Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Highlights & Benefits of Getting Married in Tennessee

Finding the perfect place to have your wedding is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make during your wedding planning. So much thought needs to go into selecting a location and a venue. Country Jewell Wedding and Event Venue has four excellent reasons for you right here about why you should be getting married in Tennessee.

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Plenty for your guests to do
Chances are if you’re considering planning a destination wedding in Tennessee, your guests are going to be traveling to join you on this day of celebration. Why not give back to them for spending this joyous occasion with you by providing them with a memorable wedding weekend. Knoxville has plenty of attractions to offer your guests that will keep them happy in their downtime, and Country Jewell in Heiskell is only a short distance from it. From outdoor recreation opportunities to always fresh farmers’ markets, the thriving local businesses offer all kinds of services to make your rustic wedding near Knoxville a hit.


Fill up on some real southern style cooking

Tennessee is known for its delicious southern style cooking. Treat your guests and wedding party to a real southern treat with the nation’s best barbecue, fried or blackened catfish, baked goods and homemade jams and barbecue sauce. Tennessee is also home to Brach candies, Little Debbie snack cakes, and Mayfield ice cream. Your guests will swoon over the scrumptious Tennessee inspired down home dinner you’ve planned out.



Bring out the south with a Tennessee inspired theme
Why not enjoy all that Tennessee has to offer by creating a wedding theme based around everything that is Tennessee? With Tennessee being one of the most well-known places for a lush musical background all across the board, it’s easy to incorporate anything musical into your wedding theme. Another well-known must-have from Tennessee is, of course, the world’s best Tennessee whiskey – Jack Daniels.

The natural beauty is unbeatable.

Home to the Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee is by far one of the most beautiful places to hold your wedding. It’s easy to utilize the already majestic scenery for any wedding setting. With a few rustic touches like mason jars, wild flowers, or simple centerpieces, it’s a breeze to create the perfect and whimsical wedding of your dreams. The natural beauty of Tennessee ties in well with any wedding d├ęcor.



Country Jewell, Knoxville, weddings

Our scenic wedding venue near Knoxville is nestled at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains, with its casual charm, peaceful setting and beautiful views of the foothills. It offers a perfect venue for practically any event. Country Jewell is the idyllic rustic setting for weddings and events with 100 or fewer guests. Our beautiful gardens, waterfall, quaint chapel, gazebo, and renovated barn reception hall give your celebration a beautiful, cozy feel. Unlike larger venues, you won't feel overwhelmed by empty, extra space. At Country Jewell, you and your wedding guests will feel like you've found a touch of southern paradise!


A delightfully quaint Knoxville wedding
& event venue.

6550 Hickory Valley Road
Heiskell, TN 37754
865-494-0552

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Warm Weather Weddings - Spring & Summer Wedding Ideas

Spring officially begins next Monday, March 20, so today Country Jewell has decided to think warm thoughts and imagine a few fun ideas for all of the spring and summer weddings we have coming up this year. Our scenic wedding venue near Knoxville is beautiful in every season, but the warmer ones allow us to spend more time outdoors, enjoying the breathtaking scenery all around us.


Get Outside
Spring at Country Jewell is filled with fresh new greenery and beautiful blooms, and once summer rolls around, nature is at its beautiful best around here. Our event barn is an excellent reception spot to let everyone get out of the sun and heat, but planning to spend time outside too is pleasant for everyone. We have a couple of different areas that are perfect for an outdoor ceremony, including our lovely wedding gazebo. You can even bring some of the reception outdoors with fun lawn games. 

When you and your guests spend more time outdoors, there are a few things you can do to make sure everyone is comfortable. A small table with suntan lotion and bug spray for them to use if necessary is a nice addition. By mid-summer, it will be hot and sunny. You can give out favors like sunglasses or wedding programs that double as fans. 

Keep Cool
A great way to keep all of your wedding guests from getting too hot is to have ice cold drinks at the ready. Big jugs full of tea or lemonade allow everyone to help themselves, and adding slices of fruit to the beverages give them extra tasty flavor. Keep the drinks cold without watering them down by freezing cubes of the beverage to use in place of regular ice cubes. As they melt, the flavor won't change. 

Having a big tub filled with ice and bottled waters is also nice for your guests to have access to. If you'll be serving alcoholic drinks, now is the time to whip up Margaritas and Mojitos. Those are warm weather cocktails everyone seems to love. You can even offer a few frozen drinks to your guests with the rental of a frozen drink machine.  


Use Seasonal Inspiration
The easiest way to get a summery feeling at your wedding is to use the colors, scents, and natural beauty from outside in your decorating. Tulips and daisies are popular springtime flowers. The bright blue of the sky, rich green of the trees and landscape, and pastels that match all of the spring blooms on the trees are excellent choices to use for wedding colors. Pantone's color of the year for 2017 is "Greenery," and incorporating that throughout your decor will feel like you've brought a little bit of the outdoors indoors. 


Spring and summer offer opportunities that you just don't get in the winter and fall at our rustic wedding venue near Knoxville. Of course, those colder seasons do have some fantastic things about them that you don't get in the warm-weather months. In the end, as with all of your wedding decisions, do what makes you as a couple happy and it will be a great wedding!

When you get married at Country Jewell, no matter what the season, we will do our best to make sure the special day that you are dreaming of becomes a reality. We're happy to give you a tour of our event venue in Heiskell so that you can see for yourself what a glorious place this is to begin your happily ever after together. 



A delightfully quaint Knoxville wedding
& event venue.

6550 Hickory Valley Road
Heiskell, TN 37754
865-494-0552

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Wedding Reception Fun If You Don't Want To Dance

For most weddings, the main activity at the reception is a dance party. This isn't very much fun for anyone that isn't really into dancing. You don't have to worry about those guests being wallflowers all night long if you add a few of these fun ideas to your Tennessee wedding


The old hay loft at Country Jewell is an excellent place to dance the night away, but there are plenty of other things that you can plan for your guests to do during your reception too. Plus, it's a great way to add a unique element to your day that not all weddings have.

Play Games
Lawn games are a great way to keep your wedding guests entertained, and weather permitting, our scenic wedding venue near Knoxville is a gorgeous place to spend time outside. Indoor games can be lots of fun too. Set up a table or two for guests to sit together and play cards or board games. You could even bring in a TV and gaming console and let guests play a few video games.  

Plan Entertainment
If you have a live band, they will be needing to take breaks, and even if you hire a DJ, they can pause the music for an entertainment break. Hire professional dancers to perform a dance routine, or you could have a magician or hypnotist captivate the crowd. 

You, the bride and groom, could continue being the stars of the show with a mini-movie or slideshow presentation of your relationship. There are even some fun games that everyone will enjoy taking time out to watch, like the Shoe Game, or have an "I Spy" scavenger hunt that goes on throughout the evening.      

Offer Extra Activities
Guests can be kept busy by offering interactive stations, like a cupcake decorating table or s'mores-making area. If your friends and family enjoy party games, play a round of Bingo or really get crazy and have a pinata filled with treats. A few games that involve a bit of friendly competition, like beer pong or flip cup, can really get everyone excited.   


Just Don't Dance
If you happen to be the one that doesn't like to dance, there is no rule that says you have to include dancing at your wedding reception. You can incorporate these other activities in place of the dancing, or simply have a cocktail hour-type reception with refreshments, keeping it short and sweet. You can also host a wedding at brunch or lunchtime and guests most likely won't expect dancing.


Whatever you decide to do for your wedding reception, most importantly, it should be something that you as a couple are excited about doing. You want your guests to have a good time too, though, so having a few backup activity ideas in addition to dancing couldn't hurt. When you tour our rustic wedding venue near Knoxville, you may see something about Country Jewell that inspires even more fun ideas. 


A delightfully quaint Knoxville wedding
& event venue.

6550 Hickory Valley Road
Heiskell, TN 37754
865-494-0552

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Helpful Tips For Choosing Your Wedding Flowers

The flowers that you choose for your wedding at our beautiful wedding venue near Knoxville can be a very important part of the overall look of your celebration. With so many floral choices and possibilities available, it can be difficult to narrow down exactly what you want. Country Jewell has come up with a few tips that will hopefully make that decision a little bit easier. 


Put Trust in Your Florist
A professional florist can guide you through the entire process with helpful advice and intelligent suggestions. It's very important to find one that you can put your full trust in. The best way to narrow down your choices when it comes to picking a florist is to read the reviews other wedding couples have left about them. Country Jewell has worked with many talented florists over the years, and we can offer our own suggestions for vendors that we know are well-qualified for the job. 

Be Flexible
If you have found a trustworthy florist, you should be able to take their suggestions for any substitutions necessary to your original floral vision. Sometimes the flowers that you have your heart set on aren't available when your wedding is taking place. Some flowers that are said to be available year-round may only be grown far away at certain times of the year, and flying them in makes them a lot more expensive in some months than others. 

Lots of flowers have look-alikes that can be used in their place, and more than likely your guests won't even notice. Whether it's due to the season, budget restrictions, or other availability problems, keep an open mind when it comes to the final decision. Show your florist pictures of what you like, offer color swatch samples of your favorite shades, and let them guide you to something that works well with all of that. 


Let Flowers Do Double-Duty
It's a shame when there are big, gorgeous flower arrangements at the ceremony that can only be appreciated for the short time you are actually at the ceremony compared to the amount of time you and your guests are at the reception. Ask your florist to come up with ceremony arrangements that can also be used at the reception. Think about ways that your florals can do double-duty, like using the bridesmaids' bouquets in vases at the head table as part of the centerpiece. You'll get lots of use out of your flowers, and possibly even save a little money combining their uses.   


Imagine the Overall Final Look
Don't think about each floral decoration on its own, but rather imagine how all of the pieces will fit together with each other, as well as with the look of your venue. Our scenic wedding venue near Knoxville is already filled with beautiful landscaping and gorgeous natural decor all year long. If you are having an outdoor ceremony, you may not need to use a lot of floral decorations and you can focus your flower budget on the reception area. 

Look around the venue to see what colors are already there, and pick flowers in complimentary shades that will blend your wedding colors nicely with the venue's current look. Also, be wary of centerpieces at heights that will obstruct guests' views while they are seated. 


As we mentioned earlier, if you need help finding a florist or other wedding vendor for your rustic wedding near Knoxville, we have a list of businesses that have proven they are trustworthy and do excellent work. Country Jewell will help in any way that we can to make sure that your wedding here with us is a joyful experience you will never forget. 


A delightfully quaint Knoxville wedding
& event venue.

6550 Hickory Valley Road
Heiskell, TN 37754
865-494-0552

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Inclusive Wedding Planning Packages At Country Jewell

Last week we told you all about the beautiful indoor & outdoor wedding facilities of Country Jewell, and this week we are sharing information about some of the wonderful wedding packages that we offer for our beautiful rustic wedding venue near Knoxville

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You can rent our charming event venue and take care of all of the details yourself, or you can pick a package that lets us take care of some of the details for you. We know many talented wedding vendors in the area that will make your special day amazing. The more that you let us do, the less you have to worry about. Simply show up and enjoy the day, as you should! 

You can find current wedding package pricing on our website, or give us a call at 865-494-0552 to inquire about rates. Below are our most popular packages, but if you don't see exactly what you are desiring, just ask. We are always happy to work with you to create the wedding of your dreams. 


Country Jewell Wedding Packages

Tennessee Pearl
1 hour on site, weekdays only
up to 10 people

Perfect for the couple that is looking for a simple and romantic ceremony. It includes use of the wedding chapel or outdoors by the beautiful waterfall and an officiant to perform the ceremony. 

Smokey Mountain Sapphire
2 hours on site, weekdays only
up to 25 people

This package allows for a simple, romantic ceremony in either the wedding chapel or outdoors by the waterfall. We will provide:
  • Officiant
  • Traditional music
  • 22 pictures in a keepsake photo book and a CD with all photographs taken

Enchanting Emerald
3 hours on site
up to 25 people, but more guests may be added for an additional charge  

Couples that would like to have a simple ceremony and reception at our scenic venue. You may use the wedding chapel or outdoors by the waterfall and Country Jewell, our rustic wedding barn. We will provide:
  • Officiant
  • Traditional music
  • 22 photos in a album and a CD of all pictures taken
  • Cake, punch, mints, and nuts

Romantic Ruby
4 hours on site
up to 25 people, but more guests may be added for an additional charge

This package gives you enough time for the ceremony in the wedding chapel, outdoors by the waterfall, or in our charming gazebo, plus a reception inside Country Jewell. We will also provide:
  • Officiant
  • Traditional music
  • 22 photos in an album and a CD with all pictures taken
  • A mason jar unity candle
  • Your choice of Food Package 1, 2, or 3 (listed below)

Dazzling Country Diamond
6 hours on site
up to 25 peoplebut more guests may be added for an additional charge

This one allows a little extra time for a longer reception with family and friends inside of a decorated Country Jewell. You will have use of our wedding chapel or outdoors by the waterfall. We will provide:
  • Officiant
  • Traditional music
  • 22 photos in an album and a CD of all pictures taken
  • A mason jar unity candle
  • DJ for 3 hours to announce your reception entrance and play music during dinner and special dances
  • Your choice of Food Package 1, 2, or 3 

Diamond in the Rough
8 hours or 12 hours
up to 100 people

We offer this package for the couple that would like to take care of the details themselves. You choose the amount of time that you will need to decorate, celebrate, and clean up. You will have access to the wedding chapel or outdoors by the waterfall and Country Jewell. You may bring along your own:
  • Caterers
  • Photographer


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Catering Options


The Food Packages that we offer with the Romantic Ruby and Dazzling Country Diamond Packages are provided by Bradford Catered Events. All three options include: 
  • Wedding Cake
  • Punch
  • Mints and Nuts
  • Iced Tea and Coffee
Option #1
  • Fresh Fruit and Vegetables
  • Cheese and Crackers
Your choice of two:
  • Sweet & Sour Meatballs
  • Chicken Tenders with Honey Mustard
  • Cocktail Sausages
  • Three Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms 
  • Small Croissants with either Ham, Roast Beef, Turkey, or Chicken Salad
Option #2
  • Chips
Your choice of:
  • Croissants or Whole Wheat Buns
  • BBQ Pork, Ham, Roast Beef, Turkey, or Chicken Salad 
Three of the following:
  • Fresh Fruits
  • Coleslaw
  • Garden Salad
  • Baked Beans
  • Pasta Salad
  • Potato Salad 
Option #3
  • Garden Salad
  • Rolls
Your choice of:
  • Sliced Roast Beef with Gravy
  • Oven Fried Chicken
  • Baked Chicken Breast
  • Ham
  • Turkey
  • Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce
  • Lasagna
Two of the following:
  • Roasted Potatoes
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Country Italian Green Beans
  • Broccoli Casserole
  • California Blend
  • Copper Penny Carrots
  • Country Corn


How can we help you plan? 
As we mentioned earlier, if none of these packages fit exactly into your wedding plans, we are happy to discuss additional options with you when you visit us at Country Jewell. Our goal is to give you the wedding of your dreams in our scenic wedding venue near Knoxville. Let us know how we can make that happen! 



A delightfully quaint Knoxville wedding
& event venue.

6550 Hickory Valley Road
Heiskell, TN 37754
865-494-0552

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Beautiful Indoor & Outdoor Wedding Facilities of Country Jewell

Country Jewell is a scenic gem, nestled at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains and surrounded by the beauty and charm of the Gatlinburg area. In addition to that, our rustic wedding venue near Knoxville offers a variety of vintage facilities to accommodate you and your guests, bringing your dream wedding to life. 


Country Jewell is ideal for small weddings of 100 or fewer guests. You will all feel right at home in the gorgeous surroundings. We offer facilities for both indoor or outdoor ceremonies, and the wonderful reception barn has plenty of room for dinner and dancing. 

Scenic Wedding Gazebo
Our timeless wedding gazebo is perfect for a gorgeous, outdoor wedding ceremony. It is surrounded by lush landscapes, gorgeous mountain views, and all-around natural beauty. The vibrant colors of each season surround the gazebo, along with meandering streams and a bubbling waterfall. 




Charming Wedding Chapel
We took an old corn crib originally built in 1931 and turned it into a magical place to say "I do!" During the renovation, we were able to keep the original barn board walls, and we added a stunning Victorian reproduction stained glass panel which hangs over the altar, giving the entire chapel a romantic ambiance. 


The atmosphere is reminiscent of an old country church with its red oak floors and simple benches. The wedding chapel is able to accommodate up to 45 people, perfect for a small, intimate ceremony in front of your family and friends.  



Rustic Special Event Barn
Our beautiful main special event building is a barn, but don't expect a big empty space where you would keep livestock. The Lewis Barn was originally built in 1929. It has been completely renovated, yet still retains a feeling of tradition, history, and enchantment. 


You can comfortably entertain up to 100 guests in our quaint reception venue. It is fully equipped with restrooms, a kitchen and serving area able to accommodate your catering needs, and an open seating area capable of a variety of table setups. The old hay loft adds a unique and fun area for entertaining your wedding guests, as well as a wonderful spot for photographs. 




Happy Customers
Here are a couple of reviews from past visitors about hosting a wedding at Country Jewell

"Country Jewell is a beautiful place to have a wedding any time of the year!! There's space indoors in a beautiful country chapel or out under the gazebo in a picturesque country setting. The reception room is spacious and mere steps away. Awesome for anyone that doesn't want to waste time driving to a second venue for the reception!!"
~Celia Head Phillips

"I had my wedding here and Claudia and her partner (didn't catch her name) made my wedding day absolutely perfect. My husband and I love the atmosphere here, and so will you!!"
~Makenzie Scalf


Book Your Wedding Date 
Words and pictures simply can't convey the incredible feeling that you get when you see our beautiful wedding venue near Knoxville in person. We would love to show you everything that Country Jewell has to offer. Give us a call at 865-494-0552 to set up a time to visit. While you are here, you can tell us what your dream wedding involves, and we'll do our best to find a way to make that happen for you. 

A delightfully quaint Knoxville wedding
& event venue.

6550 Hickory Valley Road
Heiskell, TN 37754
865-494-0552

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Just In Time For Valentine's Day: The Most Romantic...

Weddings and Valentine's Day have a lot in common. They are both meant to be celebrations of love and romance. Our rustic wedding venue near Knoxville sees more than our fair share of both of those things on a regular basis. In honor of the upcoming lover's holiday, we've gathered a list of some of the most romantic things that you can include in your Country Jewell wedding

Music
There are many places in a wedding to incorporate a beautiful song. Picking the perfect one for your first dance will depend on your own personal style, but here are a few, in no particular order, that have stood the test of time. 




"At Last"
Etta James

"Falling In Love With You"
Elvis Presley

"Everything"
Michael Buble

"You Are So Beautiful"
Joe Cocker

"L-O-V-E"
Nat King Cole

"The Way You Look Tonight"
Frank Sinatra

"From This Moment"
Shania Twain

"Could I Have This Dance"
Anne Murray

"Bless The Broken Road"
Rascal Flatts

Love Quotes
Some people have a wonderful way with words. If you have a hard time saying exactly how you feel in an eloquent way, these romantic quotes just may inspire the poet in you. 

"The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart." -Helen Keller

"You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly."  -Sam Keen

"To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides."  -David Viscott

"I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you."  -Elizabeth Barrett Browning


"You know you’re in love when you don’t want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams."  -Dr. Seuss

"When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible."  -Nora Ephron

"The best thing to hold onto in life is each other."  -Audrey Hepburn

"True love stories never have endings."  -Richard Bach





Traditions 

  • Write Love Letters
    A beautiful thing to do for your soon-to-be spouse is to write them a love letter, and then have it hand-delivered to them while they are getting ready for the ceremony. This is a wonderful way to remind them why you want to be married to them, and it's sure to get them extra-excited about walking down the aisle to say "I do!"

  • Toast Your Love
    This tradition that you can begin at your wedding and carry on throughout your married life involves both the spoken and the written word. Pick out special toasting glasses to use at your wedding reception for the toasts you will be both giving and receiving. After the wedding, tuck those glasses safely away, along with a bottle of wine and love letters from each of you to be opened on your first anniversary. Toast a wonderful year together, read the loving memories in your letters, then replace everything so that you can do it all over again next year.
  • Renew Your Vows
    The most important part about getting married are the vows that you promise to each other. Over time, the busyness of life can get in the way and make you forget how important some of those words really are. Renewing your wedding vows is a wonderful way to remind each other of those promises. It doesn't have to be a big ceremony (although those can be fun for the big anniversaries!) Simply looking into each other's eyes and saying them again can be incredibly romantic and special.


Hopefully, the items above have gotten you into the Valentine's Day spirit, and maybe even inspired a few romantic wedding planning ideas for you. If you happen to become engaged in the next few days, or if you already are, Country Jewell knows the charming and scenic place for you to get married! Give us a call and we'll help to make all of your wedding dreams come true.  




A delightfully quaint Knoxville wedding
& event venue.

6550 Hickory Valley Road
Heiskell, TN 37754
865-494-0552

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