The Jekyll Island Club Hotel has been a cherished setting for generations of happy couples. Whether it’s an elegant garden setting, a sun-set background, sand between your toes, a jaw-dropping entrance or a charming chapel ceremony, we have it all right outside your historic suite!
As we have officially entered wedding booking season, we wanted to share with our newly engaged readers how to have the wedding of your dreams at the Jekyll Island Club!
Now, don’t close out your computer screen in fear of all the information to come! It might be intimidating, but we’re here to truly spell it all out for you so you walk away with a real sense of understanding about all of your wedding options here at the Jekyll Island Club. Our wonderful Sales Managers will become your BFF in the early stages of planning your wedding and will be right beside you as you select your setting, package type and much more!
Let’s Talk Venues – The Club Has Many!
With all of the beautiful greenery, twinkling lights and historic charm, it’s no wonder that Crane Cottage is the most popular. This grand, Italian Renaissance-style cottage, adjacent to the main Hotel, has a formal Sunken Garden with fountains and an upper terrace, a fountained Courtyard with an arcaded loggia, a Reflecting Pool Lawn, an elegant Living Room complete with fireplaces and a cozy library. Crane’s garden is the perfect setting with its lush trellises and glittering fountains for wedding ceremonies up to 250 people, followed by the pre-reception gathering filled with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by the Reflecting Pool Lawn, set in front of the cottage.
Additionally, the magical Crane Courtyard is the perfect spot for any plated or buffet style reception with up to 130 guests, with dancing and entertainment flowing over into the Living Room and Library. Worried your group won’t fit in the Courtyard? With the addition of a tent outside the Courtyard, up to 250 people can be accommodated…so you can invite every distant friend and second-cousin twice removed to share in your special day.
Cherokee might be smaller in size of the two cottages, but the beauty and charm still rates a full 10. With the ability to hold events up to 50 people, Cherokee is the perfect setting if a more intimate vibe is what you seek. Many brides choose to have their ceremony on the Cherokee Lawn underneath the shade from a breathtaking live oak tree, followed by the pleasures of dinner, reception and dancing in the Main Hall and on the true southern Veranda.
With some of the best sunset and river views, along with a beautiful canopy of ancient oaks providing a sensational open-air setting, the Riverfront Lawn is a storybook location to fill all of your wildest dreams. Whether it’s an afternoon ceremony underneath the warming sunshine or a large reception underneath the stars with illuminating bare bulb lights strung throughout the trees, the Riverfront Lawn can be transformed into the perfect spot for your ceremony and reception for up to 300 guests. But no need to worry over inclement weather spoiling your big day as we always have a back-up location booked for all outside events.
Here at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, not only can you have riverside ceremonies, but you can also say I-do with sand between your toes and a sea breeze in your veil! The Hotel’s Beach Pavilion, located along Jekyll Island’s pristine beaches, is a spacious open-air structure accommodating up to 70 guests–the perfect seaside setting for outdoor wedding events or rehearsal dinners. What could be better than a sunny summer beach wedding?
Once upon a time, the Morgan Center was the private indoor tennis court for the millionaires. But don’t worry, this beautiful building has been impeccably restored into the hotel’s newest and largest event venue. The Morgan Center can accommodate events of up to 300 people and features an outdoor terrace, deluxe lawn, a mezzanine and a large main floor complete with skylights and romantically draped lights–perfect for a memorable outdoor ceremony with a seated indoor reception, or vice versa. The Morgan Center Lawn is perfect for a blissful outdoor ceremony as the trellis and surrounding greenery creates an intimate feel, or inside the main hall is a grand staircase that will be aglow with lights for a dramatic entrance as the bride can walk down the stairs to the aisle. The Morgan Center can house your entire wedding event from the ceremony to the reception, and large weddings selecting the Riverfront Lawn for their ceremony can choose to move indoors to the Morgan Center for their reception.
Boasting historic charisma and elegance, the Jekyll Island Club Hotel Ballroom is a simple answer to your dilemma of wanting to have your ceremony and reception in two separate locations, but what makes it’s even better is that is it conveniently connected to the Clubhouse and just a few steps away from ceremony locations. Being able to accommodate up to 100 people for a reception filled with food, libations and dancing, guests will be able to mingle inside and out as the four sets of double doors open onto the Veranda, overlooking the moonlight sky and the Annex Courtyard.
Smaller, more intimate weddings are sensational in any of the private banquet rooms that flank the Hotel’s historic Hall of Mirrors: The Pulitzer, Federal Reserve and Aldrich rooms. All have 12-foot ceilings, natural light and a charming fireplace, and can accommodate up to 15-30 guests each. What makes the Hall of Mirrors so special, besides all of the rich historic background, is that they can easily be combined for larger groups up to 70.
Centrally located in the historic district next to Cherokee and Crane Cottage, Faith Chapel is the second interdenominational chapel built by the Jekyll Island Club for the 1904 season. With decorative elements derived from the Gothic style, and a beautiful signed stained glass window of Louis Comfort Tiffany. Faith Chapel is a great ceremony venue setting for up to 100 guests. The chapel is managed by the Historic Museum and makes the perfect background for an intimate chapel ceremony.
Save the Date
It’s not too late to plan a 2016 wedding here at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. With several weekends still available at multiple locations all over our property, there is sure to be a date that fits in your desired timeframe. We also offer a generous amount of discounted weekends that include package, site fee, and room discounts, along with other bonuses. Be sure to snag a discounted weekend before it’s gone!
|Spectacular Wedding Special Weekends 2017|
|All Weekends in January||September 2-5*||December 1-3|
|All Weekends in February||September 8-10||December 8-10|
|All Weekends in March||September 15-17**||December 15-17|
|July 28-30||November 17-19||December 22-24|
|All Weekends in August||November 24-26|
*September 2-5: Labor Day Weekend. Three night minimum required.
**Sleeping room discounts are not available for Shrimp and Grits Festival Weekend
Found the Venue…Now What?
Once your Sales Manager has helped you narrow down your perfect setting, a few key details come into play. All weddings at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel are expected to fill a room block based on the number of guests in your party. Your guests will need a place to stay regardless and with the historic, comfortable and southern charm of the Jekyll Island Club, room blocks are easily filled.
Our specialized Sales and Catering Departments have put together wedding packages that include most of the ceremony and reception sites, along with vendor work and much more. If a wedding package doesn’t fit your needs though, you have the option to customize your wedding to truly make it your own. With any package or customized wedding, all catering must be done onsite through our award-winning kitchen, which is nothing to worry about because our Chef and culinary staff do a wonderful job in preparing, creating and customizing any and every meal to your specific tastes.
From flowers and food to music and a minister, this grand and comprehensive package is lavish, upscale and a favorite among brides. In a variety of settings (Crane Cottage, Morgan Center, Riverfront Lawn, Beachside or Chapel), all the traditional components are included in the Landmark Package, with plenty of choices and options to make it even more personal. One of the most raved about bonuses of the Landmark Package is that it includes a all-day personal Wedding Director and Assistant Director, so you can spend less time worrying about the little things and focus on the big things, like marrying your best friend. For those brides with 75 guests or more, the Landmark Wedding Package has everything you need!
Leave everything to us for your all inclusive destination wedding here at the Jekyll Island Club! Just tell us your choices of the available settings, music and food options, and your ceremony and reception will unfold just as you always imagined, from your gorgeous flower arrangements right down to a beautiful wedding cake created by our pastry chef. Our Club Package is best for groups ranging from 31-130 and also includes a Ceremony Director on your big day.
Our Island Package provides the ideal experience as it is the perfect package for smaller, more intimate weddings of 15-30 guests, yet we’ve included all the thoughtful touches that make it magic in every way. Including beautiful outdoor and indoor settings, flower arrangements, photography, classical or eccentric ceremony music and a ceremony director, the Island Package has a little bit of everything!
No one puts more excitement into elopement than we do! Our all-inclusive Elopement Package has been specially created for couples, and a few close family and friends if they desire, with an emphasis on privacy and getaway romance. The beautiful Jekyll Island beaches are the perfect setting for your ceremony, or the hotel grounds offer several stunning spots ideal for an intimate elopement. The package is built for 2-12 guests and includes all the wedding basics with a few specialty items such as turndown service, a deluxe dinner for two, champagne and much more!
If you don’t see a package that suits your fancy, we also offer the choice of customizing your wedding all the way from the setting down to the horse-drawn carriage exit. If you are a true planner who has always dreamed about planning every detail of your wedding, or say you have a specific band that must play at your reception, then a customized wedding might be the best option for you. Yes, it sounds a little scary having to plan every small detail, but our Sales and Catering department will be alongside of you every step of the way!
Details, Details, and More Details
After you have selected the venues and chosen between customized or a specific package, now it’s time to begin the real fun stuff….planning!
Once you have dotted your i’s and crossed your t’s on the contract, your Catering Manager will reach out to you to begin the process of forming all of your wedding’s details. Yes, you have a personal Sales AND Catering Manager (that’s TWO top-notch professionals) ready to dive in and assist you while planning your wedding here at the Jekyll Island Club.
Your Catering Manager will first set up what they call a Planning Session with you, your Husband-To-Be and possibly even your Mom, to help calm your nerves of course. At the Planning Session, you will enjoy pre-selected food and cake items, chosen by you, to taste and pick for your rehearsal dinner, pre-reception, reception, etc. As you sample delicious entrees and desserts, you will also be discussing options and deciding on all of the details of your wedding. Be prepared though, you will be asked a ton of questions during this session! Your Catering Manager will walk you through the process and ask you all about your set-up vision (chairs, linens, centerpieces, decorations), food and beverage needs, entertainment (DJ, band, karaoke, photo booths, etc), special requests and furnishings (barebulb lighting, farm tables, sound systems, etc) and so much more!
Our best advice to you before attending your Planning Session is to come as prepared as you can! It’ll help lift a weight off your shoulders to get all of your ideas and selections on the table and in writing, and then tweak, add, and take off items as you go along. We want to make your wedding planning experience as seamless and pain-free as possible!
Once you have finished your Planning Session, it’s generally smooth-sailing from there on out. Your Catering Manager will then be in touch with you periodically as payments are due, details marked as TBD need to be decided and small questions arise. Your Sales Manager will be there to assist with any room-block questions, special rooming requests or vendor related questions. If you have any sudden requests, changes or questions, they are always just a quick email or phone call away!
It’s Your Wedding Weekend!
After all of the sleepless nights, detailed planning and prayers for perfect weather, your wedding weekend has almost arrived and it’s time to head to Jekyll Island! Once you arrive, you will have what we call a “Pre-Con” Meeting with your Wedding Director, Catering and Banquet Managers. At this meeting, you will hand over any decorations or special items you have brought with you for our staff to place, and then your Catering Manager will efficiently run through all of your events notes, set-up, menus, etc to make sure everyone is on the same page and that we are all set to have your wedding go off without a hitch.
On the day-of your ceremony, your Wedding Director will check-in with you at the pre-determined time and do a quick rundown of your day’s timeline. She will also be there for any last minute questions, blunders or small panic attacks that may arise…we understand nerves are tightly strung, it is your wedding day! But just remember to breathe and enjoy the walk down the aisle.
After the ceremony, your Wedding Director will make sure you get through your pictures and into your reception as you get announced as “Mr. and Mrs”! After the reception formalities, your Wedding Director will then bow out as the skilled Banquet Manager takes over to ensure the rest of your evening is perfect. Of course, you may always add extra hours with your Wedding Director if you can’t bear to have them leave before your event is over, but our Banquet staff is trained immaculately and will be there to assist as needed.
Gone in a Flash
When you plan your wedding here at the Jekyll Island Club, we take on all of the stress, details and headaches of planning so that you can sit back and live in the moment of being engaged and planning your life as a married couple. Let the professionals plan your wedding so that you can focus on your sweet marriage to come!
Get in touch with our Sales Department today to make sure your wedding is everything you ever dreamed of, and more. Give them a call at 912-635-5170 or email email@example.com.