Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Why You Hear Bells At Weddings

Bells and wedding seem to go together. You may have heard someone utter the phrase "I hear wedding bells" when they are speaking about a couple that they think should get married. We've had lots of Country Jewell weddings, as well as bridal showers, incorporate bells for decorations. Our rustic wedding venue near Knoxville even has our very own giant wedding bell that couples ring after they utter their "I do's." Have you ever wondered how bells became a wedding symbol? If so, read on...


Good Luck and Fortune
In olden days, before you could let everyone know what was going on in your life through social media, news of important events was often announced by ringing the church's bells for the entire town to hear. Weddings are very special and happy celebrations, so the bells were always rung for these. Sometimes they were sounded before the wedding to celebrate the bride's and groom's newfound happiness, and they were always rung after the ceremony to announce the new marriage. 

Many thought the sound of the bells would bring the newlyweds luck and fortune. In Ireland, small bells are given to the couple as a wedding gift for this reason. Another reason for bells at weddings was because some cultures used to believe that the ringing of bells was necessary to scare away evil spirits that might wish to ruin the newlyweds' future happiness. 

Today, when you see bells used for decoration or on wedding-related stationery, it is usually two bells tied together at the top with ribbon and a bow. This is symbolic of the couple's new connection and the joining of their lives together. 


Ring for a Kiss
A very popular tradition that we see often at our wedding barn near Knoxville is the use of small bells for the guests to ring at the reception. People used to clink silverware against a glass as a signal for the bride and groom to share a kiss. This is still done today, but the use of small bells instead is a cute wedding detail, plus it brings the old tradition of bells ringing to your reception. 

We discovered a couple of reasons for why this is probably done. One myth was that the sound scared away demons so that the couple could safely kiss each other. Another story stated that the sound was meant to be a reminder for the couple of the vows they had just made. In our opinion, most people do it just because it is fun and pictures of newlyweds kissing at their wedding are the best! 

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The Wedding Bell at Country Jewell
It's a favorite tradition here at our beautiful scenic wedding venue near Knoxville for the bride and groom to walk the path to our gorgeous wedding bell and ring it together. That bell has announced quite a few wonderful marriages over the years, and we expect it to be announcing many, many more in the future. When would you like to join us at Country Jewell and ring the bell with your new spouse?


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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Beautiful Weddings for All Seasons - Indoors and Outdoors

The beauty of Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains offers an enchanting atmosphere for all of the ceremonies and receptions that take place at our rustic wedding venue near Knoxville, no matter what the season. With breathtaking scenic views outdoors and charming indoor facilities, it's the perfect place to say "I do" in front of your family and friends. Whether it be spring, summer, winter, or fall, Country Jewell is a marvelous place to host your very special day.  

Scenic Wedding Gazebo
Our timeless outdoor wedding gazebo is a gorgeous spot to tie the knot! It is surrounded by lush landscapes, amazing mountain views, and all-around natural beauty. The vibrant colors of each season surround the gazebo, giving it a unique look depending on what time of year you are here. 



Outdoors you will also find meandering streams, spectacular landscaping, and a bubbling waterfall. There are multiple places on the grounds that offer incredible photo opportunities. In addition to the gazebo, there are also other impressive outdoor areas where you may wish to set up your ceremony. 




Charming Wedding Chapel
If you prefer to get married indoors, or if it's a time of year where that's simply the most comfortable option, our historic wedding chapel may be just what you are looking for. We took an old corn crib which was originally built in 1931 and turned it into a magical place to host a wedding ceremony. 

During the renovation, we were able to keep the original barn board walls. A stunning Victorian reproduction stained glass panel now hangs over the altar, giving the entire chapel a romantic ambiance. With its red oak floors and simple benches, the atmosphere is reminiscent of an old country church. The building is able to accommodate up to 45 people, which is perfect for a small, intimate ceremony. 





Rustic Special Event Barn
Our main special event building is a barn which may seem simple on the outside, but full of gorgeous rustic charm once you step indoors. It's a beautiful place to host your reception, allowing you to stay out of the cold in the winter and late fall, or get indoors to cool off when the summer heat is at its hottest. 



The Lewis Barn was originally built in 1929. It has been completely renovated, yet still retains a feeling of tradition, history, and enchantment. This rustic reception venue near Knoxville comfortably holds up to 100 guests. It is fully equipped with restrooms, a kitchen and serving area able to handle all of your catering needs, and an open seating area that can host a variety of table setups. The old hayloft upstairs offers a unique and fun spot for entertaining your wedding guests, as well as a great place for some really wonderful wedding photographs.  


Which season will you be here? 
No matter which season you are getting married in, our charming wedding venue near Knoxville is set up to offer you an amazing experience in all of them. Words and pictures can give you an idea of what to expect, but a visit to Country Jewell is the best way to understand just how amazing our special event venue is. We would love to give you a tour. Give us a call at 865-494-0552 to arrange a time to visit. 

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

7 Organization Tips To Make Wedding Planning Easier

Did you know that January is also known as "Get Organized Month?" When you are in the midst of planning a wedding in Tennessee, organization is key to getting things done, and also to keeping your sanity. Country Jewell has a few tips for you today that will be very helpful for getting all of your wedding tasks accomplished.   


Consider hiring a wedding planner.
You may want to think about fitting a wedding coordinator into your budget. Their experience and knowledge of planning weddings could very well end up saving you money in the long run, and it will definitely save you a lot of time. Some couples worry that a wedding planner will take over and they will lose control of the look of the event. A good planner will incorporate your ideas, not theirs, improving on them where possible and offering suggestions that will make everything easier. Less for you to worry about, but everything still gets done. 

Make a personalized planning checklist.
You will find many different wedding planning checklists online. These cover a broad range of possibilities. Search until you find one that covers everything that you want to incorporate into your special day, and then personalize it to match your particular plans. Take out unnecessary tasks that don't pertain to what you are doing, and add any that are missing. Your wedding will be unique, and a personalized checklist helps you make sure that your entire vision becomes a reality.  

Keep it together. 
Once you begin gathering lists, contact information, and general planning ideas, keep all of those things together in one place so that you can find everything that you need without a lot of searching. If you are keeping track of it all on paper, be sure to have a backup copy just in case you misplace anything. It's a good idea to have your future spouse or your maid of honor hold on to a copy. If you are staying organized digitally, either with a computer program or an app, share access to it with others that are helping you take care of everything. 


Delegate responsibilities. 
This is a little more of a stress-reliever than an organizing tip, but it's an important one for getting lots of things done in a small amount of time. People close to you will want to help, so let them. There are plenty of tasks to go around, and quite a few that can be accomplished without your direct input, like picking up the invitations at the printer, or even addressing them. Choose people that you know will get the job done to take certain tasks off of your list, and then all you have to do is make sure to double-check with them that it was accomplished. 

Create a wedding email address.
It will be a lot easier to keep track of wedding information by email if you set up a temporary address to use specifically for wedding stuff. That way it won't be mixed in with bills, emails from friends, and random newsletters you've signed up for, but rather all together in one easy to find place. You can also feel free to sign up for special discounts and newsletters from wedding vendors that you meet knowing that once the wedding is over, you can shut down that email address and not worry about continued "spam" from those vendors once you no longer need them.  

Mark your RSVP cards.
If you will be mailing RSVP cards along with your wedding invitations, it's a good idea to mark them in some way, like with a small inconspicuous number in the corner or with some type of invisible ink. It is more common than you would think for people to mail the cards back but forget to put their names on them! If you have marked the cards ahead of time, it will be easy to figure out who a blank one belongs to. 

Remember to take breaks. 
Even if all of your tasks are perfectly organized, if you don't take a break once in a while, your brain will be overwhelmed and unable to make any sense of it! Schedule regular time, at least once a week, to do something that is not wedding related. That way you will stay fresh, and tackling the next task will seem a lot easier. 


A little organization goes a long way, and when everything runs smoothly it will be a lot simpler for you both to simply enjoy the wedding and everything about your special day. We've seen a lot of weddings over the years here at Country Jewell, and the talented staff of wedding professionals at our scenic wedding venue near Knoxville is here to offer guidance and help to you in any way that we can to make your wedding day as amazing as possible.   


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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Romantic New Year's Eve Traditions To Start

After you get married at our rustic wedding venue near Knoxville, you will have many years of holidays together to look forward to. Beginning traditions that are just for the two of you can add a romantic spin to any holiday. Country Jewell has come up with a few ideas that you can turn into annual New Year's Eve traditions and look forward to every year. Even if you're not married yet, you can go ahead and start these traditions now and continue them after your wedding. 


Write Love Letters
A wonderful way to get excited about a brand new year together is to highlight all of the great things that happened to the two of you in the past year. Sometime between Christmas and New Year's Eve, put pen to paper and write a heartfelt letter to the love of your life telling them all about the things they did over the past year to make you love them more and more each day. 

Add to a Time Capsule
You can have an ongoing time capsule that you add something to every New Year's Eve. A few things to include could be tickets from movies, games, or concerts you attended, your favorite new thing from that year, or possibly a special photo you took. Every New Year's Eve when you get the time capsule out to add something to it, you can look through the additions of years past and relive sweet memories of your life together. 

Make New Plans
After taking a look at your fantastic past as a couple, make plans to do something special together at some point in the next 12 months. You could go ahead and pen in a few date nights on the calendar for the coming year. Another great idea is to pick something new that the two of you have never done and vow to give it a try. It could be going to a new restaurant, taking a class together, visiting a new city, or even taking on a DIY project for your house. The important thing is that it be something you can do together. 

Share a Toast
Pick up a special bottle of your favorite wine, champagne, or other beverage that the two of you love and use it to toast each other at midnight. It could be sweet to use the same glasses that you toasted each other with on your wedding day. Maybe you could even come up with a special toast that you say every year, just on this night. 

Dress Up
Turn New Year's Eve into a formal occasion and put on your finest party clothing, even if you're staying home this year. Everyone feels a little more festive when they are wearing something fancy, and you know you like the way your spouse looks when they're all dressed up! Whether you go out for the evening or stay in, you'll look incredible. (Be sure to take a photo together! It will be a perfect item to add to the time capsule.) 

Break a Record
At the stroke of midnight, you are supposed to share a romantic kiss. See how long you can make that kiss last every year, possibly even breaking your record from the previous New Year's Eve. A tradition like this is bound to lead to more interesting things later on for a couple in love!


Your wedding day is a very romantic time in your life. Take every chance you get after the wedding to add romance to your day to day routine. You may even be able to recreate some of the things that you did at your romantic wedding near Knoxville and turn them into traditions too. All of us at Country Jewell wish everyone out there a very prosperous new year full of love and lots of new romantic traditions! 

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

10 Wedding Trends To Watch For In 2018 (Part 2)

Last week we featured the first 5 of 10 wedding trends that we expect to see a lot of at our rustic wedding venue near Knoxville in 2018. Today we're finishing that top 10 list with the final 5 trends that would look right at home for any ceremony or reception at Country Jewell


6. Hanging Flowers & Wreaths
Flowers are present at nearly every wedding (although there are many lovely alternatives to florals that can be implemented too) and florists are always looking for new and unique ways to display them. In 2018, expect to be looking up at wedding decor with hanging flowers and suspended arrangements. Many couples are also expected to decorate with lovely wedding wreaths throughout the venue. 

7. Transparent Elements
We talked about popular colors last week, such as metallic silvers, chromes, and coppers, plus Pantone's color of the year - Ultra Violet. A lack of color will also be present in the form of transparent elements. Expect to see the use of lots of windows, possibly for wedding signage, and also many glass items. These add to the beauty and depth of the overall look of the wedding without drawing attention away from your wedding colors and floral focal points. There are also transparent papers available that you can print programs, menus, and even invitations on.

8. Creative Food & Desserts
Dessert stations with unique and varied sweets are still a popular wedding plan, but bigger wedding cakes are slowly making a comeback. It's easy to have both. Just opt for a smaller version of the classic tiered wedding cake and surround it with your other treats, such as cupcakes, pies, cheesecakes, donuts, cookies, etc... You can even serve wedding cake for dessert, then save an extra sweet treat to serve as a snack later in the evening. 

9. Formal, but not stuffy

Many brides and grooms are leaning toward a more traditional, slightly formal ceremony and reception, but not completely. You can blend classic wedding elements with more modern ideas and easily fuse the two together. If you want the guests to dress up a bit, make sure to let them know in the invitation or on your wedding website, and you can even invite them to bring a change of clothes for the reception if you like that idea. It's very possible to add elegance to your wedding but still have some laid-back fun.  

10. Guest Interaction
Creating an interactive and fun experience for wedding guests is a priority for lots of couples. Photo "booths" are still a popular reception activity but expect to see more backdrops rather than actual booths. Games can be planned for guests to join in on, and interactive food stations are a great way to keep things interesting for everyone. Extending the experience and setting up room blocks for the entire weekend with group activities instead of just a one-day party will be a popular trend too.   


Trends come and go, but your wedding memories will last a lifetime. Feel free to use the 10 wedding trends for 2018 that we have shared to plan your ceremony and reception at our scenic wedding venue near Knoxville, but if they don't match your vision, do something completely different. Country Jewell offers a friendly, comfortable atmosphere for both you and your wedding guests. Your favorite things are what is going to make your wedding here special. We can't wait to see what you come up with!


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Thursday, December 14, 2017

10 Wedding Trends To Watch For In 2018 (Part 1)

Every year wedding professionals try to imagine what will be the popular trends for the coming year. Since your ceremony and reception at our scenic wedding venue near Knoxville will be a very personal experience filled with your favorite things, a "trend" may not appeal to you at all, and that's perfectly okay. On the other hand, if you're having some trouble deciding exactly what you want to do for your Country Jewell wedding, then these anticipated trends could be a wonderful source of inspiration. 


Here are the first 5 of 10 exciting trends that we expect to be seeing a lot of in 2018. 

1. Small Weddings
Instead of inviting every person you've ever crossed paths with in your lifetime, plus relatives you've only heard about but never met, couples will instead be hosting weddings for just their nearest and dearest. There are many benefits to hosting a smaller gathering, and our small wedding venue near Knoxville is the perfect place for up to 100 guests to share your very special day with.  

2. "Woodsy" Themes
Some are saying that "woodsy" is the new "rustic." It's a similar idea with a lot more wooden items incorporated into the wedding decor. Slabs of wood can be used in many decorative ways, such as table numbers, signs, seating cards, chargers, cake stands, and so much more. You can even use the look and pattern of wood on your invitations, menus, and programs. This theme fits in beautifully with the charming look that Country Jewell already exudes. 

3. Texture
Lots of different textures can add a wonderful visual appeal to your celebration. The wooden items mentioned above have a fantastic texture to them already. You can also use wax seals on invitations and menus to give them a cool look and feel. Play around with table linens too. Possibly layer a lace runner over a shimmery tablecloth, or pair bold stripes mixed with a bit of burlap and lace. The tables don't all need to match either. You may want to experiment with 2 or three different reception tabletops all in one space.   


4. Ultra Violet
Pantone has become the authority on popular colors, and they annually choose a color of the year. 2017 was all about Greenery, and 2018 is going to be the year of Ultra Violet. According to Pantone, it's "a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade that communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking..." If purple is a color you are considering using for your wedding, this may be a wonderful shade for you. It can also be beautiful to use as an accent color.    

5. Metallics
Metallics will once again be a popular tone to use for wedding decor. Rose golds were seen a lot this year, and next year lots of silver, chrome, and copper is expected to make an appearance. Metallics offer a nice, shiny, eye-catching pop that works well with most color schemes. These also reflect candlelight beautifully for a warm, romantic glow.  

Photo by Melody Cook Photography
These are 5 upcoming wedding trends to look for in 2018, and next week we'll continue our top ten list with #6-10. Our wedding venue near Knoxville has its own rustic/woodsy charm already built in, so you don't have to do a lot of decorating to turn it into the wedding venue of your dreams. If you want to dress up Country Jewell in your own way, many of the expected 2018 wedding trends can easily be incorporated into what we already have here for you. 


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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Creative Rustic Winter Wedding Ideas

It's December, which means it's time for us to start enjoying the beauty of the creative rustic winter wedding decorations and ideas that the brides and grooms come up with at our scenic wedding venue near Knoxville. Today, we've decided to share a few of our favorite wedding planning ideas in case this is a theme you might like to use for your own Country Jewell wedding. 



Natural Elements
Flat slabs of wood cut from tree trunks look wonderful at a rustic wedding any time of the year. They have a wide variety of uses, such as centerpiece bases, cake stands, chargers under dinner plates, and you can even write on them and use them for signs around the ceremony and reception. 

For winter weddings, there are also some lovely natural elements that you can bring indoors to add to your wedding decor. Evergreen branches look gorgeous as table runners, and sprigs of it can be tied to many of the other items that you will be decorating with. Pine cones are also another seasonal piece of nature that make wonderful decorations. All of these natural greens and browns make a nice neutral palette that is perfect for a rustic wedding.  



Winter White
White is often associated with weddings, and in the winter it's a great color to use to resemble gorgeous, shimmery, newly fallen snow. Snowflakes are also great symbols to use in your decor this time of year. You can stick to an all-white theme and use silver or icy blues for accent colors, or you can go for a mostly white look with bright pops of color that stand out boldly against it. 

Mason jars with white candles inside give off a beautiful glow, and ribbons can be tied to the jars with those sprigs of evergreen we already mentioned. For even more of a romantic glow, strands of twinkle lights strewn all around the room are always a showstopper.  


Fun Favors 
Use the weather outside to inspire your choice of favors for the wedding guests. A basket full of blankets or throws can come in handy when there's a chill in the air. Another brilliant idea is to have a basket of cozy slippers for your guests to slip on their feet to dance the night away in. Couples do it all the time with flip-flops in the summer, and this is a nice winter twist. 

Other favor ideas could be warm mittens or gloves at everyone's place setting, or perhaps a pair of fuzzy socks to ward off "cold feet." (Those are never welcome at a wedding!) Mason jars filled with hot cocoa ingredients are a wonderful idea too. Add a cute saying, like "To have & to hold, in case you get cold" and instruct them to simply add hot water to the contents.  



Country Jewell is a beautiful venue before any decorations are added, but when our couples begin putting up the special touches that make their wedding unique, we are always happily surprised at how much more gorgeous this quaint rustic wedding venue near Knoxville can be. Come by soon and have a look at Country Jewell in person. We'd love to hear the wonderful ideas you have to add to it's rustic beauty! 

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