Time to celebrate with your bridesmaids!

Photo by Madison Grae Photography

Getting ready to celebrate with your bridesmaids before the big day?! Trying to figure out a way to enjoy your bachelorette weekend without doing the same old Vegas trip? No need to worry – there are plenty of unique ways to celebrate with your gals based on your preferences!! We advocate for changing things up and trying something new – whether that means going on an adventure outdoors or simply a spa day in with the girls. This blog gives some amazing suggestions to celebrating with your girls:


How to make your wedding more eco-friendly.

Want to send a little extra love to mother earth – especially on your big day?? We believe it is totally feasible to be environmentally conscious WITHOUT sacrificing your wedding dreams! It might require a tiny bit more effort, but there are plenty of simple strategies to keeping your wedding eco-friendly! From your reception send-off plan to the yummy food you serve – there are numerous areas you can switch plans up a bit to make more sustainable choices! Looking for easy suggestions to give a lil extra love to our earth? We suggest hitting up this blog for ways to protect nature while still achieving the wedding you desire:


Don’t wait until the last minute to buy your first anniversary gift!

Post-wedding and already worrying about the next steps as newlyweds? From your first home to choosing anniversary gifts, there is a great deal of practical decisions newlywed couples have to make after the honeymoon, but you shouldn’t have to worry! If you don’t even know where to start in terms about what to get your significant other for your first anniversary, not to mention all the future ones, stress no longer! There are plenty of simple guides out there that lay out basic gift ideas while allowing you to add your own personal touch! You can customize the guide to make your gifts genuine or silly, which is the best part. We suggest checking out this list of anniversary gifts to help ease you into marriage and plan for all your future years together! Check out these great ideas for anniversary gifts!
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Make your special day cozy!

Looking to make your wedding more cozy and welcoming rather than stressful? Try planning your wedding with day-of cozy aspects to make everyone feel relaxed! From hot cocoa bars to decorative rugs, there are plenty of ways to give your wedding a calm vibe. This article gives great suggestions on how to keep the aesthetic of your wedding while also allowing everyone, especially the bride (YOU!), to stay relaxed and happy.

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Photography by Angela Zion

How to blend traditional and modern looks for your wedding day!

Most brides know what vibe they want their wedding to give off, especially when they are looking for a more traditional or classic look. However, sometimes you just want to spice up your wedding and give it a personal flair, while still maintaining the traditionality. We believe that is totally possible! There are plenty of ways that you can protect the classic wedding atmosphere AND add your own modern-day personality. Want to know how? Read this article for some simple ideas to modernize your wedding decor while also keeping it traditional!

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Tips + Advice on Honeymoon Planning

Sometimes, the best part about wedding planning is developing an idea for your honeymoon. You want the best for your honeymoon, especially post-wedding stress and planning. Don’t know where to begin picking out a place? We recommend checking out this blog for the best places to relax on your honeymoon this year:Best Honeymoon Destinations

A special thank you to our couple last year who sent us this picture during their honeymoon!

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Photo by: https://imagestudio.com

Kaycee + Paul’s Wedding Day

Kaycee and Paul’s wedding day will forever be one we remember.  The entire event was held at The Rutherford and no detail was forgotten… From the gorgeous gray bridesmaid dresses all the way to the epic and unplanned rain mid ceremony, it was impossible not to enjoy yourself.

We loved the way they used the variety of backdrops our venue offers to bring to life the highlights of their day.  From the weathered red brick walls to the forestry (& bamboo) just behind the venue… they showcased just about everything and made us fall in love with our spot all over again.

Not to mention the entire wedding party was absolutely gorgeous in their gray suits and mismatched gray dresses.  Remember our 2018 Wedding Trends!?  Told you!

When the rain came mid ceremony, they laughed and made a run for it, taking their vows from the Courtyard to the Warehouse in a matter of seconds.

As if the rain wasn’t enough, they ended the night with a lavender send off which made for some amazing photos + smelled amazing.  They were definitely showered with love that day.

Photography by Lauren Williams

Catering – Time to Taste Catering

Bar – Southern Libations

Rentals – Tricounty Rentals

Planner – RSVP coordination

Ceremony Music – Upstate Trio
Videographer- The Wedding Film Co.

2018’s Drool Worthy Food Trends

One of the best parts about weddings, besides celebrating love, is another four letter word… FOOD. We’ve put together some of the top 2018 drool worthy ideas for your reception. You know how people say to make sure your wedding planner saves a plate for you…? You’re going to want to write that down.

Taco’bout a Party

This is one of our personal favorites because you can build this theme out to not only include tacos, but bean dip in cups, a margarita bar, chips with guacamole and queso… Top it off with churros and some cute bags of spices your guests can take home as favors… Fiesta!

Char-CUTE-rie Boards

Did we spell that right? Doesn’t matter. Nothing compares to a good charcuterie board. A few pieces of this, a few pieces of that. If you’re going this route, we’d recommend getting some good wines and maybe offering pairing ideas! You really can’t go wrong with cheese, fruits, meats, nuts, veggies, and good breads.

A Twist on Comfort Food

We’ve all got one… Grandma’s famous mac’n’cheese, mashed potatoes, milk and cookies, grilled cheese and tomato soup. Are you day dreaming yet? Make them all into passed appetizers and watch your guest’s faces light up when the tray passes by!

The Rutherford Lawn would literally be perfect for any of these food options. Allow your family and friends to mix and mingle under the twinkle lights while they enjoy their food and the South Carolina weather.

2018 Wedding Color Trends

Remember our list of top Wedding Trends to be on the lookout for in 2018? Let’s take it one step further and explore some color palettes options.


We might be partial to the burgundy trend because it’s the shade of red wine… which essentially means that your bridesmaids can really let loose on the dance floor knowing that even if they spill a little bit of their drink, they’ll be REDy to rock in no time.

Burgundy’s rich hue has a high class and sophistication to it and pairs really well with navy, gold, and greenery. Spring time wedding? Pair it with some pops of soft orange, purples, and dusty rose… Which just so happens to also make the 2018 list.


Dusty Rose

Gone are the days of Barbie pink. The soft, muted pinks are so easy to incorporate across all aspects of your wedding. Not only will your bridesmaids love their dresses, it’s also the perfect excuse to serve rosé and cotton candy.

Fun fact: Dusty Rose is also the name of Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo’s little girl… Maybe a surprise performance from Maroon 5? Sugar, yes please.


The best part of a neutral color scheme is the fact that it’s, well, neutral. You can add slight pops of color to tie in to the season, the location, and the overall vibe of your wedding. Add mauve or sage for a more earthy feel, or copper and blue grey for a nautical theme. You really can’t go wrong with the crisp tones.

Might we also add that our boxwood wall and columns at The Rutherford are the perfect complement to literally any of these colors. You get the pop of green you want, without feeling like you have a ton of competing colors!

We’ve set up a Pinterest board with more ideas on how to incorporate 2018’s top color.  Reach out to Yasha at info@therutherfordgreenville.com to schedule a tour of The Rutherford!




2018 Wedding Trends to Watch

2018 is quickly approaching and the trends emerging are promising a year full of fresh ideas when it comes to florals, dessert, dresses and all of the details in between.  Here is The Rutherford’s list of five top trends to watch for:

#1 Circle of Life: Oversized Wreaths

Wreaths have always been a statement piece for the holidays.  You’ve got one for most every season…  But what about your wedding day?  The big day comes but once in your life, which means the wreath should be larger than life.

Oversized wreaths are the perfect backdrop to any wedding ceremony.  Just add florals and greenery and you have a bold statement piece that is sure to set the stage for the perfect day.  Make sure to ask us about using The Rutherford’s oversized wreath for your next event!

#2 50 Shades of Gray: Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses

Chances are you’ve been a bridesmaid which means you’ve heard the whole “the best part is you can shorten it and wear it again” speech, you’ve worn a dress that is NOT your color, and you’ve certainly worn a few dresses that fit a certain body type, and that body type wasn’t yours.  Expect to see different dresses, different shades, and really happy wedding parties in 2018.

Mismatched bridesmaid dresses are entering the scene and making magazine-worthy photos!

#3 Marvel at the Marble: Marble Accents

A diamond ring isn’t the only stone making an appearance in 2018.  Marble has always been around, but it is making a serious comeback this upcoming year.  Everything from cakes and stationary to your classic bar top, adding pops of marble will create a crisp, clean, chic look for your big day.

#4 Overtaking the Cake: Creative Desserts

More and more weddings are stepping away from the typical wedding cake and moving towards a more personalized dessert experience.  We’ve seen the donut wall, but what about an ice cream sundae bar, hand pies, or a s’mores station?  Guests are sure to remember that sweet treat.

#5 Falling for foliage: Greenery

Heavy greenery at your wedding is not only easy on the budget, it also creates a fresh and unexpected look.  There are so many shades, textures, and shapes, it’s hard not to fall in love.  Not to mention the lush green colors are sure to pop against your white dress.

For more 2018 trend ideas, check out The Rutherford’s Pinterest board.  For 2018 booking inquiries, email Yasha at info@therutherfordgreenville.com.