Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Creative Ways To Say "Thank You" At Your Wedding

With Thanksgiving coming next week, our rustic wedding venue near Knoxville was inspired to come up with a few creative ways for you to say "Thank you" to your guests in addition to the expected thank you note after the wedding. These are all fairly simple ideas that will be easy to work into your Country Jewell ceremony and reception. 


Program Mentions
Everyone will be reading through your wedding program while they wait for the ceremony to begin. This is a great place to write a special thank you to everyone, or even to certain people in particular that had an extra hand in helping prepare for the wedding day. You could even pair it with a nice inspirational poem that sums up your feelings. 

Welcome Kits 
If you have a lot of guests coming from out of town, having welcome kits waiting for them in their hotel rooms is a lovely way to say thank you for coming from afar. It can contain some comforts of home that may come in handy during their travels and information about fun things to do in the area. Another wonderful way to show gratitude to out of town guests is by providing transportation for them to and from the wedding site.  

Love Notes
Surprise guests with a sweet thank you note waiting for them on their ceremony seat or at their place setting at the reception. If you are hosting a small wedding near Knoxville, you could even personally write each note so that it has special meaning for each recipient. Another option is to write one big loving thank you note meant for everyone on a sign or chalkboard placed somewhere noticeable at the wedding. 

A Toast
Instead of writing out your thanks to the guests, verbally let them know how much their attendance means to you through a toast at the reception. It can be as simple as "Thank you for coming to our wedding," or you or your new spouse can elaborate and make it more personal and heartfelt. 

Favors
Wedding favors aren't a necessity, but they are a great opportunity to say thank you to all of your guests. Give away something useful to show your gratitude, like a late-night snack packed up in case they danced so hard at the reception they would like a bite to eat when they get home. A "recovery kit" that can be used in the morning after a late night of partying can be useful too.  

Upgraded Thank You Notes
Thank you notes sent after the wedding should always be handwritten and personalized for each person receiving one. In addition to that, you can go a step further by including a picture of the two of you with them taken at the reception, or possibly a photo of you using the wedding gift that they gave to you. 


Your guests will be excited to spend this very special day with you at our scenic wedding venue near Knoxville. Making the effort to show them just how thankful you are is a wonderful gesture that they will greatly appreciate. It will make your celebration at Country Jewell that much more amazing.  


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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

A Beautiful Wedding Tradition - 1,000 Origami Cranes

There are numerous traditions that can be incorporated into your scenic wedding near Knoxville to make it even more beautiful and meaningful. A good place to start looking for these traditions is within your family's heritage, or you can borrow a tradition that you have discovered that symbolizes what you wish for your marriage. Today, Country Jewell is exploring the gorgeous tradition of folding 1,000 paper cranes. 


Tradition Origins
This began as a Japanese tradition, but brides all over the world have fallen in love with both the beauty of using 1,000 paper cranes in their wedding day decor and the meaning behind it. Cranes are considered mystical and holy creatures in Japan, and  they are said to live 1,000 years. That is how the number of cranes was decided, one for each year of the crane's long life. 

According to Japanese legend, anyone who folds 1,000 paper cranes will be granted a wish by the gods for their patience and dedication to the process. Other stories say that it will gain you happiness and good luck for eternity. The tradition was adopted into weddings as a wish for a long, harmonious, and happy marriage. 

Originally, the task of folding the cranes was assigned to the bride's father so the wish for many years of married bliss came to the couple from him. Later on, it became the responsibility of the bride, and often today it is a labor of love for the wedding couple to create together. It's a wonderful exercise for developing the patience, commitment, and communication needed for a successful marriage, plus it can be special time together for the two of you.   

Crane Colors
You may choose to make paper cranes from paper that matches your wedding colors, but you can also make a rainbow of cranes strung together, each of which represents something different. 

  • Dark Red - Inner beauty and inner strength
  • Red - Endless love
  • Pink - Happiness, tenderness, and friendship
  • Yellow - Overflowing creativity
  • Green - Long health
  • Blue - Unwavering loyalty
  • Purple - Deepened spirituality and elegance
  • White - Innocence and purity of heart
  • Ivory - Tradition
  • Brown - Grounded and down to earth
  • Orange - Enthusiasm and energy
  • Gold - Eternal love and loyalty
  • Black - Strength, power, and stability

Decorating Ideas
1,000 origami paper cranes turns out to be a LOT of cranes. There are plenty of different ways that you can incorporate them into your wedding decor, so none of your hard work will go to waste. Here are 10 wonderful ways that we have seen them used. 

  • Hang the paper cranes on strings that stretch from ceiling to floor as a ceremony backdrop.
  • Hang them from the trees at an outdoor wedding. They also look breathtaking hanging down from the gazebo at our scenic wedding venue near Knoxville
  • Put them in your bridal bouquet, or make an entire bouquet out of just paper cranes. 
  • Use them as boutonnieres for the men.  
  • Paper cranes can hold place cards and be used as escort cards. 
  • They can be incorporated into the table centerpieces. 
  • Hang them from the ceiling over the dance floor.
  • Put them at every guest's place setting as a favor.
  • Place them on top of the wedding cake. 
  • Have your photographer take a photo with your wedding rings around two of the cranes' necks. 


If this is a tradition that you may want to use in your own wedding at our rustic wedding venue near Knoxville, you will want to begin folding your cranes as early in the planning stages as possible. Today, it is also acceptable to let family and friends help you make them. When they arrive at your Country Jewell wedding, they will feel like they had a part in adding a special touch to this very special day. 


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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

5 Wedding Cliches You May Want To Avoid

The definition of cliche is "a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought; something that has become overly familiar or commonplace." Country Jewell knows that there are a lot of wedding planning decisions that you will have to make that may fall under this definition. 


Couples think a wedding has to have certain things, when in reality, there really aren't any rules you have to follow. (Well, except for the marriage certificate. That's a must, but all of the other decisions are yours to make.) There is a very fine line between tradition and a trend that needs to go away, or in some cases, never should have been. 

Today our rustic wedding venue near Knoxville has 5 often-used wedding cliches that you may want to avoid. If it's something that you like, by all means, go ahead and incorporate it into your wedding. Just know that you don't have to if you don't want to!   

Overused Music
Traditionally, brides walk down the aisle to Wagner's Bridal Chorus (aka - Here Comes The Bride) and the couples leave the ceremony to Mendelssohn's Wedding March. If you like these 2 songs, then use them. They are beautiful classics. On the other hand, if they seem extremely old-fashioned to you, then use any music that makes you happy. Dance down the aisle if you feel like it! As long as it reflects the two of you as a couple, it's the perfect song. 

The same goes for reception music. The Chicken Dance and forming a conga line are often wedding staples, but if you don't like these things, leave them out. When you supply your wedding DJ or band with a list of "must-have" songs, also give them a "DO NOT play, under any circumstances" list. If your guests want to hear a song you hate, they can play it at their own wedding!  

Matching Bridesmaids
In the past bridesmaids have often been asked to wear matching dresses, but today it's perfectly acceptable to change up their looks a bit. You want them all to look similar, like a cohesive group, but this doesn't mean that they have to wear the exact same dress. 

For example, your bridesmaids could each wear varying shades of a certain color in the same style, or all be in the same color but given the freedom to pick their own dress style. They key is to have at least one element that ties the gowns together. 


Too Many Speeches
Wedding speeches can sometimes go on much longer than anyone has the patience to sit still for. Not everyone has to speak, and if you like, these can be skipped altogether. The two of you should at least say a quick thank you to the guests for coming, but it can be kept short and sweet. 

If you decide to let speeches happen at your wedding, a good way to keep them under control is to assign who will be speaking and give them a time limit. Also, to avoid any embarrassing things being said, talk to them about acceptable content too.   

The Cake Smash
Sure, this was probably unexpected and good for a laugh the first time it was done, but what a waste! You spent a lot of time getting ready, and you also spent a lot of time planning an amazing reception. If cake is smashed in your face, not only will your makeup, and possibly your hair and clothing, be ruined, but you'll miss a big chunk of the reception while you're in the bathroom cleaning yourself up. Talk to each other before the wedding and agree that this is a "tradition" that needs to be skipped. 

The Garter Toss 
This was originally done in the "days of old" as proof that the bride and groom had consummated the marriage. Guests would follow the couple to their room, and the groom would throw the garter out to show them that the marriage was official. Today we realize, that's none of their business! If you want to do this because you think it's funny, go ahead, but if you find it embarrassing, don't. This can easily be left out of the festivities.


As we tried to make clear throughout this blog, if one of these cliches is something that you like, then go ahead and use it for your wedding near Knoxville. The important thing is that you both realize that this is your party, and you may plan it any way that you like! Don't let anyone tell you that your wedding at Country Jewell has to have this or that. Make it your own! You'll be a lot happier if you do. 


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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

How To Get A Marriage License In Tennessee

Among all of the wedding planning tasks that you need to do to get married in Tennessee, one of the items on your to-do list that absolutely cannot be skipped is obtaining a marriage license. Your Country Jewell wedding can be the most amazing ceremony in the history of weddings, but without that piece of paper, the marriage won't be official. 

Marriage license requirements vary from place to place, but the following instructions will allow you to get one in Knox County, Tennesee, where our rustic wedding venue near Knoxville is located. 



Apply online
Knox County allows couples to apply for their marriage license online to speed the process up. Simply visit www.KnoxCounty.org to fill out the pre-application, and then you may visit any of the locations listed on their page with the required items to complete the process. You don't have to apply online, but it could save you some valuable time. These locations are only open on weekdays and close between 4:30-5:30 pm. 

Items Needed
To pick up your marriage license from the County Clerk, you will need to have the following things with you: 

  • The fee: The cost is $97.50 unless you have completed the Premarital Preparation Course within a year of applying for your marriage license. If you present your notarized Certificate of Completion signed by the course provider, the cost is dropped to $37.50.  
  • Proof of date of birth: A certified birth certificate or government issued photo ID may be used for this.  
  • The bride and the groom: Both of you must be present to obtain the marriage license. If one of you cannot be there due to a disability, arrangements can be made with the County Clerk for that person to submit a notarized statement.  
  • Social Security Number

It's a simple process, yet one of the most important things on your wedding planning to-do list. Your wedding ceremony must take place within 30 days of obtaining the license, and it is good for use anywhere in the state. Pick a day within the 3 weeks before your ceremony at our scenic wedding venue near Knoxville to get your marriage license and schedule it as an appointment, then add it to every calendar you own so you don't miss it. 


Since the both of you have to be there, make it a lunch date and spend the entire afternoon together, either finalizing wedding plans for your Country Jewell celebration or as a day to just relax and enjoy each other's company. Those types of days can be tough to make time for when you're planning a wedding, so use this time as an excuse to take off from work and have some fun together. 



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Thursday, October 19, 2017

5 of Our Favorite Wedding Unity Ceremonies

Last week our Country Jewell blog was all about 7 Unique Ideas To Add A Personal Touch To Your Wedding Ceremony. This week we are focusing on one more thing that can make your ceremony at our rustic wedding venue near Knoxville even more sentimental - a unity ceremony. There are many different kinds to choose from, all portraying the wonderful symbolism of the two of you uniting your love in marriage. Here are a few that you may want to use. 



Unity Candle
This one is a classic, but it can be done in a couple of different ways. The bride and groom each light a taper candle, then use those to light a larger pillar candle together, two flames becoming one. Some couples choose to have their parents light the taper candles, and then the bride and groom use those to light the pillar candle, symbolizing that the 2 families are being joined with your marriage. 

Sand Ceremony
A sand ceremony leaves you with a pretty container to display in your home after the wedding. You can find many different options online or in a wedding supply store, most often a decorative jar or a special frame made just for this. 

Two small containers, each with a different color of sand, are placed on either side of the main container. When it's time to unite the two colors of sand into one, you each take turns pouring the contents of your small jar in. It looks nice if you do multiple layers of each color. This is a wonderful ceremony if children are already a part of the new family you are forming, because you can include them by having more small jars with a new sand color for everyone. 

Ring Warming
All of your wedding guests have a part to play in this ceremony, and it works particularly well for smaller weddings. While the officiant is speaking, your wedding rings are passed around the room in a small bag, and each guest is asked to bless the rings when they come to them. Once the rings get back to you, they are filled with well wishes and happy thoughts from all of your beloved family and friends.   


Tie the Knot, Literally
Sometimes getting married is referred to as "tying the knot," so this unity ceremony fits right in. All you need is two strands of rope, preferably in different colors, and directions for tying a fisherman's knot, which is one of the strongest knots to tie. Each rope is meant to represent your past as an individual, and you will join the two ropes just as you are joining together in marriage. 

The officiant will have each of you pull on your end once the knot is tied to demonstrate the strength of it and how it cannot be broken. That knot that you have tied will be a reminder of the strength of your love and the binding together of your two hearts. 

Watch Love Grow
Planting a tree together gives you something to grow along with the many happy years of wedded bliss ahead of you. To save time and make this a little less messy, the sapling you are planting in a large pot should be mostly planted prior to the ceremony. 

Just like the sand ceremony above, you will need two small containers of dirt that you can each add together to complete the planting. To make it have even more meaning, get the dirt to be added from places that are special to each of you, such as the yard of your childhood homes. This tree can later be replanted in the yard of the home you share as man and wife.    



The person officiating your wedding may have some additional ideas from other unity ceremonies they have witnessed in the past. These don't take a lot of time to incorporate, and they add a lot of special meaning to your ceremony at our scenic wedding venue near Knoxville. Find one that you both love the idea of and add it to your wedding day plans. 

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

7 Unique Ideas To Add A Personal Touch To Your Wedding Ceremony

Every wedding is as unique as the people that are tying the knot. Even when it follows tradition "by the book," you can still fit in a small detail or two that puts your own personal touch on your celebration at our scenic wedding venue near Knoxville. If you happen to be the type of Country Jewell couple that wants to steer away from tradition, then you may want to incorporate every idea we have for you in today's blog. Pick and choose what you like, then make it your own!



Give Everyone Flowers
Your wedding party doesn't have to be the only ones wearing flowers on the big day. Have the florist make boutonnieres and floral clips for all of your guests, and you can even let them serve as escort cards if you attach names and table numbers. This could be an affordable option if you are hosting a small wedding. If you're a DIY bride (or groom,) make them yourself from silk flowers. Then everyone at the wedding has something special to dress up with. 

Skip the Flowers
If you aren't particularly "flower people," get creative and substitute something else that you do like. A bouquet made of brooches won't wilt after the wedding, and your bridesmaids could carry dressy clutches, lanterns, parasols, dreamcatchers, or other items that work well with the wedding theme. As for the fellas, get ideas for the groom's favorite things and use items like fancy fishing lures, golf tees, action figures, or anything that fits his personality in place of blooms for the boutonnieres. 

Pre-Ceremony Slideshow
Lots of couples put time and effort into making a slideshow full of photos from their lives before the wedding day, but often at the reception, guests are too preoccupied with reception activities and visiting with each other to really pay attention to it. Instead, play the slideshow before the ceremony while everyone is seated and waiting for everything to begin. You can still run it on a loop at the reception later too. 

Get a Friend Ordained
One sure way to personalize a ceremony to fit the two of you perfectly is to have a close mutual friend or beloved family member that knows you both very well perform the ceremony. It's quick and easy to get ordained online, and that person is sure to have some great stories to share, plus you'll be a lot more at ease with someone special to you both bringing you together as man and wife.  

Crowd Participation
Rather than having someone come up front and read your favorite passage about love and marriage, print it in the program and let your guests recite it out loud together. There are also some wonderful unity ceremonies that involve all of your guests, like a Ring Warming Ceremony where everyone touches and blesses the wedding rings, or a Reverse Unity Candle Ceremony that has the couple light a single candle together, then use that flame to light candles held by everyone else until "love is glowing" all around . 

Be Your Own Ushers
A great way to get the receiving line moving and get back to the altar for pictures after the ceremony is to be your own ushers. After you've made your walk down the aisle as the new Mr. & Mrs., release guests row by row starting at the back. They can congratulate and hug you as they pass, and by the time you get to the front row, you're back at the altar for photos and the guests are well on their way to the reception. 

Dance To Your Reception
If you take all of your wedding photos before the ceremony, you can head straight to the reception along with your guests. Choose a fun, upbeat song to dance back down the aisle to, and have your guests follow you "conga line style" on to the reception site. Either use live musicians that can follow you or have someone in charge of carrying a wireless speaker. 



Those are just a few ways that you can add something new and fun to your celebration at our rustic wedding venue near Knoxville. Talk over some different possibilities with your fiance, and once you get the conversation started, you're sure to come up with some great ideas that are perfect for the two of you at your Country Jewell wedding. It's your special day, have fun with it and make it all your own! 


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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Creative Alternatives For Your Wedding Guest Book

A wedding guest book is a nice way to keep a record of the people that were able to share your special day with you. Often, that book gets put away in a box of memories from your rustic wedding in Tennessee and rarely, if ever, gets looked through. There are lots of incredible guest book alternative ideas that use items you can put on display after the wedding to see and enjoy. Country Jewell has a few of those ideas for you in today's blog .


Quilt Squares
This can be done in a couple of different ways. You can put out a basket of square pieces of fabric for guests to sign with a fabric marker, and then after the wedding have those pieces turned into a quilt. The other option is to hang an already made quilt on the wall or set it out on a large table and let guests sign that. You can think of your wonderful friends every time you cuddle up as a couple under it! 

Puzzle Pieces
Turn a pretty picture of the two of you, possibly your engagement photo, into a giant puzzle. Most stores that develop photos can do this for you. Start with all of the pieces in a bowl or jar. After guests sign the back of a piece, they can lay it out on the table. As the night progresses and everyone signs in, you will eventually have your completed puzzle put together with their help. Use a puzzle glue to hold it all together after the wedding to display it, or keep it in pieces as a fun puzzle to put together when you're feeling nostalgic. If you're not a puzzle couple, we've also seen this done with Jenga pieces.   

A Bench
A wooden bench ties in nicely with a rustic wedding theme, and it is something that can be displayed in the entrance of your home, or possibly on the front porch. Let your guests pen their happy wishes for your future directly on the bench with permanent markers or paint pens, and then seal the signatures in with a clear stain. 

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Mementos
This takes a little creativity on your part to come up with something that matches your "couple personality." If you're big wine drinkers, you could have guests sign corks that you've collected and place them into a pretty jar or shadowbox. For couples that live near a river or stream, polished rocks that you've collected from the water can hold signatures. You could even set out a notepad for guests to write on with happy memories, wishes for your future, or even marriage advice. Have them deposit those into a container that you can open and read after the wedding, or possibly on your first anniversary. 

Photo Frames
There will be lots of gorgeous photographs taken at your wedding that you will want to display afterwards. Let your guests sign a a picture frame mat or collage that you can put your photos into later. It will look wonderful on the wall of your home for all to see. 

Wall Hangings 
You can even turn your guests' signatures into a piece of artwork to hang on the wall. A canvas print of a bare tree is perfect for a fall wedding. Guests can put colorful fingerprints on it to resemble autumn leaves and sign next to them. Another pretty option is to put your initials and wedding date on a plain wooden wall hanging and let guests sign that.    

Calendars
This is a great way to get all of your friend's birthdays and anniversaries in your datebook without having to track them down yourself. Ask everyone to fill in important dates on the calendar. While you will only be able to display this calendar for a year, it's a great way to colllect this information for future knowledge. Another option would be to have them sign an address book. Then you've also got their address so that you can send them holiday cards or future invitations. 


That should be enough ideas to get your creative juices flowing. You might also find some inspiration from taking a tour of our scenic wedding venue near Knoxville. Witnessing the beauty of Country Jewell in person will put all kinds of unique and wonderful wedding ideas in your mind. Once you book your date, we can help you make those ideas a beautiful reality! 


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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

7 Wedding Favors Your Guests Will Want To Take Home

You don't have to give favors to the guests at your rustic wedding near Knoxville, but it's a nice way to thank them for coming. Wedding favors are also a great way to add a little fun to the celebration. You don't want to put time, effort, and money into favors that will be left on the table though, so Country Jewell has a few ideas for you that everyone should be excited to take home with them. 


Food
One favor that is always a hit with wedding guests is anything edible. S'mores kits to take home can be fun for a fall wedding. Specialty donuts or muffins make a great favor that guests can enjoy the next morning, or as a late night snack. Condiments, such as hot sauces or honey, or packages of gum or mints are nice too, especially if you add a funny label or it ties in with your wedding theme somehow. And of course, everyone loves a bag that they are free to fill up at a well-stocked candy bar. 

Personalized Cups
Your guests are going to need something to drink out of at the reception. Let those cups double as a favor by ordering personalized plastic stadium cups that they can use again at home. You can also scour the thrift stores for an eclectic mix of cool glasses for your guests to use and take with them. In place of glasses, personalized koozies always seem to be a popular favor too.   

Photos
Let your guests take home a fun photo from the reception, printed out and ready to frame. With a little bit of tech savvy, you can fairly easily set up a photo spot connected to a printer so that you can make souvenir pictures in minutes. Polaroid cameras do the developing work for you. There are also many wedding vendors that offer a photobooth service where they take care of all of the setup and execution, and guests get a cute photo strip to take home. 


Candles
Every household is improved with a lovely scented candle. You should easily be able to find them in your wedding colors. If you purchase glass candles, a personalized wedding label can be printed on stickers and added. If you really want to get fancy, make your own and come up with a signature wedding scent! Maybe something similar to the flowers used at the wedding or a food that is being served at the reception. 

Plants
Potted plants can do double-duty as both a table decoration and a favor that your guests can take home with them. If you write their names on the pots, then they're doing triple-duty by also serving as a place card! You could even give away packets of seeds for your guests to plant at their own home, with a cute label stating how they can "Watch your love grow!" 

Hangover Kits
If you expect your wedding guests to do a lot of drinking at your reception, hangover kits as favors can be both funny and useful. Wrap water bottles with personalized wedding labels, then pair them with helpful items such as headache reliever, antacids, and maybe a pair of sunglasses. You should be able to find sample sizes of the medications at most grocery stores. 

Post Wedding Cocktails 
Let your wedding guests toast your marriage one more time the morning after the wedding with adorable Mimosa or Bloody Mary kits. For the Mimosas, use a pretty ribbon to tie together a single-serve bottle of champagne with a small container of orange juice, or bag the champagne up with an actual orange. The Bloody Mary kits can contain mini bottles of vodka tied together with small containers of Bloody Mary mix. Non-alcoholic versions can be made of these for younger guests and people that don't drink with just the juices, or maybe a sparkling water. 


Those are just a few of the clever ideas we've seen used for wedding favors at our scenic wedding venue near Knoxville that guests have really liked. There are tons more where those came from. Look to your wedding theme and favorite things for the inspiration for favors you can give away at your own Country Jewell wedding. Chances are, if you like it, your guests will too! 


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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

5 Ideas We Love For Fall Weddings

Fall wedding season is upon us! We love each season for its own unique reasons, and today Country Jewell has listed 5 of our favorite autumn wedding ideas that we expect to see over the next couple of months. If you're just beginning to plan your wedding at our rustic wedding venue near Knoxville for next year, you may want to incorporate a few of these. Some are simple enough to even be added to weddings happening this year. 


Colorful Leaves
All of those gorgeous colors that appear in the trees, and eventually on the ground as the leaves fall, are a perfect natural color scheme for any fall wedding. You can use leaves in rich shades in lots of different ways. For example, the flower girl can carry a basket full of colorful leaves to sprinkle down the aisle instead of flower petals. Guests can even throw them instead of confetti or bird seed. That will make some amazing photographs with the leaves falling all around the two of you! 

They can easily be incorporated into centerpiece arrangements, and leaves of many colors make wonderful table runners. Your florist may even be able to creatively incorporate this natural decor into the gentleman's boutonnieres. 

Pumpkins
Nothing says fall like pumpkins! You see them everywhere this time of year. Their natural orange color is beautiful on its own, or you can jazz them up by painting them a solid white or gold color to use for decoration. They make excellent decor placed on either side of the ceremony aisle, and you can even carve them out and use them to hold candles that glow romantically once the sun goes down. Mini pumpkins can be used to hold tealights on the reception tables, and they are also great escort cards that double as favors when you paint guest's names on them. 


Sunflowers
These big, bright, beautiful blooms bring a cheery look to any bouquet or centerpiece. You could even wear one in your hair. Sunflowers look grand on their own, and we've also seen lots of them used together to make some impressive pomanders. 

If you'll be using a lot of sunflowers in your wedding decor, it would make perfect sense to give guests pretty bags of edible sunflower seeds for a wedding favor, or the type of seeds that they can plant at home and "watch your love grow."   

Apples
Apples are abundant in autumn, and they are a great addition to any buffet table. Apple pies will be well-received on a dessert table, especially if you pair each slice with a scoop of cinnamon ice cream. You could also set up a caramel apple making station, with melted caramel and chocolate, plus additional toppings to sprinkle on, like chopped nuts or small candies. An apple cider bar is a great idea too. Have hot apple cider available with tasty mix-ins for guests to add like whipped cream, cinnamon sticks, apple slices, and vanilla.   

Chill-Fighters 
The apple cider bar will help to keep your guests warm when the weather gets a bit chilly. Another way to offer everyone at your wedding some comfort form the cold is to have baskets of blankets, throws, or shawls available during the reception. For the bride, bring along a cute denim jacket or plaid shirt to put on over you wedding dress. This look makes for some extremely adorable fall wedding photos.


Those are just a few of the great things we've seen done at past celebrations at our scenic wedding venue in Tennessee. We are anxiously looking forward to seeing what this year's fall brides and grooms will bring to Country Jewell. 


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& event venue.

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

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Bigger Isn't Always Better! - The Benefits of Hosting a Small Wedding

Hosting a wedding doesn't mean that you have to invite every person you've ever crossed paths with, plus family members you've never even met. Sometimes a smaller ceremony and reception with your nearest and dearest is the best idea for a couple. Our small rustic wedding venue near Knoxville has hosted many celebrations over the years, and we can vouch for the fact that even though the guest lists may have been on the smaller side, the love and excitement surrounding the weddings were huge!


There are lots of benefits to hosting a smaller wedding of 100 of fewer guests at Country Jewell. If these sound great to you, we may just be the perfect wedding venue in Tennessee for you!

It can be less expensive.
Some of your budget may not depend on the size of your guest list, like the bridal gown you choose, but a lot of your budget is affected by the number of people you invite. For example, food, drinks, linen rentals, invitations and postage, favors, and other similar items will cost a lot more if you have more guests to buy for. The smaller the guest list, the easier it will be to cut back in multiple areas of your budget. 

You can get extravagant!
We realize that this sounds like the opposite of what we stated in our last point, but not really. You don't have to spend more money to be extravagant, but if your guest list is on the smaller side, you can put more money toward important items instead of dividing the same amount among multiple guests. This could mean more food or bigger favors for example, or ordering the fancier invitations because you are only sending out 50 instead of 200.  

It's more personal.
Everyone will want to spend some one-on-one time with the bride and groom. Having a large amount of guests can give you the feeling that you are being pulled in too many directions at once without enough time to spend with each guest. The fewer the guests, the easier it will be to truly interact with everyone in attendance. You can also make the experience extra special for each of them by personalizing favors for each person. Since you don't have to make as many, it's a lot easier to accomplish this task. 


Fewer decorations are needed.
Less guests means fewer reception tables to decorate. You can also cut back on other wedding accessories like programs, sparklers, favors, and more. Of course, while you may have less need for decorations, this is one of those areas where you can point any leftover budget and practice that extravagance we mentioned earlier!  

You can relax. 
Between the excitement and anticipation you'll be feeling on the morning  of your wedding, it may be difficult to relax completely. If you know that once everything gets started you'll be surrounded by your closest family and friends, that can be a comforting feeling. Rather than seeming like you are putting on a show for a giant audience, it's an intimate gathering of all of the people you love.


Country Jewell offers a warm sense of Smoky Mountain tradition and enchantment for the backdrop to your wedding day. It's a beautiful, scenic venue for ceremonies and receptions with up to 100 guests. If the idea of planning a small wedding sounds perfect for you, give us a call so that you can come out and tour the best wedding venue near Knoxville. You're going to love it as much as we do! 


A delightfully quaint Knoxville wedding
& event venue.

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

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