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!
First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in a baby carriage.
We all know the old nursery rhyme. We’ve heard it since we were children ourselves – and for many girls, making that nursery rhyme come to life has been one of their most cherished dreams. And now – it’s here! She’s found her love, and now she gets to have a wedding to begin her marriage to her true love. But, what is it that makes a wedding? What makes it stick in the memories of not only the bride and groom, but the memory of all of your family and friends that attend to support the never ending partnership of two people?
Chukkar Farm has seen a lot of weddings in our time, let us share with you what we’ve seen that makes a wedding.
A Happy Couple
Of course it all starts here. We have had some of the most fun with couples where both the bride and groom are involved in the planning process. We’ve seen this relieve much stress off of the bride and also it gives the couple their first big project that they have to complete together that should represent the both of them from beginning to end. Compromise is key here!
What would we do without our families? Chukkar Farm is a family owned and operated business so we well understand the importance of having a family that works well together. We love to see it when both sides of the new family come together to make wedding day not only successful, but an integration of all of the new family members.
Friends are the family that you got to choose for yourself – and without these good friends, many a Chukkar Farm wedding may not have been! When it’s 10 minutes before you’re supposed to walk down the aisle and you don’t have ‘something borrowed,’ your maid of honor surely will lend her best earrings. When the groom realizes he’s left the rings at home, one of the groomsmen is off in a hurry to fetch them. It’s these best friends that not only make up your bridal party, but also come to support your union that will encourage you down your path with your partner for the rest of your lives.
Come visit Chukkar Farm and see how we can help you make your wedding the one of your dreams!
We offer a lot of advice, tips, and tricks to mainly brides here at Chukkar Farm because we will be honest – that’s who is typically most involved in the wedding planning process. But, of course there wouldn’t be a wedding without a groom! So, we’ve rounded up some tips on one of your hardest parts of your wedding – the grooms speech.
1. Give the Speech
Yes, really. No matter how afraid you are of public speaking, this is one speech in your life you can’t talk your way out of (no pun intended). So, make sure it’s a good one by planning it ahead of time, and rehearsing it. That’s what your best man is for – helping you knock these ‘tough’ wedding moments out of the park.
2. Tell Her You Love Her
This may be a no brainer for some – but it’s not for others so we just couldn’t leave it out. No matter how much you try to avoid the sweet, cliche comments about how you’re the luckiest man in the world, or she makes you wobbly at the knees, now is the time to lay it all out!
3. Make it Funny
Tell a good joke – but not a generic one. Tell a funny story about your early dating lives or how you first met. Make it something that won’t embarrass either one of you (too much) but will still get your friends and family laughing and feeling like you shared an intimate story of the two of you as a couple.
4. Keep it Simple – and Short
The outline looks like this: intro, thank yous to in-laws and guests, funny anecdote about your wife, tell your wife how much you love her. The end.
Easy – right?
Chukkar Farm weddings are different than any other wedding you’ve probably ever been to. We are a working polo farm – that means our barns, barn yards, and pastures actually have horses in them and are used by horses and riders every day. With this in mind – and a few other items – you should know that not only is this an extremely unique wedding venue for brides, but it’s extremely unique for their guests.
To make your evening at the farm as enjoyable as possible, we’ve put together a few suggestions for you from tips and ideas from our recent wedding guests.
1.Leave Your Stilettos at Home
We know – they are beautiful and you rarely have an occasion to wear them. But we promise, this isn’t the occasion. You’ll be walking up a gravel road to enter the wedding area and may even be walking across grass fields for your bride’s reception or ceremony. Grass and high heels just don’t mix well.
2. Dress for the Weather
We do our best to help brides prepare for any weather that may arise during their ceremony but unfortunately, there are no guarantees. Make sure that you’re dressed for the weather as it will play a large role in the wedding day.
3. Park in the Polo Arena
When you approach Chukkar Farm you will initially see the entrance to our main barn on your left. Please keep driving another 1/4 mile to our lower entrance where we will guide you to our parking area in the polo arena.
4. Relax and Have Fun!
Chukkar Farm has hosted many a black tie affair (and we love them) but most of the time, weddings at our Alpharetta, GA facility are friend and family oriented and geared towards making your comfortable and helping you enjoy the evening. So please, let your hair down and enjoy! The bride and groom will love to see you having a great time at the party they planned – for you!
…I just wanted to say THANK YOU for all that you did for us during our wedding preparations and on our wedding day! We were so blessed by you and your family and your farm. It was the most perfect day! Justin and I feel so at home when we are there. We hope to come watch a polo match sometime this summer and maybe come to a concert one Saturday night when you are doing that. We could not have chosen a better place to have the ceremony and reception to celebrate the first moments of our long happy marriage together. Thank you again! Blessings!
We love to hear from our brides here at Chukkar Farm Polo Club and Event Venue. Located on 173 beautiful, manicured rolling acres in Alpharetta, GA, Chukkar Farm is a perfect venue for your outdoor barn wedding.
At Chukkar Farm, your possibilities are almost limitless. There are so many locations on our property that are perfect for your ceremony and reception. Whether you opt to host your ceremony on the Polo field or in a pasture and move your party up to the pavilion or club house for the reception, or if you want to get married right at the barn and have your reception under the stars in the barn yard, it is all up to you! We try to be as flexible as possible so that your big day can be everything you’ve ever dreamed it would be.
Please browse through our wedding galleries, other testimonials, and see our wedding page to visit all of the blogs we are so thankful to have been featured in. To see if your preferred date is available, go to our calendar page and to make your reservation, either fill out our contact form or call Cara Tadsen at (770) 833-1283. Cara is always out and about on the farm, but leave her a message and she will be sure to call you back!
Congratulations! You’ve been able to book your perfect wedding venue and now you can move on to the next step – informing your guests. Sending out save the dates is a great way to get an initial head count on who may be able to attend, and make sure that your friends and family put your big day on their calendar and plan around it. We often see brides who tend to make save the date faux pas, so let us help you with these simple tips.
Include the Location
Especially if you’re inviting people from out of town, or even in town, including the location is essential on the save the date. This allows your guests to plan for travel time in advance.
If you have guests that you know will be bringing a plus one, go ahead and let them know now. That way they can plan for their travel as well.
We hear all too often of brides that couldn’t decide on their invitation suite so their save the dates went out too late. Getting out these notes as early as possible will ensure that all of your friends and family can make it.
Even if your save the dates don’t match your wedding colors or exactly match your invitations, do something that instantly says “us” to your guests.
Sending a Save the Date – But Not an Invite
If you have some people on your invitation lists that are ‘maybes,’ don’t include them in your save the date mailings. These are the people you invite with your second round of invitations after you’ve already gotten back your first round of ‘regrets.’
Alright gentlemen – it’s time. You’ve been dating for long enough and you just know she’s the one. But now, you’ve got to ask the question. Are your knees shaking yet? Your palms sweaty? What’s the worry – you know she’s going to say yes, but we know you want to do it in a way that she will never forget. Let the ‘love experts’ at Chukkar Farm give you a few fool-proof proposal ideas on how to pop the question to your lovely bride to be.
1. Surprise Her
Even if she says she hates surprises – this is one of those once-in-a-lifetime events that should be surrounded by excitement and not just one more thing she crosses off her list of things to do in a day.
2. Avoid The ‘Stadium’ Proposal
Unless you’re 10,000% sure the answer is yes, and you both happen to love being the center of attention, popping the question in front of a lot of people – whether strangers or friends – puts all kinds of unnecessary pressure on her to give you the ‘right’ answer.
3. Make it Personal
The best proposals are the ones that involve future groom thinking long and hard about what future wife loves, who she is, what she enjoys. Spend time thinking about all the little things that make her who she is and use those clues to personalize your proposal into an event that shows her you truly love everything about her.
4. Make it Last
What do we mean? Remember that after you pop the question, the proposal isn’t over. This is a moment that you will both want to savor, so make sure you allow time for that. Whether you just want to spend the rest of the afternoon and evening going through your regular routine together, or you want to continue to plan something unique for the day is up to you. Decide based on your bride, your relationship, and who the two of you are together.
Then, get ready for wedding planning!
As we head into the New Year, wedding specialists are on the hunt for new trends; and if you’re trying to stay in the loop, we’ve got you covered! Here are a few trends to look out for in 2017 from your favorite wedding experts!
- A color comeback. Color is making a massive comeback, and we’re all about it! We’re seeing a lot less white weddings and a lot more colorful florals, centerpieces and lighting. We’re also seeing an increase in varied bridesmaid dresses and more in-depth color schemes.
- New destinations. When you think of a getaway wedding, you think tropical (Mexico, Costa Rica, Jamaica, etc). But did you know that Canada, Iceland and Italy are emerging as top destination wedding locations? Something to think about!
- Top-down decor. People are starting to get creative with their ceilings! Whereas in year’s past the centerpieces and wall-decor were of main priority, chandeliers and top-down pieces are becoming more trendy. We’ve seen a lot of Christmas lights, DIY chandelier centerpieces and more continuing to trend in 2017!
- Buffett style and finger foods. In years past, a full course sit-down meal has been the standard. But due to prices and for the sake of time, many wedding planners are choosing to do a help yourself buffett style, and providing finger foods before and after the ceremony! We’re also seeing more dynamic desserts, with doughnut cakes or cookies instead of a traditional wedding cake.
- Two piece wedding gowns. A traditional gown will always be a favorite; but we’ve also been seeing tons of two piece wedding gown sets! It definitely makes a statement and looks gorgeous for brides who are trying to be trendy!
What adds to your trendy 2017? A trendy venue of course! Chukkar Farm is a unique and special venue that helps compliment your personal style. We’re already booking for a ton of 2017 weddings and we’re excited to talk to you about how we can help! We’re located in Alpharetta, GA and book weddings all year around!
We love hosting weddings at Chukkar Farm. The transformation that we make almost every weekend during wedding season from horse farm and polo facility to wedding fairytale is magical. But, the thing that really makes these events magical is the love between bride and groom and their two families coming together as one. We recently received a thank you letter from one of our brides, that we just had to share – the feeling is mutual Paige!
Hi Cara –This thank you is so very long overdue! I wanted to thank you and every member of the Chukkar Farm family for making our wedding day truly magnificent!We knew that Chukkar was special the moment we first visited your venue, and every time we visited in preparation for the wedding, we got the same feeling over again. There is something so comfortable and even spiritual about the farm. In fact, during our ceremony, just as our officiant was pronouncing us husband and wife, the wind picked up (which had been still the entire ceremony) – several guests commented on how it felt like the trees were singing with their blessings! We’ll cherish that moment forever!Our guests continue to gush over how incredibly gorgeous the farm is, and the decorations were PERFECT! You truly took everything that we talked about and made it come to life, except better than I could have ever imagined! Working with every member of your staff was a bride’s dream come true – so kind and truly concerned with making every detail exactly as we described. We cannot thank you all enough!I’m emailing you from my actual email address so we can keep in touch (the wedding email will be phased out over time… so sad!). Dave and I have talked about maybe coming out for polo lessons in the spring, and will definitely want to keep up with y’all! Now that the wedding is over, we will miss having an excuse to make a quick trip out to the farm!Seriously, thank you so much for everything from the bottom of our hearts. Y’all were truly such an integral and important part of our planning process and wedding day. We are so blessed to have found y’all at Chukkar Farm for our wedding!Hope to see you again very soon!
Wedding season is ALMOST upon us. Our first weddings at Chukkar Farm are booked for April and we just can’t wait. If you are a recently engaged bride and you’re just starting out on your adventure to find the right wedding venue – let us give you a few clues. These are some of the most important questions you should be asking when you visit your wedding venues for the first time.
The Wedding Date:
•Is mine available?
•How many weddings will be booked that day?
•What are the rates for different days or times (Friday, Saturday, Sunday; afternoon, evening)?
•Is there a payment schedule?
•What kind of deposits are required?
•Are there hidden costs like a service charge, gratuity, cleaning fees, or overtime charges?
•What’s the cancellation policy?
•What’s the last possible date that we can make changes?
•Must I use vendors of your choosing?
•Is there room for a band and/or dancing?
•Does the venue own sound equipment and speakers, or will that need to be rented?
•Are there any noise restrictions?
•Are there adequate bathroom facilities? Is there a coat check?
•Is the site handicap accessible?
•Is there ample parking? Will guests be charged for parking?
•Is there a backup plan for rain or inclement weather?
•Are there any decoration limitations? Can we use candles?
•Are there restrictions for the photographer in terms of flash usage?
•When can my vendors arrive for setup?
•What time will my guests have to leave the venue?
•Who is responsible for setting up and tearing down the decor, and when will it be completed?
This isn’t a complete list, but it’s a great place to get started! Book an appointment to come visit Chukkar Farm and we will answer all of your venue questions.