Shine as the beautiful bride you are by creating the best hairstyle:

March 23, 2015 by Grand Central Party

As a bride-to-be, you want to shine on your wedding day! Of course, a beautiful gown does have a really important role in making you feel amazing, but so does your hairstyle. If you are not sure what style to pick for your Big Day, check with the following tips because they will make the decision easier for you:

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  • Up-do vs. letting your hair down. One of the first things to decide on is whether you want to pull your hair up or if you want to let it down. This decision depends a lot on the face of your shape and on the design of your wedding gown, but in general, you should stick to letting your hair down only if the dress is more revealing in the upper part. Up-do’s look great with both “revealing” gowns and gowns that cover more of the upper part.
  • Your wedding style. Allow your wedding theme and style to “dictate” the direction of your hairstyle. Planning a vintage wedding? Pull your hair up and accessorize it with a beautiful birdcage veil – or let your hair down and curl it in the 1940’s Hollywood way. Planning a rustic wedding? Ask your hairstylist to create some beautiful braids and a “messy” hairstyle to suit your theme.
  • Leave your hair down and silky. If you want a really simple and very elegant hairstyle for the Big Day, let your hair down and have it professionally straightened. Pull your bangs on one side or allow them to flow naturally.

Grand Central Party can help you plan the wedding of your dreams. Come visit us and choose from the amazing range of wedding rental items we have in store from you! Pick your favorite chairs, tent and linens and create a wedding that truly reflects your style, personality and love story!

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Guys are not always easy to shop for, but here are some ideas for gifts for your Groomsmen:

March 16, 2015 by Grand Central Party

Your groomsmen are very important to you – and you will definitely want to thank them for being “there” for you on your wedding day. However, finding the perfect gift for a man can be quite tricky – and this is precisely why we have put together a list of tips to help you out on this. Read on and find out more:

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  • You can stick to basic “manly” things. A leather flask, a beautiful watch, a pair of stylish cufflinks – all men love these things and there’s absolutely no reason why your groomsmen would not appreciate such a gift.
  • Be well-balanced. Don’t choose anything your future bride may have chosen, don’t go for anything that is too tacky, extremely expensive or very cheap either. Try to find a middle-way and to keep yourself well-balanced when it comes to your groomsmen gifts. As long as you keep it meaningful and tasteful, your gifts will be actually appreciated.
  • If you want to add a personal touch to your gifts, add your monogram. As mentioned before though, make sure you do this in a classy way and that you do not fall into the “kitsch” area because your groomsmen may not appreciate it.
  • You don’t have to offer “physical” gifts. If you know your friends would enjoy this, you could offer them membership cards to special clubs, a day of spoil at a special winery or any other experience they will genuinely like.

If you and your bride-to-be are still searching for the perfect wedding rentals, don’t forget to stop by Grand Central Party. We will provide you with everything you need: from tableware to tents and even dance floors. Come visit us and take a look at our beautiful wedding rental items!

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Did you know you should be following some rules when planning your wedding? Make sure you are aware of the top ones:

March 9, 2015 by Grand Central Party

Wedding planning is not an easy deal – not even by far. In fact, you could write entire bookshelves about how to do it and never actually cover every single issue that may arise when planning for a wedding. And yet, there are certain wedding planning rules you should never forget. Here are some of the most important ones:

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  • Talk to your future spouse. After all, you will be sharing your life with each other from now on and talking about how you would like your wedding to be is only natural. Talk about your preferences, about the budget, about the things you absolutely don’t want to compromise on and about all the other details that really do matter for both of you. Remember: a wedding starts with “we”!
  • Decide on what kind of wedding you want. Before you do anything else (even before you work on the guest list, some would advise), make sure you decide on what wedding style suits you best. Do you want a grand ballroom wedding? Do you want a quirky, unique one? Or do you want to settle for something that’s right in between? Think about it and only then start searching for a venue.
  • No matter how much you will want to please everyone, that’s just not possible in the vast majority of the cases. So breathe in and do things your way. It may not be traditional for a bride to wear a red dress, for a wedding to take place in a museum or for your bouquet to be made out of baby breaths only – but as long as it makes you (and your future spouse) happy, there’s nothing wrong about it!

Grand Central Party can provide you with a unique (and vast!) collection of wedding rentals for you to choose from. We can rent out wedding tents, dance floors, tables, chairs, linens, glassware and basically everything else you will need for a dream wedding! Contact us and learn more about our offer!

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Are you thinking of going Vintage for your wedding theme? Here are some ways to incorporate it into your wedding:

March 2, 2015 by Grand Central Party

Vintage weddings are elegant, beautiful and they have a timeless feel to them everyone enjoys these days. If you have settled on a Vintage theme, make sure you try to incorporate it as much as possible into your wedding. Here are some fantastic ideas to inspire you:

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  • You don’t have to have an actually vintage dress, as there are many designs out there that are inspired by the vintage fashion. With this year’s inclination towards off-the-shoulder dresses, there’s a high chance you will find a lot of Vintage-inspired wedding gowns to choose from. Also, you can add a vintage look to your dress by choosing to wear a short visor veil or a “Grace Kelly”-inspired design as well.
  • Furthermore, if you want to add a sentimental touch to your wedding, you can wear your mother’s dress too (there are plenty of restoration and alteration services that will make her dress look absolutely fabulous for your Big Day).
  • Make your wedding exit Vintage as well. There are a lot of stunning Vintage cars for rental, suitable for any decade you may have chosen to inspire yourself from for your Big Day. From 1920s “Great Gatsby” cars to vehicles created in the 1950s and 1960s, there’s a myriad of options for you.
  • Choose pale pastel flowers and Antique-like centerpiece vases for your décor. Also, make sure your tables, chairs and linens go along with the theme as well. Again, they do not have to be actually Vintage or Antique (as this would most likely be quite expensive). With a bit of creativity, you can find a lot of rental items that can be turned into Vintage-inspired pieces.

Here at Grand Central Party, we have specialized in providing brides and grooms with amazing wedding rentals for their Big Day. Come visit us and choose from a variety of tents, chairs, tables, linens and dance floors!

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Here are some ways to help get your groom involved in the wedding planning!

February 23, 2015 by Grand Central Party

In general, brides take most of the wedding planning tasks. However, there’s absolutely no reason in the world why you shouldn’t include your groom in the entire planning process too! If you are looking for ways to do this, take a look at the following tips because they will definitely come in as more than useful.

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  • Planning the wedding budget. Traditionally, the parents of the bride and groom pay for the wedding ceremony and reception. However, that doesn’t mean that you and your groom will not have to create a wedding budget! Make sure you include your groom when planning the wedding budget because this way you will know which of the things he doesn’t want to compromise on and which of the wedding-related purchases he would skimp on as well.
  • Taking care of the bar. Of course, you should bring your groom with you when tasting the wedding food and cake as well – but leaving him to take care of the bar section of the reception will be a great idea.
  • Taking care of the musicians/playlist. Have your groom help you research wedding bands and DJs and leave it up to him to create a wedding playlist as well (or do it together). He will most likely enjoy this task!
  • Picking his tuxedo and his groomsmen’s attire too. You can agree with your fiancé on some “ground rules” for his and his groomsmen’s tuxedoes (for instance, including a particular color). However, you should leave it up to him to choose the clothes he will wear on the Big Day and the clothes his best friends will wear too.
  • Negotiating with vendors. If your future husband has great negotiating skills, you can task him to negotiate with the vendors. This way, he will feel great about being actually helpful while doing something he is good at too.

Searching for rental items for the Big Day? Here at Grand Central Party we can provide you with a wonderful array of wedding items you can rent. Table linens, rustic furniture, wedding tents, lighting, tableware – you name it and we will provide it to you!

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Here are some tips on why you should rent décor’ for your wedding:

February 16, 2015 by Grand Central Party

Many people choose to go the DIY “route” when it comes to their wedding day – and usually, this means that they get to rent their own décor as well. Of course, you could go for a venue that provides you with everything you need, but the truth is that renting the décor can be a great idea as well. Here are some of the reasons why you should do this instead of working with an all-inclusive venue:

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  • You don’t need a very fancy venue to have a very elegant party. The right décor, the right chairs, table linens and flower arrangements can all add a lot even to the simplest of spaces. Basic white rooms and even gyms can be turned into a truly beautiful location for your wedding – and all you need is to choose beautiful items for your décor.
  • You can rent décor both for a formal wedding and for a wedding that is more informal too. For instance, there are a lot of wedding rentals focused on rustic-themed weddings too – and they can be an amazing addition even to a simple, inexpensive barn.
  • It adds personality. If you want your wedding to truly reflect who you are as a couple and what your love story is about, renting your own décor is an amazing option. This way, you get to make your own choices and you can personalize your wedding to suit your style 100%.
  • Many people stay away from renting their furniture and décor for the Big Day because they believe that this will be time-consuming. Of course, planning a wedding can take a lot of time – but if you find a vendor that can provide you with all the wedding rentals you need, time will definitely not be an issue.

Grand Central Party holds an impressive array of wedding rentals you can get for your own wedding. From dance floors to lightning and from elegant wedding tents to rustic furniture manufactured by experienced craftsmen, we have everything you need – so make sure to pay us a visit when planning for the Big Day!

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How to Choose the Best Linens for Your Wedding Reception

February 9, 2015 by Grand Central Party

Every detail can matter a lot when it comes to the décor of a wedding – and this most certainly includes your wedding reception table/chair linens as well. Believe it or not, the right linens can add a lot to your wedding’s “look” so you should pay attention to how you choose them. If you are not sure on how exactly to do that, make sure to check out the following tips:

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  • Your wedding theme. The first and foremost important thing you should think of when choosing linens for your reception is your wedding theme. This will help you narrow down the options when it comes to texture, design, fabric and even to color as well. For instance, if you plan on having a romantic Valentine’s Day wedding, you could have red or pink table linens made from luxurious fabrics. At the same time though, if you want a rustic-chic wedding, you might want to settle for other options.
  • Your color scheme. Naturally, you should match your linens to the color scheme you have chosen for the wedding reception too. If in doubt, whites and creams work with almost everything – and they don’t have to be dull either (for instance, you can choose white table linens with delicate lace-like motifs on them).
  • Beware of the “too much”. While matching your linens with the wedding theme and colors are both great ideas, you should also make sure that you don’t go too much over the top with your linens. Remember that the tables will look quite “crowded” with the centerpieces, tableware, glassware and cutlery on them so you should make sure that everything looks well-balanced and stylish.

Here at Grand Central Party we can provide you with a vast range of beautiful table linens you can choose from. Even more than that, we can also provide you with a an impressive collection of wedding rentals that range from tents to lightning so make sure to come visit and visit us if you want to create a truly beautiful wedding!

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Have some fun at your wedding by including some games in the reception!

February 2, 2015 by Grand Central Party

Of all the events in people’s lives, weddings are among the happiest ones. Naturally, you will want your wedding to be full of joy and you will want your guests to have a great time attending it too. Aside from the “traditional” music, food and drinks you should definitely know that there are many, many other options you can include in your wedding so that everyone has huge fun. If you are searching for inspiration when it comes to this, you have come to the right place because we have put together a list of some of the most popular and enjoyable games you can include in your reception. Read on and find out more!

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  • Good old classics such as “Mad Libs” and “Icebreakers” can be very easily incorporated into your wedding. These games will get guests to talk to each other (even if they don’t know each other very well) and they will make for great fun moments too.
  • Photo booth. Rent a photo booth and everyone will be excited. But if you want them to have even more fun with your photo booth, add a twist to it. For instance, ask your guests to write marriage advice on a blackboard before they go into the booth – this way, they will end up talking to each other (and, consequently, having fun too).
  • The kissing menu. Clinking glasses and giving toasts so that the guests get to see the bride and the groom kissing – now, that is a classic indeed. If you want to add a fun twist to this though, create a “kissing menu” that will make your guests “work together” in order to see a kiss from you and your spouse.
  • Oversized board games. If you plan on having an outdoor reception, renting oversized board games can be really entertaining for everyone. From Chess to Checkers and Snakes and Ladders, almost every board game you used to play as a kid can now come in an “oversized” version too – and trust us, everyone will want to take a turn on these games regardless of their age!

Grand Central Party can provide you with a really rich variety of wedding rentals for the Nashville area – so that your Big Day turns exactly as you have always dreamed it to be. Come visit us and pick your favorite chairs, tent, glassware, China, bars and everything else you need for your wedding!

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Take a look at these 3 tips to help you create the perfect “Thank You” card

January 26, 2015 by Grand Central Party

There’s a very good reason your mom always told you to use the “magic” words and that is related to the fact that, in one way or another, they actually are magic. A “Thank You” coming from the heart has the power to move mountains – which is precisely why you should definitely send “Thank You” cards to the people who have taken the trouble to attend your wedding.

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How do you create the perfect “Thank You” card, though? We have gathered 3 simple tips to help you do this, so make sure to read on and find out more.

  • Write them down. Seriously, hand written, personalized “Thank You” cards are the best kind, no matter how you look at this. Thus, take your time and hand write every single card. No, sending out mass-produced messages is not the right thing to do, so make sure you have plenty of time to write every card by ordering them before the wedding.
  • Timing is essential. In general, a lot of wedding etiquette books and magazines say that you have up to one year after the wedding to send out the Thank You’s. However, that’s completely untrue. The best timing is a maximum of 3 months after the wedding, so make sure to send them before someone starts wondering if they did something wrong at the wedding and, as a result, they did not receive their card.
  • Your wedding vendors deserve your “Thank You” too, especially if they went the extra mile to make you happy for the Big Day. Also, remember to leave them with a  good review if you were satisfied with their work because this will mean the world to every single vendor out there, no matter what they deal with in particular.

If you are still planning the Big Day and if you are searching for wedding rentals (such as a tent or a lightning system, for example), make sure to stop by Grand Central Party too. We’ll make sure you get what you need for a MAGIC wedding day!

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Create a wedding timeline to help you successfully coordinate your wedding planning!

January 19, 2015 by Grand Central Party

Everyone who has already gone through a wedding planning process knows just how many details have to be considered. Creating a wedding timeline will help you coordinate everything so that it runs smoothly and as “accident-free” as possible. How do you do that, though? Read on and find out some of the best tips on how to create a successful wedding timeline:

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  • Start with a guest list and a budget. Before you do anything, talk to your fiancé and see exactly how much money you can afford spending with your wedding. Don’t over-indulge and try to keep this number in mind throughout the entire wedding planning process. Also, bear in mind that although there are many ways to make sure that you stick to your budget, the most effective one will always be narrowing down your guest list. So, before you even think of a wedding theme and before you even start hunting for the best venue and vendors, make sure you have a guest list as stable as possible.
  • When setting the date, try to think of one or two “backup” options as well. Most likely, you are not the only ones getting married in the same period and you will be “competing” with other couples for the best venues and vendors in your area.
  • Take all details into consideration and don’t forget to plan the wedding day logistics. Things such as knowing when your caterer will arrive at your venue’s location, knowing who will take care of the place cards and knowing who will deal with the décor can be just as important as everything else that led up to that moment.

If you are searching for a wedding tent or for any other types of wedding rentals (including glassware and lightning), don’t forget to stop by Grand Central Party. Our large collection of wedding rental items can help you save time and money without compromising on how your wedding will eventually turn out!

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