Venue Showcase Sneak Peek

It’s that time of year!

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. 

The Rutherford | Venue Showcase

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.

The Rutherford | Venue Showcase

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!

The Rutherford | Venue Showcase

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!

We can’t wait to see you there!

– The Rutherford Team

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.

What We’re Predicting for 2020 Weddings

2019 was (and still is!) all about bold colors (think: navy, blush, and gold), statement headpieces, and greenery everywhere.

Every single one of our brides incorporated their personal style into their weddings, and we always love to see how they put a twist on trends.

As weddings shift to a more natural yet personalized vibe, we’re predicting some of the upcoming trends to look for!

On Tap for 2020

1. Cornflower Blue and Gen Z Yellow

Unique color combinations are all the rage and we don’t see that dying down in the coming year. Unexpected pops of bright and bold hues will make your wedding stand out—and help you to express your personal style.

The Rutherford | 2020 Wedding Trends
Angela Zion Photography

 

2. Reception Entertainment

Receptions have become more than just dancing the night away. From photo booths to food board centerpieces, they’re only becoming more elaborate, and we’re excited to see what new ideas couples incorporate into their big day. Perhaps wedding scents or caricatures will become the new “it” entertainment at 2020 weddings?

The Rutherford | Taco Stand
DiPietro Photography

 

3. Eco-friendliness and Minimalism

This trend has been on the rise for years but it’s becoming even easier to implement environmentally-friendly aspects into your wedding. Using native flowers, sourcing local food, and printing invitations on recycled paper are all good starting points. Many couples are focusing on high-quality sustainable products rather than trying to incorporate every single trendy item.

The Rutherford | Wedding Invitations
Emily Bolt Photography

 

Let us know what you think will be next up for wedding trends!

– Audrey

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

Three Different Spaces = A Whole Evening of Events

Three Different Spaces = A Whole Evening of Events

Wedding day logistics are stressful! Let any-bride-to-be tell you. There are pictures and decorations and the ceremony and the reception and send-off. All of these moving parts, especially when you start moving places, can add more chaos to your big day.

The Rutherford can provide a solution to the crazy logistics of the day, especially when all parts of the day are done in our venue.

Wedding ceremonies typically either take place in our Brick Room, or, if the weather decides to cooperate, outside in the Courtyard. Both have beautiful backdrop options and plenty of room for guests to watch the ceremony unfold.

The Rutherford | Outdoor Wedding
Photo by Red Apple Tree Photography
The Rutherford | Brick Wedding
Photo by Madison Grae Photography

Following the ceremony, most brides choose to have their cocktail hour in the reverse of their ceremony—either the Courtyard or the Brick Room. This gives the couple plenty of time to take pictures after the ceremony while their guests mingle right next door.

The Rutherford | Outdoor Wedding Reception
Photo by Emily Bolt Photography

The Warehouse tends to be the most popular spot for food, drinks, and dancing. It can be set up for a sit-down dinner or flipped to a dance floor for you to get your boogie on.

The Rutherford | Industrial Wedding
Photo by Red Apple Tree Photography
The Rutherford | Industrial Wedding
Photo by Emily Bolt Photography

Guests can also float outside to chat under the lights or to catch their breath after an evening of dancing.

The Rutherford | Industrial Wedding
Photo by Madison Grae Photography

Send-offs are done from our parking lot and are a magical way to end a special day.

The Rutherford | Industrial Wedding
Photo by Angela Zion Photography

 

By flowing the events of the evening throughout our different spaces, you can truly enjoy the time without feeling rushed to get to the next place while still have distinct spaces for each part of the night.

Curious about how you can use all three spaces for your evening event? Reach out to schedule a tour today!

– 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.

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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

Who are you inviting to your wedding?

Getting ready to send out your wedding invites, but unsure about which information is necessary? Deciding what to put on your wedding invites can get overwhelming, especially when you are busy planning every other aspect of your big day! We suggest simplifying your wedding invites and reply cards by only putting pertinent information. This article by Style My Pretty gives great suggestions for what you should and shouldn’t put on each aspect of your wedding invites so you no longer have to fret!

Photo by Meredith Beck Photography 

https://www.stylemepretty.com/2018/03/27/wedding-invitation-details/