Six Exciting Date Ideas for You and Your Hubby

Sometimes after being married for a while, it can be hard to come up with new, exciting date ideas. Don’t worry, we have got you covered heading into the weekend with six date ideas that will be sure to be pleasurable for you and your hubby!

  1. Try Out a Brewery or Wine Tasting

Who doesn’t love some cold beer and refreshing wine? Make a date night by trying a local brewery or winery. Savor the intimate atmosphere, try an assortment of flavors together and learn more about one another. Take this time to relax and unwind and enjoy each other’s company.

2. Do Something Out of Your Comfort Zone

Sometimes, couples have a tendency to live in the same routine day-by-day. While this is normal, do not be afraid to branch out and experience something exciting and new! Try a new restaurant, hang out a new spot, work out together, there is so many things to try!

3. Go to a Concert Together

Is your favorite band growing up going back on tour? Is a local band playing nearby? Go! Make this a date night where you can dance together and spend time listening to your favorite music. Leave the kids with Grandma and enjoy!

4. Find a Place to Watch the Sunset

Go and find a nice, quiet place It does not have to be on type of a mountain or at the beach. It can be as simple as laying together in a hammock in the backyard, watching the sun go down. Talk and reflect on your relationship and how far you have come and where you see the future taking you as a couple.

5. Take a Road Trip

Have a place where you both have always wanted to go? Do you have a special spot that is significant to you both? Take a weekend and drive with each other. Listen to music, talk and spend the days focusing on each other. Make this a fun but relaxing time! Plan activities together and have fun!

6. Meet at a Coffee Shop

After work, make plans to meet up and get coffee together. The stresses of home can wait. Take time and tell each other about your day and what is on your mind. Who doesn’t love good coffee and conversation?

While there are so many more ideas, this can be a great guideline to help you and your significant other keep the sweet spark alive! Let us know if you try any of these out!


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"Why I Love My Job"-Logan, Office Manger

Working at The Cotton Gin is such a rewarding experience. From touring with us to having their special day brought to life, we enjoy making wedding dreams come true. Each of us in the office have different tasks and positions that make The Cotton Gin successful. To work in the wedding industry, a person must be passionate and dedicated. Logan, our office manager, is no different. Logan works diligently to ensure that all of our CG couples are taken care of during the planning process.

“I love being a person that our couples can rely on. For me, it is such an honor to be a part of their special day. It is incredibly rewarding and brings so much joy to my heart to be there to help them throughout their entire planning journey and then seeing their dream wedding finally brought to life on their big day. I am passionate about organization and doing my best to ensure that our couples experience a stress-free process with us. I enjoy scheduling appointments, writing up contracts and being their over-all point of contact throughout the entire process. Meeting our couples, getting to know them and their story and being able to share in their happiness, makes my job the absolute best.”

-Logan Thomas, Office Manager

At The Cotton Gin, we ensure you will have a staff that cares not only for your wedding but you as well. Stay tuned for more to get to know the staff here at The CG!


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Why Have a Wedding Film? A Note from a Videographer

Often, couples who tour with us, contemplate whether having a videographer on their special day is necessary. Couples will have a strict budget and deem a videographer as a “non-essential” expense.  While photographs are important on wedding day, a video of your day is just as important. Our in house videographer, Ben Alfaro, gives you his perspective of why you should choose to have a videographer at your wedding.


“A wedding film can easily feel like just an extra expense but here is why it’s a necessity. YES a photographer is very important. NO I wouldn’t say you should hire video before photo. I feel they go hand in hand. A photo is capturing a precious moment in time but the film is showing exactly how it happened. A film brings out the emotion of every moment. The infliction of your voice. The excitement during preparations. The emotional connection of how the groom nervously waits for his bride at the alter. It’s essentially a movie of the greatest day in your life. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to have an out of body experience and watch how each moment plays out. The beautiful part is it’s a film you will treasure forever and watch endlessly.”


- Benjamin, Lafaro Creative Company


So when deciding on a wedding videographer, remember these words. A video can entail every emotion and feeling that was felt on wedding day. As a couple, you can start a tradition of watching it together every anniversary. The video can also be played in the worst times and the best times of your relationship. Video gives you the opportunity to remember why you fell in love in the first place. Classify videographer as necessary for your special day.

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Thank You to the Women Who...

“Women have an unique power of being able to look at the world’s problems and discover solutions that transform lives and make the world a better place.” -Dr. Ayanna Howard

Today on International’s Women’s Day, we here at The Cotton Gin not only celebrate the amazing brides that have chosen our venue to celebrate their special day, but we celebrate the amazing women that they are in their every day lives. Many of you are not only wives, but you are mothers, daughters, students, full-time workers and so much more. Women, it is important to remember that not only today, but everyday, you are beautiful, strong, intelligent and courageous.

Thank you to those women who are rocks for many different people in their lives. Thank you to the women who have struggled with their own battles but have carried others’ before their own. Thank you to the women who have had the courage to keep fighting even when it seemed impossible to finish the race. Thank you to the women who love so beautifully. Thank you to the women who give their time and efforts to many different things in life and still hold their family together. Thank you to the women who show their feelings and emotions and use them to make the world a better place. Thank you to the women who build other women up and not tear other women down. Thank you for the women who stand up for themselves. Thank you to the women who are bold. Thank you to the women who are confident in themselves and have raised/are raising their daughter’s to be the same. Lastly, thank you to the women who have embraced their womanhood.

We are thankful to have worked with so many beautiful and inspiring women, and we can’t wait for all the women we get to work with in the future.

She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and she laughs without fear of the future.

Proverbs 31:25


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5 Unique and Unforgettable Party Favor Ideas

Party favors may be a last minute wedding detail, but it is a detail your guest will take home and cherish! Party favors are an amazing way to connect with your guest and show them appreciation for attending the most special day of you and your SO’s lives! While party favors are important, you don’t want to spend tons of money on them. Here are 5 unique and affordable party favors that your guest will never forget!

  1. “Meant to BEE” Tiny Organic Honey Pots

This unique party favor is a cute yet simple touch to your wedding night. While being inexpensive, guest can appreciate your creativity. Who doesn’t love some delicious honey?

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2. Let Love Grow Plant

This favor allows guest to have a constant reminder of your unforgettable night. Day by day, you and your partner’s love for one another will grow. Give a favor to your guest that does the same!

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3. Simple Smores

This appetizing favor will leave guest satisfied as they get to take this yummy treat home. Just like your wedding, guest will continue to have “s’more” fun as they prepare this snack.

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4. Mini Signature Wines

What a special gift to send your guest home with! Simply buy the mini bottles, make your own label and walah! Your guest will rave about these favors when they know have wine to drink in the fridge, thanks to you!

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5. “Spread the Love” Signature Jam

No better way to “spread the love” by giving your guest something they can use on their food! This favor can be inexpensive. Make the jam, make a label designated to you and your hubs and your guest smile from ear to ear!

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These 5 favors will surely make a mark on your wedding day! Be creative, think outside the box! Give your guest the most unforgettable gift from the most unforgettable night.



2019 Wedding Wire's Couples' Choice Award

The Cotton Gin at Mill Creek was announced a winner of the renowned WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® in Hiram. This is an honor the CG has received for the THIRD year in a row! We are so blessed to have amazing clients and we have gave them the day they have always dreamed of! Thank you so much for your wonderful reviews!

WeddingWire, Inc., a leading global online wedding marketplace, annually celebrates the top wedding professionals on WeddingWire across more than 20 service categories, from venues and caterers to florists and photographers. These distinguished vendors exhibit superior professionalism, responsiveness, service, and quality when interacting with the five million monthly consumers who turn to WeddingWire to help ease their wedding planning process.

The Cotton Gin at Mill Creek received this esteemed award based on their outstanding experience working with real newlyweds. WeddingWire features more than three million reviews, and these notable vendors all received prompt, reliable, and quality feedback.

"We are celebrating our 11th annual Couples’ Choice Awards, where we honor our vendors who help make millions of couples’ big day one to remember," said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. "Not only are these hardworking and distinguished wedding professionals, such as The Cotton Gin at Mill Creek, a fundamental part of the wedding planning process for engaged couples, but they help make WeddingWire a trusted source for wedding planning. We congratulate everyone on this well-deserved achievement."

The Cotton Gin at Mill Creek is honored to be one of the top wedding businesses in Hiram on

For more information about The Cotton Gin at Mill Creek, please visit us on WeddingWire. To learn more about the WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards®, please visit



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5 Tips to Survive the Morning of Your Wedding

Wedding day should be the best day of your life. As a bride, you should not have to be stressed or worried on your special day. At The Gin, we ensure that your day goes as smoothly as possible with the help of our amazing team. Although we take care of all your needs on that day, here are some personal pro tips to help guide you the morning of your wedding!

  1. Eat breakfast & Drink plenty of water

Brides have the tendency to forget about this simple fact on wedding day. Take a breath and stop to make sure you are fueling yourself for the day ahead! No one wants the dramatics of a bride passing out at her own wedding! Eat some fruit, a bagel, toast, anything! Don’t worry about bloating. You are BEAUTIFUL. Remember that. Make sure to take care of YOU.

2. Turn some music on!

While this is a serious day, it should also be the most fun day! Get up and dance around with your bridesmaids! It’ll get help get you even more pumped up and ready for your big day. There are plenty of wedding morning playlist on Spotify! Check one out and let lose!

3. Pack an emergency bag the night before!

Here are some items that you might not want to forget on your day!

  • Hairspray

  • Dry Shampoo

  • Safety pins

  • Band-Aids

  • Clear Nail Polish

  • Mini Sewing Kit

  • Ibuprophen

  • Deodorant & Body Spray

  • Mints

  • Tissues

  • Makeup Setting Spray

4. Dedicate Plenty of Time for Pictures

Make sure you dedicate plenty of time for the pictures you desire! While your photographer will get candid pictures during your getting ready process, set aside an hour for the posed pictures of you and also with your girls. Also, try to take the majority of your pictures before the ceremony. Your guest want to celebrate you so don’t keep them waiting too long! Make sure you are there to thank them.

5. Take Time to Yourself

Although you will be around many people on that day, make sure you spend some alone time before your ceremony begins. While this day is exhausting and draining, make sure you take a deep breath. Pray, meditate and focus on all the reason why you love your spouse. Today is ultimately about you and him. Remember that above all the chaos and noise. Today is the day to celebrate YOUR love for each other.


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Relationship Goals for 2019

Here at The Cotton Gin, we see examples of love every day. Putting together your dream wedding is our main objective. Although the actual wedding day is very important to us, we also want to see your marriage blossom and thrive each and every day. Maintaining the love and spark you have for each other on your wedding day can sometimes be difficult when life is thrown your way. For this blog post, we have some advice to help you start 2019 with your significant other the best way possible! Here are 5 ways to stay madly in love with your spouse.

  1. Be loving, show your affection!

Start each day with a hug and kiss! There is no better way to start off your mornings and ending your nights with showing how much you love each other.

2. Encourage One Another

Negativity is like a disease. It spreads. When your negative, your partner will more than likely reciprocate that. It is important to lift each other up, even in difficult times. Your spouse needs to always know that they have you in their corner!

3. Make Time for One Another

Although both of you may have crazy work schedules and busy lives, it is essential that you make time for each other. Even if it is just dinner once a week whether it is at a nice restaurant or a home-cooked meal, make sure you get in that time together. Spending time together allows continuous growth in your relationship which keeps that spark alive!

4. Patience is KEY

Neither you or your spouse is perfect and it is important to remember that. We all make mistakes. Be patient with each other as well as show kindness when you feel like getting frustrated. Instead of getting into an unnecessary fight, practice open communication that is calm and understanding.

5. Be Thankful

Remember to show your gratitude to your spouse. Remember, they do have to put up with you! But in all seriousness, in a successful marriage, you are constantly sacrificing for one another. Make sure your spouse knows how thankful you are for him/her. Ways you can show your thankfulness is not only gifts but words of affirmation, quality time, acts of service, and more!

The Cotton Gin hopes you have an amazing start to your 2019 and a successful and happy marriage along the way!


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Love Never Fails

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Here at The Cotton Gin, making couples happy on their special day is our main objective. As we exit our busy season, we understand above all the time, attention to detail and the mix of emotions that go into our wedding weekends, we reflect on the sole reason we do what we do: love. We believe in the power that love holds. Throughout this year, we have seen so many examples of the beauty love between couples, family and friends entails. We are fortunate enough for all of you to let us experience the most important day of love in your lives. 

As we are entering into the hectic Christmas season, it is easy to get caught up in the chaos the holiday can bring. We often let our worry triumph the love and moments that come with the season. We worry if our gift is good enough for so and so. Will we be able to make it to the Christmas party we got invited to? Will Grandma show out again at the dinner table? We CANNOT forget what truly brings us together. Just as 1 Corinthians states, love is patient. Christmas time has the ability to test our patience to the limit. We must rejoice in the truth of realizing how blessed we are this season. Although circumstances and situations may not be ideal, take a moment and look around you. Love is everywhere.  


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The Knot Best of Weddings of 2019

It’s official! You love us and we could not be more thankful! We are pleased to announce that The Cotton Gin At Mill Creek has been selected as a 2019 winner for the Knot Best of Weddings, an award representing the highest-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by couples, their families and wedding guests on The Knot,  the leading online wedding brand and app. This is the third year in a row that The Cotton Gin has received this award.

According to The Knot, winners represent the best of the best wedding professionals that a bride or groom would want to consider booking for their own unique wedding. To determine the winners, the online wedding brand assess over three million reviews across the various vendor categories—venues, musicians, florists, photographers, caterers and more. Again, thank YOU for making this possible once again! We love and appreciate all of amazing clients and are looking forward to the future!


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Welcome Back

After some time not posting, we at the Cotton Gin are proud to announce we are back with our blog posts! Our blog posts will feature wedding/marriage advice, tips for your wedding day, DIY projects, recipes, introductions to our staff and much more. We can’t wait to pour into your lives and allow us to bring just a touch of happiness to your lives through our words. Please share your thoughts and ideas with us!


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Questions To Ask Your Wedding Photographer

If you are recently engaged you'll know that being a bride can be a very crazy experience. It is basically like showing up to your first day of work with no prior experience. Chances are you have never planned an event of this magnitude and will hopefully never have to do this again. These factors really have an impact on whether or not you are making the right choices and you might feel like you aren't doing anything right. I can promise you that with a little research and determination IT. WILL. ALL. WORK. OUT! You are not in this alone, and you are not the only one who has ever been through this. Many brides before you have probably had those same "how am I ever going to pull this off" feelings you are having right now!

BREATH, we have you covered! 

I recently stumbled upon an amazing wedding professional's blog: Allyson VinZant Events loaded with advice and help for brides left feeling "lost" and I wanted to share with you all a very important part of choosing the right vendors for your perfect day. It might be easy to overlook exactly what it is you should be looking for in a wedding photographer. There is more to it than just liking their photos, after all these are the only memories you'll have left to physically look at once your wedding day is over. It is important to ask many photographers this set of questions to help benefit you and your Groom on wedding day. All photographers are different and they all include different things within their packages. 


Keep in mind these questions in your search for the perfect Wedding Photographer. On average bride's will spend $1500-$3500 on a Wedding Photographer making it a very important and costly part of your day. You deserve to know what your getting from that vendor. I hope this helps in your search. We would definitely recommend pinning this to your wedding Pinterest board for future reference. Are you a wedding photographer or recently married bride? Tell us what questions we missed, we'd love to hear from you!

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