Start Your Life Together without These Wedding Trends

Start Your Life Together without These Wedding Trends

laughing bride and groomWedding trends come and go, but photos are forever. How can you ensure your wedding pictures are as timeless as your love? Be bold, be yourself, and be real about which wedding design trends are on the way out.

4 Wedding Trends to Leave Behind

  1. The bride pays. We love tradition. Family traditions, Southern traditions, and personal traditions you share as a couple all deserve a place of prominence at your wedding. One tradition that’s outlived its use? The bride (and her family) footing the bill. In an age of working women and the occasional house-husband, it’s time to leave this antiquated tradition behind and start your partnership before the I Do’s.
  2. Clashing themes. Pinterest can be a lifesaver when it comes to planning and organizing your wedding. But there are times when it’s all too much. After all, you love rustic weddings, but movie-star elegance has its appeal too. Neutrals look beautiful against a classic backdrop, but bold colors are making a comeback . . . Pick your wedding theme, plan it around your venue, and stick to the plan, or your wedding will be a hot mess of competing styles and colors.
  3. Food trucks. We know, it’s a cute trend. Food trucks make wedding catering fun, casual, and wonderfully inexpensive. But before you book a food truck for your wedding, ask yourself whether you really want brightly colored vehicles in the background of your wedding photos. Wedding trend analysts predict that 2017 catering will move back into the realm of elegant, plated dishes. If you love family-style dining, limit it to one area of the dining area, like hors d’oeuvres or desserts.
  4. Pleasing other people. Wedding trends come and go, but your love is forever. In the end, it doesn’t matter what designers, friends, or even your parents say. Choose something that will make you happy!

We’d love to help you plan an Alpharetta wedding. Call Chukkar Farms for wedding planning tips, scheduling guides, and a tour of our facilities.

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…

rustic wedding

  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.

You’re Engaged! Now What?

You’re Engaged! Now What?

It finally happened. The moment of a lifetime. Your beloved dropped onto one knee (or you did—hey, you’re a modern girl) and asked you to share a lifetime together. The world dissolved into sunshine, hazy daydreams, and questions. Endless questions.

Keep your eye on the prize. These are our best tips for what to do when you get engaged.

6 Tips for the Newly Engaged

  1. couple's hands - engagement ringEnjoy it! Yes, your parents want to talk budgets, your relatives are clamoring for a wedding date, and your friends want to know who’s going to be in the wedding party. But this is your special moment. Savor it with your spouse-to-be.
  2. Pick a venue. Before you can choose a date, you need to choose a place. Tour wedding venues around Alpharetta. Ask about availability in the upcoming year, and decide how flexible you’ll be on your desired wedding date.
  3. Set the tone. Your flowers, centerpieces, catering, and even your wedding dress all work together to form a cohesive theme. Before you place a single down payment, determine your dream theme for the venue you found.
  4. Set a budget. Be frank in your discussion with family, friends, and of course, your fiancé. After all, every wedding planning decision hinges on this one.
  5. Register. The sooner the better! People will be celebrating you for months to come. You’d be surprised how many guests give gifts before the engagement party. (It’s a Southern thing).
  6. Make it official. Plan an engagement photoshoot at Chukkar Farms, solidify your guest list, and mail your Save the Dates. It’s official! You’re getting married!

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.

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.

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.

Tour Chukkar Farm

Horse Farm WeddingChoosing the right venue for your wedding can be difficult. You have just the right place in your head, but you are having a hard time finding it in person! Let us give you a little information about what we have to offer at Chukkar Farm – then come see us in person and let us know if our farm matches your dream wedding.

Polo Fields

One of the most iconic areas to get married at Chukkar Farm is right in the middle of our polo field. This is a popular venue for spring and summer brides when the grass is full and bright green. It makes for gorgeous photos with the blue sky background on a sunny day.

Pastures

One of the most interesting areas to get married at Chukkar Farm would be in any one of our many pastures. We recently had a bride that was looking for a very specific large oak tree to get married under. When she asked us if we had one, we told her she could pick from anything she could find! We were thrilled when she found that ‘perfect tree’ with the draping branches to cast shade over her and her bridal party as she said her vows.

Pavilion

A great option in case of rain for the ceremony, many brides like to use the pavilion for their reception. It’s the perfect space for the food and catering as well since there is an attached kitchen area for food prep. It is an open air structure, but we also offer heavy drapes to add shelter, and portable heaters keep the space quite warm on cool nights.

Club House

Another option for food prep, we most often have the club house used as the bridal suite. Brides can enojy having this whole space for themselves and their bridesmaids while their groom dresses and prepares off site. There is even refrigerators and a bar area to keep the refreshments flowing during this exciting time. We’ve also hosted unique rehearsal dinners in the club house and on the front porch.

Pasture Outdoor WeddingChapel

The chapel is a smaller structure in one of our pastures that brings the feel of a rustic church right into the north Georgia outdoors. It does not have sides, but offers a roof. Excellent for smaller ceremonies, but can also accommodate larger groups.

Call us today to schedule your personal tour of the Chukkar Farm wedding facilities.

Relyea-Marr

Relyea-Marr

Another beautiful wedding at Chukkar Farm. This ceremony was hosted under our rustic barn pavilion. With a somewhat smaller invitation list, the couple was able to host their ceremony and reception under the pavilion. Chairs were set up and an altar created over looking the polo field while the far end of the covered area held the tables and chairs where dinner was served. The rows where people sat to enjoy the ceremony were cleared away during dinner to create the perfect dance floor for the reception.

Photography by Peter Togel. 

Chukkar Farm Featured on Snippet and Ink

Chukkar Farm Featured on Snippet and Ink

I’m not sure what I love most about this wedding, the beautiful boho style, the stunning equestrian venue, or the story of how the bride and groom met… thankfully, I don’t have to choose, and neither do you! Read on for all the fun and romantic details, from bride’s charming floral crown to the food truck caterer to the groom’s musical appearance at the reception. So much here to love!
We are honored to recently be featured on the Snippet and Ink blog with Emily and Parker’s wedding. We have to say, we really loved this one too. Emily did a beautiful job of making her wedding both naturally integrated with the surroundings of the old barn, as well as completely unique and one of a kind.

Her Inspiration

Emily says that her inspiration came from a few places: the Instagram feed of the boutique where she purchased her dress, Sentamentalist, her personally chosen bridesmaid dresses, and their juxtaposition with the weathered wood of our old barns. From here, she was able to easily make choices on how the rest of her wedding design would play out. Having such specific places for inspiration makes your decisions as a bride significantly easier so that you aren’t constantly having to make decisions without direction. Strong inspiration keeps your wedding cohesive.
What are your favorite parts about this bohemian naturalist wedding at our rustic barn venue in metro Atlanta? We think the combination of the metallic dresses against the rustic background were ours.