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.  




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& event venue.

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

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Friday, February 3, 2017

10 Clever Ideas For A Football Fan's Wedding

It's not just men that love football. We've seen quite a few brides that enjoy the game every bit as much as their grooms do. With Super Bowl Sunday coming up this weekend, Country Jewell has decided to help out any engaged football fanatics with some wonderful ideas to incorporate into the wedding they will be hosting at our scenic Knoxville wedding venue.


#1 - Football Field Engagement Photos 
Your favorite team's football field would make an awesome background for your engagement photos. Go the classic route and dress as you normally would, or have some "Team Smith" (fill in your own last name there) jersey's made up in your wedding colors. Your photographer should have no trouble at all coming up with some adorable poses. 

#2 - Game Ticket Save-The-Dates
Let all of your wedding guests know to mark their calendars by sending out "tickets" to your wedding for the save-the-date announcements. The theme can even be carried over to your wedding program, where you can list your wedding party's "team lineup." 

#3 - Little Crowd PleasersThe youngest members of your wedding party can join in on the football-themed fun too. Let the ring bearer carry a football with the rings tied gracefully around it with a big ribbon. Your flower girl could drop confetti, like the kind that is shot out of cannons when a team wins a big game, or she could throw mini craft pom poms in festive colors.

#4 - Pom Pom Bouquets
A creative florist will most likely be able to make your bridal party's bouquets resemble the shape of a cheerleader's pom poms. That could make for some very "cheerful" group photographs.  


#5 - Concession Stand
Cocktail hour is the perfect time to pull out all of your favorite foods from the snack counter at the stadium. Giant pretzels, nachos, popcorn, waffle fries, and maybe even some mini chili dogs will keep the crowd happy until dinner time. 

#6 - Autograph Session
With a little searching, you should be able to find a light-colored football to use for your wedding guest book. If you need to use the classic dark brown kind, find metallic pens that will show up brightly on it. Set up a sign next to the football asking for all of your guests' "autographs." 

#7 - Grand Entrance
Everyone at the wedding will definitely take notice if you make your grand entrance into the reception similar to how a football team enters the field. Your wedding party can enter first and line up, making a row foryou to run down. Once they are all in place, bring out a great big Mr. & Mrs. banner for the two of you to bust through, high-fiving your wedding party as you pass them by.  

#8 - Halftime Show
The players get a break mid-game to rest. Give your wedding guests a break from the dance floor mid-reception by bringing in some added entertainment for them to enjoy. This can be as tame as a special guest singing a few songs, or a big production like a troupe of dancers performing all around the room.

#9 - Garter Pass
If you choose to do the classic bouquet toss and garter throw, let the groom play quarterback. After removing the garter, place it around a football and throw an inspired pass to the next groom-to-be. 

#10 - A Winning Exit
Guests can cheer you on into your new life as husband and wife by shaking pom poms as you make your way to the getaway car. If you trust your friends and family to not throw them at you, they could even toss mini footballs in the air as you run past. It would look amazing in the wedding photographs. 


It's not hard to incorporate something that you love into your wedding without making it look like a kids' party. It just takes a little creative thinking. Small details like those listed above can go a long way to making your Country Jewell wedding a memorable event for everyone involved. 



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& event venue.

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

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

5 Things That Are Easier With A Small Wedding

Our scenic wedding venue near Knoxville is the perfect place for a charming, intimate ceremony and reception. If you will be hosting a wedding with 100 or fewer guests, Country Jewell is exactly what you need. 

There are many wedding planning tasks that are a lot easier to tackle when you choose to have a small wedding. Big weddings can be wonderful too, but here are five reasons that you may want to keep the guest list to a minimum. That will make doing the following things a lot easier. 


#1 - Saving Money
With fewer people to feed and make room for, your catering bill, among other things, will be much less expensive. There will also be fewer invitations to purchase, plus a lot less postage to buy. If you have a little extra wiggle room in your budget, you may even be able to splurge on one particular thing for the wedding, or even save some money for the honeymoon.  

#2 - Personalizing Favors
If you are a DIY bride hosting a large wedding, it's going to take you hours upon hours to make enough of everything for everyone. A small guest list means that you have fewer items to make, so you can take a little extra care and time to do something more, like customize favors with each guest's name. 

#3 - Decorating Tables
Less people sitting down to dinner at your reception means that you won't need as many tables and chairs set up around the room. That benefit can go a couple of different ways. You can get a lot more extravagant with each table's decor when you don't have that many to decorate, or you can stay minimalist and save a good chunk of money. 

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#4 - Spending 1-on-1 Time With Guests
An intimate wedding means that it's much easier to spend time with every guest without feeling like you have to rush off to greet the next one. You will also be able to spend quality time with your new spouse because you won't be pulled in every direction all night long trying to make sure you didn't miss any guests.  

#5 - Remaining Calm
Hundreds of guests seated at your ceremony may make you feel like you are giving a performance rather than simply marrying the person you love. A small wedding with your closest family and friends will put you at ease and help to make the experience more enjoyable and less stressful.  

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Our rustic wedding barn near Knoxville is a wonderful place to hold a reception for a wedding with up to 100 guests. There is plenty of room to both have an amazing dinner plus dance the night away. The charming wedding chapel is a bit more intimate, able to hold up to 45 people. If that's a little cramped for your ceremony, we still have the gorgeous wedding gazebo outside to say your "I do's" under. 

If you would like to take a look at Country Jewell to see if it's the perfect small wedding venue near Knoxville for you, give us a call at 865-494-0552 and arrange a tour. We just know that you'll love our scenic event venue as much as we do. It's an incredible place to start your new life together as husband and wife with all of your closest family and friends. 


A delightfully quaint Knoxville wedding
& event venue.

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

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Great Reviews From Country Jewell Weddings & Events

We host a lot of beautiful ceremonies and receptions every year at our rustic wedding venue near Knoxville. Each one is unique, and we do our very best at Country Jewell to make sure every bride and groom, as well as their guests, have the best day ever. 





The great big smiles on everyone's faces during the event generally let us know that everyone is having a good time, but we know for sure when we hear back about the experience after the event is over. This is why we welcome reviews. Facebook seems to be the most popular outlet for our guests' feedback. Here are a few of our most recent reviews. 


"I found Country Jewell online. We live in Ohio and after talking to Claudia we booked the venue and never looked back. But when we pulled in the night before our wedding all my dreams about how I wanted our day to go came true. The venue was beautiful and clean, the grounds were perfection and the food and cake were amazing. We hit the lottery with Country Jewell. We could not have ordered better weather and Hope, the photographer, was absolutely the best. Hal, the DJ, was engaging and made me feel confident our guests would be able to dance the night away! Claudia had everything packed up for us when our night was over and we were able to leave and tend to our guests back at the lake! So Claudia and staff......thank you!! Thank you for giving us the day of our dreams. We will never forget this most amazing day!!
Love,
Gary and Tammy Waire
" Facebook review

"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 S, Facebook review

"I had my wedding with Claudia June 18th and it was amazing. She and her staff were so talented and helpful and the day was absolutely perfect. Not only was it beautiful but it was a total blast from beginning to end. Thank you so much, ya'll are truly a blessing!"
~Janet B, Facebook review


Wedding aren't the only event that takes place at Country Jewell. We also host many engagement parties, anniversaries, holiday parties, business retreats, birthdays, and much more. The scenic beauty and charming atmosphere make everyone feel right at home. 

"I had my parents surprise anniversary party here...it was wonderful! Claudia is so sweet and great to work with. Her venue is beautiful and clean. She directed my caterer and DJ with set-up which helped me while I set out my decorations. My family had a great experience and made a lot memories that night!"
~Lindsey, Facebook review 


If you are looking for a gorgeous place to get married, or to hold any other type of celebration, stop by our scenic event venue near Knoxville and take a look. We will be happy to show you around, listen to your story, and help to make your event vision a reality. Weddings and events at Country Jewell are sure to be happy memories for everyone involved for many years to come. Thank you to all of the people that took the time to leave a review for us. We would love to hear from even more of you.   


A delightfully quaint Knoxville wedding
& event venue.

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

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

7 Tips For Staying Organized During Wedding Planning

January is designated as "Get Organized Month," so it's a great time to focus on a few things that you can do to stay organized while you are planning a wedding in the Knoxville area. There are lots and lots of tasks involved in pulling off a successful wedding, and the best way to stay as stress-free as possible is to keep everything organized. Country Jewell has a few tips to help make that happen. 


Consider hiring a wedding planner.
Some couples are afraid that if they hire a wedding planner, they will lose creative control over the wedding. While some planners may be a bit controlling, they aren't all like that. If you take the time to interview them until you find one that clicks with the two of you, you will be happy that you did. A good wedding coordinator will take your lead, but is there to offer experienced advice to make the planning simpler. They will keep you on track so that everything gets done in a timely manner before the big day.

Personalize a wedding planning checklist.
There are all kinds of wedding planning checklists out there written to cover a broad range of possibilities. Find one that is detailed enough to cover every aspect of the wedding you are planning, then start eliminating any tasks that don't pertain to your particular event, and also add any that aren't already included. Your wedding will be unique, and a personalized checklist better helps to make your vision a reality.

Plan on paper or online?
Do you still prefer paper lists to virtual ones on the computer or your mobile device, or vice versa? It's really not a bad idea to embrace and utilize both systems. Even if you want to do everything online, there is bound to be some paper items that you will need to keep track of, so you will want to have a plan for keeping those organized. 

The benefit to keeping track of your wedding planning online is that you will always have access to your notes, no matter where you are, and everything will still be there and can be reprinted if any paper pieces get misplaced. Also, many online organizers can be shared with others, like your soon-to-be-spouse, your wedding party, your parents, or any person you believe should be able to get to the information. There are settings you may choose so that other people can only view the items, or they may be allowed to make edits.   

Keep everything in one designated spot.
The most important thing to do, whether you plan on paper, online, or both, is to pick one place for it all. A physical wedding binder should have enough room to hold everything, and a special spot in your home where you always put it when you're done with it. An online planning portal should have one main folder with smaller folders inside to keep you organized. Some of the items that you should keep together are:

  • Your personalized planning checklist
  • A calendar with appointments, deadlines, and important dates
  • Contact lists for every single person or vendor that is involved in your wedding. (wedding party, parents, officiant, rental shop, seamstress, etc...)
  • Wedding Day/Weekend Schedule
  • Signed contracts
  • Copies of all stationery (save-the-dates, invitations, menus, programs, etc...)
  • Directions to venue
  • List of songs
  • RSVPs
  • Gifts received/ thank yous sent
  • Copy of vows
  • Room set-up map & seating chart
  • Budget & receipts  
  • Marriage license 

Set up a temporary email address.
It's easy for emails to get lost in your inbox if you receive a lot on a regular basis. Make sure that you see everything that is wedding-related by setting up a temporary email address specifically for the wedding. This way all of that correspondence is all in one place for easy reference. Once the wedding is over, you can shut down the temporary email to avoid getting spam from vendors you no longer need. If there are vendors that you would like to keep in touch with, you can give them your regular email address after the wedding. 

Number your RSVP cards.
If you are sending out RSVP cards with your invitations, inconspicuously number them in a tiny corner on the back, or with some type of invisible ink. Place the same number next to that name on your guest list. It is not uncommon for people to mail the RSVP back to you, but forget to put their name on it. In that case, you can simply check the number on the back and know exactly who it belongs to.  

Schedule weekly time off.
Even if all of your tasks are organized perfectly, if you don't take a break once in a while, your brain will be overwhelmed! Schedule time every week to do something that is not wedding related to give yourself a break. That way you will stay fresh, and tackling the next task will seem easier. 


Staying organized during wedding planning will make everything run a lot smoother. You can always ask advice from the talented staff at our rustic wedding venue near Knoxville. We've seen a lot of weddings over the years, and if you get stuck, we just may know the answer. We always do our best at Country Jewell to help our brides and grooms have the most amazing wedding possible. Best of luck with your planning. We can't wait to see how it turns out! 


A delightfully quaint Knoxville wedding
& event venue.

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

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

15 Fun Wedding Facts For National Trivia Day

January 4 is National Trivia Day, and all of us here at Country Jewell love weddings and everything about them. Those two facts wouldn't normally go together, but combining them gave us the inspiration to write a blog filled with fun wedding trivia. Some of these will be merely interesting to you, but some of them may give you a little inspiration when you start planning your ceremony and reception at our rustic wedding venue near Knoxville. Have fun reading! 


1. Wearing a white wedding dress became a tradition after Queen Victoria got married in white on February 10, 1940.

2. In Japan, while their brides traditionally always wore white, they would often change to a brightly colored dress, usually red, at some point during the celebration.

3. Bright colors are worn by brides in India for the wedding ceremony, and those gowns are often covered with intricate designs and details. Instead of a veil to cover their heads, Indian women wear saris. 

4. The bridal veil originally was worn to disguise the bride from evil spirits that might be jealous of her happiness and try to ruin it. 

5. Irish weddings use bells to keep the evil spirits away from the bride and groom. Some brides even carry small bells in their bouquet for added protection.

6. While diamonds are generally the jewel chosen for an engagement ring (because diamonds are forever), a sapphire in a wedding ring represents marital happiness.

7. Wedding rings go on the fourth finger of the left hand because the belief is that the vein in that finger leads directly to the heart.

8. Ever wonder why a bride is expected to have "something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue?" Each of those things symbolizes:

  • Old = the bride's past, her family, and tradition
  • New = future happiness and good fortune
  • Borrowed = This should come from a happily married person in the hopes that their good fortune will rub off on you.
  • Blue = fidelity and love. 

9. Don't jump with fright if you spot a spider on your wedding dress. Discovering one of those little guys on your bridal gown is supposed to bring good luck! 

10. Another occurrence that might seem bad but is actually said to be lucky is rain on your wedding day. Hindus believe that the natural shower brings fertility and cleansing to the couple. 

11. Do you want to sweeten your marriage? Then pick a wedding dress that you can wear gloves with and place a sugar cube inside one of those gloves.

12. The song that most people refer to as "Here Comes The Bride" is by Wagner and actually titled the "Bridal Chorus." It is from the 1850 opera "Lohengrin.

13. People often have Jordan Almonds as favors at a wedding. While this isn't a candy often eaten on a regular basis, it is significant for weddings because the almonds have a bittersweet taste, which represents life, and the sugar coating is added in the hopes that the marriage will have more sweet than bitter. When given in amounts of five, each almond represents a wish for the bride and groom: health, wealth, happiness, fertility, and longevity. 

14. Be careful picking out your gift registry items. Apparently, receiving knives as a gift is a bad thing because people used to think that it symbolized a broken relationship. To ward off those bad vibes, it is suggested that you give the person gifting the knives a penny. That way, you're "buying" them instead of getting them as a present.  

15. The word "honeymoon" originated from an ancient Norse tradition. Newly married couples used to go into hiding for 30 days (or one moon) after the wedding, and a family member would bring them a cup of honey wine each day.



Traditions and old tales and superstitions can sometimes spark an idea for something wonderful to add to your own wedding. There are lots of different chances during both the ceremony and reception at your rustic wedding near Knoxville where you can put in all sorts of personal touches. The history behind Country Jewell itself only adds to the beautiful story being created on your wedding day. 



A delightfully quaint Knoxville wedding
& event venue.

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

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