MARVIN – Wedding season is in full swing at Firethorne Country Club but Private Events Director Pam Hart also has an eye on next year.
That’s because Hart has already booked six weddings for 2020 and she expects the club will have another full schedule next year. Firethorne is a private country club but non-members can book weddings and other social functions.
The club will host almost two dozen weddings this year, and that doesn’t include showers or rehearsal dinners.
“People are booking a year, a year-and-a-half out right now,” Hart said.
Firethorne can accommodate up to 180 guests. The club has an outdoor ceremony space and almost all receptions are held indoors. Couples, however, can opt for an outdoor reception if they choose.
“We can do a reception on the back lawn, and we have had a couple of brides that have rented tents,” Hart said.
Hart said most of the weddings she books have the ceremony and reception at the club, but there are a few exceptions.
“Most of the ceremonies are here, with the exception of Catholics,” Hart said. “Catholics tend to get married at (nearby) St. Matthew Catholic Church.’’
Spring and fall are the most popular wedding dates but the club will host a wedding at any time during the year.
“I did one on a Monday because when the girl was 7, she picked that date for her wedding,” Hart said. “It was May 14, and she was going to get married on that date no matter what day of the week it was. It ended up falling on a Monday and that is when we had the wedding.”
One of the popular amenities at Firethorne is the club’s Bridal Suite. They also have available golf outings on Friday mornings where the groom and his groomsmen can get up to four tee times at the club’s guest rate.
“We have a suite for the girls to get ready in for hair and makeup,” Hart said. “Most places give them 30 minutes to two hours. We give them all day for their hair and makeup.’’
Firethorne offers a wide range of menu options but Hart said a buffet dinner is the most popular choice. A full bar is also available. The bride can bring in her own cake.
“The buffet is popular because you can offer choices without having to track who had beef or who had salmon,” Hart said. “With a buffet you can have all the choices without having to do the extra work.’’
The club also has a preferred vendor list they can provide to help a bride book other services, like a disc jockey, hotel suggestions or photographer among other things.
Hart said the professional staff at Firethorne is one reason a bride should pick the club for her wedding.
“We have less turnover staff wise because we have benefits. We have health care,” Hart said. “We don’t hire a lot of temps. The service is more personalized because of our staff. They deal with the members every day and they always put their best foot forward. I tell my staff this is another day of work for you but this is the most important day of their life for them.’’