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Festive Last-Minute Features to Elevate Your Holiday Wedding

Christmas is the most magical time of the year: twinkling lights, beautifully decorated trees, and festive fun. With so much magic in the air, it only makes sense to plan your wedding around the holiday season. Elevate your Christmas wedding with these last-minute festive features that will make your big day even more special. 

Festive Entry Décor 

The entryway is the first thing your guests see as they walk into your venue. Place a holiday-themed welcome sign at the entrance, spray fake snow on your entryway greenery, or even hang Christmas ornaments around an archway and use that as the focal point for your guest entryway. 

Sleigh Ring Carrier 

Get creative with how your ring bearer presents the rings! Buy a tiny Christmas sleigh from a craft store and decorate it yourself, or buy a sleigh décor piece that’s already beautified. Then place the rings in the sleigh and have your ring bearer present the sleigh when it comes time to seal the deal. 

Jingle Bell Party Favors 

Nothing says festive weddings more than jingle bells! A jingle bell party favor gives guests something fun to use during your wedding—aka a way to literally ring in your celebration. Place the jingle bells at your guests’ place setting and attach a name tag to the bell’s ribbon. 

Snowy Send-Off

While most weddings utilize sparklers or confetti during the couple send-off, snow would make the send-off even more festive! Fake snow is cheap, and you can easily dump it into mini pails for each guest. Snow would elevate the feeling of your Christmas wedding and make for beautiful photos. 


Which festive feature above will you use as Christmas wedding inspiration for your big day? Happy Holidays and congratulations from Rural Hill Farm!

Your Nashville Hallmark Weekend Is Here 

Music City comes alive during the holiday season. Christmas is one of the most beautiful times of the year to visit Nashville, Tennessee. From viewing lights and decorations to browsing holiday markets and seeing Christmas concerts, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Nashville during Christmas to create a picture-perfect Hallmark weekend.  

Jingle Beat 

Experience an immersive Christmas exhibit at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. The whole family is welcome to drive through and walk through the miles of lights, sounds, and displays that are coordinated in a seamless production. Jingle Beat is producing three themes this year: Crystal Caves, Electric Evergreens, and Santaland. 

Hallmark Cozy Christmas at Enchant 

You can finally live your Hallmark Christmas dreams in Nashville. Head to First Horizon Park from November 25th to December 30th and experience Enchant. This is an event featuring a story-themed lights maze, ice skating rink, Christmas market, and other holiday-themed experiences. Stop by their Hallmark Channel Holiday House to find unique Hallmark gifts and holiday wines. 

Cheekwood Gardens 

Don’t miss the Cheekwood Gardens Holiday Lights during your holiday visit to Nashville. Stroll through stunning light displays and take magazine-worthy photos in the beautiful landscape. You can even interact with select displays, such as the Bejeweled Bridge and North Pole Neighborhood. Kids are welcome as well. 

See Nashville’s Christmas Tree

Each year a massive evergreen tree lights up downtown Nashville. You and the family can watch the Christmas tree lighting on November 28th or stop by to take photos and soak in the splendor any time from then until shortly after Christmas. 


The Nashville Christmas events above are must-dos this season and are kid-friendly. Travel through endless lights and immersions, go ice skating, and experience a real Hallmark holiday that will be one for the books. And of course, if you’re looking for a place to stay near all the fun above, call us today or book your stay online! Happy holidays from Rural Hill Farm!

Thanksgiving Tablescape Inspiration and Ideas 

There’s not much time left until we stuff ourselves with Thanksgiving food and fall asleep to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade replay. But before the fun and feasting begin, you’ll need to prepare. Take a look at this Thanksgiving tablescape design inspiration to get a few tips and ideas for your table setting. 

Timeless Elegance

A gold and white tablescape is timeless throughout any season. For Thanksgiving, pair gold and white dinnerware and drinkware with white and gold décor. Instead of orange pumpkins or dark elements that are typical for fall, place dainty white pumpkins along the center of the table or on each plate. 

Nature and Earth 

Bring your thanksgiving tablescape down to earth with natural, earthy elements. Consider using wicker or woven placemats, earth-toned dinnerware and flatware, and plenty of greenery for the centerpiece. Dried florals, acorns, scented pinecones, and green garland along the center of the table will pull the tablescape together. 

Blue Gingham 

Gingham is a classic for your Thanksgiving tablescape. The warm, cozy plaid print looks best as a table runner with matching cloth napkins. Use a simple solid color table cloth as the base, place the blue gingham runner on top, then use white dinnerware topped with a folded blue gingham napkin

Layered Look

We love a layered look on the table for Thanksgiving. For the place settings, layer a placemat, dinner plate, smaller plate, cloth napkin, and a bowl. For the tablescape decorations, layer décor in height, such as staggering tall and short candlesticks with medium-sized lanterns and low foliage. 


Why not host your holiday celebrations at a venue instead of at home? You could put on a gathering-themed get-together at a venue like Rural Hill Farm. Bring a few decorations, your dinnerware, and food, and let the good times roll—without all the chaos and cleanup at your home. 

Skip the Cake — Modern, Fall Wedding Dessert Trends

Wedding cake is the quintessential dessert of choice for newlyweds. While we love cake, we love the idea of celebrating a fall wedding with something a bit less traditional. We found a few alternative fall wedding dessert trends that are unexpectedly perfect for the season. Remember, it’s ok to have more than one dessert! Why not set up a dessert table with a little bit of everything?

Personal Pies

Pie is the official dessert of fall, which makes perfect sense to have it at your fall wedding. Opt for mini personal pies in various flavors, such as pumpkin and pecan. Try your hand at making one or swing by Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop for all of your pie needs. They have two convenient locations nearby in Murfreesboro & Franklin. 

Festive Ice Cream Flavors

Ice cream sundae bar? Yes, please! Let your guests build their own sundae or cone, using flavors like pumpkin spice cheesecake or caramel apple. Don’t forget the toppings!

Apple Cider and Fall Donuts 

Speaking of apples, moist apple cider donuts are a hot fall wedding dessert trend this year. Pair them with homemade apple cider, and make a spiked version for adults only. Be sure to check out local food truck Driving You Donuts too! They’d make the perfect addition to any of your fall gatherings.

Macaron Tower

Macarons are elegant—perfect for your fall wedding dessert table. Stack them in a stunning tower and top the tower with dried florals. 

Mini Cobblers 

Similar to personal pies, awe wedding guests with delicious and adorable mini cobblers. These can be served warm, and they pair beautifully with an ice cream bar. 

Fall Cheesecakes 

Fans of cheesecake will love this untraditional wedding dessert idea. Instead of whole cheesecakes, opt for bite-sized portions that come in different unique flavors. Try pumpkin, pecan, caramel, apple, bourbon, and maple flavors. Your wedding is a great opportunity to showcase local hotspots to your out of town guests! One of our favorites is HomeStyle Bakery – they can make all of your sweet treats!


You don’t need a wedding cake to seal the deal on your big day. Cakes are nice, but so are doughnuts and ice cream! Which one of these fall wedding dessert trends would you like to have at your reception?

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Modern, Moody, Romantic Weddings at Rural Hill Farm

Use the images below from one of Rural Hill Farm’s weddings to inspire your dark and glamorous ceremony.

It’s autumn, and in wedding terms, that means dark, moody colors and romance. Velvet drapery over the altar, dried florals, and long tapestry candles set in brass fixtures create a visual scene that looks like something from a movie or painting. Loren & Kirk wanted to embrace both a moody aesthetic and the rustic vibe of their venue—Rural Hill Farm. 

With the deep greens of the forest, cloudy skies, and warm candlelit reception, each detail made their day extra special and felt like a dose of modern, moody romance in the autumn. Cody & Allison Photography captured each element of their wedding beautifully, from the table settings to the happy newlyweds.

As you can see from each stunning image, Rural Hill Farm served as a gorgeous backdrop for their entire ceremony and reception, merging rustic with modern. If we look at today’s wedding trends, we see that the merging of both aesthetics is quite popular. 

Many weddings we’ve been seeing fuse farmhouse, rustic glam, and contemporary style to create an ambient space fueled by natural elements, such as wood and brick. For fall weddings, rich and deep colors are popular. 

Loren & Kirk chose to use a deep orange color as the focus for their altar, which is perfect for channeling that autumn feel. Loren also used a vintage orange couch as a photo prop for her and her bridesmaids, creating a cohesive color scheme and personal flair to her photographs where edgy meets romantic. 

What moody, romantic elements do you plan on infusing into your wedding theme? Schedule a tour at Rural Hill Farm and let us help you bring the day of your dreams to life! 

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Fall Fun at the Farm

Fall has fallen over Rural Hill Farm. The leaves are starting to change color from green to rusty orange, bright yellow, and deep red. The temperature is dropping, and a cool wind is blowing in. No matter if it is rainy and chilly or windy and crisp, we always have fun at the farm in autumn! Take a look at the utter magic that has grabbed hold of our precious space.

Looks stunning, doesn’t it? A paradise shrouded in nature. When we aren’t having fun at our farm, we are exploring nearby Nashville to find the latest and greatest fall fun activities. Music festivals, food and wine celebrations, pumpkin patches, and so much more await in Music City. Here are a few activities that are on our must-do list this season. 


Come celebrate the autumnal season at Cheekwood. This is a six-week event that has plenty of fall fun for kids and grownups alike. See the pumpkin house, take a stroll through the pumpkin patch and pick your favorite pumpkin, and simply take a stroll through the beautiful oaks and maple trees. 

Goblins & Giggles 

Take your family out to Gaylord Opryland. This is an event the kids will especially love. Enjoy the hide-and-seek scavenger hunt, see Spookley the Square Pumpkin, go on a trick-or-treat expedition, visit the spookeasy (21+), and so much more. 

Lucky Ladd Farms 

Search for pumpkins of all types at Lucky Ladd Farms. Bring the family for a day full of fall fun, exploring acres of corn mazes, pumpkin patches, entertainment, food vendors, and more. 

Make Nashville your next stop this fall, and while you’re planning your trip, consider staying in one of our cozy cabins nestled among serene autumn leaves. We look forward to seeing you!

Where to Have a Birthday Party in Nashville for All Ages

Blow up those balloons and pick up that cake. It’s time for a birthday party! Nashville is a hotspot for entertainment and fun, and there are so many different places you could potentially host a birthday bash. 

While Nashville is mostly known for its bars and the Broadway strip, we’re revealing where to have a birthday party in Nashville that is kosher for all ages. Take a look at our picks below. 

Pinewood Social 

Up for a game of bowling? Pinewood Social is one of the most popular bowling alleys in Nashville that has an upscale, vintage reclaimed vibe. You can reserve up to two lanes for your entire party. If you plan to bring the cake along, reserve their dining room space too. Food and cocktails are just a few steps away inside Pinewood Social for adult-centric birthday parties. 

Rural Hill Farm 

Rural Hill Farm sits on a stunning expanse of 150 acres just outside of Nashville. You can rent our cabins for overnight stays, pavilions and party pad, or both. Walk the trails, enjoy views of the stocked pond, and host up to 150 guests for your birthday party. 

The Adventure Park at Nashville 

Both adults and kids alike will have a memorable birthday party ziplining through the trees of Nashville. The Adventure Park features multiple ziplines, bridges, and climbing adventures to keep you entertained all day. The treetop trails are ideal for anyone over the age of seven, and they have an Adventure Playground for 3-6-year-olds. 


Bring the whole party to play golf at Topgolf in Nashville. They offer packages for groups of between seven to twelve people, and each package includes two hours of play and two bays. Topgolf has food and drinks on-site, TVs, and a premium atmosphere that even a non-golfer would enjoy. 


Birthday parties are a time to celebrate with friends and family in an atmosphere of fun, love, and enjoyment. Book your birthday party in Nashville at Rural Hill Farm and enjoy all that our 150 acres have to offer.

How Our Story Began at Rural Hill Farm

The story of Rural Hill Farm—how it all began—goes back to a Saturday morning in 2012. This Saturday started like any other day, waking up with breakfast and coffee with my husband, except the rest of the day would forever change our lives. 

Shortly after breakfast, my husband dragged me out to an auction for farm equipment. Though this is not my favorite pastime activity, I tagged along to show my support. We arrived at the auction, but it wasn’t long after our arrival that my husband’s interest shifted from the farm equipment to the land that was being auctioned. 

While he stood at the auction site, I decided to wander around the land. The natural beauty of this hidden Tennessee treasure was mesmerizing, and I fell in love with the property and quietly wished to call it mine. While the auctioneer was bid calling, I slipped away to the creek that sat tranquil on the property to calm my nerves about finding out who would win the land. 

I remember those next moments plain as day when a lady struck conversation with me about the peacefulness of this secluded acreage. “Looks like the tall guy with the glasses is the new owner,” she said. For a moment, I felt a mix of relief and disappointment, knowing that my husband doesn’t wear glasses. But when I looked up the hill toward the auction site, I spotted my husband: tall, wearing sunglasses. 

From that moment onward, we have poured our heart and soul into creating what Rural Hill Farm is today: a beautiful location giving you the freedom to celebrate those special days in your life. 

Contact us at Rural Hill Farm to schedule a free tour or inquire about package options.

The Ultimate Guide to Wedding Rentals

Everything you need to know about wedding rentals, all in one place.

What would your perfect wedding look like? Would it be Gatsby glam or simple and chic? The type of wedding rentals you choose will serve the perfect details that will help your vision come to life. Here are our three steps to navigating wedding rentals and making sure it all comes together perfectly. 

First, Plan Your Vision 

First things first: plan your wedding vision and actually write it down. This involves outlining all the specifics: number of guests, indoor or outdoor, time of year, theme or aesthetic, and specific events such as fireworks or buffet-style dining. 

We even recommend writing down what items or décor you will need to achieve your ideal setup. Think of decorative items, such as photo albums or water fountains, and functional items, such as serving platters or chairs. 

Getting specific on those details before you start reaching out to rental companies will speed up the process of finding your dream wedding vendors. 

Second, Ask Questions 

When speaking with various vendors it is good to have a list of questions so you have all the info you need and help determine which vendor to go with.  

If you need inspiration, check out this wedding rental checklist by Bridal Guide. It provided a great list of suggested questions to ask your potential wedding venues!

  • Are you licensed and insured?
  • Can we view actual rental items from your supply, or will we be shown samples?
  • Will we be able to contact you on the day of our event?
  • What is included in the pricing? 
  • How much is required for a deposit?
  • When is the deposit due?
  • When is the final payment due?
  • Which methods of payment do you accept?
  • Will someone instruct us on navigating and using everything in the rental? 
  • Do we have to clean dishes, glasses, and flatware, or do we load dirties into their crates?
  • How does post-celebration cleanup work? Do we have to do it ourselves? 
  • What are the costs and conditions if any items are broken or lost?
  • What is your cancellation/refund policy?

Third, Tables and Linens and More

Aside from decorations and flowers, you will need to decide where you’re getting your table settings and chairs from. You will need tables, chairs, linens, dishes, glassware, flatware, serving utensils, and serving ware. 

Some wedding venues provide tables and linens, either for free or at an added cost. Always ask your venue if they provide any complimentary table settings or if the kitchen is equipped with serving utensils and the like. 

If the venue does not provide what you need, or if you simply don’t like what they have to offer, factor in the cost of each item mentioned above into your wedding budget. 


Have the wedding celebration of your dreams by booking your wedding at Rural Hill Farm — a rustic lodging and event venue away from it all, yet close to the Nashville action. Contact us to talk numbers or schedule a tour today!


Rural Hill Farm Cabin Rentals

What guests at Rural Hill Farm will see inside and outside your glamorous cabin.

Picture a vivid, green forest and fairytale cabins nestled under a canopy of tall Pines. A warm glow emits from each glass window, dotted on your private cabin that sits on over 150 acres of land. It feels warm, inviting, and peaceful. This is Rural Hill Farm. 

Rural Hill Farm is located just minutes from the hustle and bustle of Nashville, providing a secluded spot for family getaways or wedding celebrations. Along with a large, outdoor pavilion and outdoor stage, the property has an intimate network of five lodge-like cabin rentals built to have that rustic charm feeling. 

No matter which cabin you stay in, you will get to enjoy beautiful scenery, roaming wildlife, nature trails, and a quaint two-acre pond. 

The Main House 

Our large main cabin rental is the star of the show. Inside you will find three spacious bedrooms with storage space, along with two additional sleeping areas. This cabin can sleep up to 12 guests, offering plenty of indoor space to roam and relax. This cabin also features two full bathrooms. 

There is a full-size, fully equipped eat-in kitchen with prep space to make delicious meals. The common areas lead out to a panoramic deck that overlooks a lovely pond outside. 

Outside, the main house has its own fire pit and charcoal grill. 

The Chalet 

Our mid size cabin is an a-frame with both rustic and modern design elements. Four guests can sleep comfortably in the two queen-size beds and open-air sleeping areas. Upstairs you will find a loft that features one of the queen beds. Downstairs you will find the second queen bed in a tucked-away sleeping spot. Guests share one bathroom fitted with a shower. 

This cabin features a fully equipped kitchenette downstairs, adjacent to the common area. The downstairs opens up to a large front deck that overlooks our two-acre pond outside. 

The Cozy Cabins 

Three cozy cabins sit in a row, each having the same tiny home feel. Our cozy cabin rentals feature one queen bed and two twin beds in the sleeping area, which can accommodate up to four guests. There is one private full bathroom with a tub and shower. 

Each cozy cabin has a small kitchenette and quaint indoor common area that opens up to a deck overlooking our two-acre pond. 

Outside, the cozy cabins share a common area with park-style charcoal grills, picnic tables, and firepits. 


Get ready to have the event of your dreams and book Rural Hill Farm – your rustic oasis away from it all. Contact us to talk numbers or to schedule a tour!

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