Wednesday, April 26, 2017

How To Keep Your Wedding Guest List Under Control

Everyone that visits our scenic wedding venue near Knoxville immediately falls in love with the vintage facilities, breathtaking views, and gorgeous landscaping. It's an amazing place for a small wedding of 100 or fewer guests. Many brides and grooms get their hearts set on saying "I do"  at Country Jewell, and sometimes that means making some cuts to the guest list.

Don't let yourself feel guilty about limiting the guest list. This is your special day, and if you want to invite only your closest family and friends, you have every right to do that. Another bonus to keeping the guest list at a minimum is the fact that you'll be spending less money to entertain everyone.

We've put together a few tips to help you get started on cutting down an overwhelming guest list. 

The First Draft
The best way to get started is to make 4 different lists: the brides, her parents, the groom's, and his parents. This first "fantasy draft" of guests will hopefully contain a lot of the same names once they are all four combined. After deleting duplicate names, it's time to start prioritizing. It might help to give each of your parents a number to keep their list limited to from the beginning. 

Ask Some Questions
If you still have too many names on the list once duplicates are marked off, the following questions can help you decide where to make the first cuts. If the answer to any of them is "no" then those names are good candidates for being taken off the list. 
  • Have you talked to this person in the past year?
  • Do you spend time together outside of work or work-related functions?
  • Have they met your fiance? (Do they even know his/her name?)
  • Do you know them personally? (Parents' friends you've never met or don't know well can be crossed off.)  
  • If they are distant family, do you speak to them on a regular basis?
  • Would you be upset if they didn't invite you to their wedding?
  • Will they make your wedding more fun?

Skip The "Plus One's" 
You are not obligated to invite a stranger to your wedding just so your friend has a date for the night. If your friend isn't married, then their boyfriend/girlfriend doesn't have to be on your guest list. The exceptions to this are if they are engaged or have been in a serious relationship for an extended period of time. 

Only Invite Adults
Another way to cut down on the number of people attending your wedding is to make it an "adults only" event. Let's face it, some children may have fun at a wedding, but if their attendance means there's less roof for grown-ups you'd like to spend your special day with, this is a good place to make a cut. If you have friends with adult children that you don't know well, it's okay to leave them off the list too.

Backup Plans
It is not uncommon to create an A-list of people that are invited to your wedding, and a B-list of people you'd like to invite if any of the A-listers cannot attend. (No one needs to know about this B-list except the two of you!) If you have a lot of names on that B-list that you're not thrilled about excluding, plan to have a casual get-together after the wedding day to celebrate with them. 

No matter what you do, there are always critics. It might not be a bad idea to cultivate your "We've decided to keep it small because..." statement so you're not put too much on the spot if someone asks why they are not invited. 


Once you get a look at the breathtaking beauty surrounding our rustic wedding venue near Knoxville, you'll realize that it is completely worth keeping your guest list under 100 so that you can get married here. We've even discussed the ways that small weddings offer big possibilities in past blogs. The benefits to hosting your wedding at Country Jewell are numerous, and it's the perfect place to spend a memorable day full of friends, family, fun, and love.     
   

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& event venue.

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

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Simple Ideas For An Eco-Friendly Wedding

Seeing everything new and alive every spring is a good reminder that this earth is a beautiful treasure we need to take care of. One way to do that is to incorporate a few eco-friendly ideas into your wedding planning. Just in time for Earth Day this Saturday, April 22, 2017, Country Jewell has put together some easy ideas for you to consider. 

Pick a Scenic Venue
The more natural beauty offered by your wedding venue, the fewer decorations you'll need to provide on your own. Our scenic wedding venue near Knoxville is skillfully landscaped and surrounded by the beauty of the Smoky Mountains. Inside our rustic reception barn, a romantic, country ambiance is already there for you, so very little needs to be added to get the look and feel you desire for a charming, memorable wedding.    


Rent Instead of Buying
A rental company can provide you with plates, silverware, linens, and more, and when you're done with them, the company will take it all back, clean it up, and rent it out to someone else. This cuts down greatly on trash made from disposable items like plastic cutlery and paper napkins. If you do buy things, such as vases for centerpieces, let them do double duty and choose something nice enough to be given to your wedding party after the reception as thank you gifts.  

Rethink the Favors
Let's face it - most wedding favors either get left behind on the table or thrown away soon after the guest's get home with them. The most utilized favors are the edible ones, so giving away candies or personalized cookies is a good way to make sure people actually take their favors with them. 

Another option is to give away small plants that they can take home to "watch your love grow" after the big day, or you can make a donation to your favorite charity in their name in lieu of favors. 


Incorporate Signs
Cut back on wasting lots of paper for programs, menus, etc... by printing all of that information on big chalkboard signs for everyone to see. Your guests get the details that they need and there aren't leftover bunches of paper goods to throw away later. For any printed items that you do purchase, including the wedding invitations, consider using recycled paper.  

Have a Wedding Website
This is another way to cut back on paper waste. You can share directions to the venue, the wedding day schedule, registry information, and so much more instead of printing them on inserts to send with the invitations. You can even collect RSVPs on your website and skip the extra postage needed when they are mailed back instead.


It doesn't take a lot of extra effort to make the eco-friendly ideas above happen, and in many cases, it can save you money. Our rustic wedding venue near Knoxville is already breathtaking to see, so you don't need to spend a lot of your budget making it wedding-ready. When you're ready to pick a place to get married, give us a call at Country Jewell. You're going to love it here!  


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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Great Ideas For Couples To Reconnect & Keep Love Alive

April is Couple Appreciation Month, which is a wonderful reminder to not take your significant other for granted. That can easily happen when you are together often, especially during the stressful months of wedding planning leading up to your big day. Country Jewell has a few fun ideas that the two of you can do together, and as an added bonus, these will give you a much-needed break from any wedding planning stress you may be feeling. 


Small Gestures
Sometimes, even the smallest of gestures can make a world of difference to someone you love. It's a wonderful habit to get into to keep each other feeling loved on a regular basis. Some simple ideas that can be done quickly and easily are:

  • Love Notes - Write short, sweet nothings and hide them in places where your honey will find them. Post-it notes work perfectly for this.
  • Unplug - We all get distracted now and then by our mobile devices. Dedicate an hour where you turn off all electronics and spend time simply talking to each other. 
  • Dinner - Whip up a gourmet meal to surprise your sweetheart with when they get home. If you aren't into cooking, swoop them up and take them out for dinner to a brand new restaurant you've never tried. 
  • Drinks - Make a date to have coffee together each morning, or if evenings work better for you, enjoy a daily nightcap together.     

Movie Night
There's no better way to escape wedding planning for a few hours than to lose yourself in another world at the movies. If you're up for it, go for a double feature and make the date last longer. Even an evening on the couch binge-watching your favorite show will work wonders for the two of you. 

Spa Day
A mental getaway is every bit as good as a physical one. Sometimes the fellas need a little convincing, but a day of pampering is good for the both of you. End the day of indulgence with a romantic dinner under the stars. 

Learn Together
Sign up for a class and learn a brand new skill together. Paint nights are very popular right now. Cooking classes will come in handy many times in the future. Taking dance lessons is tons of fun, and you can even brush up on some smooth moves for your first dance as husband and wife. Pick something neither of you know how to do and sign up. You can also go the other direction and pick something you're already good at to teach the other, and vice versa. 

Weekend Getaway
Jump in the car and get away for a couple of days. There are tons of places all around the United States that have plenty of things to do and discover, and more than likely you're only a short road trip away from something exciting. If you want to go a little further, pack a bag, head to the airport, and pick a flight to someplace that looks interesting.  


The whole reason for planning a wedding is so you can celebrate the fact that you want to spend the rest of your life with this incredible person you love. Any effort, no matter how large or how small, is important so they never forget exactly how important they are to you. Saying "I do" at our scenic wedding venue near Knoxville is a great start, but incorporating things like those we've mentioned above will help to keep that love alive for many happy years to come. 


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Friday, April 7, 2017

When To Book Your Wedding Vendors

There are a lot of different vendors involved in pulling off a successful wedding. It’s up to you to find the ones that work best for your vision of the special day. Some vendors need to be booked ASAP after you pick a date, while others can wait a little while. Our rustic wedding venue near Knoxville has a few tips to help with the vendor hiring portion of the wedding planning process. 

Beginning the Search
When you begin picking out the people that will provide wedding day services, you’ll want to start by doing some research on each one. Take a look at previous work each one has done, and also read customer reviews about them on trusted wedding sites, like Wedding Wire or The Knot. (Be sure to go back to those sites after your wedding and leave reviews for future brides to use for their research too.) 

Once you find a few in each category that you like, reach out to them to find out if they have your wedding date open. If they do, set up an interview to see if their personality and style are compatible with yours. Chemistry between the couple and many of the wedding vendors hired can make or break a smooth ceremony day. As soon as you both agree on the vendor in each category that you like best, book them right away before another couple swoops in and snatches them up. 


Suggested Timeline For Booking
The timeline below is a suggestion for the best time to look for each type of vendor so that you have the best chance on booking your favorite one. Any that can only handle one wedding at a time, such as wedding planners and photographers, need to be hired as soon as possible so that another couple doesn’t book your date. The vendors that are capable of handling multiple weddings on the same day, like cake bakers and florists, can be booked a little later in the planning stage. The sooner you book each one, though, the better chance you have for getting all of your favorite vendors before their schedules are full.

· Wedding Planner – 9-12 months
This should be the first vendor that you book as soon as possible, because this is the person that can help make the entire planning process a lot simpler. They can guide you along the way and make helpful suggestions for qualified vendors, saving you a lot of time and effort.

· Venue – 9-12 months
Once you have a date picked out, give Country Jewell a call and get it booked on our calendar before another bride and groom do. If you have your heart set on getting married at our scenic wedding venue in Knoxville and your dates are flexible, give us a call we’ll pick the perfect wedding date together. 

· Photographer – 9-12 months
The very best photographers always book up first, and they can only be in 1 place at a time, so if photographs are important to you, pick this vendor as early as possible. Another great reason to book them early is because many packages also include engagement photos, which you can use for save-the-dates, engagement announcements, and wedding websites.

· Videographer – 6 months
If you have a wedding video made, there’s a good chance the photographer that you choose also offers this service. If not, they will most likely have some great suggestions for you.

· Wedding Dress – 10 months
Occasionally a bride will get lucky and find a sample dress in her size that she can buy right off the rack, but in reality, that’s a rare thing. Most of the time the bridal gown that you choose will need to be ordered, and once it arrives alterations will most likely be necessary. Start searching for the dress at least 10 months before the wedding date so you have plenty of time for all of that to happen.

· Officiant – 9 months
This is another wedding vendor that can only be in one place at a time. Some officiants will book multiple weddings on the same day, but it could affect the time that they are available for your ceremony. If you have a particular one you really want for your wedding, book them early.

· Entertainment -9-12 months
The type of musicians that you will have at your wedding make a difference in how early you will need to book them. Bands usually have their calendars booked up at least a year in advance. As for DJs, unless they have a team of people that they work with, they can only book one wedding a day.

· Caterer – 8-9 months
Country Jewell offers some wonderful catering packages provided by the incredible team from Bradford Catered Events. You do have the option of providing your own food if you prefer. Our remodeled wedding barn has a warming/serving kitchen for you to use with a refrigerator, oven, and microwave. 

· Baker – 6-9 months
Wedding cake bakers have the capability of baking more than one cake a day, but they do have their limits. If you have a bakery you already love, book them. If not, enjoy the free cake samples while you search for the perfect one.

· Florist – 6-9 months
Much like bakers, florists can handle more than one wedding a day. Be aware, though, that during “wedding season,” particularly mid-summer and fall, their calendars fill up quickly.

· Rentals / Décor – 4-6 months
If you will be ordering items to decorate the ceremony and reception, do it early enough that they will arrive with plenty of time for you to make changes if it’s not exactly what you expected. For any items that you will be renting, such as tablecloths, candelabra’s, etc… put your order in early enough that the items you want aren’t already reserved.

· Invitations – 6 months
Your wedding invitations need to be addressed and in the mail about 2 months before the wedding date. Start searching for them early so you can find the design you love, get the wording the way you like it, and receive them in the mail so they can be addressed.

· Men’s Attire – 4 months
At about 4 months, you need to have all the men in the wedding measured for the tuxedos or suits they will be renting and get the order placed. If they will be wearing their own clothing, 4 months out is a good time to make sure everyone has everything they need.

· Transportation – 4 months
If you will be shuttling guests, or just hiring a getaway limousine for the two of you, get the transportation booked no later than 4 months before the wedding date.


When you book our beautiful wedding venue near Knoxville, we are always happy to make suggestions for highly qualified wedding vendors in the area that we love to work with. Some of our wedding packages are even set up to include catering, music, the officiant, photography, and more. When you come by Country Jewell to take a look at the magnificent venue that we have for you, let us know which vendors you are still looking for and we'll do our best to help you find the right people for the job. 

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Heiskell, TN 37754
865-494-0552

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Plan the Perfect Anniversary Party with our Helpful Advice!

Whether it's the 1st or the 50th, anniversaries are always worth celebrating. This is a time to honor the relationship of a very special couple who have stood the test of time and have achieved so much in their partnership together. They've inspired many friends and family by their relationship, and their anniversary should be met with a special celebration. If you've been gifted the honor of hosting an anniversary celebration in Tennessee for that lucky in love couple, you're going to need to be on your A-game to prep the best event possible for this special day. Country Jewell has some great advice on how to host a great event with style and ease!


Pick the Date & Time

If the party isn't a surprise, then it's best to discuss dates and times with the couple. If you choose to host this celebration on the date of their anniversary make sure it isn't going to hinder any plans they may have already had planned. Be sure to select a date that would work best for invited guests as well. For example, if the honoree's actual anniversary falls on a weekday, it may be better to hold the event on a weekend day instead so guests are able to attend.

Choose the Location

The location should be convenient for the couple, first and foremost. The venue you choose should be able to hold the allotted amount of guest you plan to invite. Not only that, but if the guests are going to be traveling to attend, you want to be sure that there are plenty of nearby lodging and attractions for the guests while they're visiting. If your guest list is around 100 guests or less, the Country Jewell Wedding and Event Venue is perfect for your party.

Select a Theme

For an anniversary party, there are several ways you can choose to go for the theme. You can recreate their wedding day, put a fun tropical spin on it, implement a country-rustic vibe, decade themed, or whatever your heart desires! Ask the guests of honor what they would enjoy. If they're celebrating a milestone anniversary such as platinum, diamond, ruby or gold, you've got it easy - just stick to the milestone theme!

Send out Invitations

Hopefully you've been compiling a list of guests you plan to invite. You're going to need to get those sent out ASAP! Don't forget to include RSVP information so you have a more realistic idea of how many guests to plan for. The etiquette of gift-giving for an anniversary is not always clear, so be sure to specify on the invitations "No Gifts, Please" to avoid any confusion if that's the wishes of the couple. Also make sure to include travel and lodging information so that guests who plan to attend can easily make accommodations.

Plan Decor and Entertainment

Think about the couple when making plans for the big event. Some couples are entertainers at heart and love to make the most of their get-togethers. They would love to have a well-thought out and detailed event with plenty of interaction and guest involvement. Others may prefer to keep it low-key, so if that's the case, stick to the basics and don't spend much time on coming up with entertainment. For personal touches, make sure you include special things from their wedding day: a replication of their wedding cake, a photo book of their wedding day, use their wedding colors in the theme and decor. As an anniversary gift to the happy couple, create an anniversary guest book for them to keep and look back on for years to come.


The best wedding and events venue in Tennessee has the perfect venue solution for you. Our event facility will make your party memorable! A rustic, quaint, and open setting accommodates up to 100 guests. Upper level loft is great for dancing. Country Jewell is perfect for birthdays, holiday parties, anniversaries, retirement ceremonies, and so much more!

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Highlights & Benefits of Getting Married in Tennessee

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

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


Fill up on some real southern style cooking

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



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

The natural beauty is unbeatable.

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



Country Jewell, Knoxville, weddings

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


A delightfully quaint Knoxville wedding
& event venue.

6550 Hickory Valley Road
Heiskell, TN 37754
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Warm Weather Weddings - Spring & Summer Wedding Ideas

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


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

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

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

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


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


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

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



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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Wedding Reception Fun If You Don't Want To Dance

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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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Friday, March 3, 2017

Helpful Tips For Choosing Your Wedding Flowers

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


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

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

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


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


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

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


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


A delightfully quaint Knoxville wedding
& event venue.

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

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Inclusive Wedding Planning Packages At Country Jewell

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

Country Jewell, Hieskell TN, Knoxville, wedding venue

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

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


Country Jewell Wedding Packages

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Country Jewell, Hieskell TN, Knoxville, wedding venue

Catering Options


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


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



A delightfully quaint Knoxville wedding
& event venue.

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

Visit our website:  www.CountryJewell.com

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