2018 Venue Spotlight: Club Weddings
You’re a bride-to-be who dreams of a wedding described as elegant and traditional. Perhaps your family has membership in a club that holds pleasant memories. Or you have loved ones who enjoy playing golf. If this sounds like you, consider joining the list of brides who have had timeless, classic country club weddings.
In this venue’s wedding booklet, they boast “our venue is your canvas.” Pictures of weddings held at this Holly Springs, NC club support this claim. Event décor details range from classic and sophisticated to rustic and botanical. Their highly customizable packages fall under the categories of “Garden Weddings” and “Country Club Weddings.”
Garden Weddings at 12 Oaks Golf Club, take place on the event lawn. Up to 200 guests are accommodated. In addition to typical rental furniture, this package offers a tent with enchanting string lights and a dance floor.
For Country Club Weddings, the lawn is available for the ceremony while the clubhouse/veranda are available for the reception. Up to 150 guests are accommodated. The clubhouse is a lovely white building with farmhouse touches in its design.
The façade of Prestonwood Country Club, in Cary, is impressive. The word “stately” comes to mind, and it’s easy to imagine this being the site of a royal wedding. The inside does not disappoint, with its elegantly intimate Main Clubhouse and its breathtakingly majestic Grand Ballroom.
With its fireplace, cathedral ceilings, and exposed wood beams, the Main Clubhouse has the vibe of a regal English manor. An outdoor veranda overlooks the Championship golf courses. This space can accommodate 80-150 guests and is available for weekday evening/weekend use only.
The Grand Ballroom is a showstopper, holding 350 seated guests to 1000 standing guests. Opulent high ceilings, immense crystal chandeliers, and a dramatic staircase are sure to make any bride feel like a princess. This venue includes a veranda too, though its size is more expansive to match the grandeur of the indoor space.
This club is in the prestigious MacGregor Downs community, in Cary. MacGregor Downs is proud of its Scottish heritage and is nestled on the shores of the gorgeous Lake MacGregor. Opened in 1968, its luxurious setting makes it easy to imagine a glamorous vintage-style wedding à la ‘Mad Men’.
There are 3 event spaces, accommodating up to 300 guests. Spaces are indoor/outdoor with covered outdoor options. Venue reviewers rave about the lakeside room, with its substantial windows offering stunning views of the lake. Fans of vintage lodge style will appreciate the venue as is, but many couples take advantage of the customizations available.
MacGregor Downs has a talented onsite culinary team that offers hors d’oeuvres, buffets, and plated dinners. Venue reviewers also mention being pleased with the menu customization. Amenities include access to lake and golf course for photos, and separate areas for the bride and groom to prepare.
Photo Alaina Ronquillo Photography
Perhaps you’re a city girl who loves the downtown culture, but you see the appeal of country club weddings. City Club Raleigh offers the best of both worlds. Like the other true country clubs, this venue offers a glamourous indoor setting. Interiors include twisting staircases and magnificent lighting fixtures. However, its panoramic windows feature fantastic views of historic downtown Raleigh.
Spaces included the 919 Ballroom and the Sky Ballroom and Loft, accommodating up to 250 or 300 guests, respectively. A variety of wedding packages are available for anything from an intimate or extravagant affair. The food is sure to impress, as the club boasts an award-winning Executive Chef. Beneficially, the venue is in walking distance from multiple hotels.
Many of these venues feature sporting opportunities, fun lawn games, and convenient parking. Additional features include rain backup plans and no-hassle packages. It’s easy to see why brides who love all things traditional, elegant, and upscale are drawn to country club weddings.