Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Reasons to LOVE a Rustic Wedding Theme

At Country Jewell we are seeing more and more weddings that embrace a rustic wedding theme.  Our brides are loving having a rustic themed wedding because they are so fun and enjoyable. Country Jewell is the perfect place to hold your rustic themed wedding because of the fantastic views, our wonderful outdoor venue, and our beautiful wedding chapel and reception barn.  Think about booking your rustic wedding venue near Knoxville, TN at Country Jewell!


Here are some reasons why we love a rustic wedding theme!


Country Jewell is the perfect venue for your rustic themed wedding!

The Wonderful Rustic Decorations


Wildflowers that burst with vibrant colors and mason jars hanging from trees are simple yet beautiful wedding pieces that can tie your rustic wedding in with the nature that surrounds it. Guests can be seated at long tables draped with clean, burlap tablecloths accented with white runners and vintage dinner plates. Burlap is a must have for a rustic theme and can be incorporated into a rustic wedding with an aisle runner, chair ribbons, table decorations, and wrapping for bouquets and boutonnieres. Sporadically place lace doilies, chalkboard signs, and wooden furniture, and add a rustic photo booth for guests to take pictures.


Our chapel and barn themed event center are perfect for a rustic or country themed wedding!

Rustic Weddings are Relatively Inexpensive


A rustic theme is an inexpensive way to host a beautiful wedding that uses elements and decorations straight from nature. Not only are rustic weddings easy on your budget and earth friendly, they’re very picturesque. The rustic wedding setting does not demand a lavish budget and the outdoor setting is the easiest way to really get that rustic feel.


Simplicity in Nature


Using nature as your inspiration and the cozy and comfortable ambiance of the mountains is sometimes all you need for the perfect rustic wedding. The idea is to incorporate nature and all its beauty into your special day. The beauty of the fundamental nature of a rustic wedding is that simple touches can really express you and your fiancĂ©’s unique personalities. Nestled at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains, Country Jewell’s country charm, peaceful setting, and beautiful views of the foothills offer a perfect venue for your rustic wedding.  The scenic landscapes and vintage facilities will also delight your guests!

Freedom to be Flexible


When you host a rustic wedding at Country Jewell, not only do you get to have your wedding party involved but you also get to enlist the help of crafty friends, family members with cooking skills, younger party guest as cake servers, and more.
If you are a bride that dreams about having a rustic theme then you might want to consider the perfect rustic style wedding location at Country Jewell, a perfect wedding venue in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Country Jewell’s beautiful gardens, waterfall, quaint chapel, gazebo, and renovated barn reception hall will give your wedding a beautiful, cozy feel. Country Jewell is the idyllic rustic setting for weddings with small parties of 100 or less.  See you soon!



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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

5 Wedding Favors Your Guests Will Love

Wedding favors aren't a necessity, but they are a nice extra touch to have for all of your Country Jewell wedding guests. The key to an incredible favor is offering something enjoyable that won't get left on the table after everyone leaves. We've listed five of our favorites that look wonderful on the tables at our rustic wedding venue near Knoxville



Food

A sure way to get your wedding guests to take the favors you give away is to give them something edible. A delicious treat is just too hard to resist! An individual serving can be a part of each place setting, or you can put them all on a table together with a charming "Love is Sweet" banner. Small jars of honey with the tag "Thanks for 'bee-ing' here with us!" is adorable. A bag full of Hershey's Kisses and a "Hugs & Kisses from the Mr. & Mrs." label is a classic. One couple even gave away soft pretzels in a bag stating, "Thanks for helping us tie the knot!"   

Glasses
Your guests have to drink out of something, and if you give each of them their own special glass to drink out of, they'll be sure to keep an eye on it all night. If you like the mismatched look, you can hit the thrift stores before the wedding and find unique glasses for under a dollar a piece. Another option is to paint a chalkboard label on mason jars and let everyone write their name on their glass. There are also lots of places where you can buy personalized stadium cups with your wedding details and a cute saying like "Eat, drink, & be married!" printed on them. 

Frames

Frames are perfect for using as place cards with guests' names written on them, and then they double as a wonderful favor that can be taken home and filled with a special photo. While many wedding favors are personalized with the couple's wedding details, in this case, the guest can personalize it later with a memory of their own. 

Local Souvenirs

This is especially nice if you are having a destination wedding. Find something that the the town is "known for" so that your guests can take a little piece of the nostalgia home with them. Cherry Coke (the packaged variety of this soda fountain favorite) was introduced at the Knoxville World's Fair. Little Debbie Snacks are headquartered in Tennessee. This state is also well-known for the incredible music that comes from it, so a CD full of catchy tunes can be enjoyed by all of your guests on the way home and long after.  

Plants

Another double-duty favor is a pretty potted plant. These can be used for the reception table decor with a note for the guests to pick one to take home with them after the wedding. It doesn't have to be a grown plant to be a great favor. Seed packets are nice for guests to take home, plant, and "watch your love grow!" 



These five wedding favor ideas will hopefully inspire you to come up with something your guests will treasure both during and after your special day. They are great mementos for everyone to remember your beautiful ceremony at our scenic wedding venue near Knoxville, plus they help to give your Country Jewell wedding that little extra something special. 


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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Our Top 10 "Must Have" Wedding Photos

Photography is a very important part of your wedding day. A great photographer knows how to capture all of the important moments of your rustic wedding near Knoxville, but a little preparation on your part will help to guarantee that you get the memories that you most want. 


Country Jewell has come up with our own top ten list of wedding photos that we think are great to put on your list of "must-have-shots." They may not all be for everyone, but each of these really do make a wonderfully captured memory. 

Important Details
In addition to the many pictures of people in your wedding, the fashion and decoration details are important too. Let your photographer know if there are any special ones that you particularly want to have pictures of, such as an heirloom piece of jewelry or a special passage written in the program. They will already be taking care of the noticeable details, but you will need to point out the sentimental ones to them so they aren't overlooked.


Venue Highlights
You had a very good reason for choosing Country Jewell for your wedding. It may have been the cascading stream, the scenic view and gorgeous landscaping, or the beautiful stained glass in the rustic wedding chapel. Possibly there is a special spot where the two of you met at another wedding you attended. Whatever the reason was that drew you to our rustic wedding venue near Knoxville, make sure that you highlight it in a few photos. 


Fun With Your Wedding Party
Once the serious photos are finished with all of the groomsmen and bridesmaids, let loose and get a little goofy. The silly shots often end up being some of the favorites. 


The First Look
That special moment when the bride and groom see each other all dressed up for the first time is simply magical. Whether you make plans to have this moment in private before the ceremony or wait until the bride is walking down the aisle, let the photographer know that the looks on each of your faces definitely need to be captured. 


The Secret Encounter
For those that decide to skip the first look, or possibly right before a first look, we love the photos of "stolen moments." You can hold each others hands from opposite sides of a door or around a corner, making contact, but not seeing each other quite yet!


Candid Reception Shots
Much like the fun photos that you took with your wedding party, but less planned out. Having a photographer that sticks around after the reception gets going allows them to capture the "real" moments of you and your guests simply enjoying each other and having a good time. Make sure that your photographer is aware of the guests you definitely want a few extra shots of. 


Special "Surprise" Moments
If you have something special to surprise your guests at either the ceremony or reception, coordinate it with your photographer. They are the people that you don't want to surprise! You'll want to make sure they are in place when the time comes and not busy at another area of the wedding preoccupied with another photo opportunity.


Large Group Photo
We're not talking about photographs of the entire wedding party or the big family pictures. Taken at the right angle, your photographer should be able to get all of your guests together in one amazing group shot. 


The Silhouette
It may take a little patience from you while your photographer gets the lighting right, but the breathtaking photo that comes out of it makes it worth the wait. 


A Swoon-Worthy Kiss
Sometimes your first kiss, in front of all of your wedding guests, can be a bit awkward, plus it's not always easy to get the best angle with a camera. Once the ceremony is over and you're relaxed, plan a special kiss for the photographer to capture without all the pressure of a crowd watching. It could call for a few takes, but kissing your new spouse over and over won't be so bad! 


All of the pictures from your scenic wedding near Knoxville will be beautiful treasures to remind you of this amazing day for years to come. With a little bit of planning, you can guarantee that you get all of the photos you want, plus a few extras that will wow anyone that sees them. 

As long as you provide your photographer with a detailed timeline of wedding day events and a list of desired photos before the wedding, everything should go smoothly. When you get those gorgeous shots back, we'd love it if you'd share a few of them with us here at Country Jewell



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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Great Reasons To Renew Your Wedding Vows

A wonderful way to celebrate your marriage is with a vow renewal at our rustic wedding venue near Knoxville. Some people may think that this is an unnecessary extravagance, but all of us at Country Jewell completely disagree. There are many reasons that saying "I do... again!" is an excellent way to keep love alive and your marriage as happy as day one. 


Once you are a few years into a marriage, life can get hectic and it may never seem like you have enough time for regular daily activities, much less throwing another wedding! Just in case you or your spouse needs to be convinced that a vow renewal is worth your time, here are a few reasons to go ahead and do it.  

A Landmark Anniversary
Generally, vow renewals happen on a landmark anniversary, such as the 10th, 25th, or the 50th. While that is a great excuse, you don't really have to wait for one of the "big ones." There are really no rules when it comes to renewing your vows. Some people even choose to do it every single year!  

You Deserve A Do-Over
Young couples don't always have the money to throw the wedding of their dreams. Once you are older and financially capable, renewing your vows is a great way to throw yourself that wedding you really wanted the first time around. Also, if something disastrous happened at your original ceremony or reception, this "do-over" allows you to give it another, more successful try. 

It's Easier The 2nd Time Around
Most brides and grooms have at least a few nervous feelings set in before they walk down the aisle. With a vow renewal, you shouldn't have to worry about that at all because you are already legally married. This is just another way to say "I love you" to the person that you say it to every day anyway.

Also, the fact that you are already married, anyone can officiate, which means you don't have to search for an officiant or apply for a marriage license. Gift registries aren't necessary, and many couples choose to not have attendants this time around. (Asking your original maid of honor and best man to stand up with you could be fun though!)


New People To Share It With
A vow renewal a few years into your marriage lets you share this ceremony with your children. Not only is it nice for your kids to see their parents pledge their love to each other, they can also be a part of the ceremony this time. Children can step in as your wedding party, or you can even have them walk you down the aisle. 

A Fresh Start
For couples that have just finished dealing with a big, life-changing issue, like a major illness, a wedding vow renewal is a happy occasion to bring love, laughter, and happiness back to a family that has just been through a lot of stress and heartache. It gives everyone a reason to celebrate and enjoy life. 

Just Because...
The best reason to renew your wedding vows is because it's the perfect way to remind yourself, as well as your spouse, why you married them in the first place. The "magic" of love can get hidden over time when you are always busy with everyday life. Officially pledging your love to each other again can bring that wonderful feeling back to the top of your mind, and hearts, where it belongs!




Vow Renewals At Country Jewell
The relaxing atmosphere at our scenic event venue near Knoxville is the perfect place to renew your wedding vows. There is a lovely gazebo outdoors amidst breathtaking views and gorgeous landscaping, or you can say "I do" once again in our charming wedding chapel. 

If you choose to also have a reception after the vows (because you deserve to celebrate!) our rustic special event barn has everything you need to entertain your guests, including a kitchen and serving area where you can provide your own catering, or we an arrange to have that done for you. 

"Me and my husband had a vow renewal wedding for our 20th anniversary. We had never had a wedding so we wanted to go all out. I chose Country Jewell because of the country setting and the fact that it took a lot of stress off of me. I paid one affordable price and they took care of the majority of things for me. All the things I normally would have had to set up myself were already done. I still had a choice in food, cake, and music. I did bring some things in my colors to add to decorations. Everything turned out absolutely wonderful. We had a great time and a lot of my guest's told me it was the funnest wedding they had ever attended."
-Donna, Wedding Wire review

If one of the reasons above has inspired you and your spouse, consider Country Jewell as the perfect backdrop for your wedding vow renewal. We will help you to make this time around even more special than the first time.  


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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

How To Keep Your Wedding Guest List Under Control

Everyone that visits our scenic wedding venue near Knoxville immediately falls in love with the vintage facilities, breathtaking views, and gorgeous landscaping. It's an amazing place for a small wedding of 100 or fewer guests. Many brides and grooms get their hearts set on saying "I do"  at Country Jewell, and sometimes that means making some cuts to the guest list.

Don't let yourself feel guilty about limiting the guest list. This is your special day, and if you want to invite only your closest family and friends, you have every right to do that. Another bonus to keeping the guest list at a minimum is the fact that you'll be spending less money to entertain everyone.

We've put together a few tips to help you get started on cutting down an overwhelming guest list. 

The First Draft
The best way to get started is to make 4 different lists: the brides, her parents, the groom's, and his parents. This first "fantasy draft" of guests will hopefully contain a lot of the same names once they are all four combined. After deleting duplicate names, it's time to start prioritizing. It might help to give each of your parents a number to keep their list limited to from the beginning. 

Ask Some Questions
If you still have too many names on the list once duplicates are marked off, the following questions can help you decide where to make the first cuts. If the answer to any of them is "no" then those names are good candidates for being taken off the list. 
  • Have you talked to this person in the past year?
  • Do you spend time together outside of work or work-related functions?
  • Have they met your fiance? (Do they even know his/her name?)
  • Do you know them personally? (Parents' friends you've never met or don't know well can be crossed off.)  
  • If they are distant family, do you speak to them on a regular basis?
  • Would you be upset if they didn't invite you to their wedding?
  • Will they make your wedding more fun?

Skip The "Plus One's" 
You are not obligated to invite a stranger to your wedding just so your friend has a date for the night. If your friend isn't married, then their boyfriend/girlfriend doesn't have to be on your guest list. The exceptions to this are if they are engaged or have been in a serious relationship for an extended period of time. 

Only Invite Adults
Another way to cut down on the number of people attending your wedding is to make it an "adults only" event. Let's face it, some children may have fun at a wedding, but if their attendance means there's less roof for grown-ups you'd like to spend your special day with, this is a good place to make a cut. If you have friends with adult children that you don't know well, it's okay to leave them off the list too.

Backup Plans
It is not uncommon to create an A-list of people that are invited to your wedding, and a B-list of people you'd like to invite if any of the A-listers cannot attend. (No one needs to know about this B-list except the two of you!) If you have a lot of names on that B-list that you're not thrilled about excluding, plan to have a casual get-together after the wedding day to celebrate with them. 

No matter what you do, there are always critics. It might not be a bad idea to cultivate your "We've decided to keep it small because..." statement so you're not put too much on the spot if someone asks why they are not invited. 


Once you get a look at the breathtaking beauty surrounding our rustic wedding venue near Knoxville, you'll realize that it is completely worth keeping your guest list under 100 so that you can get married here. We've even discussed the ways that small weddings offer big possibilities in past blogs. The benefits to hosting your wedding at Country Jewell are numerous, and it's the perfect place to spend a memorable day full of friends, family, fun, and love.     
   

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Simple Ideas For An Eco-Friendly Wedding

Seeing everything new and alive every spring is a good reminder that this earth is a beautiful treasure we need to take care of. One way to do that is to incorporate a few eco-friendly ideas into your wedding planning. Just in time for Earth Day this Saturday, April 22, 2017, Country Jewell has put together some easy ideas for you to consider. 

Pick a Scenic Venue
The more natural beauty offered by your wedding venue, the fewer decorations you'll need to provide on your own. Our scenic wedding venue near Knoxville is skillfully landscaped and surrounded by the beauty of the Smoky Mountains. Inside our rustic reception barn, a romantic, country ambiance is already there for you, so very little needs to be added to get the look and feel you desire for a charming, memorable wedding.    


Rent Instead of Buying
A rental company can provide you with plates, silverware, linens, and more, and when you're done with them, the company will take it all back, clean it up, and rent it out to someone else. This cuts down greatly on trash made from disposable items like plastic cutlery and paper napkins. If you do buy things, such as vases for centerpieces, let them do double duty and choose something nice enough to be given to your wedding party after the reception as thank you gifts.  

Rethink the Favors
Let's face it - most wedding favors either get left behind on the table or thrown away soon after the guest's get home with them. The most utilized favors are the edible ones, so giving away candies or personalized cookies is a good way to make sure people actually take their favors with them. 

Another option is to give away small plants that they can take home to "watch your love grow" after the big day, or you can make a donation to your favorite charity in their name in lieu of favors. 


Incorporate Signs
Cut back on wasting lots of paper for programs, menus, etc... by printing all of that information on big chalkboard signs for everyone to see. Your guests get the details that they need and there aren't leftover bunches of paper goods to throw away later. For any printed items that you do purchase, including the wedding invitations, consider using recycled paper.  

Have a Wedding Website
This is another way to cut back on paper waste. You can share directions to the venue, the wedding day schedule, registry information, and so much more instead of printing them on inserts to send with the invitations. You can even collect RSVPs on your website and skip the extra postage needed when they are mailed back instead.


It doesn't take a lot of extra effort to make the eco-friendly ideas above happen, and in many cases, it can save you money. Our rustic wedding venue near Knoxville is already breathtaking to see, so you don't need to spend a lot of your budget making it wedding-ready. When you're ready to pick a place to get married, give us a call at Country Jewell. You're going to love it here!  


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6550 Hickory Valley Road
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Great Ideas For Couples To Reconnect & Keep Love Alive

April is Couple Appreciation Month, which is a wonderful reminder to not take your significant other for granted. That can easily happen when you are together often, especially during the stressful months of wedding planning leading up to your big day. Country Jewell has a few fun ideas that the two of you can do together, and as an added bonus, these will give you a much-needed break from any wedding planning stress you may be feeling. 


Small Gestures
Sometimes, even the smallest of gestures can make a world of difference to someone you love. It's a wonderful habit to get into to keep each other feeling loved on a regular basis. Some simple ideas that can be done quickly and easily are:

  • Love Notes - Write short, sweet nothings and hide them in places where your honey will find them. Post-it notes work perfectly for this.
  • Unplug - We all get distracted now and then by our mobile devices. Dedicate an hour where you turn off all electronics and spend time simply talking to each other. 
  • Dinner - Whip up a gourmet meal to surprise your sweetheart with when they get home. If you aren't into cooking, swoop them up and take them out for dinner to a brand new restaurant you've never tried. 
  • Drinks - Make a date to have coffee together each morning, or if evenings work better for you, enjoy a daily nightcap together.     

Movie Night
There's no better way to escape wedding planning for a few hours than to lose yourself in another world at the movies. If you're up for it, go for a double feature and make the date last longer. Even an evening on the couch binge-watching your favorite show will work wonders for the two of you. 

Spa Day
A mental getaway is every bit as good as a physical one. Sometimes the fellas need a little convincing, but a day of pampering is good for the both of you. End the day of indulgence with a romantic dinner under the stars. 

Learn Together
Sign up for a class and learn a brand new skill together. Paint nights are very popular right now. Cooking classes will come in handy many times in the future. Taking dance lessons is tons of fun, and you can even brush up on some smooth moves for your first dance as husband and wife. Pick something neither of you know how to do and sign up. You can also go the other direction and pick something you're already good at to teach the other, and vice versa. 

Weekend Getaway
Jump in the car and get away for a couple of days. There are tons of places all around the United States that have plenty of things to do and discover, and more than likely you're only a short road trip away from something exciting. If you want to go a little further, pack a bag, head to the airport, and pick a flight to someplace that looks interesting.  


The whole reason for planning a wedding is so you can celebrate the fact that you want to spend the rest of your life with this incredible person you love. Any effort, no matter how large or how small, is important so they never forget exactly how important they are to you. Saying "I do" at our scenic wedding venue near Knoxville is a great start, but incorporating things like those we've mentioned above will help to keep that love alive for many happy years to come. 


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