Galt Country Club offers exceptional service, spectacular surroundings and a historic ambiance for weddings
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 century Country Club are obvious as you drive up to the private estate. With three banquet rooms accommodating 80 up to 170 guests these rooms have fantastic views of the picturesque golf course. 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 Caitlin Crugnale, 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 Caitlin, Events Coordinator at Galt Country Club, the club has earned an incredibly strong reputation for building positive relationships with clients and guests. Everyone on the team is dedicated to giving each and every couple a fabulous wedding day that they will never forget. The best part of hosting your wedding at Galt Country Club is that there is only one wedding per day.
Kristi Laffin, who was married at Galt Country Club says she and her fiancé choose the venue because of how accommodating and approachable the team at Galt Country Club 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, the helpful staff made the time to give the couple a tour and answered any questions they had.
“When we left after meeting them, 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 their professionalism and knowledge. “I’m sure that was the reason I didn’t turn into a bridezilla. Between the staff, the venue itself and the food, we had the perfect day.”
Shawn Phonechaleun and Lucy Li, who were married at the club 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 they asked us, told them 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, Caitlin 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 Galt Country Club 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. They were 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. Caitlin has helped coordinate formal and traditional weddings, a rustic themed wedding to a destination wedding and even brunch weddings.. 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.
Details, details, details…
• The average wedding ranges between $12000 and $25000.
• GCC is offering 2019 wedding packages of $129+ per person
• A non-refundable deposit of $1500 is required to secure your wedding date.
• 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).
Contacting Galt Country Club
Caitlin Hughes at Galt Country Club can be reached by email using the form below 🙂 You can also them online at www.galtcountryclub.com.