Weddings are expensive! From food to flowers and drinks to decorations, costs add up very quickly. You want the day to reflect everything that’s important to you but also not break the bank. So how to keep costs lower and stress less about your bid day?
Consider trimming down your guest lists!
Everyone from your parents to your future in-laws to your siblings have opinions on who to invite, but ultimately, it’s up to you to decide who you want to celebrate with and whose presence means the most to you and your partner.
We have some tips for trimming down your guest list below!
Make sure that you and your partner are on the same page and stick to the rules you make! This is the only rule there is!
Have an “A” list and “B” list. Go ahead and send out your invites to those you must have at your wedding. If you receive around 10-20% regrets, start to send out more invitations to those who you’d still love to have (colleagues, more distant friends), but didn’t make the first round for whatever reason.
If you or your significant other has never met them before [hello your parents’ friends!], consider not sending an invitation. Especially if you are the one footing the bill for the wedding.
Don’t feel like you own anyone an invitation. Haven’t spoken to them in three years? Don’t worry about it! They invited you to their wedding but you’re no longer close? It’s okay!
Keep the guest list of adults only! And don’t feel bad about it—it’s your wedding, and while your cousin on your mom’s side might be upset, feel free to call and explain your decision.
Only send out plus ones to those who are married, engaged, or are in a committed relationship. You might even take the stress off of singles who would feel the need to bring a date.
Whatever you do decide to do, your wedding is about celebrating the love between you and your significant other! We’d love to hear how you strategized your guest list!
One wedding trend that we’re excited to see continue into 2020 is reception entertainment. While dancing is still the highlight of the evening, it’s fun to change it up and add in a few extras to spice up the night!
A Few of Our Favorites
Help your guests remember the night with a photo booth! Selfie booths have become popular in the past few years and you can either have printed or digital options for your guest to keep. Customize it even more with a frame or filter just for your night!
Interactive Food Station
Guests take their food seriously, especially if a long night of dancing and celebrating are ahead. Interactive and customizable food always excite and amuse people.
Some of our favorite caterers have A-MAZ-ING food options
Good Life Catering offers a made-to-order grilled cheese station and a liquid nitrogen ice cream sundae bar!
And if you’re in the mood for pizza, Coastal Crust uses their food truck at weddings—which we love to see in our courtyard!
Late Night Food
Keep people happy with late-night food. Pizza, French fries, and doughnuts are all popular options. Bringing your favorite food is also another way to add a unique touch to your wedding (Bite Squad delivery?) Maybe even throw in a coffee bar so people have the energy to keep dancing all night long!
For some incredible local options, check out Chef 306’s After Burner menu. Yes, you read that right—breakfast for dinner!
What are you thinking about serving for your wedding?
Our Venue Showcase is happening again. This time, we’re featuring new looks and setups, as well as curated vendors, tons of entertainment, and tasty food and desserts!
We hope the evening helps you visualize your wedding and inspires new ideas that you can incorporate in your special day!
A Sneak Peek of the Night
You’ll enter through our upstairs Brick Room to start the evening. Enjoy sipping on bubbly from the bar as you preview one of the two ceremony setups.
Making your way downstairs to the Warehouse, you’ll experience dinner and cocktail hour, as well as entertainment from various vendors. We’ll have a never-before-seen custom draping look, as well as different lighting and hanging decorations.
Don’t forget to try all the bites—our favorite part of the evening!
Stepping out into the Courtyard, you’ll see an outdoor ceremony set up under the lights, capping off a wonderful evening with entertainment and fun!
Want to see all of this in person?
Come to The Rutherford’s Venue Showcase on August 20th from 5 – 8 PM.
Please register via Eventbrite and drop by at your convenience to see our space, as well as talk with vendors about their services!
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.
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!
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.
Thank you for being a part of The Rutherford’s story. And for helping us to build this community right here in Greenville.
While some brides know every detail and aspect they want for their wedding, sometimes it is hard to know what you want your decor to look like, especially when you are starting with a blank slate! It can be overwhelming when you are expected to coordinate every detail of your wedding decor. You should be able to decorate for your wedding the way you want, without getting stressed! Assuming you already have your personal style preferences, all you need is a guiding list to follow that gives you a better idea of each item you might want at different parts of the wedding. We recommend using this list to guide your decorating plans for your ceremony and reception!
We L O V E looking at wedding photos, especially when they have beautiful outdoor backgrounds and natural lighting that really showcase the couple and the wedding gown. It is natural for brides to be nervous taking their photos! When is the best time of day to take them? Where should they take their photos? Indoors or outdoors? What if it rains? What if it’s too hot or cold? There are a lot of scary thoughts when it comes to taking your wedding photos, especially with unknown weather, so don’t worry if any of these questions have come to mind! We personally are big fans of photos during golden hour and sunset! However, there is plenty of solid advice that photographers can provide on the best lighting and environment to achieve your ideal photos, depending on when and where your wedding is. We enjoyed reading this article about recommendations for the ideal time and way to get the beautiful wedding photos you deserve and desire! Read more on here!
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.