Chukkar Farm’s Favorite Rustic Wedding Blogs

After the initial giddiness of your dream proposal fades, it’s time to get down to the business of planning. Planning a wedding is an exciting prospect for many brides, a season filled with close friends, elegant decor, and the occasional free food at cake and caterer tastings. But with so much to do and so many Pinterest boards to find, things can get overwhelming fast. If you’re looking for the best rustic wedding ideas, check out our favorite wedding blogs.

Rustic Wedding Chic

Horse Farm WeddingWhen you get engaged, the first item on your to-do list is to pop the champagne with your family, friends, and new fiancé. The second item is to book a venue. Your wedding venue will determine what kind of dress to buy, what type of food to serve, and how you style everything from the flowers to the cutlery. Meet Rustic Wedding Chic, your new best friend. This blog offers wedding ideas based on location and scenery, so you can create the perfect moment for the venue you’ve chosen.

Rustic Weddings

Get the dish on other couples’ big moments with a blog that blends classic elegance, current trends, and heart-fluttering romance. Rustic Weddings is our pick for extending that new ring giddiness (while still tackling your to-do list).

Rustic Folk Weddings

Brides often plan weddings around details they’ve been dreaming about for decades. If you’ve already chosen your color-scheme, wedding theme, or seasonal touches, then Rustic Wedding Folks will help you fill in the gaps to craft a wedding style that’s all your own.

Want to book a barn wedding in Alpharetta? Call Chukkar Farm to schedule a tour of the rolling green fields, classic barn, and rustic touches of our event facility.

4 Rustic Wedding Projects for the DIY Bride

4 Rustic Wedding Projects for the DIY Bride

We love the DIY wedding trends that have swept through the country in recent years. And why not? DIY decor is cute, affordable, and provides a unique opportunity for bonding with your bridesmaids (or your future mother-in-law). Planning a rustic wedding? These DIY wedding projects are as simple as they are sweet!

Rustic DIY Projects for a Barn Wedding

  1. Stairway to heaven. All you need is an old wooden ladder and a bridesmaid with an artistic eye. Use the steps of the ladder to display bursts of flowers in vintage birdcages, stack cupcakes if you’re low on table space, or show off oversized versions of you and your new hubby’s initials.
  2. Mr. and Mrs. signs. Drill holes in the top corners of two old boards. Paint “Mr” on one board and “Mrs” on the other. Thread the holes with ribbon, and hang on the back of the bride and groom’s chairs. Voila! Picture-perfect.
  3. A billowing frame. Don’t ruin the view of the countryside with a backdrop. Instead, focus every eye on the main event by draping light, elegant fabrics from tree branches. It will create a sweet, tasteful frame that you can use for photographs, to set off the cake table, or for the big moment when you say “I do.”
  4. horseshoe in barnBurlap and lace accents. Looking for a simple DIY project to add elegance to the table? Wrap silverware in burlap and tie a lace ribbon around each bundle of cutlery. Set them at each place setting or, if you’re going buffet-style, in a vintage tin bucket by the food.
  5. Horseshoe escort cards. Instead of simply tacking escort cards to board, lean into the equestrian wedding theme. Tie each name card to a horseshoe with a bit of twine or ribbon. Arrange them on a table or hang them from the fence for a cute, rustic twist on a wedding must-have.

Chukkar Farm is your destination for barn weddings in Alpharetta. Call today to schedule a tour of our facilities.

Ride Off into the Sunset with an Equestrian Wedding

Ride Off into the Sunset with an Equestrian Wedding

Your wedding brings the most important people together and share in your joy, toast to your love, and cement a lifelong place in your wedding photo album. But not every cherished member of your life is a person. Your horse has been there through it all, giving you a sense of freedom, joy, and companionship. Why leave him in his stall? A Chukkar Farms equestrian wedding lets you give your beloved horse a place of honor on your special day.

4 Ways to Incorporate Horses into Your Wedding

  1. Get hitched on horseback. Julia Roberts might have given horseback nuptials a bad rap in “Runaway Bride,” but as long as you choose a well-trained horse and keep your feet nice and warm, his hooves will stay firmly planted while you exchange vows.
  2. bride on horsebackBrides and their bridles. Capture that perfect wedding photo with the help of your horse. Arrange your train, grab your bouquet and your bridle, and prepare for the perfect bridal photo to grace your mantle.
  3. Bust open the barn. Brides love barn weddings for their rustic charm. Instead of keeping the guests relegated to the dance floor, why not decorate the horse stalls, braid flowers into the horses’ manes, and let guests wander through? Just make sure all guests know how to behave around the horses. Nobody wants nipped fingers on the night of your nuptials.
  4. Ride off into the sunset. Capture that fairytale moment. Saddle up with your new spouse and ride off into the sunset.

Your dream of an equestrian wedding is within reach. Call Chukkar Farms to tour our rustic Alpharetta wedding venue.

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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…

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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.

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.