Category: Client News

We are excited to announce our preferred hotel for Rustic Acres Farm clients and their guests!  The TownePlace Suites is conveniently located in Grove City with an 8 minute drive from the farm, and a minute walk to the Prime Outlet Mall!  The newly constructed hotel offers modern amenities, large square footage rooms, and trendy industrial accents.  With a variety of room styles to choose from, this extended stay hotel provides a selection for everyone! A daily breakfast buffet, swimming pool, fitness center, free wifi and business center are just a few of our favorite amenities they have to offer.  

Why are they our preferred hotel you may ask?  ​The TownePlace Suites offers generous wedding discounts to Rustic Acres Farm clients, and is the only hotel in the Grove City area {as of publication} that will offer room blocks!  This is a great convenience for you and your guests, and offers peace of mind during your planning process.  And that makes us happy too!

JPC Event Group and Rustic Acres Farm have an exciting Give Away for one lucky couple!

 

Would you like a chance to win a free nights stay {$200 value} at the TownePlace Suites?! We want to see your wedding count down! Go to your favorite social media platform {Our’s is Instagram, but we enjoy Facebook and Twitter too!}, share a creative photo of how you are counting down the days to your “I Do’s” and tag @rusticacresfarms & @jpceventgroup. Be sure your profile is set to public and use the hashtag #RAFMoments so we are sure we see your entry {you can also send us a screenshot to our Direct Messages or to your Catering Manager}! Make sure you are following Rustic Acres Farm and JPC Event Group on Instagram so you don’t miss updates on the contest!

 

We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

{Below are some fun suggestions}

We love sharing the beautiful, happy, well put together weddings that are hosted at the farm on our blog!  It’s a chance for us to revel in your happiness, and share our pleasant memories of the day.   Lately, though, it has been feeling like perhaps we should share some of our experiences as a staff at Rustic Acres also.  

Just as our clients, our team of venue coordinators, event planners, floral staff, service attendants, chefs, farm property owners, and inventory managers all have families and commitments outside of the work week that we enjoy and long to participate in.  We also have feelings and desire to do our jobs well.  We have accepted that we will be giving up many weekends, holidays and special milestones of our own to ensure that our clients have the best days of their lives.  With that said…

Please know that when your vendors scream at us because they want earlier access to the farm, or your guests enter the restricted horse pasture and throw drinks on us because we ask them to stop riding the horses bareback, these aren’t high points of our day or our task of making your wedding day the best it can be.

When we enter the bridal cottage after you exit for the evening faced with a sea of your trash and debri that couldn’t even be placed in a trashcan, or you felt inclined to “take” the champagne glasses and dishes that we provide in the kitchenette or the art off the wall that was custom painted for us by a previous client home with you, that doesn’t make us grateful that we worked super hard through heat, rain or other conditions to ensure everything was perfect.  

When you and your guests speak to us as if we do not deserve courtesy, or your father drunkenly berates us because last call is over and the bar has been closed for clean-up, we are often left to second guess our choice to dedicate ourselves to celebrating others and their happiness.

When your bridal party thinks it would be hilarious to unlock the cow pasture gate and “encourage” the cows to flee in fear, we are not toasting your nuptial love while searching the neighboring fields and forests in the dark.  

When you or your guests throw drinks, hot cups of coffee, hot candle wax, and trash over the sides of the barn deck railing and hit us while we go about our duties below, or your guests crash their vehicles into the farm security fence and bend the post, breaking the opening mechanisms, and then drive away leaving us to discover it later when you need out of the drive, we aren’t really compelled to maintain our sense of joy in celebrating with you.

It’s the law of cause and effect it seems.  So please… wedding guests, industry vendors, and client hosts alike, let’s all celebrate to the best of our abilities and remember that we are all human.

For more on this subject:

           Confessions of Wedding Planners

5 ways to get the best out of your vendors

           What If Your Wedding Vendors Reviewed You?

 

How To Be a Gracious Bride

 

Do’s and Don’ts for Wedding Guests

 

 

 

 

That’s right, Rustic Acres Farm has a Monthly Newsletter! Every month, we bring you the juicy details of all things Rustic Acres. Our newsletters answer the burning questions of our newest couples, updates on the latest trends we are seeing, tasty menu items, real wedding stories and so much more!

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At Rustic Acres Farm and JPC Event Group, we know that wedding planning can be daunting at times with the mountain of decisions and selections there are to make, as well as creating a cohesive reflection of your wedding dreamscape.  And also that the “behind the scenes” world of wedding planning is not a universe most brides exist within and therefore appreciate as much education as possible to ensure a great experience on their wedding day.  Because of this, we try to be an advocate for our clients by providing information and knowledge to help you in your decision making process to ensure a smooth wedding day.  That said, one of the concerns that seems to arise frequently among wedding couples is the question “Do we need a wedding day coordinator?”  Many couples write to us for our opinion on the matter due to the fact that JPC provides a Venue Coordinator for each wedding at the farm and they then feel that means they should not need any additional coordination services.

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Dave DiCello

By definition, a Venue Coordinator is not a wedding planner.  The job of the venue coordinator is to plan your space diagram and table layout with you for the ceremony and reception locations, design a delicious catering menu with you for all in attendance to enjoy, oversee set up of the space from an equipment stand point, coordinate vendor delivery times into the space and assist if they need anything during their delivery, order linens and apply them to your tables, oversee the food service aspect of the day, assist with any venue related needs {electricity, bathroom, elderly or disabled guest transport from the parking area}, adherence to the venue policies and guidelines, and that the space is properly closed at the end of the night. 

In contrast, a Wedding Coordinator works solely for you, not the venue.  It is their job to anticipate your needs, assist with décor or DIY projects as covered in the scope of their contract with you, ensure your day flows seamlessly, liason between you and your third party professionals providing services at your event, and attend to the personal needs of you and your family.  Additionally, they often assist with seating charts, ceremony coordination to ensure everyone is in the right place at the right time, photography assistance in gathering the proper family and friends at the right spot for your photographer to be able to do their job in a timely and creative manner without having to focus on finding people, and a host of other things from attending to your personal belongings at the end of the event, to sending off the last guest in the hotel shuttle. 

At Rustic Acres Farm, our preferred Event Planning and Coordination professional is the team at Garnish Event Design.  They offer a range of services from Full Event Planning to Month of Coordination.  They also offer smaller a-la-carte targeted options like Ceremony Coordination.  We do recommend to our farm clients that they invest in the peace of mind and personal service that an event planner or coordinator can provide.

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For more on this often discussed topic, we suggest the following informative reads with a few side notes where our services or experiences differ…..

  • Loverly

  • Hey Gorgeous Events

  • Confetti DayDreams  {*Our venue coordinators DO remain on site throughout the entire event, and also do assist with issues pertaining to drunken guests and situations that might be a liability issue to you as the host, and us as the venue.}
  • Bridal Musings  {*Rustic Acres Farm and JPC Event Group do NOT accept money for placement on our preferred vendor listing. It is solely based upon happy client experiences, and quality of product and services!} 

 

 

We look forward each wedding season to sharing the peace and tranquility that is Rustic Acres Farm with you, and each year the JPC Event Group team and the Goodemote Family strive to increase the quality of the amenities and inclusive services that we offer to our Pittsburgh clients.  For 2016 we have some exciting new features at the farm that we cannot wait for you to experience!   These beautiful new additions are sure to add more to your wedding day and the overall farm aesthetic:

  1. New dock overlooking the pond for ceremonies and picture opportunities

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2. New wooden cocktail tables and custom vintage bars in the lower level of the barn

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3. New landscaping and lower covered cement patio for cocktail hour and rain ceremony back-up

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Photos by: Michael Will Photography