While decorating a golf theme wedding can be relatively easy, it is much more difficult to think up ideas for the food and entertainment. Depending on how far you want to carry the golf theme, you will have to be creative so that you can keep both the golf lovers and the neophytes happy. The key is to create a mix of tradition and fun. You may be extremely serious about your sport, but others will feel a little lost if you don’t create some diversion for them as well.
When it comes to food, it is easiest to go back to the traditions of country club golf. Set up a “19th hole” with classic drinks like martinis. You may have to explain the meaning to the non-golfers, but that can be a great time for the older generation to tell their long golf stories. Serve the hearty fare that golf aficionados deserve, such as steak and potatoes. To give it a more upscale twist, create a popular baked potato bar with a variety of fillings along with carved prime rib.
Bringing golf into the entertainment can be a bit of a challenge for guests who are not as excited about ‘the greatest game’ as you are. Aside from having a DJ or band, you can have a miniature golf tournament or rent a putting game for the reception. You do not have to be a golf pro to enjoy a little miniature golf! The golf innocents will still have fun watching others play at some skill games, and the fact that you have put so much of your own personality into the reception will certainly be appreciated.
For friends and family who are avid golfers, you can hold a pre-wedding scramble or short tournament the afternoon before the rehearsal dinner. Invite the wedding party, of course, as well as people who have travelled a long way to see you. Holding the wedding at a resort-style venue where the hotel is close-by or attached will make this easier. In addition, your guests will be able to party and play all weekend. If you are not leaving for your honeymoon right away, you could even have another round the day after your wedding under your new names. How about getting a couple golf shirts embroidered for you with your new initials?
Carrying your golf theme throughout the wedding does not have to mean leaving out those who are clueless about your sport. Have fun with it and serve up the best golf fare and entertainment. Who knows? You may even convert a few friends and family and get them out on the course by the end of the party.