{review} Galt Country Club

Galt Country Club

Galt Country Club offers exceptional service, spectacular surroundings and a historic ambiance for weddings

Request more pricing, details and info from this vendor!Nestled along the Grand River in Cambridge, Ontario, Galt Country Club is the oldest golf clubs in Waterloo Region. The history and prestige of this 100-year old members-only golf and country club are obvious as drive up to the private estate. With three banquet rooms, full catering services, wall-to-wall windows, historical architecture and space for anywhere from 50 to 200 guests, Galt Country Club is undoubtedly a fabulous wedding venue option. Especially when you consider the natural outdoor beauty that comes with it – rolling greens, ponds with fountains and sought-after views of the Grand River. Photo opportunities don’t get much better than this.

Staff at The Ring sat down with Rose Hoch, Events Coordinator at Galt Country Club, to find out everything an engaged couple would need to know to plan a Galt Country Club wedding…

A glimpse at the history of Galt Country Club…

From humble beginnings as a private nine-hole golf club established in 1906, Galt Country Club has developed a strong tradition as one of Southwestern Ontario’s premier private clubs offering golf, curling and social memberships. Expanding to 18 holes in 1930, golfers from Galt, Preston, Hespeler, Berlin, Waterloo and surrounding areas come to experience one of the oldest private golf courses in the region. The Stanley Thompson designed golf course features impeccable grooming, mature trees and spectacular views on the Grand River.

The exceptional staff behind the scenes…

Behind each and every wedding at Galt Country Club is the exceptional staff that ensures every detail is seen to with the utmost care. According to Rose Hoch, Events Coordinator at Galt Country Club, the club has earned an incredibly strong reputation for building positive relationships with clients and guest. Everyone on the team is dedicated to giving each and every couple a fabulous wedding day that they will never forget.

“I have been a dedicated employee of the club for 20 years and have worked my way up from the bottom,” says Rose. “There is nothing that I won’t and haven’t done in this building to make the members and guests happy. If I need to scrub dishes, clean a bride’s dress, sew pant legs, repin hair, you name it, I will, can, and have done it! Hard work and dedication is what I offer and I give 150 percent!” In fact, Rose coordinates about 15 to 20 weddings a year at Galt Country Club, which means over the course of her career, she’s helped over 500 couples walk down the aisle.

Kristi Laffin, who was married on December 20th, 2014 at Galt Country Club says she and her fiancé choose the venue because of how accommodating and approachable Rose was. After having visited another venue that failed to meet their expectation, they spontaneously stopped at Galt Country Club on a whim to see what the venue had to offer. Although they didn’t have an appointment, Rose made the time to give the couple a tour and answered any questions they had.

“When we left after meeting her, both of us looked at each other and agreed that this was where we wanted to get married,” recalls Kristi, adding that they were very impressed with Rose’s professionalism and knowledge. “I’m sure she was the reason I didn’t turn into a bridezilla. Between Rose, the rest of the staff, the venue itself and the food, we had the perfect day.”

Shawn Phonechaleun and Lucy Li, who were married at the club on April 25 found everyone at the club made planning a wedding a lot easier than they had ever expected. “As someone who usually isn’t comfortable unless I know exactly what’s going to happen at exactly what time with exactly which people for everything, I was occasionally nervous because of how simple everything seemed to be when it came to planning the wedding at the Club. We just answered the questions Rose asked us, told her any specific touches we wanted, and everything was taken care of without any stress or unnecessary involvement on our part,” Lucy says.

What Galt Country Club offers…

Aside from the majestic grounds, Rose says that Galt Country Club has earned a reputation for outstanding food and exceptional service – but at a price surprises most of the couples who visit the club. She acknowledges that many couples don’t think they can afford Galt Country Club, even though nothing could be further from the truth. She explains that Galt Country Club is very affordable. In fact, she can work with just about any couple to make sure they get the wedding of their dream, within their budget.

Shawn and Lucy found Galt Country Club prices to be extremely reasonable for the caliber of service they received at their wedding, and in the months leading up to it. “It is a premium location to host a wedding, but we had decided early on that it was a luxury we were happy to pay for, and we were absolutely satisfied with what we received,” says Lucy.

Kristi admits that Rose was extremely accommodating when going over wedding options. “We were thrilled that no matter what we asked for, the answer was always YES. We were permitted to customize every part of our wedding to exactly what we wanted,” says Kristi, adding that the options were seemingly endless for the menu, décor and photos. “We actually wanted to have our pictures taken before the wedding as we were getting married on the shortest day of the year and knew that it we got pictures done after the wedding, we’d be in the dark. Rose was more than willing to accommodate a few special requests.”

Whether the wedding is casual of formal, Galt Country Club can accommodate any colour and décor scheme. The ballroom is quite neutral and can be decorated to achieve any type of wedding. Rose has helped coordinate formal and traditional weddings, a Halloween themed wedding, a Christmas wedding, Valentine’s Day and even a destination wedding. Lucy and her fiancé held their ceremony and reception in the club’s Ballroom. “In my opinion it’s a very classic, but versatile room – it’s beautiful on its own, but can be easily adapted to quite a few different looks, depending on your vision for your wedding. We ended up going with a more romantic wedding theme with grey and pink accents and a lot of flower petals and sheer drapery and we loved how it turned out,” Lucy says. Kristi also loved the ballroom that provided ample space for tables, dance floor, bar, DJ, candy bar and caricature artist they hired. One of their favourite features of the room was the huge windows and the wrap around balcony outside. The big windows let in a lot of natural light during the ceremony and reflect the lights inside beautifully at night.

For couples looking for a venue to host their ceremony and reception, Galt Country Club offers it all including indoor and outdoor ceremony options. Kristi recalls the room being perfect for her ceremony and reception with ninety guests. “We used Galt Country Club for our entire wedding. I got dressed there, had my make-up artist and hairdresser come there, my bridal party got ready there as did the groom and groomsmen. We did our pictures there, had our ceremony and reception there and it was so convenient to have been able to do everything in one place. The staff made the transition from the wedding to the reception seamless and quick.”

Galt Country Club’s grounds offer stunning backdrops for photos, making it a dream for professional photographers. Bride and groom, Lucy and Shawn, couldn’t agree more. “For any couple out there for whom photography is a big priority, we can vouch for the fact that the venue photographs beautifully.” In fact, one of their favourite wedding moments is when they snuck away from the reception in golf carts with their photographer to take some photos around the grounds. It was a wonderful opportunity for them to have a few moments away from the whirlwind of the day. “There are several truly breathtaking spots on the grounds, and on top of it all we went away that day with several beautiful and timeless photos,” Lucy says.

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Details, details, details…

• The average wedding ranges between $3000 and $25000.
• As a guideline for food pricing, a three to five course meal at Galt could cost an average of $35 to $45 per person.
• A non-refundable deposit of $1000 and a $395 social membership fee (which includes free room rental) is required to guarantee your booking.
• Non-members must pay the estimated balance 48 hours in advance of their event.
• Members are billed for the balance following their event.
• There is a 15 percent service charge for gratuity in addition to the quoted prices.
• The Club recommends booking 1 to 2 years in advance, although openings do become available due to cancellations that may occur.
• Galt Country Club is a year-round facility and can accommodate any season’s wedding (with limited availability in December).
• Friday weddings can be accommodated from October to May.

Contacting Galt Country Club

Rose Hoch at Galt Country Club can be reached by email using the form below :) You can also them online at www.galtcountryclub.com.

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