Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Pros & Cons of DIY For Your Wedding (Part 2)

Last week's blog was all about a few of the Pros & Cons of DIY For Your Wedding at Country Jewell, and this week we've got a few more to add to the list. It's important to decide exactly how much you can take on before the wedding planning gets to be too much for you to handle. Hopefully, the tips we're sharing can help you make that decision in a few areas of the wedding. 



Hair & Makeup
Some brides believe that nobody can do their hair or makeup better than themselves. This is true in many cases, but if you are doing it on your own, you will need to start getting ready much earlier in the day to get everything done. The benefit of using a professional is that there is very little risk of a "bad hair day" because they do this for a living. Also, they have the experience to know exactly how much time will be needed to get you to the altar on time. While they are getting you ready, that's a great time to close your eyes, relax, and gather your thoughts for the excitement that's about to happen.  

Photography
You will cherish your wedding photos for years and years to come, unless the pictures are horrible! Even if you have a trusted friend that wants to take them for you, if they don't do wedding photography professionally, don't risk it. A professional knows how to get clear, high-quality images in every type of lighting, as well as all of the important shots to capture. If you have a very limited budget, you may be able to find a photography student that knows what they are doing and needs to build a portfolio, so the pricing will be very reasonable. 

Catering
Cooking for a big group of people is a lot different than making dinner at home. Also, if you want the food to be hot and fresh, you'll need someone else taking care of the cooking because you'll be busy getting married! This task can be handled by family members that are aces in the kitchen, but realize that they will miss a portion of your special day if they are preparing and setting out the food. At Country Jewell, some of our wedding packages include delicious catering, so there's no DIY necessary!

Music
Many couples choose to save money on music by creating a playlist of their own to be played throughout the evening, but you still need to have someone in charge of making sure the correct music is playing at the right times. If you have enough money in your budget, a DJ will have a much larger selection of music to choose from, but it is possible to handle this on your own for a small wedding. The Dazzling Country Diamond Package at Country Jewell comes with a DJ for 3 hours. 



Before you decide to take on any DIY projects for your wedding at our scenic wedding venue near Knoxville, ask yourself these questions: 

#1 - Do I have enough time and skill to do this? 

#2 - Will it save any money to do it myself? 

When you hire wedding professionals, it allows you to benefit from their experience and expertise, plus it can save you from a lot of stress. On the other hand, DIY is an excellent way to put your personal touch on this very special day. 

It is up to you to decide how important each aspect of the wedding is to you and if you truly believe you or someone close to you can handle certain DIY tasks in a way that you will be happy with. Be objective, give yourself lots of time, and only take on as much as you know you can easily handle, and your Country Jewell wedding will be everything that you are dreaming it will be.   


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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The Pros & Cons of DIY For Your Wedding (Part 1)

We have seen a lot of brides, and even a few grooms, get "DIY Fever" at our scenic wedding venue near Knoxville. Adding DIY elements to your Country Jewell wedding is a marvelous idea that adds a wonderful, personal touch to the ceremony and reception. 


It's not always quite as simple as Pinterest makes it look though, and it will take a LOT of time to get projects finished alongside all of your other wedding planning tasks. The sooner you begin your DIY projects, and the more help you have to take them all on, the better. The thoughts in today's blog can help you decide if you should DIY a particular wedding element or if you should let the professionals take care of it. 

Stationery
If you are the type of person that pays extremely close attention to detail, is creative, and has a good grasp of grammar, then you can probably handle creating your own invitations, programs, menus, and other printed materials. You can find beautiful stationery that is ready-made to pop into your home printer, all you need to do is provide the desired wording. When you are planning a small wedding, you may even want to get crafty and hand-make the invitations from scratch. On the other hand, ordering invitations instead may give you more paper and ink options. 

Coordination
Extremely organized brides may be able to handle this before the wedding, during the planning, but on the wedding day you really need to have someone making sure everything that needs to happen is being done, and they will also keep the wedding day festivities running on time. A friend or family member may be organized enough to handle this, but it's harder for them to enjoy the wedding if they are "working" the entire time. Be sure to take that into consideration before asking someone.       

Centerpieces
Big, elaborate centerpieces look impressive when you walk into the reception, but after that initial "wow" factor, may not have much attention paid to them. Something simple can be just as beautiful and much easier to piece together yourself. A small vase with flowers and a few candles can be plenty, and a simple setup allows you to create it ahead of time and trust someone else to put it on the tables while you're busy getting ready on the wedding day. The same idea works for the decorations you use around the rest of the room too. 

Flowers
If you will be using artificial flowers and they can be put together weeks before the wedding day, so this may be a safe area for you to DIY. When you decide to use real flowers, it might be better to leave the floral design to a florist. Just like with the centerpieces, if you are doing something simple like putting some cut flowers in vases and you have help, you may be able to handle it. A good compromise could be to do some of the flowers on your own and hire a pro for the more difficult arrangements.  

Favors
Wedding favors aren't a necessity, but they are a nice additional touch if you have the time and budget for them. When you make these yourself, it's easy to personalize the favors for each guest. This is an item you can get started putting together a long time before the wedding day, unless it's edible, so you should be able to get them all done in plenty of time before they are needed. There are lots of favor kits available too, which allow you to add the DIY touch, but have some of the work already done for you. 


Next week we'll discuss a few more things that you may or may not want to DIY for your special day at our rustic wedding venue near Knoxville. With lots of time and lots of help, a lot can be accomplished. The staff here at Country Jewell may be able to help you handle some of the wedding day tasks. Let us know what you need and we'll do our best to help you come up with a way to make it all happen. 


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& event venue.

6550 Hickory Valley Road
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865-494-0552

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

9 Romantic Gestures to Surprise Your Future Spouse at Your Wedding

Your wedding day at our scenic wedding venue in Tennessee is supposed to be all about the two of you, the bride and groom. During the wedding planning, a lot of focus will be put on making sure the guests are taken care of too. 

That's also important, but don't let too much attention be taken away from the romantic reason you are there in the first place. Country Jewell has come up with 9 sweet and creative ways that you can remind your future spouse how much you love them with these wedding day surprises. 


Schedule a First Look
The "first look" was created so that the bride and groom could have their "wow" moment of first seeing each other all dressed up for the wedding without all of the guests staring at them. It's a wonderful way to keep that very special moment all to yourselves, and of course, your photographer. (You'll definitely want photos of this!) In addition to sharing this romantic moment privately, you will be much more relaxed during the ceremony having gotten the initial surprise out of your system. 

Scrapbook Your Love Story
A scrapbook filled full of pictures from your dating years leading up to the wedding is a wonderful start. Go a step further and include messages from that time too. Since most people don't write letters anymore, most of your correspondence is most likely in digital form, such as texts, social media posts, or emails. Type these up, print them out, and include them alongside all of those wonderful photos. It will be a sentimental walk down memory lane, for them when they see it, and for you while you're making it. 

Send a Care Package
Surprise the person you're about to marry by sending a wedding morning care package full of breakfast items or a mix of their favorite snacks and drinks to the room they are getting ready in. Be sure to include enough so that they can share the treats with their wedding party too. 

Deliver a Love Letter
You could send a letter full of all of the reasons that you fell in love with them and all of the reasons you cannot wait to become their wife/husband. Your maid of honor or best man can deliver the letter before the ceremony. We've also had couples stand on different sides of a door (because they hadn't seen each other before the ceremony yet) and hold hands around the corner while they read each other's letters. Have a handkerchief handy, because this always brings on lots of happy tears. 


Hide a Love Note
Rather than a long letter, or in addition to it, you can hide a short and sweet "I love you" message someplace for them to find. The bride could have a message sewn onto the back of the groom's tie, and he could do the same on a handkerchief for her to carry with her bouquet. Another idea is to write the message on the bottom of their shoes. 

Blow Up Their Phone
Each hour leading up to your walk down the aisle, send a special text or photo to their phone. This will put a smile on their face and give them something to look forward to each time their phone chimes. If you don't mind seeing each other before the wedding, you can send pictures of yourself getting ready, and if you are going the traditional route and not seeing each other before the ceremony, send some of your favorite old photos.  

Deliver Treats All Day
Instead of phone messages, you can send actual gifts to your future spouse throughout the wedding morning. You could even keep them coming during the ceremony if you really love giving surprises. Some ideas of small gifts you could send are:

  • Letters to be opened at certain times, like "when you wake up," while you are getting dressed," "before you walk down the aisle," etc...
  • Novelty socks to take care of any "cold feet"
  • Their favorite candy with a cheesy note attached
  • A piece of jewelry to wear for the wedding
  • Tickets for an event or dinner reservations for a date in the future

Engrave Your Wedding Rings
Lots of couples have something sentimental engraved inside of each other's wedding rings. It may not be a surprise that you're having it done, but the message that you choose to engrave can be hidden from each other until the wedding day. 

Plan a Reception Surprise 
Work with your wedding planner, the rest of the wedding party, or a family member to plan a reception surprise that your future spouse knows nothing about. You could arrange to add their favorite food to the cocktail appetizers, put together a slideshow starring the two of you, or plan a choreographed dance to perform for them. Think about what would put a huge smile on their face and do something relating to that. 


No matter what you have chosen as the theme of your wedding at Country Jewell, the overall theme of the day is love! Any idea that you can come up with to show your future spouse exactly how much they mean to you will be much appreciated and create fantastic memories. If you need a little help coming up with a few ideas for that or any other part of your special day, the staff at our rustic wedding venue near Knoxville is always happy to help. 


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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

5 Great Money-Saving Ideas For Your Wedding

Weddings can get very expensive very quickly if you're not careful. Choosing a wedding planning budget that you are comfortable with is the first step to keeping the spending under control, and the next (hardest) step is to actually stick to that budget. 


Cutting your spending in certain areas frees up money that can be spent on other parts of the wedding that are more important to you. Country Jewell has 5 great money-saving ways to do that in today's blog. 

Keep It Small
The more guests invited, the more you are going to end up spending on each one. Fewer guests mean less food to serve, fewer invites to order and put stamps on, and fewer favors that you have to buy. In reality, you only need your family and closest friends with you. 

Our small wedding venue near Knoxville is capable of hosting a wedding of up to 100 people in the special event barn and 45 in the indoor chapel, so if people that don't make the guest list inquire as to why not, you can blame the size of the venue instead of telling them that you wanted to save money by not inviting them! You save money and their feelings are less likely to be hurt.  

Take Your Time
Giving yourself at least a full year to plan your wedding will give you plenty of time to think your options over, compare pricing, decide what's truly worth spending your money on, and avoid any last minute "we're running out of time" impulse buys. Just be very careful that you don't end up spending extra on unnecessary items because you have extra time to shop before the big day.  

Use Floral Alternatives
Fresh flowers can be one of the priciest items you will purchase for your wedding, but they don't have to be. Unless lots of flowers is on your "most important wedding items" list, you can choose to buy fewer flowers and use other decorations alongside them to fill up space. 

Some examples would be candles, lanterns, or themed items like pinwheels and mason jars. When you get married at Country Jewell, the lush outdoor landscaping is filled with gorgeous flowers already growing on site, so additional cut flowers aren't really a necessity if they don't fit into your wedding budget.   


Use a Wedding Hashtag
If you incorporate a wedding hashtag that all of your guests can use to share photos online, you won't have to worry about hiring a photographer for extra hours to stay late into the evening. Most of the important photos are done early, and the end of the night is just lots of people dancing, laughing, and having fun. A professional photographer isn't really needed for those final, casual shots, and your friends and family are very likely to capture some moments only someone close to you would notice. The hashtag photo-sharing option also lets you see pictures of things going on at the wedding while you are in another area with the photographer taking your formal shots. 

Serve a Lighter Meal
Another extremely pricey item at your wedding will be the food, but you really should serve your guests some type of refreshment. Having your ceremony and reception earlier in the day allows you to serve brunch or lunch to your guests, which is generally a less expensive meal than a full dinner. A wedding that takes place midday after lunch but before dinner only requires you to serve light appetizers or simply cake and punch. 

We offer some wonderful packages at our rustic wedding venue near Knoxville that include delicious catering packages in the price already. A reception in our special event barn also gives you access to our warming/serving kitchen complete with a refrigerator, oven, and microwave if you want to prepare your own food. We do require a deposit to bring your own food, but it will be fully refunded as long the kitchen is left clean with no damage and you carry off your own garbage. 


You can have the wedding of your dreams at Country Jewell without breaking the bank if you take the time to make good choices and really decide what aspects of the wedding are the most important to you, and which ones you are fine doing without. As long as you have an amazing time filled with happy memories, the entire experience will be priceless! 


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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Inclusive Wedding Packages Available at Country Jewell

Last week our blog shared details about the gorgeous indoor and outdoor wedding and event facilities at Country Jewell. This week, our focus is on the wonderful wedding packages that we have to offer. You don't have to do it all alone! Whether you want just a little help or a lot, our rustic wedding venue near Knoxville has a package that is perfect for your special day. 


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


Country Jewell Wedding Packages

Diamond in the Rough
For the bride and groom who would like to do their own planning for their special day. This package is for up to 100 people and gives you plenty of time (either 8 hours or 12 hours) to:
  • Decorate
  • Have your caterer bring in the food and cake
  • Have pictures taken by a photographer of your choice
  • Have your wedding and reception
  • Clean up
Tennessee Pearl
Just the basics for the bride and groom who are seeking a simple and romantic ceremony. The Tennessee Pearl package gives you 1 hour and is available on weekdays only for up to 10 people. It includes: 
  • Wedding chapel or outdoors by the beautiful waterfall
  • Officiant
Smoky Mountain Sapphire
For the couple who are seeking a simple and romantic ceremony with photographic memories. 
Smoky Mountain Sapphire give you 2 hours total. This package is for weekdays only & up to 25 people. It includes: 
  • Chapel or outdoors by the waterfall
  • Officiant
  • Traditional music
  • 22 pictures in a keepsake photo book & a CD of all pictures
Enchanting Emerald
For the couple who would like to keep with the traditional wedding and reception. 
Enchanting Emerald gives you 3 hours total. This package is for 25 people, but additional guests may be added for a small charge. It includes: 
  • Chapel or outdoors by the waterfall
  • Officiant
  • Traditional music
  • 22 pictures in a keepsake photo book & a CD of all pictures
  • Celebration in Country Jewell
  • Cake, punch, mints, and nuts
Romantic Ruby
For the bride and groom who would like to relax and enjoy their special, romantic day! Romantic Ruby gives you 4 hours total. This package is for 25 people, but additional guests can be added for an extra charge. 
  • Chapel, outdoors by the serene waterfall, or in the charming gazebo
  • Officiant
  • Traditional music
  • 22 pictures in a keepsake photo book & a CD of all pictures
  • Mason jar unity candle
  • Celebration in Country Jewell
  • Food package 1, 2, or 3 (see below)
Dazzling Country Diamond
For the couple who would like a romantic wedding with plenty of time for celebration with family and friends! Dazzling Country Diamond gives you 6 hours total. This package is for 25 people, but additional guest spots can be purchased. 
  • Chapel or outdoors by the beautiful waterfall
  • Officiant
  • Traditional music
  • 22 pictures in a keepsake photo book & a CD of all pictures
  • Mason jar unity candle
  • Decorated Country Jewell
  • Food package 1, 2, or 3 (see below)
  • DJ for 3 hours. He will announce your entrance into the reception, play music while everyone is dining, and play your special songs for dancing!


Catering Packages 
These meal packages are prepared by Bradford Catered Events. 

Choice #1
  • Wedding cake
  • Punch
  • Mints and nuts
  • Fresh fruit, cheese, crackers, and fresh veggies
  • Iced tea and coffee
  • Choice of 2:
    • Sweet & sour meatballs
    • Chicken tenders with honey mustard
    • Cocktail sausages
    • Three cheese stuffed mushrooms
    • Ham, turkey, roast beef, or chicken salad on small croissants
Choice #2
  • Wedding cake
  • Punch
  • Mints and nuts
  • Chips
  • Iced tea and coffee
  • Choice of 1 on croissants or whole wheat buns:
    • BBQ pork
    • Ham
    • Roast beef
    • Turkey
    • Chicken salad
  • Choice of 3:
    • Fresh fruits
    • Coleslaw
    • Garden salad
    • Baked beans
    • Pasta salad
    • Potato salad
Choice #3
  • Wedding cake
  • Punch
  • Mints and nuts
  • Garden salad and rolls
  • Iced tea and coffee
  • Choice of 1:
    • Sliced roast beef with gravy
    • Oven fried chicken
    • Baked chicken breast
    • Ham
    • Turkey
    • Spaghetti with marinara sauce
    • Lasagna
  • Choice of 2: 
    • Roasted potatoes
    • mashed potatoes
    • Country Italian green beans
    • Broccoli casserole
    • California blend
    • Copper penny carrots
    • Country corn

How Can We Help You Plan?
You are welcome to rent our scenic wedding venue near Knoxville and take care of all of the details yourself, or you can pick one of our packages and let us take care of some of the details for you. We have access to many talented wedding vendors in the area that are sure to make your special day absolutely amazing. 

If none of the packages listed above fits exactly what you have in mind, we are happy to discuss additional options with you. At Country Jewell, our goal is to give you the wedding of your dreams. All you need to do is let us know how we can make that happen!  


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& event venue.

6550 Hickory Valley Road
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865-494-0552

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Gorgeous Indoor & Outdoor Wedding & Event Facilities at Country Jewell

If you are looking for a beautifully scenic wedding and event venue near Knoxville, you need look no further than Country Jewell in Heiskell, Tennessee. It doesn't matter what time of year that you will be hosting your celebration, because our rustic venue is breathtaking in every season and there are plenty of spots, both indoors and out, to host your event. 


Scenic Wedding Gazebo
Our timeless wedding gazebo is the perfect place to hold an outdoor 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
The quaint wedding chapel at Country Jewell was originally an old corn crib built in 1931. We renovated it to turn it into a magical place to say "I do!" During the renovation, we were able to keep the original barn board walls. A stunning Victorian reproduction stained glass panel was added behind the altar, giving the entire chapel an especially romantic ambiance. 


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


Rustic Special Event Barn
Our main special event building is obviously a barn from the outside, but don't expect a big empty space where you would keep livestock past the front doors. On the contrary, the inside will take your breath away. 


The Lewis Barn was originally built in 1929. Since then it has been completely renovated, yet still retains a feeling of tradition, history, and enchantment. You can comfortably entertain up to 100 guests in this 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 guests, as well as a wonderful spot for photographs.   


Country Jewell is the ideal rustic wedding venue near Knoxville for small events of 100 or fewer guests. Words and pictures give you the initial facts you need, but to truly understand what a magical place Country Jewell is for hosting your next special celebration, you need to see it in person! Give us a call at 865-494-0552 and set up a time to pay us a visit and see everything for yourself. We believe you will love it every bit as much as we do, and we can't wait to see your happy celebration take place here!


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6550 Hickory Valley Road
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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

5 Tips For Hosting a Wonderful Engagement Party

Although we tend to focus mainly on the Country Jewell weddings that happen here, that's not the only type of celebration that you can host at our rustic event venue near Knoxville. We've been the site of reunions, anniversaries, birthday parties, holiday parties, business retreats, and much more. 

We are also the perfect size for an intimate engagement party. Your guests will be tickled to find out that the actual wedding will take place on the very spot where they are celebrating your engagement. Today we've got a few helpful tips that will ensure your engagement party is a hit. 


Decide Who Will Host
Traditionally the bride's parents host the engagement party, but today anyone is free to host this celebration. It can be parents, other relatives, friends, or even the couple themselves. In some cases where the bride and groom have family or friends that live far away from each other, more than one party may even take place. Whoever ends up playing host will most likely take charge of the majority of the party planning, but they will need your input on many things so that it works well with your wedding plans. 

Make a Guest List
You should only invite guests to your engagement party that will also be invited to the actual ceremony and reception. It is very likely that you may not have an entire wedding guest list made up this early in the planning stages. That's okay because this event doesn't need to be as large as your wedding. You can keep it small for just your closest family and friends that you are positive will be on the main guest list. This party is in your honor, so in this case, the guests are yours to choose, not the person hosting the event.    

Pick a Date
This type of party should be held within the first few months of the engagement. You will need time to create the guest list and plan the party, but you don't want to wait too long after the proposal that the newness has worn off. Also, give your guests plenty of notice so that they have enough time to make plans to join you. 

Set the Scene
This is an event celebrating your upcoming wedding, but it doesn't have to match the plans you are making for the big day. When you host it at our scenic event venue near Knoxville, you really don't need to plan for a lot of additional decorations at all. We have already set a charming, rustic scene in our event barn that looks festive, yet still works well with a variety of decorating styles. If you need some advice on how to get the venue ready, our talented staff can offer some wonderful suggestions. 

Decide What You'll Wear
You will be the center of attention all day long and the subject of many photos, so you will want to find something special to wear. It doesn't need to be as fancy as what you will wear at the wedding, of course. Stick to your personal style and what you enjoy wearing. Once again, the day is all about the two of you, so just be yourselves. The formality of the party you and the host decide on will give you a good idea about the type of clothing you will want to shop for.   

When you do hold your engagement party at Country Jewell, you will be able to use everything that our event barn comes with, which will save you from renting tables and chairs and also allow you to prepare your own food if you don't want to hire a caterer. The venue rental includes the use of:

  • 20 folding tables
  • 100 folding chairs
  • warming/serving kitchen with a refrigerator, oven, and microwave

Give us a call at 865-494-0552 soon and make an appointment to take a look at our charming event venue near Knoxville. Not only will you find that it is the perfect place to hold your wedding, but it's also an excellent spot for many of the other celebrations in your life.       




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6550 Hickory Valley Road
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