A Day at the Rutherford: Behind-the-Scenes

What’s it like to work at a Venue? 

Today we’re answering all your questions about what a day in the life is like at the Rutherford. As a small business, nothing is too big or small for someone to be tackling throughout the day. We’ve seen—and done—it all.

Each day is different depending on what events are happening that week or even that day!

In The Office

On a day without any events, most of the time is spent in the office answering emails, building out proposals, and communicating with clients on their upcoming events.

The Rutherford | Industrial Event Venue

We might be setting up mock displays for staging or giving tours of the space to couples interested in having their wedding at The Rutherford. Collaborating is always happening, and we love to talk through different ideas and events. 

The Rutherford | Industrial Event Space

Lunch is always a main event of the day, especially as we start to discuss possible options around 11 am daily (Pizza and sandwiches are always popular contenders). After that it’s back to work with most of our tours happening late afternoon.

During Events

When we have an event, it’s all hands on deck to make sure that everything flows smoothly. Once the time block begins, venue staff is here making sure that everything is coming together with all the vendors and communicating with the coordinator to ensure a positive experience for everyone.

The Rutherford | Behind the Scenes

During the event, we usually hang out in the office catching up on paperwork and emails, sneaking a peek at the event (check out our Instagram stories) and checking with coordinators to see how things are going. 

The Rutherford | Industrial Event Venue

After guests have left and vendors have cleaned up, we do a final walkthrough the venue to make sure everything is in its place and then turn the lights out and say goodnight!

Our Experience at The Ronald McDonald House

A few weeks ago our team got out of the office and into the community! We spent the evening at the Ronald McDonald, cooking dinner for the residents who live there.

The Rutherford | Event Space

For those who are unfamiliar with the RMH, its purpose is to keep families with sick children together and near the care and resources they need. There are so many ways you can get involved with their program and help their house feel like a home!

From their pop tabs program and house monitor to cookies from the heart and weekend breakfast, they can always use volunteers. We as a team choose to participate in the guest chef program, cooking a warm meal for families when they return from the hospital.

We volunteered on a Thursday night after work and brought all the ingredients to make Hawaiian sandwiches, mashed potatoes, and pasta salad—basically all the carbs!

It was such a great experience (their kitchen is to die for!), and we can’t wait to go back again soon!

The Rutherford | Event Space

 

NACE Summer Luau

During my summer at the Rutherford, I’ve had the opportunity to attend the monthly NACE events. (NACE stands for the National Association for Catering and Events, so working at a venue fits right into this!). At these monthly events, vendors and other event professionals from all around the Upstate get together to network and discuss relevant topics in the event industry. I even got to hear my boss speak about legal considerations in event planning!

To celebrate the summer, NACE held a luau event, appropriately at a rooftop pool (#goals), and it provided me with such a unique opportunity to get to network with other professionals in a potential career field.

Our team got all dressed up in our fanciest luau gear and soaked in the sun all while making meaningful connections with other professionals in our industry. (Spoiler alert: we wore sundresses and flowy tops). Everyone was extremely welcoming and friendly, especially to both me and Katherine, who are just dipping our toes in the field.

Our entire team was greeted at the door with leis and headed upstairs to the party. Having been to a few events this summer, it was nice to see some familiar faces, as well as make new connections with vendors who will be at the Rutherford in the future. Themed music, food, and drinks made the evening feel more relaxed than like a networking event.

The Rutherford | Greenville, SC

My highlight of the evening was all the luau-themed food. We got to sample different bites from Chef 360, Table 301, Couture Cakes, and Holly’s Cakes—including popsicle Rice Krispies, snow cone cupcakes, and lemon bars! Shrimp and tomato caprese bites were also there to balance out all the sweet offerings—and were also just as tasty.

What a fun way to celebrate the summer and continue to learn about the event industry!

The Rutherford | Greenville, SC

Two Years at the Rutherford

Two. Years.

We’ve loved being a part of the Greenville community for these past two years. Building memories, creating events, and establishing relationships and partnerships across different fields. It’s hard to believe that it’s only been two years because it feels like we’ve been doing this forever.

A lot has changed since we first opened our doors in 2017. Over these past two years, we’ve grown to have a full-time sales director who is just as excited about the Rutherford and everything that we do. We’ve also developed an internship program to help college students in figuring out their career paths. Our team is one that is passionate about helping clients host the best event, and we couldn’t be more thankful for that. We thrive off of client feedback and are always working as a team to make our venue a better space.

One of our favorite parts of the whole experience is seeing all of the different brides and what they do with the space. We’re always inspired by each event and every way they change and transform our space for the evening. No two events are ever the same, and that’s what we love so much about this job—the ever-changing, fast-paced, and inspiring environment.

The Rutherford | Industrial Event Space

Thank you for being a part of The Rutherford’s story. And for helping us to build this community right here in Greenville.

We wouldn’t want it any other way.

The Rutherford Logo—Explained

The Rutherford Logo—Explained

Have you ever wondering what our logo means—and why it means so much to us?

When designing our logo, we wanted to highlight the three spaces that define the Rutherford and all the events we can host because of them.

Not only does the R stand for Rutherford, but the three different parts of our R logo represent the three different spaces that we have at our venue—the Brick Room, the Warehouse, and the Courtyard.

The Brick Room is our upstairs spaces and features the original hardwood floors and plenty of windows for natural light.

Downstairs is our Warehouse, which we’ve seen transformed into dance floors, reception dinners, and cocktails hours.

Stepping outside of the Warehouse will lead you to the Courtyard, which might be one of our favorites for dancing under the lights or daytime parties.

The Rutherford | Brick Wedding Venue

We’re always so excited to offer our clients three unique spaces when it comes to planning their events. The brick room, warehouse, and courtyard are all customizable to each event and offer a plethora of opportunities to design with and around.

Let us know how our spaces could help you plan your next event!

– AR

The Pretty Place is Pretty Beautiful!

We recently held a reception for a bride and groom who got married at Pretty Place Chapel. Fred W. Symmes Chapel (dubbed ‘Pretty Place’ because of its beauty) is located at YMCA Camp Greenville in the mountains just outside of Greenville. The chapel sits on the edge of a cliff overlooking the rolling hills that reside on the North Carolina/South Carolina border.

The Best Selfie Background

The beauty of this location is so difficult to capture even in the best pictures, and it is nearly impossible to do it justice in words. The front of the chapel is open and looks out on the gorgeous view. In the center of the floor there is a cross, and above the cross there is a ledge with a line of scripture on it that reads “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills”. This is extraordinarily poetic considering the scene that it sits in front of.  Needless to say this is definitely a dream wedding destination for people who adore mountain scenery.

Conveniently Located By The Rutherford

The great thing about holding the ceremony at Pretty Place and then having their reception at The Rutherford was that the couple and guests got to experience both a beautiful natural setting during the ceremony and then a trendy urban setting for their reception.  They could enjoy the mountains and all of their natural beauty, and then they were able to come celebrate in a cozy space that was more appropriate for a party and dancing. This plan was absolutely perfect for providing their guests with a unique and diverse experience.  You can easily have this experience too if you go onto the Pretty Place website and fill out the reservation request form. Then all you have to do is contact us for your amazing reception!

 

KV

Pretty Place Chapel

 

Meet AUDREY – Our Summer Creative!

Hi! My name is Audrey, and I’m a rising senior at Furman University double majoring in Communication and German Studies. I’m originally from Toledo, Ohio, but I absolutely adore Greenville.  I am so happy to call it my home for the summer.

I’m so excited to be interning at the Rutherford this summer and working in both social media marketing and event planning. The space itself inspires me, and I can’t wait to help create and assist with impressionable events in it over the coming months.

Last year, I spent a semester studying abroad in Berlin, but had no idea what I wanted to pair my German major with at the time. I came home to an internship in content marketing and loved getting to play with words to create a meaningfulness message. Now, I want to dip my toes into a more client-facing industry, getting to work on interpersonal communication and event planning while still focusing on marketing and strategic communication.

When I was younger, my dream job was to design the window displays for J.Crew or Anthropologie after seeing a snow cone themed designed one summer. Now, I would love to go into marketing and event planning—maybe even for a museum abroad!

When I’m not busy with school (which is most of the time), I’m planning my sorority’s upcoming recruitment season, running on the Swamp Rabbit Trail, making new Spotify playlists, and bopping around different coffee shops. Oat milk lattes are life-changing.

If there’s anything you want to see featured on the blog or on social media, let me know!

 

– Audrey

Meet KATHERINE – Our Summer Creative

My name is Katherine Valliant and I am a Junior at Furman University.  I am a double major in communications studies and politics and international affairs. I am also a member of the student-run musical theater organization on campus!  I am so excited to be interning at The Rutherford this summer.  I love planning events especially weddings.  While I’m working for The Rutherford I hope to learn more about how event planning works, how to run a social media platform for a small business, and how to network with other professionals working in my field.  I can’t wait to see what lies in store for me in this internship!

In my free time I love to sing, dance, hang out with my friends, and watch Netflix. My favorite show that I am binging right now is probably The Crown, and my favorite show that I always re-watch when I’m bored would be The Office. I love musical theater, and my favorite musicals currently are Hamilton and Cabaret.

My favorite book series of all time is Harry Potter. Fun fact: I was the Harry Potter Trivia champion in my high school for two years in a row.  I’m so excited for this summer and I can’t wait to share more of myself with you through blog posts!

– Katherine

Hello from The Rutherford! Meet our Spring intern!

We are so excited to introduce our spring intern who has been working with us this semester – Kaeli Czosek! Kaeli is currently a senior at Furman University getting ready to graduate and typically spends her free time doing an outdoor activity or reading a good book! Here’s a little tidbit from her, sharing about her wonderful experience with the Rutherford so far:

 

“Hey guys! I am so thrilled to be interning with the Rutherford this semester and to be a part of all the incredible events here! I began my time with the Rutherford like no other, by actually attending an event here before I started working, which allowed me to witness and enjoy the other side of an event before I began interning! I continued the excitement by starting my internship off with a bang as I got to be a part of Greenville Fashion Week. I love learning about all the behind the scenes work and being able to help out with so many different amazing events! I am ecstatic to be able to share some fun, new ideas with you guys about all the different happenings throughout the bridal world currently! Feel free to reach out and let me know if there is anything you want to learn more about and I will share some tips or ideas!

Say HI to Kaeli!

A Look Back At The Past Year

It’s hard to believe The Rutherford has officially been open for a year now.  This year has flown by and the journey is really only just beginning.  Taking a step back and spending some time to reflect on the challenges and successes, one word continues to come to mind: Community.

Some people know that I spent 3+ years as a Public Defender before changing my path to owning my own business.  I first spent my time protecting and working for the community, and now my focus is bringing the community together.  We didn’t just invest in a run down building on Rutherford Rd.  We invested in preserving the buildings history and in creating a space that allows people to come together and celebrate.

 

Being an entrepreneur is tough.  It means making hard decisions (that sometimes might not be the right ones).  It means a lot of work. A lot of late nights and a lot of stressful days.  But it also has brought a ton of joy into my life.  Owning this venue has allowed me to host my own family events, including my son’s first birthday party.  It has introduced me to the booming community of entrepreneurs and the people who are working to develop Greenville and better our home.  It has allowed me to watch the beginning of so many love stories, which reminds me to never take for granted the love and support my husband continually shows me.  But I think the biggest joy of all is knowing that this is only the beginning.  There are more events to host, more memories to be made, and an even stronger community to build.