Wedding Photo Checklist

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Planning a wedding is no small task. You spend months poring over every aspect of the day — inviting guests, planning meals and making sure it all goes off without a hitch. When the day finally comes, it’s often over in the blink of an eye.

Your wedding is a momentous and emotional day, one that you’ll never want to forget. That’s why photography is such a core part of the wedding. Even if you hold onto specific memories, a professional photographer with a keen eye for detail can help you remember every moment.

For those of you celebrating your wedding on Jekyll Island, we want to help make your day and your memories as special as possible. We’ve put together a comprehensive wedding photography checklist and a rundown of how to best capture the beauty of Jekyll Island.

Why Plan Ahead?

Although most professional photographers will know which shots to take and when to take them, having an idea of the specifics you’d like included is always helpful. If anything, working through your own photography checklist (sometimes called a shot list) can give you a great idea of what to expect from your photographer.

This is especially true if your photographer offers to collaborate on a list, or if they ask for specific moments you want captured throughout the day’s events. Whether it’s something as small as a sentimental trinket or as involved as formal portraits, thinking ahead can save you a lot of stress the day-of.

The last thing you want on your wedding day is to spend a day of celebration worrying about which photos your photographer did and didn’t take. Check out our wedding photography checklist and use it to make one of your own. Worst case: your photographer already has one, and the two of you can work together to make sure every shot is accounted for.

Your All-In-One Checklist

Photos to Take Before the Ceremony

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  • The venue while it’s being prepared
  • A solo shot of the wedding dress hanging on its hanger
  • The bride and bridesmaids while getting ready (hair, makeup, etc.)
  • The bridesmaids both before getting ready and after
  • Solo shots of the bride getting ready, specifically close-ups of her gown, shoes and jewelry
  • Bridesmaids reacting to the bride in her dress
  • Bride with her parents once the wedding party is finished getting ready
  • Bride and her parents leaving for the wedding ceremony
  • Bridesmaids walking together toward the ceremony
  • Groomsmen before getting ready
  • Groomsmen putting on various parts of their formalwear (jackets, belts, cufflinks, bowties, etc.)
  • Groom and best man together before the ceremony
  • Groom with his father and mother before the ceremony
  • Groom and groomsmen hanging out once finished getting ready
  • Groom and groomsmen walking toward the ceremony
  • Family members outside of the wedding party, such as the ring bearer and flower girl

Photos During the Ceremony

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  • Inside and outside shots of the venue before guests and wedding party arrive
  • Guests arriving at the ceremony
  • Guests finding their seats or talking with others before the ceremony
  • Musicians before and during the ceremony
  • Grandparents being seated prior to ceremony
  • Bridesmaids and groomsmen walking down the aisle
  • Maid of honor and/or matron of honor walking down the aisle
  • Best man walking down the aisle
  • Groom waiting for the bride
  • Ring bearer and flower girl as they walk down the aisle
  • Bride just before entering the ceremony
  • Father of the bride walking her down the aisle
  • Close-up of groom’s reaction to the bride
  • Father hugging the bride and giving her to the groom
  • Photos throughout the entire ceremony (along with any cultural or religious traditions involved)
  • The unity ceremony
  • The ring ceremony and the exchanging of rings
  • Various shots of the bride and groom saying their vows
  • Close-up of the bride and groom holding hands
  • The first kiss after the ceremony
  • Bride and groom walking out of the ceremony
  • Various shots of the receiving line as guests leave the ceremony
  • Bride and groom together as they leave the venue

Formal Portraits Before or After the Wedding

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  • Full-length shot of the bride
  • Bride and maid of honor
  • Bride and matron of honor
  • Bride and her parents
  • Bride and her bridesmaids
  • Bride and groom
  • Bride and groom with their parents
  • Groom with his best man
  • Groom with his parents
  • Groom with his groomsmen
  • Full shot of wedding party
  • Any additional shots of the wedding party

 

Photos During the Reception

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  • Inside and outside of the reception before guests arrive
  • Close-ups of tables and arrangements — specifically centerpieces
  • Cocktail hour if there’s time between formal portraits and the reception
  • Wedding guests entering the reception and finding their seats/tables
  • Musicians and/or DJs
  • Wedding cake, food, buffet, etc.
  • Gift table and card drop box
  • Bride and groom entering the reception, along with other wedding party members
  • Best man’s toast
  • Maid of honor’s toast
  • Bride and groom’s first dance
  • Bride and father’s dance
  • Groom and mother’s dance
  • Bride and groom kissing at the head table
  • Dinner service and food arrangements
  • Guests dancing and enjoying the reception following dinner
  • Bride and groom cutting the cake
  • Bride and groom feeding each other cake
  • Bride throwing her bouquet
  • Groom throwing garter
  • Getaway car before bride and groom leave the reception
  • Bride and groom saying goodbye to guests before leaving
  • Bride and groom leaving the reception and getting in their getaway car
  • Guests leaving the wedding reception

Capturing the Perfect Wedding Photos on Jekyll Island

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Now that you have your checklist in hand, there’s just one more thing to keep in mind: how to capture the heart and soul of Jekyll Island’s beauty.

Jekyll Island is home to a host of sights and venues, each adding its own unique character to the island. Chances are you’ve scouted out the locations for your ceremony and your reception, but there are some details you’ll want to keep in mind specifically for your wedding photography.

  • Jekyll Island is all about contrast. No matter which venue you reserve for your wedding, you’re bound to run into a contrast between Jekyll Club’s architecture and the island’s natural beauty. Playing off this contrast — especially at venues such as Crane Cottage — will help frame truly memorable wedding photos.
  • Make use of the island’s flat terrain. Though Jekyll Island has more than it’s fair share of variety, one thing is common throughout many of our locations: flatland. This is to your benefit when taking photos. Even elevation means it’s easier to take wide, dramatic shots — especially those from a distance.
  • Elevation is still your friend. That being said, the architecture throughout the island provides wonderful vantage points no matter where your wedding and reception take place. Consider requesting shots from balconies or terraces to add even more variety to your wedding photos.
  • Natural lighting creates natural beauty. Every location on Jekyll Island offers its own flair of natural lighting. Some places offer sprawling tree cover — others, open skies. Regardless of where you are, natural lighting can help create shots with far more accent than the ones you’d take indoors. Not to mention, all-in-one venues give you access to natural lighting at various times of the day — meaning various types of natural lighting.

Making Your Planning Count

When it comes down to it, a professional wedding photographer should know exactly what to look for on your special day. But being prepared and knowing the photos you’d like include will help make sure you have those memories to hold onto for years to come.

AAA Four Diamond Restaurant Award: The Grand Dining Room!

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For the second year in a row, the Jekyll Island Club Hotel is very excited to announce that the Grand Dining Room has been awarded the AAA Four Diamond Restaurant Award.

The AAA Four Diamond Award is awarded to only 2.3% of nearly 30,000 restaurants that are approved by AAA, and in order for a restaurant to receive a four diamond rating, it must meet certain requirements. For establishments designated as AAA Approved, inspectors give a rating based on extensiveness of services, facilities and amenities that are typical of each individual rating level.

A Four Diamond Award is classified to restaurants with a distinctive fine-dining atmosphere who often have a highly creative executive chef, imaginative presentations and market-fresh ingredients on the menu. Also taken into account are if wine stewards are available, if there is an upscale ambiance and the general price range of the restaurant, with a four diamond being on the affluent side.

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We couldn’t have achieved this huge accomplishment without all of our lovely restaurants guests and the continuous hard work, efforts and high level of work ethic from all of our kitchen and Grand Dining Room staff. They deserve not one one big round of applause, but TWO!

While this is our second AAA four diamond, the Grand Dining Room will continue to strive for number three. Lynn Lee, Assistant Director of Food and Beverage, and Executive Chef Dale Ford both expressed how they plan to continue to raise the bar in our Grand Dining Room in hopes of not only receiving the four diamond rating each year, but with a long-term goal of reaching a five diamond status.

 

Two Delicious Events Coming Soon!

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This spring, be awakened by not only Jekyll Island’s gorgeous springtime weather, but also by the Jekyll Island Club Hotel’s insanely delicious event calendar.

It’s time to freshen up your palette!

First stop is the Ferrari Carano Winemaker Dinner on March 10th. This wine dinner is a little different than the few others that the hotel has hosted, but it’s sure to be just as enchanting! Our very talented Executive Sous Chef Brenna Drum has handcrafted a delicious six course soiree that encompasses wondrous food elegantly paired wines from Ferrari Carano Winery, set among the historically rich Jekyll Island Club.

The reception hour will begin at 6pm on the Riverfront Veranda as the sun sets, filled with hors d’oeuvres and glasses of wine. The evening will continue into the intimate Riverview Lounge inside the Grand Dining Room for the dinner portion. With very limited seating available for this wine dinner, tickets are going fast and are expected to be sold out very soon! At just $105 per person inclusive, a few are still left so reserve yours today! PURCHASE HERE.

Next on the calendar is the Woodford Reserve Whiskey Dinner on April 21st, acting as the official kick off for the first annual Whiskey Wine and Wildlife weekend.

Because in the words of Mark Twain…“Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.”

Join us as we uncork Kentucky’s oldest and smallest whiskey distillery at the Woodford Reserve Whiskey Dinner. Jekyll Island Club Hotel’s Executive Chef Dale Ford is set to pair up with Lara Lyn Carter, TV host of “Thyme for Sharing”, to handcraft a four-course dinner overflowing with fascinating culinary and whiskey pairings.

To capitalize on the beautiful spring weather that will be in full swing in late April, the first whiskey dinner will be set at the the iconic Annex Courtyard beginning at 6:45pm with a few signature hand crafted cocktails all blended with Woodford’s bourbon, then continuing into the night for dinner.

While the menu is undergoing perfection, tickets are now available for those who have already added this festive affair to their calendar. Tickets are $105 inclusive, per person, and following in the theme of the Ferrari Carano Winemaker Dinner, tickets are limited and will sell fast! PURCHASE HERE.

Begin your spring with a bang and don’t miss these two one-of-a-kind events!

 

Dine Jekyll 2016

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In honor of National Restaurant Week, Dine Jekyll 2016 is the first annual restaurant celebration to help promote the delicious dining scene on Jekyll Island, while also donating to a great cause – Second Harvest.

Between February 16 – 26, enjoy daily tasty lunch specials for only $12 at the Grand Dining Room, Courtyard at Crane and both Club Cafe locations, or 3-course dinners for only $30 at the Grand Dining Room or Courtyard at Crane.

 

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Second Harvest serves as the food safety net for tens of thousands of people with disabilities who are at-risk for starvation throughout southeastern Georgia.  They work diligently to feed the hungry and just last year alone, Second Harvest food bank provided more than 9.6 million pounds of food to our area. Support from the community and businesses make it possible for them to reach out to as many people as they continuously do, therefore every participating Dine Jekyll restaurant will donate $.50 per lunch and $1.00 per dinner.

Also note that food donation bins for cans will be available, with the Jekyll Island Club’s bin located at the Club Cafe at the Beach Village. At the end of the event, the funds raised and the food donated will be presented to Second Harvest.

But wait, there’s more!

Don’t forget to grab a passport to celebrate National Restaurant Week to the fullest. To encourage diners to try out more than just one restaurant, dinning passports will be offered at participating restaurants. Once you receive 3 stamps from 3 different Dine Jekyll restaurants, you can turn it in to be entered into a drawing for gift baskets and a Jekyll Island yearly parking pass.

To make dinner reservations with the Jekyll Island Club Hotel…
Call the Grand Dining Room at 912-635-5155 or submit a reservation online.
Call the Courtyard at Crane at 912-635-5222 or submit a reservation online.

Other participating restaurants include: The Reserve at The Westin, Uncle Vance’s at The Westin, Tortuga Jacks, Driftwood Bistro, Wee Pub, The Holiday Inn and Latitude 31.

Your Next Meeting Venues – the Astor Room and Oceanfront Lawn

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Currently in the beginning stages of construction, the Jekyll Island Club Ocean Suites are slated for completion in the spring of 2017. Encompassing 41 oceanfront suites, a lounge area, a sparkling pool and a pool bar and grill, the Jekyll Island Club Ocean Suites will also be home to two new event spaces: the Astor Room and the Oceanfront Lawn.

Housing roughly 900 square feet, the Astor Room is expected to fit 69 classroom style, 30 conference style, 100 theater style, 80 banquet style and 120 reception style. Included in the rental of the Astor Room will be the lobby area at the meeting room’s entrance, perfect for cocktail hours or pre-meeting registration.

The Oceanfront Lawn will be the perfect setting for your next casually elegant event. With the Atlantic Ocean as the backdrop, little decor will need to be brought in for this venue to stand apart from the rest. It’s sure to add a lasting impression to all of your guests.

As you begin to plan your 2017 events, keep the Jekyll Island Club Ocean Suites in mind. It’s the perfect fit for your next family reunion, corporate retreat or beachside wedding!

 

Mark Your Calendars for the 42nd Annual Jekyll Island Art Festival!

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The 42nd Annual Jekyll Island Art Festival is quickly approaching!

This a three-day art extravaganza is happening on March 11-13 and will be featuring the work of many of the Jekyll Island Arts Association’s nearly 700 members who come from all over North America.

The event at Goodyear Cottage will be overflowing with handmade items from JIAA members and local artists at the “Festival Shop” and there will be demonstrations happening by weavers, carvers, painters, and potters! Something for the kiddos too – there will be plenty of fun art activities for them to take part in, including traditional Raku glazing and firing.

Be sure to stop by on Saturday for two exciting new events. The Jekyll Island Club Hotel’s culinary team will provide a Saturday afternoon chef’s demonstration on the award winning Shrimp and Grits.

Then later that evening, enjoy “Art After Dark.” Stroll through the gallery and the outdoor sales areas while feasting on the Historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel’s award winning Shrimp and Grits, all while enjoying the mellow sounds of Michael Hulett.

The Food and Beverage team at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel will be the exclusive food vendor for the festival and is providing a menu you won’t want to miss! From pastries to Brunswick stew, handmade sandwiches and smores, it’s sure to be a delicious weekend!

There is a full schedule of entertainment for the festival.  Come enjoy the music along with the art!

Friday 1:00-4:00 – The String Rays

Saturday 12:00- 4:00 – Ricky Minix

Saturday 4:00-7:00 – Michael Hulett

Sunday 1:00-4:00 – Marshgrass Trio

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Join the JIAA for three exciting days of visual, musical, and culinary arts!

 

 

Comedy Weekend – Tickets on Sale NOW!

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It’s never to early to begin planning a funny-filled weekend!

We are already very excited for our annual Comedy Weekend January 22-24, 2016 because our lineup for both nights is full of epic, well-known comedians!

A weekend package is available and includes reserved, preferred seating at both Friday and Saturday night shows, with a two night stay at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel including the breakfast buffet each morning.

Or…

Individual tickets are open to the public for both Friday and Saturday night shows at just $35 per person per night, if bought in advance! Tickets will be $45 per person per night at the door, if they aren’t SOLD OUT!

The event kicks off Friday January 22 in the Morgan Center as the doors open at 8pm, with a great MC for the whole weekend, Andy Pitz. Described as one of New York’s most original, funny and talented stand-up comedians, you just know he is going to be good!

Transitioning after Andy on stage will be Dean Napolitano, Aaron Kleiber and Dale Jones.

Napolitano will remind you of the comedians from yesteryear, but with a modern twist that keeps you engaged and laughing the whole time. Having TV credits from “About Brian” on ABC, “Heroes” on NBC, “The Shield” from FX and many others, Being up first, Napolitano is sure to set the humorous tone for the weekend.

Kleiber has always been an entertainer, from standing on coffee tables envisioned as a stage as a child to just your nightly dinners with a now unique comedic tone. Recently named “Best Pittsburgh Comedian” and a requested feature performer for Jim Breuer, Bob Saget and more, it’s no wonder we wanted him in our lineup!

Jones is no newbie to the comedy world and is also very familiar with the TV world, having appeared on “The Very Funny Show” on TBS, “Last Comic Standing” on NBC and The Comedy Network in Canada. His 20 + years of experience make his machine gun style delivery and insanely high energy on stage one amazingly funny performance!

Because one night of belly laughing entertainment is never enough, the weekend continues onto Saturday night as well….with an ALL NEW lineup of clever comedians – Julie Scoggins, Dave Williamson and Al Jackson.

A Southern girl with universal appeal, Scoggins’ shows sell out from Florida to Oregon. She’s a 6’2 southern ex-trucker, cab driver, baseball mascot, pooper-scooper and charm school graduate! But don’t let that fool you – Julie Scoggins is one of the funniest comedians, male or female, on the circuit today! Folks actually WANT to sit in the front row & have been known to return a second night, just so they can bring friends that haven’t yet seen her.

Childhood stories, colorful college memories, and young father experiences make up Williamson’s material and it creates a home run of laughs! Debuting on TV with “NickMom Night Out”, earning the title “Miami’s Best Comedian” and having released a highly rated debut cd, Williamson is on a roll and always pleases the crowd.

And last but not least, Jackson is the final comedian on the weekend and there are several reasons why to back that decision. With appearances on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”, being the host for FOX’s “Awesome Adventures” travel show, and credits to include “Comedy Cuts” on TBS, “Louie Anderson Presents” with Showtime and too many others to list, Jackson is sure to leave the crowd with some seriously sore ab muscles to conclude the weekend.

 

Two nights of tasty libations, great company and 7 well-known comedians….it doesn’t get much better!

Doors open both nights at 8pm, with the shows beginning at 8:30pm.

Reserve your tickets today and get ready to laugh your abs of steel off!

New Year, New Last Name!

Holidays are a special time filled with close loved ones, family, laughter and lifelong memories…and of course, love. Every girl dreams of that magical life changing moment of having her soulmate get down on one knee and pull out that tiny, velvet box, and the holidays are filled with perfect moments for this special occasion.

Whether it happened beside the twinkling tree on Christmas morning surrounded by your closest family, or as the clock counted down to the New Year, if you are one of the lucky girls this season to have finally received that left-hand bling, CONGRATULATIONS!

After all of the tears and screams, calling relatives and friends to spread the news and popping the champagne, you will then start to be bombarded with other very important questions such as “Where are you getting married?”, “Have you set a date yet?”, “What dress style do you want?” ….and the list goes on and on. But don’t panic, the Jekyll Island Club Hotel is here to rescue you from your worst wedding nightmares.

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!

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 fabulous options here at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. 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 the magic begin!

Let’s Talk Location – The Resort Has Many!         

Crane Cottage

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

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.

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Riverfront Lawn

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.

Beach Pavilion

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?

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Morgan Center

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.

Club Ballroom

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.

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Hall of Mirrors

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, Aldrich, and Alexander 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 100.

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Astor Room and Oceanfront Lawn

Slated for completion in the spring of 2017, the Astor Room and Oceanfront Lawn are two new event venues located at the Jekyll Island Club Ocean Suites. The Oceanfront Lawn and Astor Room will welcome seaside ceremonies and receptions for guests up to 80 persons, providing breathtaking views of the uncrowded shorelines. A collection of 41 suites are also conveniently available for event guests, offering spacious accommodations with over-sized oceanfront balconies.

Faith Chapel

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.

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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 2016
All Weekends in January August 19-21 November 25-27
All Weekends in February August 26-28 December 2-4
March 4-6 September 2-5* December 9-11
March 11-13 September 16-18** December 16-18
August 12-14 November 18-20 December 23-25

 

*September 2-5: Labor Day Weekend. Three night minimum required.

**Package and site fee discounts available September 16-18, 2016 during Shrimp and Grits Festival for Cherokee and Crane Cottage.  Sleeping room discounts are not available.

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 Hotel, 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.

Landmark Package

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 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!

Club Package

Leave everything to us for your all inclusive destination wedding here at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel! 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.

Island Package

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!

Elopement Package

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!

Customized

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

You’ve selected the location (or locations) and chosen your package (or customized), 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 Hotel.

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!

The Big Day is Finally Here!

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 to marry the love of your life.

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

It’s true, the moments we wait our whole lives for pass us by too quickly. Planning your dream wedding may seem daunting and nerve-racking, but think about the end results. You get to marry your best friend, soul-mate, and love of your life. This precious day can pass you by all too soon if you are wrapped up in worry and panic in the planning stages. We would absolutely hate if you looked back on your special day and realize it was over and you didn’t get to truly embrace it. When you plan your wedding here at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, 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 forever. We want to 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 sales@jekyllclub.com.

Christmas Meals, To Go!

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Come Christmas day, no one wants to be stuck in the kitchen cooking a huge holiday meal. This year, relax with your loved ones and order your Christmas meal to go from our Club Cafè at the Beach Village!

With three different options with all of the traditional favorites, there is sure to be the perfect option for everyone!

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Be sure to order your meal ahead of time though, as there is a set quantity and it is sure to sell out soon! Don’t let your tinsel get in a tangle, instead let us be apart of your Christmas day!

A Chef’s Favorite on this Food Friday!

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Every year after Thanksgiving, Sapelo Farm gears up for their annual cane grind. Chef Brenna Drum has had the pleasure of attending this twice and it’s quite a sight! They grind the cane by tractor, and boil the juice until it’s the perfect consistency.

Of course, it’s a tedious job, constantly looking for specks, impurities and wiping the edges of the pot.

The Jekyll Island Club uses Sapelo Farm Cane Syrup on a number of things, but one of Drum’s personal favorites is the “Southern Burger” offered on our Pub menu.

It’s an 8oz grilled hamburger with fried green tomato, pimento cheese, arugula, cane syrup all on a brioche bun and a side of our house pickles.

Sapelo’s Cane Syrup is also great on fresh baked biscuits, pancakes, or even as a substitute for honey.