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Ring in the New Year Great Gatsby-style at Windy Hill Wedding & Event Barn!

$500 prize for best 1920s costume up for grabs For one magical night, the Upstate venue known mostly for traditional bridal fashion will travel back to a time of flapper dresses, linen suits and straw hats. “I’m a huge fan of The Great Gatsby,” said Lauren Burns, manager of Windy Hill Wedding & Event Barn. “It’s why so we’re excited to ring in the New Year with a Great Gatsby-themed celebration!” Burns said couples attending Windy Hill’s first-ever New Year’s Eve bash will be in for an unforgettable evening of dinner, music and dancing. “The Roaring 20s were a time of tremendous prosperity in this country. And for Jay Gatsby, the title character in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel, it was also a time for extravagant parties. We plan...

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How Black Friday can help you save big on wedding expenses

From bridal dresses to party favors, get ready for markdowns Have you heard?  Weddings are expensive!  The average cost of a wedding and reception in 2019 was nearly $30,000, according to WeddingWire.com.  And that doesn’t include the cost of the engagement ring and honeymoon which can add another $10,000. Thankfully, budget-minded brides can score some good deals on Black Friday. “Black Friday is a great time to save not only on big ticket items like wedding dresses, but household goods to give to the bride at her engagement party or bridal shower,” said Lauren Burns, manager of Windy Hill Wedding & Event Barn in Simpsonville. At 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving (11/28) through midnight on Black Friday (11/29), David’s Bridal will offer...

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4 reasons you should schedule your wedding in December

You can probably guess the first reason “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” Andy Williams crooned in his iconic 1963 Christmas song. Those lyrics instantly became famous because they capture the essence of Christmas month which, of course, is December. So what better time for couples in love to exchange their sacred vows! “Everyone is happy in December,” said Lauren Burns, manager of Windy Hill Wedding & Event Barn. “We hear that frequently from brides and grooms who choose to get married around Christmas.” Burns admits couples that get married in December are few and far between. “December, January and February tend to be our slowest months,” Burns said. “But there are lots of reasons people may want to consider a holiday...

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What to include in your wedding day emergency kit

And why you shouldn’t get married without one Have you heard the story about the bride who popped a button on her wedding dress right before the ceremony? It happened to a bride who was getting married at Windy Hill Wedding & Event Barn in Simpsonville. Fortunately, she was best friends with Windy Hill manager Lauren Burns, who had just what the young bride needed. “She didn’t have a sewing kit,” Burns said. “Luckily, I had one nearby. Crisis averted!” Think of it as the Murphy’s Law of weddings: what can go wrong will go wrong without some level of preparation. For brides, and even grooms, being prepared means having an emergency kit. “Without an emergency kit, a small problem can turn into a big problem quickly,” Burns said. “It’s...

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Here’s why you should high-five your wedding venue owner

A peek at the hard work that goes into setting up for a wedding It’s the part of weddings you don’t see: lawnmowers buzzing, vacuum-cleaners vacuuming, and tables and chairs being shuffled—again! “Setting up inside Windy Hill Wedding & Event Barn is different every week,” said manager Lauren Burns. She’s not kidding. Chairs are constantly being moved from one side of the 10-plus acre property to the other. There are 200 chairs inside and 200 outside that must be perfectly placed for each wedding. “Many brides will see a photo on Windy Hill’s Instagram page and say, ‘That’s exactly how I want the chairs to be arranged for the ceremony,’” Burns said. Preparing the barn for the couple and their guests is no small feat either. Every inch...

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Yes, it’s okay to wear jeans and cowboy boots to a barn wedding

How rustic venues have changed the rules of wedding fashion Make no mistake, white gowns and black tuxedos are still the top fashion choice for brides and grooms. But as more couples choose barn weddings over more traditional church weddings, the rules of “what not to wear” are starting to loosen up. “Barns have that country feel. It’s a more comfortable feeling,” said Lauren Burns, manager of Windy Hill Wedding & Event Barn in Simpsonville. Proof of that comfort can be found on Windy Hill’s popular Instagram feed. If you scroll through the photos, you’ll come across grooms that decked out in light-colored tuxedos and wheat boutonnieres. “A lot of our grooms lean toward khaki. I’ve even seen a few with jeans and cowboy boots,” Burns...

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The 2020 wedding date that’s filling up quickly

Brides want it, grooms will appreciate it someday Admit it, if you’ve been married for a long time, it may take you a second or two (or three) to remember your anniversary date. But for a lucky few who plan to tie the knot on a certain Saturday in 2020, remembering will take little to no effort years from now. We’re talking about October 10th—also known as 10-10-2020. “We’ve had close to a dozen brides call and ask for that date,” said Lauren Burns, manager of Windy Hill Wedding & Event Barn. “I have to tell them it’s already booked and that it was one of the first dates on our 2020 calendar to go.” Why wouldn’t it be? Repeating numbers or dates on a wedding invitation look super cute! And Oct. 10 isn’t the only date next year that’s...

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5 photos that will have you dreaming of a fall wedding

From place settings to bridesmaid dresses, fall colors dazzle It’s no surprise that September and October are the two most popular months for weddings. “Brides especially love the coolness in the air. And who doesn’t enjoy gathering around a fire pit on a crisp autumn night?” said Lauren Burns, manager of Windy Hill Wedding and Event Barn. While cooler temperatures are reason enough to insist on a fall wedding, brides also love the kaleidoscope of rich colors associated with the season—reds, oranges, yellows, browns, deep greens and purples. “I love the different colors that come with fall,” Burns said. “They make wedding photos more vibrant.” Burns pulled together five of her favorite fall wedding photos taken at Windy Hill Wedding &...

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Getting married? Don’t forget to create a wedding hashtag

How hashtags have become a ‘must’ for social media savvy couples Wedding dress—check! Catering service and deejay—check! All-day reservation at Windy Hill Wedding & Event Barn—check! But wait, there’s more. One of the first things brides need to think about when planning a wedding is the all-important wedding hashtag. In this age of Instagram, hashtags are used not only to document the engagement, but also the wedding planning and the wedding itself. No social media savvy couple can get married without one! “Brides take these hashtags very seriously. They sometimes spend months coming up with one,” said Lauren Burns, manager of Windy Hill Wedding & Event Barn. Wedding hashtags come in all shapes and sizes. Some are funny. Some are...

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The wedding question that won’t go away: ‘Who pays for what?’

The old rules still apply, experts say When it comes to footing the bill for a wedding, most people know the cost of the ceremony and reception fall squarely on the bride’s family. “Most of the time, I’m on the phone discussing payment with the bride’s mother. Occasionally, the groom’s family will pick up the cost of the venue, but not very often,” said Lauren Burns, manager of Windy Hill Wedding & Event Barn in Simpsonville. That doesn’t mean the groom and his family get off scot-free. While the bride’s family pays for the wedding, bridal dress, floral arrangements, invitations and photography, the groom is responsible for the cost of the rehearsal dinner the night before. “That involves two separate costs if they decide to have...

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