When I was younger, my father was a member of Pine Island Country Club and my first time there, I fell in love with the quaint charm of the club and the friendly staff. All I could think about was what a gorgeous backdrop Pine Island would make for any lucky couple. Fast forward a few years: I am now in the wedding industry myself, and I was lucky enough to meet Brittanie Cockrell, event coordinator for Pine Island Country Club. I am so happy to introduce her to you guys to her today and share a little big more about Pine Island Country Club and why it's the perfect wedding venue.
Along with all your other country club events, what made you decide to go into the wedding business?
The whole process is exciting! I’m able to form this unique relationship with future brides and grooms and go through all the excitement with them.
What sets Pine Island apart from other venues?
I feel as though Pine Island is a breath of fresh air. When clients come to see the venue for the first time they are always so surprised to the venue they pull into. The breathtaking golf course that is a gorgeous back drop to any wedding ceremony, always takes the cake and people are hooked!
What different packages do you offer your couples?
We try to keep it nice and simple for clients. The wedding process is all about decisions and so many choices; we like to handle a lot of the details for clients. Our packages range from $2,500 to $6000, just depending on the guest size of the wedding. We offer all in house catering and alcohol packages as well.
You also handle the management of another venue downtown Charlotte – Skyline Terrace. Tell me a little about that venue.
Yes! Skyline Terrace is an up and coming rooftop venue. It is located right outside of uptown charlotte. The charlotte skyline is in full view and this venue is such a fun atmosphere for weddings. Skyline Terrace will be under construction in the spring of 2016. Plans in progress will include a glass pavilion on top of the rooftop, prep kitchen, bridal suite and most importantly backup rain plan! I cannot wait for this to be completed, and really see how skyline takes off!
What is your favorite part about the weddings?
Oh there is so many and I think my favorite part is always changing. I do love though the moment’s right before the groom walks down the aisle. (I mean I of course LOVE the bride’s grand entrance as well) It’s such a pure moment of excitement and panic! In those moments I can truly see the love the groom has for his future bride, and all I have to say is “Just wait till you see her!!!”
Do you have a favorite fun story?
I will start to say, I love the chaos, and thrive off of all the excitement of the day. Things always go wrong on the wedding day, that’s just the nature of it. It’s also my job to make sure no Bride knows anything but that her days is going perfectly. I had a cake company deliver the cake and somehow they dropped the wedding cake onto the floor. Harris Teeter came to the rescue with a 2 tiered birthday cake that the cake company quickly doctored up! (Thank goodness for leftover fresh flowers from the florist) The bride and groom didn’t even notice the change of cakes, until the cake company told them after they returned from the honeymoon.
That's awesome and no offense to any cake company but my favorite cake is always a vanilla cake with buttercream icing from Harris Teeter.
How long in advance do you typically start working with a bride?
I typically work with the bride right from the beginning so I’m able to help guide and support them through the whole process.
Do you provide someone dedicated to the couple on the day of the event to help them?
Yes! on wedding day myself and my assistant are there to be the calming voice, supporter, train fluffer and whatever else the bride, wedding party and family needs.
What size wedding is typical for you?
Our average wedding size is about 150 guests; however we have had weddings up to 250 guests.
What trends do you see with the current brides?
Every bride wants their wedding to be their own; whether that is from the colors, wedding dress or decorations. Lately I’ve seen a lot of couples straying away from the normal “wedding buffet”. I’ve had a lot of couples want to do action stations, or different themed dinners to play into their family backgrounds. This is fun for the guests to experience as well.
Is there one thing that you feel is important for brides to ask or know when choosing the perfect venue?
I think it’s always important to ask what other events are happening on that wedding day, or what are the setup/breakdown procedures? A wedding day is so special and exciting; however it can also be stressful and chaotic. We make sure the bride is the only bride on that day!! I always want every couple be to pampered and feel like they have my 110% attention on their big day.
For a bride on a budget, what is the #1 thing a bride should not skimp on?
I always say photography/videography. This is the only thing you will have to look back on your wedding day, and you want to make sure the pictures are really worth 1000 words!
Finally, if you could tell the brides one thing about your business, what would it be?
Pine Island Country Club is a gorgeous venue, and we strive to truly make your wedding day the most magical day.
Thanks to Brittanie for sitting down with us today and sharing some great insight and stories. If you are interested in learning a little more about Pine Island Country Club, be sure to check out their website and follow them on social media.