a Bridal Show at Rural Hill??

Yep!  And here’s why.

How many of you have been to one of those big …and I mean BIG bridal shows that are held in convention centers or other large capacity venues?  I have!  For me it felt very impersonal and more like cattle herding.  I was hoping to have the chance to really get to know some vendors and start building relationships with the people who were going to make my wedding day magical.  In my case, this was not the case at all.  I was pushed through crowds and could hardly get a full sentence in with a vendor, much less a conversation.

When I started working at Rural Hill and managing our events venue, my first thought was “we need to host a bridal show!”.  So here we are in the planning process of hosting our 1st annual bridal show!  Get excited …because I am.  :o)  This will not be your ordinary bridal show.  Food and wine will be served, along with a great DJ spinning some tunes.  The goal is for you, the client, to come in our venue and feel like you’re at a wedding reception.  You’ll have the chance to mix and mingle with some of the area’s best vendors and truly start to build real relationships with them.  After all, you’ll be communicating more with them over the next year than you will many of your friends.  Great relationships with your vendors = perfect wedding day.

Our participating vendors will be available to demonstrate what they can offer to you, answer all of your questions and best of all – offer you DISCOUNTS!  Why not join us in this fun, party atmosphere where you’ll meet your new BFFs and get great deals for booking them?  And best of all …in my opinion… you’ll get to see our rustic chic venue in action!  If you love it, book it – because I’ll be offering deals just like everyone else.   :o)

The event is FREE, you’ll have the chance to win some amazing door prizes and it’ll be lots of FUN.  So mark your calendars for Sunday, February 23, 2014 from 1pm-5pm.

Your chance to win door prizes increases with an RSVP to me…so feel free to contact me if you plan to attend!  Lauren@RuralHill.net

We’re located in Huntersville, NC.  Look us up if you’ve never been out for a visit!

I Heart Weddings

October 2013 at Rural Hill has been very different from years past.  Let me back up…

In January of this year we opened our beautiful new 4,000 square-foot Cultural Center.   This is no ordinary cultural center…it is a building that’s form was inspired by the lofty barns that once dotted Piedmont North Carolina’s backcountry landscape.  It has become the focal point of Rural Hill’s 265 acre farm.  This stunning barn with its modern amenities (caterer’s kitchen, granite countertop restroom facilities, etc) was erected at the end of 2012 with weddings and private events in mind.  Even though weddings were booked as early as May of this year, October has shinned a bright light on what’s to come.

October started off with me…the newest employee of Rural Hill, and three fabulous weddings booked!  Since I am directly responsible for managing the Cultural Center I happily attended all weddings, soaking in every experience.  There is so much to do and learn!  And every bride and groom is different.

Now, not only did we have wedding merriment ensuing on the weekends here this month, but we were also managing our 7 acre corn maze (or as I like to call it – our bread and butter).  Maze attendance is quite high here on the weekends and is very popular amongst folks of all ages throughout the region.  My challenge?  How to keep a bride’s dream day exactly that; all without ever noticing the hundreds of people coming and going for our full day maze.

Wedding number one this month went off without a hitch!  It was certainly an eye opener for what needed to be done however to prevent the “maze public” away from the private wedding celebration.  Changes were made, we staffed more heavily, and wedding number two went along perfectly smooth.  By the end of the month…and my personal favorite weekend… wedding number three proved to be a huge success.  Perfect weather, an outdoor bonfire (and of course s’mores), a great DJ, and lots of dancing led this bride and groom into the night of their lives.

Point of the story – fall is a great time to get married…especially here at Rural Hill!  We’re almost completely booked for Fall 2014 with only a few peak weekends remaining.  Don’t let the corn maze or any other big Rural Hill event scare you away from a wedding here.  We are the event experts and will ensure a perfect day that you’ll never forget…no matter what time of year.

Did I mention that I love weddings?  🙂  As of now we are finished with our 2013 weddings, but I’m already looking forward to March 2014 when they kick back into gear!

Please share your wedding experiences with us!  We’d love to hear from you!