Book Your Wedding with Railside Golf Club
A BACKYARD IN BYRON CENTER, MI
Railside Golf Club sits in the scenic surroundings of Byron Center, Michigan, within driving distance of Grand Rapids-Wyoming, Michigan. A laid-back country club, the venue is popular for its dedicated wedding event spaces and caters for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies and receptions.
The Ceremony Lawn is reached by way of a meandering, contemporary pathway. Set against an attractive wooded backdrop, it benefits from a large arbor for the exchange of vows and plenty of space for white garden chairs arranged on both sides of a spacious central aisle.
The Reception Tent has a grand ballroom feel with open or closed sides and a vaulted, string-lit roof. It can hold up to 250 guests for seated event.
The Meeting Room is an indoor option for smaller events or inclement weather. With a sleek, formal decor and plenty of natural light, the space can hold up to 50 people.
What You Should Know
The venue is responsible for setting up tables, chairs, linens and skirting on the day of the event. Wedding parties may complete the setup of the space by adding decorations as early as 11 a.m. Amplified music must be reduced in volume at 10 p.m. and turned off by 11 p.m., along with the end of bar service. All events must end completely by midnight. Items not provided by the venue are to be removed from the premises at this time.
All catering is provided by the venue. Catering typically includes a selection of hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, a plated or buffet dinner and a choice of cash or hosted bar service. The catering team is happy to customize the menu to meet a couple's expectations or the diet restrictions of guests. Tastings are available. Only desserts may be provided by outside vendors, providing they have the appropriate license. The venue must be informed in advance of all outside vendors hired for the event.
An all-inclusive promotional wedding package for 150 guests is available for Friday events. For a flat fee, this package covers the tent, furniture and linen rental, full catering, bar service, cake cutting, sales tax and service charge, as well as access to a private bridal suite and a menu tasting for four people.
A nonrefundable deposit is payable at the time of booking and signing the contract. Friday and Saturday events are subject to a minimum spending requirement equivalent to a guest count of 100. A refundable security deposit is also required.
There are a number of specific amenities to keep in mind when considering Railside Golf Club as a wedding venue. These include:
- Audiovisual equipment
- On-site golfing
- A large pool and cabana
- High-definition flatscreen display
From the Vendor
ALL-INCLUSIVE Reception Packages
Introducing All-Inclusive Wedding Receptions. Host up to 150 guests in a romantic tent setting for just $7,495 (Friday) or $9,995 (Saturday) sales tax and gratuity included. All-Inclusive package includes entre choice from plated or buffet meal selections, hors d oeuvre’s, beer, wine, tasting for 4, cake cutting service, private bridal prep suite, tent rental, tables, chairs, and linens. Promotion available for all 2017 dates.
Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Covered
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$ – Affordable
Backyard, Ballroom, Country Club, Restaurant, Tented
Bar + Drinks, Cakes + Desserts, Food + Catering, Planning, Rentals + Equipment, Service Staff
We had our absolute dream wedding at Railside this September. Donna was a pleasure to work with, she was very prompt and helpful in responses as we planned and sent many emails along the way. The day of the wedding she and her assistant Marisa did a great job keeping everything in order. The food was delicious given price point, everyone was extremely professional and courteous. We couldn't have been happier! Thank you Railside!
This venue was great! The prep work from Donna was good- she always responded to my questions timely. The day of, Corine was with us and I got SO many complements on how amazing she was working the event and keeping things going. Thank you for making our day so special!
Great Reception Venue!Reviewed on 9/03/2015 Jilynn L
I used Railside for a reception venue. They had really great service all the way through the planning stages and on our wedding day. They were very helpful with any questions I had. They also were very up front about costs and there were no added extra costs for things like colored linens. They were very easy to work with and very accommodating. They let us use a lot of their supplies as well. All our guests thought the venue was beautiful and the service was great. A great place all around!
Railside helps take the stress out of planning! They took care of everything and Donna Dokl is an expert on all things wedding. We were very pleased with how smoothly everything went!
The Railside Golf Club is truly a dream come true venue. We had our reception in the outdoor tent in May and it was still a great venue. The heaters kept all of us toasty and the lighting is very romantic. Staff was professional and helpful. Donna was our coordinator and she did a fantastic job at answering questions and making sure everything ran smoothly. She is quick to respond and flexible with any request. My husband and I could not have asked for a more beautiful venue or a more wonderful staff.
The venue is beautiful and the people were easy to work with and friendly. They accommodated our needs and wants and helped make the night beautiful.
Our day was fantastic and almost flawless thanks to Railside. The event organizer assistant was fantastic and made our big date wonderful. WARNING: They double booked our date and didn't tell us until several months later and we had to reschedule. We stuck with Railside but were very frustrated by the experience and the main event planner. No matter where you have your wedding, make sure you quadruple check everything. They paid the room fee because of the misunderstanding, but regardless it was frustrating. We were frustrated by the organization of the main event planner so make sure to stay on top of things and ask lots of questions. I would also ask what she needs from you for the day of way ahead of time because she was very last minute asking for things and was also frustrating. Despite some frustrations, the day of made up for everything because it was truly fabulous. They took care of problems that we had, helped up with anything we needed, waited on us amazingly while getting ready and made the event go great. The food was great. The day went so smoothly. Railside was awesome, just stay on top of your planning and advocate for yourself, which you should do anyway while wedding planning. We did the Friday night package and I highly recommend it!
June 6, 2014Reviewed on 7/12/2014 Jamie D
Railside did an amazing job with our wedding. The food was amazing and the golf course is beautiful for pictures. We also did our ceremony there and the gazebo is beautiful with or without decorations. Donna and Hailey were always available to answer any questions that we had. Our wedding day turned out beautiful and was completely stress free!!! We would recommend Railside to anyone getting married.
Clark Wedding 9-14-13Reviewed on 10/06/2013 Katie L
Overall, we were exceptionally satisfied with Railside and their services. They were very accommodating and willing to meet our needs and desires. There were little to no issues or misunderstandings between the staff and my husband and me. The golf course is beautiful inside and out and I would highly recommend this venue to anyone! We thoroughly enjoyed taking pictures out on the course and away from the wedding site. The tent where we had the reception was wonderful and had plenty of space for our guests to dance and walk around. The food was delicious and brought out to tables promptly. I would definitely recommend purchasing plated dinners so guests do not have to wait an incredibly long time! We also really enjoyed the course letting us light off chinese lanterns at night before we left. It was a perfect ending!
Overall good.Reviewed on 10/23/2012 Kelli K
Some miscommunications planning and being switched to Joan half way through the planning and having to re-plan several things. There were a few minor details that were disappointing, however overall it was great and the food was great as well!
Looks can be deceiving!!Reviewed on 10/18/2012 Aleisha B
I was very disappointed in EVERYTHING that Railside provided. Where do I start-the food umm....not even the same stuff we tasted. Some pork portions was not done and it was served to my guests. The beef was over cooked and unedible. Only half the vegetarian orders were actually served. The birdal party and I got locked out of the locker rooms-where we were suppose to get ready--and they new that--it was in the contract. Many other things that were in the contract didn't happen-I was soooo disappointed!!!
Okay...some issuesReviewed on 10/14/2012 Lindsey S
We had our ceremony & reception at Railside. I relied on reviews to make decisions when planning our wedding & felt that I should provide an honest review of our experience. We signed up w/ Allyson who soon after went on maternity leave & we ended up working w/ Jason & Joan. From the beginning working w/ Joan was difficult & we were surprised with the lack of quality customer service from someone in a customer service based industry. We set up a time to meet w/ Joan & she didn’t show (after making it seem like we were inconveniencing her b/c we couldn’t meet before 6 pm). She did apologize but followed this up by not being responsive to our emails or phone calls & I often felt like I had to chase her down to get info. Eventually Jason said to use him as a contact b/c we were having issues w/ the level of service from Joan. He was helpful & attentive & we felt much more comfortable w/ his help. One week before the wedding we talked to Joan & she mentioned that a local noise ordinance wouldn’t allow music to be played past 11 (in our contract we were told we could play music until 12). While we understood this wasn’t their decision we couldn’t believe they didn’t tell us earlier so we could contact our DJ to make schedule changes. A major change like this should be communicated to a customer asap! We tried to pay the majority of the balance a week before the wedding (w/ the remainder to be paid closer to the date). We had to follow-up multiple times with Jason trying to get a payment taken. Finally, the morning of the big day the payment was completed which left the balance & arrangements were discussed w/ Jason. 30 minutes into our reception, Joan interrupted & asked the groom for the rest of the payment! The whole situation was offensive considering it was our reception & the hoops we jumped through to resolve the issue earlier. The ceremony took place on the driving range & it was a beautiful location. However, there was a golfer using it during the ceremony. (Jason later explained that the range was closed but that no one enforces the rule). As a selling point to booking, we were also told we could use the locker room for our belongings & we found out on the wedding day that we couldn’t leave our things in the locker room (another unmentioned policy change). The reception went well. The outdoor tent is large & spacious w/ great views. The buffet dinner was well-received by guests & the food was good. However, the wait staff was a little overzealous & many guests had food taken away prematurely w/out being asked if we were finished. We also had several complaints about Joan being rude to guests! Sorry for the lengthy review but I wanted to give an honest summary of our experience. We can neither recommend for or against having your wedding at Railside. The venue itself was gorgeous but the last-minute changes & staff interactions w/ guests were subpar. If you have a lot of time or a wedding planner that can keep up w/all the details ensuring they don't blindside you w/anything last minture-the venue is a good option. But if you're trying to plan your own wedding & have little freetime I would suggest looking for a venue that is a bit more experienced & can help you feel confident in your planning! (We did follow-up w/ Jason to share our concerns prior to posting this review & felt that we were given a lot of excuses...but they did say they'll be making some changes so hopefully they'll be a better venue in the future).
Meet The Coordinator
Donna has over 20 years of event planning experience in Grand Rapids and throughout the Midwest. She has served as an event planner for Fairfield Golf and Country Club and the Public Museum of Grand Rapids. Her vast experience allows her to visualize every facet of an event incorporating overall design, food, beverage, and unique event details. Donna believes all events – regardless of size – are important. She works with brides and their families to ensure all aspects of their very special day are perfect.