Hip Rehearsal Dinners

Let’s talk rehearsal dinners. They’re like the pre-party where your favorite people all get together and hang out for a few hours.

If your wedding is at Spring Lake, you’ll have 2 hours to kick off your wedding weekend with the rehearsal on Friday. You’ll all go over the schedule and practice walking down the aisle in perfect timing. That will probably take all of 30 minutes (unless you’re dealing with pre-partying groomsmen or bashful flower girls). That still leaves over an hour for more festivities!

You’ll probably want to feed those people who have been so kind to spend time and money preparing for your wedding (think: dress/suit, shoes, lodging, travel, an entire weekend dedicated to you and your fiancé). You could take them to a nearby restaurant, but let’s be honest; that’s so 2005. Why not bring in a food truck and feed your peeps in style?

That’s right. A food truck. They’re totally hip right now and you can get all kinds of food options. Loving mexican? There’s a food truck for that. Classically southern barbecue? Yep, one for that. Hot dogs, you say? Check! If you’re a local Atlantan, you probably already know about the Food Truck Park. All those trucks have a route they carry and if you ask, they just might swing by your rehearsal to dish out their delectable fares. And if one of those don’t suit your fancy, these guys might be able to help you find the perfect fit. Their mission is to bring the food truck culture to Atlanta, and they have an entire page dedicated to food truck catering.

It’s so easy to bring in a food truck, too. They bring all the necessary paper goods and utensils (if there are any), and truck right out leaving nothing but tire tracks. They’re used to the mobility and know how to handle a crowd. They usually don’t even need power, so you can park them anywhere!

And if you don’t mind us going off topic for a second…what about using a food truck for your wedding sweets? If you’re looking for a traditional wedding cake alternative, there are food trucks out there who specialize in sweet treats. Cupcakes are another fun wedding trend at the moment, and yep, you guessed it! There’s a food truck for cupcakes, too! Been to Italy (or not) and love gelato but looking for a Southern version?? How about hiring honeysuckle gelato for a post cake cutting treat? Gourmet popsicles for a hot summer wedding? Yes!!! And this is only scratching the surface!

And, if this entire post has you so excited to have a food truck host your venue, but you aren’t sure 2 hours is enough to rehearse and eat, you can always add on an extra hour and table/chair setup for $250. That comes out 3 totally awesome hours to hang out with your greatest and closest friends and family.

We’re loving this trend so much because it’s easy for brides and grooms (and their families who might be paying for part of it) to have an easy, but delicious, rehearsal dinner (or wedding dessert) experience.

Fall Aisle Decoration Inspiration

Check out this pin we found on Pinterest of an aisle design. Did you know you could totally do this at Spring Lake?! We even have awesome vintage pews, a cedar arch, and a lake to enhance the whole scene. Let’s chat about how to achieve this look. What d’ya say?

First off….did you know you can rent stuff for weddings. Think beyond the normal chairs and tables scenario (you don’t really need to rent those here at Spring Lake, anyway because they’re already included). Think antique furniture, darling vintage accents, amazing fabric, or super fun props for your theming.

Yep. That’s right, and even old whisky barrels. Or wine barrels. Or probably even cracker barrels. And to make the deal even sweeter, rental prices usually aren’t so bad. And if you find a good company, they’ll deliver and remove the item for you. Awesome!!!! One less thing to worry about on your wedding day (or the day before).

And instead of using two barrels at the front of the aisle, you can just use our cedar arch to hold the floral arrangements. That means you could just rent two barrels, then use our cedar arch (More dollars saved there!). That only leaves the flowers now!

The next step to getting this look (after you pick out your two barrels) is to give our florist a ring. That’s right. She’ll help you pick out the perfect southern fall floral palette. Going off this photo, we’re guessing she’ll suggest some classic fall yellow mums to line the aisle (maybe drop them into some cool apple baskets or something?). That would make it so you could use the shepherd hooks for lanterns with candles. Since it is fall, you’ll probably want to give off a warm and comforting vibe, and candles are just the trick!

After you get the aisle design figured out, she’ll probably ask if you want peach roses as the base for your bouquet (like the flowers on the barrel to the right). Then she’ll work her magic and make the other large floral elements to adorn the front and back of the aisle with some deep wine red accents, creamy yellow bursts of color, and a subdued peach to soften the arrangements and complement the other flowers in your palette.

And one last thing to think about is what kind and color of petals will your flower girl drop down the aisle? Maybe you want to make it more southern casual and use the mums as the dropped flowers. They would look like adorable little yellow buttons sprinkled down the aisle. Or if you want it to be a more elegant affair, you might want to go with the peach roses like you have in your bouquet. But we’re thinking your best bet would be to leave it up to our florist. She’s a total expert and will know just the perfect flower and color for every element.

Our latest review

Our most recent review says so much about what makes Spring Lake such a special place. Have a quick read for yourself…

“If you are looking for a traditional wedding venue with typical wedding furniture and décor than Spring Lake Events is NOT for you.

Spring Lake Events is a venue with unique characteristics that only mother nature could provide. From beautiful sunsets, to earthy trees, to acres of manicured grass, to the rippling water of the lake, this venue will set your wedding apart from any other wedding you or your guest will ever attend. All of our guest felt as if they were on a retreat.

At Spring Lake, God has already done most of the decorating, so even if you don’t bring a single candle or vase to the venue, your wedding will still be beautiful. Not to mention, the venue management team works overtime to ensure you have the wedding you’ve dreamed of.

Sabrina Bawuah (On AtlantaBridal.com)”

Sabrina’s so right. While we know we’ve put a lot of time and effort into making Spring Lake an amazing wedding venue, we have to give a lot of the credit to God’s awesome design skills. We’ve got this awesome piece of property that was here long before we were. We’ve made a few changes along the way that makes it look the way it does today, but it’s a gorgeous place. And most likely a holy place. There are so many lives that change right there under our cedar archway, so many promises, vows and covenants exchanged here. It must be holy. There’s a peaceful, serene feeling here, and that’s the way we like it.

And Sabrina said it right when she said you don’t even need decorations. We’ve got rustic, vintage, nature, eco-friendly, elegant, and dreamy wrapped up all into one! We’ve added in lots of spaces around the venue that create places for your friends and family to make memories. Sure, you can bring your decorations (believe me, we loooove to see what you’ve always dreamed of come to life!!), but don’t forget that it’s the memory you’ll be walking away with at the end of your big day. You’ll have memories of kissing under the cedar archway. Your guests will remember seeing the smiles and grins on your faces during your first dance. And your parents will probably talk about it all the way home. They’ll talk about how great it was to see everyone, and how perfect the venue was. ;)

Photography by Paris Mountain Photography

And when things settle down for you, you’ll probably have a few amazing memories from your day. Where do you want to make them? By the fireplace roasting s’mores and chatting with your favorite people under the stars? Sitting in the lawn down from the reception barn, holding your sweethearts hand after a sweet piece of cake? Out kissing by the old truck? Dancing the night away in the reception barn? Hanging your feet off the dock in the late afternoon?

Wherever and however you want to make memories on your wedding day, we’ve got the place.

Wedding Bouquet Before & After

In case you didn’t know, one awesome member of our team is an amazing florist! She’s been creating floral arrangements for, well, a long time. She’s worked for other venues in the past that we know you’ve heard of, but she’s ours now! And she’s doing amazing work for our weddings.

If you choose to purchase one of our wedding packages, we’ve already included all of the basics you’ll need for your wedding day. Not only that, but our florist is more than happy to customize a floral collection for you. Not a big fan of roses, let her help you select an arrangement you love. We’re particularly fond of Hydrangeas, English Roses, and Anemones, but you can choose what you like. And if you are a big fan of roses, but want more than what the basics cover (tables? end of aisle decorations? cedar arch adornment?), just let us know. Our florist can take care of anything your heart desires. In the floral department, at least. ;)

We wanted to share one of her recent bouquets for a wedding we had here just a few weeks ago. She was kind enough to take some progress photos of the gorgeous creation. Let’s have a look!

First, she gathers all her goodies. There’s so much variety of types of flowers, greenery and other things (that I am not sure exactly what they’re called). I’m pretty sure if I sat down with a pile of things to make a bouquet, it would be a bunch of different kinds of flowers and maybe some ribbon (if I was on my game that day). This amount of variety in the photo below is the sign of a true professional. She has just the perfect amount of flowers, a variety of textures, colors, and sizes of items.