgettable Beauty of a Golf Course Wedding

Think about all the great modern conveniences that help make life easier. From being able to do your banking without ever having to stand in line at a bank, to starting your car without a key, new technologies seem to come along daily to help us do things faster and/or easier.

So when will someone make it easier to plan a wedding?

Anyone who’s been involved with wedding planning knows. That with the sheer number of options available today for every aspect of the wedding. The job of choosing the best ones for you seems more difficult today than it ever was.

Before, when you were ready to go ahead with your wedding, you had an engagement party and sent out invitations. Today, you need a website, Facebook page, Save-the-Date announcements, #hashtags – and still send the invitations and plan a party. And then the real work starts.

Finding the Right Setting

One of the major tasks of any wedding planning is choosing the setting for the nuptials and reception. If you’re planning a more religious ceremony, you’ll likely exchange vows in a house of worship. But many couples are choosing options like garden weddings, or ‘destination’ weddings in exotic locales, where the ceremony and reception happen in the same place.

The combination of the natural setting and reception facilities on-site is an attractive option that transforms the ceremony and reception into a single, continuous celebration.

The beauty of a golf course in the spring

The Beauty of a Golf Course Wedding

The first thing most couples need to know about planning their ceremony and/or reception at a golf course is that it doesn’t have to have anything to do with golfing. A beautifully groomed golf course (like the one we have here at Royal Ashburn!) gives you a stunning, natural setting for your ceremony all year round.

In addition to the beautiful surroundings, there are many more advantages to choosing a golf-course wedding. And some of them are exclusive to Royal Ashburn!

1. Bridal Gardens

If you prefer a garden wedding ceremony, Royal Ashburn gives you the option of two gardens designed and built specifically for wedding ceremonies and receptions.

The Cedar Garden features a custom-built pavilion nestled in a grove of trees. Entrance to the Woodland Garden starts under a unique. Covered entryway to a winding path that all make ideal backdrops for wedding photographs.

2. The Right Rooms

Larger golf clubs will offer a variety of options for room sizes to accommodate every weeding, from the most intimate to the grandest.

3. Complete Meals and Refreshments Packages

Golf clubs have top-notch chefs and servers already in place to serve their club members. That means you get a choice of meals, bar services and extras to make your wedding reception everything you want it to be.

4. Wedding Planning

If you prefer, on-site personnel can help you with everything for the perfect wedding, from finding an officiant to booking the band, and everything in between.

5. Lots of Space

Unlike having your ceremony in a crowded hotel, golf clubs offer the space that helps your ceremony feel more relaxed and enjoyable. And there’s lots of on-site parking for all your guests.

The Royal Ashburn Golf Club has served as the beautiful setting for unforgettable weddings for over three generations. We are one of the few golf clubs in the area with dedicated, custom-built bridal gardens, all meticulously designed and maintained to be the perfect backdrop for your ceremony and reception. Get in touch with us today and get your wedding planning off to a great start and learn more about Royal Ashburn Golf Course weddings.

How to Have the Perfect Wedding Rehearsal

So you have made it you have the perfect venue, menu, guest list, and much more, and it all comes together in just 24 hours. But first, you must complete the wedding rehearsal this includes rehearsing the ceremony and the rehearsal dinner. This can be a nerve-racking and daunting task for most wedding parties but it does not have to be.

We break down exactly what your wedding rehearsal should look like and give you the knowledge you need to ensure your wedding rehearsal and rehearsal dinner go smoothly and effectively so that you’re ready for the big day.

The Wedding Rehearsal

A wedding rehearsal is when the bride and groom get everyone together who are involved in the wedding.  This should include the Bride and Groom, all the Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Flower Girls, and Ring Bearers.  It is helpful to have the readers and parents there.  It’s usually not necessary to have the musicians or DJ there.

A Royal Ashburn Golf Club coordinator will be assisting your wedding party through a “walk-through” of what will happen during the ceremony.  If you have readers or musicians, they don’t need to take up everyone’s time by practicing at the rehearsal. The Bride and Groom should practice their vows on their own.

The Rehearsal Dinner

The rehearsal dinner is traditionally held the night before the wedding. Since the rehearsal dinner has become more of a celebration in its own right than just a formality, some couples are holding the event two nights prior to the wedding. This way, there’s more time to relax, recuperate, and get ready for the main event.

Why have a Rehearsal Dinner?

The dinner is a great opportunity for your two families to get to know each other before the wedding day (if they don’t already know each other well) in a not-too-hectic setting.

Take Advantage of the Relaxed Environment

Come wedding night, you’ll most likely be pulled in too many directions to put in any real quality time with anyone. The ultimate goal here is to relieve some prewedding tension and make everyone invited feel comfortable with the impending nuptials while not upstaging the big event.

Who to Invite

At the very least, the rehearsal dinner guest list includes immediate family (parents and siblings), wedding-party members and their spouses or significant others, and the parents of any child attendants (inviting the children themselves is optional). You should also invite the officiant and his or her spouse to the dinner (they may not come, but it’s the polite thing to do).

Once you have done this all that is left is to get married! Be sure to follow these guidelines to make sure your rehearsal goes smoothly and all that’s left to worry about is saying I do. If you have any more questions about your wedding rehearsal give us a call at Royal Ashburn we will be happy to help you with any questions you have.

10 Tips to Help you get the Most Out of Any Bridal Show

Everyone loves a bridal show. They are the perfect venue to learn about the best services to help put together the perfect wedding. We put together some tips to help you navigate your way through the bridal show and ensure you get everything checked off your to-do list.

Here are 10 tips to help you get the most out of the bridal show:

1. Make a shopping list

Make a list of the products and services you’re looking to investigate and purchase at the show.

2. Register at the front door

Be sure to register as this can enter you in awesome giveaways and sign you up to receive more important info from vendors.

3. Bring a notebook

Do this to write answers to questions you ask, get quotes for services, write ideas, etc.

4. Bring your wedding timeline

Bring this so you can check off things that you were able to accomplish at the show.

5. Bring your cell phone

If your camera has a photo feature, you can snap a few shots of interesting ideas and be sure to write down the name in your notebook.

6. Focus on the products or services you need and stay on track

Just like any form of shopping, straying from your shopping list can take up precious shopping time. This can also take time from other brides who do need those services…

7. Bring self-addressed labels with your contact information and wedding date

Doing this will save you A LOT OF TIME at any show. They are handy and a brilliant way to breeze through the tedious task of writing the same information 100 times in a day! Your labels should include your name, address, email address, phone number, and wedding date.

8. Bring your cheque book

 In case you would like to secure services with a deposit on site.

9. Ask Questions!

Make sure you ask a lot of “what if” questions and questions regarding their experience to ensure you’re getting the best service possible.

10. Relax

This will be a great time for you to spend with your fiance, mom, and bridesmaids to have some fun!

Use these tips to help ensure your visit to the bridal show if fun easy and stress-free. Then when it comes down to deciding where to host your wedding visit us here at Royal Ashburn to see what our venue has to offer to help you enjoy your dream wedding.

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