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Golf on the Wedding Day: A Tradition Unlike Any Other

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You golfing grooms out there should definitely keep this checklist handy for the wedding morning. We know that the main focus of the day is obviously the nuptials. However, one of the traditional rites of passage for men is playing a round of golf on the morning of the wedding.

Furthermore, including your friends and family in this activity is also a great way to get them involved in wedding activities and spend a little extra time with them before you officially take the plunge. If you’re going to have a large group, we recommend calling a few months in advance to reserve tee times.

This is the one day they have to let you win..

The one day where they have to let you win...

Here are some options for hitting the links on the wedding day:

Dads only

Invite your father and future father-in-law out for an early morning round. Not to get too mushy, but it will be a special moment for the three of you. If you’re feeling extra generous, include brothers as well.


If you’ve got a bigger group interesting in playing, divide up even teams and play a scramble tournament. If you’re not familiar, scramble (or best ball) style is when all members of one team tee off, choose the best shot, and all then hit from that location on the next shot. This is a great way to even the playing field and let everyone compete evenly.

Groom’s side vs. bride’s side

If it’s blood you’re after, then pitting the groom’s friends and family against the bride’s side may be just the ticket. If the bride is a golfer (and you’ve agreed to see each other before the ceremony) it might be fun to get the girls involved as well..

GroomsAdvice Recommendation: If you’re a golfer, you should strongly consider getting out and playing a round on the wedding day. It may be the last chance you get for awhile…

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5 Responses to “Golf on the Wedding Day: A Tradition Unlike Any Other”

  1. .: » Blog Archive » Golfing on your Wedding Day or how advice for Grooms can be ridiculous. Says:

    [...] This isn’t the first time I’ve heard about the recommendation for the groom to play golf… but I hope it’s the last. If there was anything that sounded country club, exclusive, old money, old boy ridiculousness, it’s golfing on your wedding day. It’s partially labeled as an event for grooms to relax and bond with their fathers, future father-in-law, brother, etc but there is always a hint that the groom needs to do it now because he won’t be able to for awhile. And why? Because of the old ball and chain of his future wife is going to stop him from his early morning tee times. Gag me with a frickin’ spoon. I know that 1950s themed wedding fashion is trendy right now but that doesn’t mean you have to act the part. So while your bride and her entourage spend hours doing their hair and their makeup, the mothers busy organizing all the last details of the wedding, the groom gets to spend the morning working off his hangover and the smell of strippers by playing a round of golf. Sheesh. [...]

  2. admin Says:

    I played golf on my wedding day and I’m not exclusive, old money, or an old boy. I just love the game and love good company.

  3. jan Says:

    I am planning to have an informal wedding in the morning…..after the nuptuials will be tee time for those who would like to golf…or pool/spa relax time until the evening meal together and a reception. I love the idea of a brunch together afterwards, but that would get in the way of the tee time….so I guess we will have some light refreshments and mimosas to toast with.

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