A bed and breakfast wedding venue can range from cozy and quaint to sprawling and chic. If you’re planning on having your Tennessee wedding at a bed and breakfast during the fall, you’re sure to be in for a treat! I got to chat with Deneise Lane, the director of events at Kingston wedding venue Whitestone Country Inn, to get three great tips for planning a fall wedding at a bed and breakfast venue. Be sure to also check out an earlier post where Deneise told us all about the fabulous ways bed and breakfast venues cater to any size wedding!
1. Plan your fall wedding early.
No matter what time of the year you plan on saying “I do,” giving yourself plenty of planning time will probably give you the best options and save you the most money with vendors. However, if you’re planning a fall wedding at a bed and breakfast, Deneise explains planning ahead is even more essential. She says that because fall is such a beautiful time of year in Tennessee, it’s definitely their busiest wedding season at Whitestone Country Inn. Avoid bridal disappointment by making sure you plan your big day at least a year in advance to make sure you score the wedding venue of your dreams!
2. Incorporate fall activities and flavors with your bed and breakfast wedding.
When many people think of the autumn season, specific flavors and aromas come to mind: pumpkin, caramel, apples, cinnamon, etc. Yum! Deneise encourages brides and grooms to utilize these fall treats in their wedding catering to really give their big day a wonderful autumn feeling for them and their guests. She also suggests hosting a bonfire for your rehearsal dinner or inviting your guests on hay rides during their stay at the bed and breakfast during your wedding weekend. Any sort of activities that give your guests the opportunity to get into the spirit of your fall wedding are sure to be a hit among friends and family alike!
3. Make sure you have a back-up in case of bad weather for your fall wedding.
Some of the most gorgeous days in Tennessee occur during the autumn months, but occasionally, those rainy and cold days are bound to sneak in. Deneise always tells brides to make sure they have a back-up plan if they’re having an outdoor wedding – especially in the fall. You may dream of saying “I do” with the beautiful orange and red leaves against a blue sky in the background, but just in case your day comes with sideways rain and hail, it’s best to either have an outdoor tent ready or a Plan B indoor space to keep you and your guests happy and comfortable!
Before coming to Whitestone to work as a chef, Deneise worked in catering – providing her with a ton of experience in the world of weddings! Now, she is the director of events at the inn, and her favorite part of the wedding process is when brides come up to her at the end of their big night and tell her their wedding was even better than they could have imagined. Deneise tells us that many couples come back to the inn for their anniversaries because of all the great memories from their wedding day. To learn more about this picturesque wedding venue, be sure to take a look at Whitestone Country Inn’s website, and connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Give Deneise a call at (865) 376-0113, and tell her The Pink Bride sent you!
First photo courtesy of Knoxville wedding photography company Valerie Foley Photography.
Second photo courtesy of Knoxville wedding photography company Captured Memories By Alisha.
Third photo courtesy of Knoxville wedding photography company Watson-Studios.
Fourth photo courtesy of the Whitestone Country Inn Facebook page.