Wedding Day Essentials

Wedding Day Essentials

When it comes to your wedding there are a million and one things that you plan for, an emergency kit, your transportation, and your day-of itinerary will all be locked down by the big day. Those things are just the tip of the iceberg of the wedding day essentials needed to get you through the day. Deer Creek Golf Club has been in the wedding industry long enough to know some of the not-so-obvious things you’ll need for the day. 

Our day of coordinator has a list of things that will have you fully prepared for any crunch-time needs or obstacles that may come up. The last thing you want is a delay in the ceremony because you have to get your legal documents or try to find an ATM. 

Things You Need on Your Wedding Day

Having a checklist of some wedding day must-haves will help you feel a little less flustered and worried about small details. Here are some things to add to your checklist:

  • Cash Envelopes
  • Marriage License
  • Chargers
  • Change of Shoes
  • Tools
  • Outdoor Supplies
  • Cosmetics
  • Medicine

 

Cash Envelopes 

Between the different vendors and tips that will need to be paid on the day of, it will make your life a whole lot easier if you have individual envelopes with the different cash amounts needed in them. Make sure that your day of coordinator knows where they are and what goes to who. It is also important to know who to tip and how much to tip them. There is a lot of heavy lifting involved in setting up your ceremony and reception. Having some extra cash on hand is also a good idea just in case one of your vendors doesn’t accept cards or their card reader stopped working. 

 

Marriage License

When it comes to your wedding ceremony, you’ll probably want your marriage to be legal, so don’t forget your marriage license. You’ll be so focused on your wedding day so make sure the officiant has it or that your day of coordinator has it to pass over to the officiant. Whoever has it make sure that they are responsible and can be trusted. 

 

Chargers

Even if you are having an unplugged ceremony or are just unplugging yourself for the day, you still might want to keep your phone charged  for family members, friends, attendants, and vendors to get in touch with you throughout the day in case of an emergency or they get lost if your ceremony and reception are in different locations. And given that it is such a big day, you and your partner will probably receive more text messages than you do on your birthday, so appoint someone to be your designated person to handle certain phone calls and texts. Have a charger nearby in case you need to plug it in. 

 

Change of Shoes

As much as you may be enjoying your brand-new wedding heels, by the time the dancing starts you will probably want to kick them off and put on something a little more comfortable. Having a comfy pair of sneakers or sandals on hand will be extremely helpful. Some brides even splurge and get cute “bride” label shoes to change into. 

 

Tools

You may be wondering why you would need tools on your wedding day, but they are the most important of the wedding day essentials. You will want to be prepared for any kind of surprises, so a basic set of tools, like a screwdriver, hammer, nails, double-sided tape (this is good to have for both wardrobe or decor malfunctions), glue, and a set of eyeglass screwdrivers in case they are needed. 

 

Outdoor Supplies

If you are having an outdoor wedding then have a few supplies ready to go just in case mother nature decides to crash the party. Some of these supplies especially in a South Florida wedding venue include bug spray, sunscreen, and aloe vera will all play a crucial role in daytime ceremonies. 

 

Cosmetics

Even after using the best makeup artist, makeup can still get smudged from happy tears. Keeping a small bag full of the cosmetics for touch-ups and fixes. Keep some basics for the groom too, tissues, deodorant, a mini brush, or other mini hair products that might be needed.

 

Medicine

After a long day of standing, crying, eating, drinking, dancing, and celebrating with their loved ones, most couples might need some pain relief or antacids for all the food, cakes, and possibly drinks. You can even bring enough for the wedding party and guests. 

 

Contact Deer Creek Today!

If all of this seems like a lot to take in, then you can hire a wedding planner to help you keep your mind organized and stress-free. Our experts have also put together a few wedding timeline tips to help you still on track too. 

Contact Deer Creek today to check out our wedding venue and wedding packages.

Wedding Day Photo List

Wedding Day Photo List

On the day of your wedding, worrying about which pictures are taken should be the last thing the happy couple needs to worry about. There are so many moments that they will want to capture and remember since the excitement of the day can cause those moments to blur together. At Deer Creek Golf Club our day of coordinator will work with the couple to go over the moments they want and some they might not have thought about being captured. This is where a shot list comes in handy. 

What is a shot list in photography? It’s a guide to the moments of the wedding day that should be captured. Most professional photographers will have a shot list ready to go over with the couple. But just in case, here are a few shots to add to your wedding day photo list.

  • Pre-Wedding Photos
  • Wedding Ceremony Photos
  • Family and Wedding Party Photos 
  • Wedding Reception Photos
  • Exit Photos

Pre-Wedding Photos

This is where the pre-ceremony excitement gets documented. Have the photographer go around to the wedding party as they get ready at the wedding venue, the bridesmaids, groomsmen, and other loved ones.

Our experts have put together a list of pictures to ask the wedding photographer to take. 

  • Wedding day or dress hanging on the wardrobe 
  • Wedding party getting ready (applying makeup, doing hair, getting dressed)
  • Parents or guardians helping the wed-to-be with the details of the wedding day outfits
  • Full-length shot of the wed-to-be looking in the mirror or putting jewelry on in the mirror 
  • Detailed shot of the clothing, shoes, accessories, and other specialty items 
  • To-be-wed with their sibling(s)
  • To-be-wed with the wedding party 

There are other shots outside of these basics, like if the couple decides to do a first look moment together before the ceremony. 

Wedding Ceremony Photos

Of course, the photographer will get pictures throughout the ceremony. Our day of coordinator offers some other details that should be added to the wedding day photo list. 

  • Guest entering the venue 
  • Close-up of the groom waiting for the bride to walk down the aisle
  • Wedding party walking down the aisle 
  • The bride walking down the aisle either by themselves or being escorted by their loved one
  • Close-up of the couple at the altar 
  • Wide shot of the audience during the ceremony from the couple’s point of view 
  • Faces of the couples as they exchange vows
  • Close-up of the exchange of rings
  • First kiss (Ask the officiant to move) 
  • The wedding party recessional as they exit the ceremony 
  • Couple getting in their exit vehicle (limo, old school car, etc.)

Family & Wedding Party Photos

This is the part of the day when the couple needs to prepare to stand a smile for a lot of pictures. Our photo shot list for weddings includes the couple together for a portrait, the couple looking at each other, the couple hugging or kissing, and then the couple with each part of the family. 

  • Couple with one side of the new family
  • Couple with the other side of the new family
  • Couple with all the parents 
  • Couple with the bridesmaids 
  • Couple with the groomsmen 
  • Couple with the whole wedding party 

Wedding Reception Photos

Now it’s time to let the celebration begin! While the reception photos will of course be full of dancing, singing, and enjoyment of the event, here are a few memorable moments they don’t want to miss. 

  • Shot from outside of the reception venue
  • Reception details (place cards, guest book, centerpieces, decorations, and more!)
  • Couple arriving at the reception
  • Couple at the head table
  • Parents’ tables
  • Guests’ tables
  • Close up of friends and family making toasts
  • Couple simple champagne
  • Couple chatting with the guests
  • Detail shots of the food and cake
  • Couples first dance
  • Couple’s dances with their parents 
  • Wedding party dancing
  • Cake cutting moment

Overall, capturing any details of the night will allow the couple to fully enjoy it over and over again as the years go on. 

Exit Photos

Now the night has come to an end and the couple will be off on their honeymoon. Our wedding experts have put together a few final details for the wedding day photo list. 

  • Couple leaving the reception (Check out our wedding exit ideas here!)
  • Couple waving from the vehicle as they leave 
  • Read of the couple’s vehicle as it departs

Contact Deer Creek Today!

If you are in the market for a wedding venue, contact Deer Creek today! Our experts can offer pricing details, timeline tips, and more for your big day.

What Is Par in Golf?

What Is Par in Golf?

Deer Creek Golf Club is one of the best championship golf courses in South Florida, not only can guests enjoy the game in a tropical setting, but they can also take advantage of learning from our experts at our golf school. One of the many things that are taught in our lessons is the basis of the basics, for example, what is par in golf? What does it mean and how do you keep score? 

Par in golf means the number of strokes set to get the ball in the hole. It is a standard score that is established for each hole depending on its length. The par score is the average number of strokes it takes to complete the hole from the tee box. This is then calculated into the total score for each golfer for the entire course. 

Different Types of Golf Course Par

On a regulation golf course, there are typically three types of holes:

  • Par 3
  • Par 4
  • Par 5

A Par 3 means that the golfer is expected to reach the green in one stroke, then get the ball into the hole in two putts for three shots. This type of par is the shortest hole on the course but that doesn’t mean it is the easiest. 

Par 4 holes, expect each golfer to reach the green in two strokes and get the ball in the hole with another 2 putts. Par 4s can often have wide variations of distances including over 500 yards for professional golfers. 

On a Par 5 hole, golfers are expected to take three strokes to hit the green due to it typically being the longest hole on any golf course. Players often try to take advantage of the par 5 and hit the green in 2 strokes, still 2 putts to get the ball into the hole. Which means they completed the hole in 4 instead of 5. 

How to Keep Par Score?

Golfer’s scores are in relation to the par, especially in more professional games of golf. Some of you may have heard terms like “Bogey” or “Birdie” used when talking about a player’s score. However, one means one worse than par while the other is one better. Here are a few other par score terms players would know when learning what is par in golf;

Good Terms:

  • Birdie – This is one shot less than the par set on a single hole. A par score of 3 on a par 4 hole is called a birdie.
  • Eagle – This indicates two less than par on a single hole. Completing a par 5 in three strokes is an eagle. 
  • Albatross/ Double Eagle – Albatross means three less than a set par. Finishing a par 5 in two strokes is called an Albatross or Double Eagle. 
  • Condor – This means a hole-in-one on a Par 5. This is the rarest of all golf scores. As of recently, there are only five recorded condors in history. 

Bad Terms:

  • Bogey – This means one shot more than par.  
  • Double Bogey – Two shots more than par is called a double bogey. 
  • Triple Bogey – This is three shots over par on a single hole. 
  • Quadruple Bogey – This means four shots more than par on a single hole. This is the last specific name for any score over par.

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If there are any further questions, contact Deer Creek today! You can also check out our tee times to come to test out your new knowledge on our course.

What Are Some Golf Tips for Seniors?

What Are Some Golf Tips for Seniors?

Deer Creek Golf Club understands the importance of continuously adapting your golf swing and game to your body as you get older. Our experts have put together some golf tips for seniors and older golfers. For more golf tips you can also check out our blog!

Let’s say you’ve been golfing your whole life and plan on continuing into your “golden years’ as a senior golfer. You’ve worked so hard on your game and as we age our bodies start to change, whether it’s loss of flexibility, your swing not going as far as it once did, or your stamina has diminished, there are many ways for senior golfers to feel like they’ve lost their skills.

Here are a few ways to help combat the parts of aging that can hinder the game. 

Older Golfers Tips and Tricks

Throughout this blog, we will break down our tips into three different categories:

  • Body
  • Equipment
  • Tips for The Game

 1 – Take Care of Your Body

Regardless of your age, taking care of your body and staying in your best physical shape will always benefit your golf game. Here are a few ways to take care of your body and increase the longevity of your gold game. 

Flexibility and Strength

The first step in golf fitness is flexibility and strength. Flexibility affects your swing, so focusing on stretching exercises. Other fitness exercises to increase flexibility will be extremely beneficial. When it comes to strength, there are many exercises to build up the specific strength needed for golf:

  • Single Leg Hip Circles
  • Highwire Shoulder Raises
  • Single Leg Chipping
  • Split Power Jumps
  • Squat Med Ball Rotations
  • Half Kneeling Resistance Band Rotation 

Warm Up Before Each Round

Before you play, arrive a little earlier and warm the body up. Do some warm-up stretches and get your body moving, start with some practice swings with a short iron, then a medium iron. Just get a few good stretches and swings in to get the body ready.

Don’t Over Warm up or Play

As much as it is important to prepare the body, it is equally important to listen to it. Don’t over warm up or over play and exhaust your body before the game even begins. Find a pattern of play that works for you! 

2 – Equipment Matters

What you play with is just as important as how you play. It is important to choose your equipment carefully. 

Clubs and Balls

The key to this is the shaft. Here are some ways to make sure your clubs fit perfectly to your needs:

  • Get fit for a senior shaft, they are available in different flexes that can help get some distance back into your game as the swing speed may slow. 
  • Move to a hybrid alternative instead of the long irons. 
  • If you aren’t a long-established golfer then it is best to keep a selection of wedges in your bag. 
  • Have the proper putter length, for a correct setup, the eyes should be positioned over the ball.
  • Check your grip size as well. If you struggle with arthritis then adjusting your grip size can help. A midsize or jumbo golf grip size can be the solution and make things easier on the hands. 
  • Find the ball that suits your game. The ball that professionals use isn’t the best idea for older golfers. A ball that has low compression with a rating between 70-80 will match up with a slower swing speed and help improve distance. 

3- Game Strategy

As golfers get older, their game should be redesigned to fit their abilities over the years. With our golf lessons and more, seniors can continuously audit and go over their fundamentals such as good posture, grip, stance, and alignment. 

The fundamentals also involve embracing a shorter backswing, working on your follow-through, and making sure you transfer your weight.

Contact Deer Creek Golf Club!

If you have more questions about our course, tee times, and golf tips for seniors, contact Deer Creek today!

How to Focus While Playing Golf

How to Focus While Playing Golf

There is much focus that is needed in the sport of golf. Naturally, when you need golf focus, it can be very easy to burn out from it. With golf mostly being slow-paced, the game provides many windows and opportunities for you to think. You can collect your thoughts, as well as focus on the mental aspect of your next move in the game. Losing concentration during a game of golf can be costly. If you want to play to the best of your ability, honing in on different tips and tricks to keep you alert and focused is important.

Deer Creek is here to give you tips on how to focus better in golf. We have a full golf course with 18 upgraded holes and brand-new TifEagle Ultradwarf bermudagrass in a high-end setting. At Deer Creek, we have the knowledge to offer advice on staying focused on your game of golf so you can play your best game. Keep reading to learn more from our golf experts.

The Mental Aspect of Golf

As with many sports, the mental aspect of golf is almost as important as the physical aspect. As simple as it sounds, thinking positively can affect your ability to focus. If you go into the game with a negative attitude, your focus will not be in the right place. It might not even be present at all. Work on your process, not your score. Overthinking about your downswing, the takeaway, or your grip can really interfere with your mental state and ability to focus.

Losing Concentration During a Golfing Game

A tip that can help you hold concentration during a golf game is splitting the 18-hole game into rounds of three holes per round. Doing this makes it three mini-games during each of the two rounds. Having mini-games is very helpful because completing nine holes twice in a row can become very tedious. Typically it is during the second set of nine holes that people begin to lose focus.

Another tip is to only focus on one hole at a time. Completely forget about how the previous holes went – good or bad. Don’t begin to think about the upcoming holes. Focusing on the hole at hand will increase not only your performance but your ability to focus throughout the game. This is because your head will be less cluttered, and you will not be thinking about the past or the future.

Having a pre-shot routine, as well as practice routines, can be tasks that contribute to your ability to focus. Prepare your pre-shot routine earlier than you already do. You’ll be able to look at the slope of the ball as well as feel how heavy the wind is at the time of day. Many professional golfers recommend that you think to yourself, “What does the shape of my shot look like?” Course management can bring consistency. This will help create less noise about what your next steps are. It will also give you more room for your golf focus, and you can concentrate on how well you are about to play.

Playing a Focused Game of Golf at Deer Creek

Once you have these tips down, you can check out our tee times and rates. If you have any questions about our course, contact us today.