5 Things To Know About Rustic Weddings

5 Things To Know About Rustic Weddings

There’s something about red doors, a dusty barn and a beautiful countryside that we love so much. Rustic themed weddings have been the craze these days, and we can’t help but be on board. Every wedding has it’s similar timeline to plan, but there’s a few things specific to rustic weddings you should might want to keep in mind…

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  1. Check for heating and air. Barns allow for beautiful indoor receptions and ceremonies, but if your wedding is in the dead heat of summer or the harsh cold of winter, you might want to look into heating and air conditioning! It wouldn’t be fun for guests to sweat or freeze their butts off would it? Fans, space heaters and more can be options for all weather conditions.
  2. You’ll need a food prep area. A downside of barns is that they’re often small; so make sure your caterers have any area to prep the food! Be sure to ask for more information at the venue when you’re booking.
  3. Plumbing and electricity. These are two things we take for granted, but two of the most important things to ask about when booking your venue! Ask if they have plumbing and if they don’t, try renting out portable bathrooms. And power is always a must, especially if you’re thinking about including string lights in your barn wedding.
  4. Check the floors. The floors at rustic weddings and barns can go one of two ways; it’s usually either very polished or very unfinished. It’s something to consider for your shoes, the material of your dress (if it might snag), etc. Ask these types of questions while booking!
  5. The weather. We can’t control the weather, but you can control how the venue reacts to it. Some barns suck in a lot of moisture, and some don’t. This is something to consider depending on seasonality!

We’d love to host your wedding here at Chukkar Farm! Our green barn venue gives it some flair, and we are incredibly flexible! Take a look at our gallery, or see our testimonials.

Winter Wedding – Remember These Points!

Vintage Wedding DressAre you thinking of hosting a winter wedding? It can be done, especially here in the south where we don’t typically have harsh winters. But, the weather can be unpredictable and you don’t want your guests to be cold and miserable. When you’re planning your frosty ‘I Dos,’ keep these things in mind:

  • Dress warmly. Even if your gown has long sleeves, you’re going to feel the chill. Whether its a stole, a jacket, or a warm scarf, bundle up!
  • Men too. Make sure your groom and groomsmen wear the warmest suits they can find. They may even want a scarf and gloves for any outdoor photoshoots.
  • Keep guests entertained and happy with warm drinks like hot chocolate, cider, coffee and hot toddies. Basically, if it’s warm and wet – they will be happy!
  • Get festive in your details! It’s time for silver, pine cones, berries, and greenery to bring the feeling of the season into your celebration.
  • Invite early. There’s nothing worse than receiving a last minute wedding invite during a season that’s already extremely busy. Make sure you give your guests plenty of time to arrange their schedules. This way you won’t be disappointed with a low turnout!
  • Remember the fact that the days get dark extremely early this time of year. Use this to your advantage but make sure you get your photos done early. There’s nothing worse than running out of light to ruin your bridal photos. Get them done before the ceremony if you have to. When the sun does go down, use fairy lights and candles to keep the ambiance going all night long.

We’d love to help you host your winter wedding! We have plenty of tips and tricks to keeping you and your guests warm and dry if winter is your season of choice.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from the Chukkar Farm family! What a wonderful year it has been here in Alpharetta, GA. We have hosted so many beautiful weddings, enjoyed exciting concerts, played thrilling polo chukkars, and that’s just the start of it. We hope that you’ve enjoyed the year here following along with our events as well. Here’s a round up of your favorite blogs from the last year:

What to Look for in a Wedding Venue 

When you’re looking for a wedding venue, the choices can be overwhelming. There are so many beautiful outdoor wedding facilities in north Georgia, it’s hard to choose. When you start looking for a wedding venue, there are a few key items that will help you narrow down your choices.

4 Ways to Promote Your Fundraiser

Are you trying to get as many people to your non-profit fundraiser as possible? Then make sure that you are leveraging all of the channels possible, and using them in the most effective way. Chukkar Farm has years of experience hosing fundraisers and helping our charities reach out to their network to raise attendance (and therefore increase their event profit goals). Here are a few great tips to abide by.

Love for Cara

Cara Cashin impacts everyone she meets. Her inviting simile, kind words, and selfless attitude make you feel as if you’ve known her for years, even if this is your first afternoon touring around the farm with her. Cara is one of the Cashin daughters that has dedicated her life to family, polo, and running  Chukkar Farm. If you’ve ever come by to see the facility for an event, learn about polo lessons, or even just come over to enjoy a Sunday afternoon of polo, chances are, you’ve met Cara, and you haven’t forgotten her.

 

 

Now is the time to book for 2017 weddings!

© 2013 | Haley Sheffield | www.haleysheffield.comDo you think that you will be seeing something shining and round in your near future? The holidays are the busiest time of the year for new engagements. As soon as you’ve said ‘yes’ it’s time to start looking for venues because believe it or not, they fill up fast! Chukkar Farm already has weddings booked for 2017, so if you would like for us to host your 2017 wedding, start looking at all we have to offer.

 

Our Facility

Our farm is more than just a polo facility. Established in 1980, we’ve been hosting events for decades. From birthday parties to corporate events, fundraisers to weddings – we do it all. Our farm boasts a wide variety of settings for your to choose from, including:

  • Covered Pavilion
  • Barn Yard
  • Polo Field
  • Vintage Clubhouse
  • Rustic Chapel
  • Rolling Pastures

What We Offer

Whether you’re looking for an all in one facility, or a DIY venue, we can help. We have a list of preferred vendors and wedding coordinators that can do all of the hard work for you, or we can help you find the right people to make your big day a success. We do not require you to work with anyone specifically, and will give you free rein (pun intended) to work with whomever you choose.

 

Not only can we help you with your vendors, but we can assist with decorations as well. We have a whole closet full of beautiful accents that we give you access to for a small fee. Use as many or as few as you like, and avoid expensive rental fees.

 

Our first wedding of 2017 is officially on the calendar for March 18th, so don’t miss out on your perfect date (April 25th is still open). Check out our calendar to see what we have available. We keep it updated on a regular basis as new weddings and events are booked.

 

Or, give us a call for a tour of our facility and to talk about what you have in mind for your wedding day.

He’s About to Pop the Question – You Think

Horse Farm WeddingThe holidays are closing in on us – did you know that Christmas and the New Year are the most common times of the year for proposals to happen? If the holidays aren’t enough for you to start thinking that he may be getting down on one knee soon, if you notice some of these trends from your boyfriend, you might want to hurry to that mani-pedi and to the salon so you’re looking perfect for that special moment.

1. Your Jewelry Box is Moved

He has to figure out your ring size some how so he’s probably borrowed a ring to take to the jewelers for sizing. Hopefully it just doesn’t lose it by the time he’s done with it.

2. His Cell Phone is Suddenly Missing

He’s never been weird about his cell phone before, but now he is very cautious about you coming anywhere near it. There’s probably top secret information on there about your ring or the proposal.

3. He’s Talking to Your Family – A Lot

It’s a southern thing – your man needs to ask your father for his approval. And so, he’s doing it but first, he wants to make sure that your dad actually likes him so he’s spending a little extra time and effort to chat with him.

4. He’s Suddenly In Charge of Vacation Plans

Has he never wanted to come to your family’s house for the holiday and now he’s planning the whole trip? That’s a good indicator that he’s got something up his sleeve.

5. He’s Down on One Knee – With The Ring

Pretty sure sign it’s time for you to say, “Yes!”

When you finally get that beautiful piece of bling you’ve been hoping for, give us a call at Chukkar Farm. We still have a few 2017 wedding dates open and we would love to give you a tour and see if we are what you’re looking for in a wedding venue.

Build Your Team – Build Your Company

Build Your Team – Build Your Company

team buildingSome companies have ‘temporarily’ cut out team building budgets and they are seeing it affect their bottomline, but not in the way they thought. While team building may seem like a waste of time and money, it’s an important part of keeping your employees happy, building healthy relationships.

Crossing Lines

All too often companies get divided among management lines. Lower level employees feel as if they are not on the same team with management, and visa versa. This opens the door for conflict without good communications, which does not facilitate resolution.

A great team building event will blur these lines of responsibility and control. Mixing up teams so that all level of employees are working together will help them learn to communicate more fluidly and therefore have increased productivity.

Changing Leadership

If you’re looking to hire someone new into a leadership role, a team building event is a great interview in disguise. Watch how your employees interact with each other. You may be surprised to notice who steps into the leadership roles that are currently mid or lower level employees.

Thinking Outside the Box

Is your team stuck on a current project? A unique team building event could help you! Problem solving is a developed skill set and just like any other skill, it takes lots of practice to get better and better. Presenting your team with a new challenge at their team building event could help them approach their projects in the office with new ideas, different angles, and increase productivity.

Every company should find the time and budget – however minimal – to host team building events. Let us help you plan your company outing at Chukkar Farm.

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Horsing Around at Chukkar Farm

Horsing Around at Chukkar Farm

13254750_1137048226341771_4215700606075024863_oFall is the best time of year to get outside and enjoy beautiful weather in Georgia. The temperatures cool off, the humidity finally gives us some relief, and this year we haven’t had much rain to interfere with our plans (although we wouldn’t mind a drop or two). This is our favorite time of year to be outside with the horses playing polo, trail riding, just enjoying our time with them. We invite you to join us for a Sunday afternoon picnic!

Fall Polo

There’s never a bad time of year to play polo at Chukkar Farm, but there are certainly better times than others. When the days get shorter after daylight savings, we move our games from the field to the arena. Arena polo is just as much – if not more – fun than field polo! Because we are in a smaller area to play, the games move a little bit faster. You’ll get to watch our players hone their skills as they learn the ins and outs of playing in the arena. 

Bring your own picnic and set up a cozy spot on the porch of the Chukkar Farm Clubhouse to watch our players battle it out on Sunday afternoons. Play starts at 2:00 pm and we invite you to join us afterwards for our impromptu meals and gatherings.

The thing that sets Chukkar Farm apart from the rest is the sense of family that lives within the farm. If you’re here – you’re family – and we invite you to stay! See you soon for an afternoon of Sunday polo!

Thank You to our Veterans

ReceptionThis Friday, we honor the Veterans that have served our great country. We thank those who have given their lives to protect our freedoms, and those who served honorably during war or peace time that we still have the privilege of spending our time and lives with.

The History of Veterans Day

Veterans Day was originally called ‘Armistice Day.’ Beginning on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I, November 11 became a national holiday in 1938. In 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Act which moved the day of recognition to the third Monday in October, but President Ford returned Veterans Day to November 11 due to the historical significance of the date. We aren’t the only country that commemorates the ending of the World Wars. Australia, Canada, Britain, and the Commonwealth countries all recognize the veterans of World Wars I and II on or around November 11.

There are approximately 21 million veterans living in the United States. Each of them have given up years of their lives to defend and serve our country and we owe it to them to honor them on November 11. Be sure to thank a veteran today for their service.

We invite Veterans and their families to join us at the farm this Sunday to spend time together at our Sunday polo match. Play will begin at 2:00 pm. It will be a beautiful afternoon to spend together at Chukkar Farm!

Tips for Fall and Winter Wedding Planning

1-kendra-elise-snippetandink-emily-parkerNovember is here! Can you believe it? Another year has almost come and gone. For some brides, you are closing in on your fall and winter wedding dates, for others – you’re considering choosing one of these dates for your 2017 wedding. If a fall or winter wedding is on your mind, let us help you plan out the day with a few helpful tips.

1. Check the Sunset

We all know that the sun goes down early this time of year. Find out exactly what time by using a tool like the Sunrise/Sunset Calendar. It’s a great opportunity for a beautiful photoshoot, and you’ll also know when planning how much extra lighting you may need if you are having your ceremony or reception outdoors.

2. Time the Ceremony

How long will your ceremony last? This is an important question in conjunction with the timing of the sunset. You want to be sure that you don’t run out of light during the ceremony or afterwards when you are trying to get photos with your bridal party and family.

3. Set the Start Time

Once you know how long your ceremony lasts and what time the sunsets, now it is time to choose when your ceremony will start. From here, you can lay out the rest of the day.

4. Location, Location, Location

Where your ceremony and reception are located also plays a large factor in the lighting of your photos. Open fields will give you more light for longer than if you are in an urban setting. Here at Chukkar, you’ll be able to capture more light in the polo fields and pastures as the sun goes down.

5. Talk to your Photographer

Your photographer plays a larger role in the planning of your wedding than you might have originally thought. Of course, the day is to celebrate the joining of two lives and families, but if you want every aspect of the day captured on camera, and you have high expectations, be sure to collaborate with your photographer. If they are experienced, they will have plenty of suggestions on how to plan your wedding for optimal photo impact.

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

14925254_1255142824532310_8947002916656371620_nOn All Hallows Eve you never know what will be astir in the north Georgia woods – but here at Chukkar Farm you can count on us stirring up some chili! Join us on October 30th for a chili cook off and special Halloween polo match.

The fun and games will begin at 2:00 pm for our weekly polo match but in addition to the normal fun you’ve grown to love and expect, we will be celebrating Halloween with a chili cook off and bon fire. Bring your friends, bring your family, and BYOB to celebrate with us.

Do you have a famous family chili recipe? We would love for you to bring it by! Join in on the chili cook off competition and let every one try out your special dish. The tasting will start during the polo match and we will vote on winners afterwards (because players don’t want to miss out on the tasting opportunity!)

We will close the night out enjoying each others company around a bon fire. Bring s’mores, your favorite beverages or treats, and will will do our own version of ‘trick-or-treat.’

Happy Halloween! We can’t wait to see you here at Chukkar Farm on October 30th for our Hallows Eve celebration! For more information on our Sunday polo matches, check out all of our information on polo. Do you want a chance to play for yourself? Join us for polo lessons with your friends, family, or company. We coordinate corporate events that you and your team will never forget.