Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Keep Your Wedding Party Cool At An Outdoor Wedding

Lots of our summer wedding tips give advice on how to keep your guests cool at your scenic outdoor wedding near Knoxville, but what about the wedding party? They won't be able to use handheld fans while they are standing at the alter with you, and it's particularly important that everyone looks fresh and cool for all of those wedding photos that will be taken. Country Jewell has a few tips to keep you and your wedding party from looking like you're melting!


For the Ladies
It can be difficult on a hot summer day to keep your makeup and hair looking fresh after the beautician is done with you. If you'll be taking a lot of photos before the ceremony, you'll be getting ready early in the morning and that look needs to last. 

Powder based or oil-free makeup is going to require a lot less maintenance than a liquid-based one. An even better solution is to have a professional airbrush your makeup on. This process gives you a finished look that is water-proof, defending against both sweat and happy tears. For touch-ups throughout the day, have face blotters on hand. These are highly absorbent pieces of paper that can absorb oil and sweat without taking off all of your makeup.  

When it comes to your hair, the easiest way to stay cool outdoors is to choose an up-do. You can ask your hairdresser to create a style that can be let down once you're indoors for the reception if you've always dreamed of wearing it down and flowing with your bridal gown. You'll get two fabulous looks for one special day.  


For the Fellas
The worst thing that you can do to a groom and his groomsmen is to put them in a full suit at an outdoor wedding. Try to find light fabrics in light colors for the guys to wear so that the heat doesn't get the best of them. If you want a few formal photos, the jacket can be reserved for the ceremony and pictures, but take it off in between to cool down. An informal wedding gives the men a little more freedom in what they can wear, or skip wearing. A nice shirt can replace the suit jacket altogether, or a vest can be a cooler option. 

If the fellas are worried about sweating too much and it showing, you can find underarm shields to put under a shirt which absorbs the excess moisture. These generally stick with an adhesive strip to the shirt material, but be careful that they don't come lose and slip out of place. 


For Everyone
The following tips work equally well for the guys and the girls. Make sure that you replenish your fluids and take a short, cooling break right before walking down the aisle and in between the ceremony and reception, and have the following things handy: 

  • Have LOTS of water on hand at all times.
  • Stick to the shady spots. If you want more shade than nature provides, possibly put up a small canopy tent, or have some cute umbrellas to carry. These can make for some adorable photos!  
  • Keep plenty of backup deodorant in your "get-ready" kit. Make sure it's the kind that will not leave any residue on your clothing. 
  • Don't forget the sunscreen! The sun can cause more problems than just heat. Keep your skin protected. 


Outdoor weddings are gorgeous, and even on the hottest days, there are ways to keep everyone cool enough that they still have a great time. The key is to plan ahead and be ready for anything. Outdoor ceremonies at our scenic wedding venue near Knoxville take place nearby the indoor reception barn, so you won't have to be out in the sun for extended periods of time. Country Jewell weddings are beautiful, comfortable, convenient, and memorable for everyone in attendance, especially the bride and groom! 



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Thursday, June 15, 2017

9 Of Our Favorite Summer Wedding Ideas

Summer is officially here next week, which means it's time for summer wedding season at our scenic wedding venue near Knoxville. We've seen quite a few creative couples tie the knot over the years at Country Jewell, and today we're sharing 10 of our favorite ideas for a summer wedding.  


Keeping Your Cool
The weather really starts heating up once summer is here, so keeping your guests cool is an important thing to plan for. Wedding programs printed on fans is an excellent way to keep them comfortable during an outdoor ceremony. They can provide a nice breeze for themselves while staying informed about important wedding details.   

Bringing the Outdoors Inside
When it really gets hot outside, you'll probably be spending a lot of time inside our air-conditioned wedding barn once the party gets started. Bring some of the outdoor beauty in with you by incorporating it into your centerpieces and other wedding decor. Vases filled with seasonal wildflowers are an easy way to do this. Another way is to use colors that seem to say "Summer is here!" 

Sunny Colors
Bright, sunny, summery colors bring the same optimistic cheer to your wedding as a bright, sunny, summery day. Take inspiration from all of the beautiful plants in bloom outdoors, like the gorgeous greens of the trees and the rainbow of colors found on the flowers. The sun's yellow and orange shades make for a lovely color scheme, and those deep blue skies and fluffy white clouds decorating your view are another incredible place to borrow color ideas. 


Fruity Decor
Use some of the refreshing fruits that are in season this time of year to not only add flavor to your menu, but also to decorate your reception. A mason jar full of sliced lemons and limes bring lovely, fresh color to a table, and you can add sprigs of baby's breath coming out of the top for added flair. Centerpieces can also pull double duty if you make an arrangement of fruit for appetizers at the center of every table. It will look pretty, and your guests can have a snack while waiting for dinner to start.  

Outdoor Activities
Take advantage of the wonderful weather and offer a few activities for your guests to take part in outside. Lawn games are always lots of fun, and there's plenty of room at Country Jewell to set a few of these up. You can even find a spot on our grounds with some beautiful landscaping for a background and set up an area for guests to take fun photos.  

Refreshing Drinks
The beverages you serve for a summer wedding should be ice cold and refreshing. Containers filled with tea and lemonade where guests can help themselves is a great way to keep drinks available to them at all times. You can rent a frozen drink machine to serve icy, blended beverages. Add frozen chunks of fruit to punch bowls to keep them cold but not watered down. Last but not least, at a summer wedding is it very important that you make sure water is easily accessible to guests at all times.   


Naked Cakes
Keeping your cake inside our Tennessee wedding barn will keep any icing from melting in the heat. Another alternative to a cake covered in buttercream icing or fondant is to choose a "naked" wedding cake. Rather than frosting the outside, instead the baker only frosts between the cake layers and decorates the outside with flowers and fruits. It's a lighter dessert, and it is an especially wonderful look for a rustic wedding.  

Sundae Bars
Summer and ice cream go hand in hand. Offer your guests a cool dessert alternative by having a table full of sundae toppings and few of your favorite ice cream flavors. 

Sparkler Sendoffs
Another great outdoor activity that you can add to your wedding is an exciting sparkler exit. It's fun for the guests, it's a blast to run through that tunnel of light, and the pictures that your photographer will get from it are simply amazing. 


Summer is an amazing time for a wedding, especially at our breathtaking, scenic wedding venue near Knoxville. You've got the rolling landscapes and fresh Smoky Mountain air outside plus the rustic charm of our wedding chapel and event barn inside. If you are looking for the perfect place to get married, take a look at Country Jewell. We know you're going to love it here as much as we do! 


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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Wonderful Ways To Use Decorative Signs At Your Wedding

There are probably a lot of things that you would like to let your wedding guests know when they arrive at our scenic wedding venue near Knoxville, but you don't want to have someone making lots of announcements throughout the day. A wonderful way to let everyone know what's going on all at once is by using decorative signs among your wedding decor. 


We've seen this done successfully in many creative ways at Country Jewell. Elegant writing on an old piece of wood is an excellent choice for a rustic wedding. You can also purchase pre-printed signs that can later be used to decorate your home. 

Chalkboards may be the most popular type of signage because you can create your own look, it's easier to change if necessary, and a chalkboard is reusable after the wedding. Regardless of the style you choose, here are a few different ways that you can incorporate signs on your special day. 


Welcome Guests
A big, beautiful sign at the ceremony entrance, and even at the reception door, is a nice way to welcome everyone to your wedding. It can be a simple "Welcome to our wedding!" or a bit more detailed. You can put the program or timeline of the day's events here instead of printing one for every guest on paper. 


Give Instructions
You can assign someone to let guests know where the different parts of your wedding will take place at Country Jewell, give them directions to the restroom, and answer other questions that may arise. Having directional signs is a great way to avoid some of those questions. Another place where an instructional sign can come in handy is if you have a unique guest book or a candy bar that you want everyone to help themselves to. 


Set A Mood
There are lots of pretty  signs to be found that simply have romantic sayings or sweet words on them that lend to the ambiance of your wedding. They put lovely thoughts in everyone's minds, and those signs can make great home decor once the wedding day is over.   


Label Things
Having a menu sign at the beginning of the buffet line lets everyone know what foods are coming up, but putting a small sign next to each dish helps them to recognize what each food is. This is especially helpful if you are serving an unfamiliar dish or a special family recipe that you want to acknowledge. You may also want to label the different items on your dessert bar or the different flavors of cake if you are serving more than one. 


As you can see, signs placed strategically around your wedding can be very helpful, and with the wide variety of types and styles, they can add to your decor beautifully. If you need a few more ideas, Pinterest.com has many excellent ones that have been shared by other brides, and even a few by people who are willing to make them for you. Etsy.com is also filled with gorgeous, handmade signs. 


You can even get some inspiration from the decor that you will see when you take a tour of our rustic wedding venue near Knoxville. We have decorated Country Jewell in a way that is welcoming to everyone that walks through our doors and will look beautiful for your wedding. 

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Friday, June 2, 2017

6 Save-the-Date & Wedding Invitation Tips

While planning a wedding, you will have a long list of things to do before the big day. Top priority, you may want to find a wedding venue in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. You'll also want to send out your save-the-dates, if you will be sending any, and then eventually, your wedding invitations. Country Jewell has listed 7 tips that will help you get those save-the-dates and wedding invitations out to all of your guests.


1. Set your budget.
This step simply can't be missed. Knowing and sticking to your budget is crucial when planning a wedding near Knoxville. Invites will utilize about 2 to 3 percent of your budget. This can be a small price to pay for a significant part of getting your guests to one of the most important days of your life! Don't forget to figure postage into that budget too.

2. Define your wedding theme.

Your invitations will give your guests a first glimpse into what your wedding will be like. This gives you the opportunity to introduce your theme, if you have one, or just your general wedding style.


3. Give your guests plenty of time.
Guests aren't going to complain if they have extra time to plan, but they definitely will if there isn't enough time to make room for your wedding on their calendar. Save-the-dates typically go out 3 to 4 months before the wedding, 6 months prior if it's a destination wedding or taking place around a holiday. Invitations should be mailed 6 to 8 weeks before the wedding day. You'll want to give yourself plenty of time to collect RSVPs.

4. Make your RSVP process clear.
This step can make planning your wedding much easier. There are different things you can do to make this happen. Be clear on how your guests can RSVP. There are many ways to go about it.

  • OnlineYou may try online RSVPs. There are many different websites you can find online that will actually calculate your RSVPs for you electronically.
  • Text - Some couples may want to simply list their cell phone number and have guests text whether or not they are coming.
  • Facebook - You can also create a Facebook event and Facebook will calculate your RSVP numbers for you. Remember to set the event to "private" so that only your invited wedding guests have access to it.
  • Mail - If you expect RSVPs by mail, you should include a stamed, self-addressed envelope for it in the invitation. Discreetly number each RSVP so you know who it is from in case they forget to include their name. (This happens more often than you'd expect!)
  • Phone - Allow your guests to call in their RSVPs, just clearly define the hours they are allowed to call you. You don't want guests phoning at 2 in the morning! 


5. Be innovative.

Don't be afraid to try something new with your save-the-dates and invitations. Couples can use anything from geometric inserts to glow in the dark fonts! This day is about the two of you. Put your own personal style into it and let your guests know how unique you can be.

6. Titles are important.
Be aware of what your guests' titles are. For example, if you have a guest who's a married woman, be sure to put Mrs. versus Ms. If you have a doctor in the family, then make sure Dr. is in front of their name. People will appreciate that you took the time to address their title versus just listing their name.

If you've chosen our scenic wedding venue near Knoxville for your special day, the tips above will help to make sure that all of your guests get the chance to join you here. Getting those save-the-dates and invitations in the mail is an exciting thing, because it means you are one step closer to marrying your true love right here at Country Jewell


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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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