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?
Your wedding day is all about you and what YOU want the day to look like! Most couples usually put a lot of thought into flowers, food, and friends. But an out-of-the-box way to personalize another part of the celebration with your own cocktail!
Where to Start
What’s your typical going-out drink? Do you prefer a simple gin and tonic? Or something stronger like an old-fashioned? Perhaps you and your significant other bonded over a certain IPA. Why not serve that at the reception? It’s all about creating a day that you love!
Tie It to the Theme
The devil is in the details, and we love a subtle element that incorporates the overall theme of the evening.
Sometimes the glass in which the drink is served can spice up the drink and fit the mood of the evening. Tags and stirrers can also add to the visual appeal of a drink. It’s also an easy way to tie in your color scheme without having to dye the drink.
Consider the food you’re serving and maybe incorporate a drink to compliment it! If you’re having a shrimp and grits bar, consider a southern-inspired cocktail.
Advice From the Pro
We chatted with one of our favorite bartenders, Jared, from Southern Libations, about how to get the most out of your bar!
First, a bit about what he does:
Southern Libations was founded on the idea that temporary bar set ups could be more than your typical line up of beer, wine, and spirits. They found a void and decided to be the company that offered specialty drinks for reasonable prices from a bar that would be an experience for the guests who saw and interacted with it. The drinks are an important part of any wedding reception but often couples and party hosts have no idea what to serve.
At Southern Libations, we provide a unique mobile bar service and enable guests to enjoy delicious custom cocktails made from fresh ingredients. We do a lot of weddings and have been able to add a unique touch to the couple’s day with our stylish mobile bars and custom drink selection.
He suggested that when it comes to crowd pleasing drinks, everyone has a different palate so to create at least two signature cocktails.
Signature cocktails are a great way to add a personal touch to the bar at an event. For weddings, couples can customize the names to reflect their personalities. Where you really have the chance to go deeper and allow your guests to engage with your menu, is when you make a drink personal to you, your company, or the people you are gathering within celebration.
This can also be turned into a “his and her” feature on the cocktail menu. A popular example would be a Moscow Mule (Vodka, lime, ginger beer) for the bride and an Old Fashioned (Bourbon, sugar, bitters) for the groom. From this selection, guests can still do standard two ingredient drinks with the spirits listed like bourbon/cola, vodka/tonic, etc.
Full open bars can provide guests with too many options. Focusing on 2-4 interesting cocktails makes the selection easier for the guests and makes the drink menu more personalized to the event. People will be more satisfied if they can start with a fairly limited number of high quality options, and go from there.
Get Outside the Box
One unique concept that Southern Libations offers is putting cocktails on tap. Serving cocktails on draft speeds up bar service and ensures consistency with each drink. Many cocktails can easily be put on draft.
They love using Cannonborough All-Natural Craft Sodas out of Charleston—their line up includes Ginger beer, Raspberry Mint, Honey Basil, and Grapefruit Elderflower. From there, they combine your spirit of choice to the soda keg to create a unique cocktail on tap that can be served in under 6 seconds. Couples usually combine the cocktails on draft with a bubbly or beer on tap, or both.
Having these drinks ready to serve straight from the tap cuts down on drink preparation time and keeps the line moving throughout the night. This also creates much less waste at the end of the night.
Let us know what you’re thinking about for your signature wedding cocktail!
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.
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.
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?
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.
Let us know what you think will be next up for wedding trends!
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
Guests can also float outside to chat under the lights or to catch their breath after an evening of dancing.
Send-offs are done from our parking lot and are a magical way to end a special day.
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!
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!