Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson Are Married!

July 8, 2014 by Grand Central Party

After two kids and a three-year engagement, Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson are finally husband and wife! They said their “I dos” in front of around 200 guests at the San Ysidro Ranch in California.

The couple took advantage of the sunny summer weather for their July 5th wedding. Of course, they had the best of both worlds, including a beautiful tent for the guests to get out of the sun. Guests were also treated to a pre-wedding BBQ at the resort for the 4th of July.


While there haven’t been any official photos released, rumors are circulating that the bride wore a custom champagne and gold gown designed by Carolina Herrera. The sense is that the couple opted for a glamorous but still relaxed wedding style for their big day.

Having a relaxed wedding doesn’t need to mean you lost the elegant glamor you want for your nuptials. In fact, many of the choices you make in decor can help set the perfect tone for your wedding. To get help creating the Nashville wedding of your dreams, give us a call today!


Photo: Instagram/Jessica Simpson


How to Create a Nautical Themed Wedding

July 2, 2014 by Grand Central Party

Nautical is always a great theme for a wedding, and one that offers a lot of options. It can be used for any style of wedding, whether formal or casual, and can give you the chance to have plenty of fun.

The first thing that you’ll want to do with your nautical theme is choose the type of nautical you want. Do you want a naval theme, a seaside or beach theme, or something that draws on classic nautical imagery like anchors?


From that decision, you can choose your color palette. Some styles will call for a dark blue and white, perhaps with touches of red, while others will benefit from the inclusion of aquas and other water-inspired pastels. In pretty much every case, though, you will probably want to include a blue tone as your main color.

The bulk of your nautical theme can be shown through your venue decor. This includes the elements you have on your tables, your cake’s decoration, and any decor you have around the room. Anchors, rope, sand dollars, and starfish are all popular things to include in your nautical themed wedding decor.

Your nautical wedding theme won’t be complete without great rentals, though. From the glassware to the tent, we have everything you need for your Nashville wedding. Give us a call today to find out more!

Photo: Flickr/Drew and Merissa

Alternatives to a Champagne Toast

June 23, 2014 by Grand Central Party

Champagne toasts are a traditional part of a wedding, but they aren’t for every couple. Whether you don’t like the taste of champagne or want something less formal, you might want to consider these great alternatives to champagne.


  • Beer: With craft breweries offering a huge selection of flavors and styles, beer is becoming a popular choice for weddings. Beers can be served throughout the reception, included as part of a tasting station, or used for toasts. For toasting with beer, consider serving it in a champagne flute or a traditional pilsner glass.
  • Sparkling juice cocktail: For a non-alcoholic bubbly, don’t feel limited to bottles of sparkling cider. A sparkling juice cocktail can be mixed together to create a deliciously interesting taste for your guests. For your toasts, consider a mix of sparkling water, mint, apple, and elderflower served in a traditional champagne glass.
  • Chocolate shots: A true chocoholic delight, chocolate shots can be created as an alcoholic or non-alcoholic toasting option. These are a way of getting a small dessert and drink all in one glass. Your guests might need to be instructed to wait when they’re served, though, as some will find a delectable shot glass of liquid chocolate too much to resist!

Whatever you serve, you’ll need the right glassware. To find out about renting glassware for your Nashville wedding, give us a call today!


Photo: Flickr/Susana Fernandez

Enjoy the Outdoors, Whatever the Weather

June 16, 2014 by Grand Central Party

With summer around the corner, it’s only natural to think about taking events like weddings and parties outdoors. While a bit of sun can be wonderful, it can quickly become overwhelming, particularly for elderly guests and young children.


Even for the heartiest guests, the heat of a Tennessee summer can get to be a bit too much after a while. This is just one of the many reasons why a tent is such an important part of any outdoor event.

With a tent, you can also provide additional cooling through fans or even air conditioning. This can keep your guests comfortable while still enjoying the great weather and sunshine. You might also find that the cooler temperature of your tent is even better for the food or cake you have planned for your big day.

Of course, a tent also provides the necessary protection should the weather take a turn for the worse during your event. With a variety of styles and sizes available, we are sure to have the right tent for your Nashville party or wedding, so give us a call today!


Photo: Flickr/bailey.foster

Give Your Guests Some Elbow Room

June 9, 2014 by Grand Central Party

Whether you’re planning a wedding or a party, you’ll need to figure out how many guests you’re expecting and how many tables you’ll need for them to sit at for the meal. While on the surface this is a pretty straightforward calculation, it can present some different options.


The easiest way to think about it all is to consider your dining room table. Chances are, it seats 4-6 people, 8-10 people, or another range of numbers. When you’ve sat down for a big family dinner, you know that you can fit the higher number around the table. You also probably know that it isn’t the most comfortable of meals.

If you add in the space you need for things in the middle of the table — be they decorative centerpieces or family-style platters of food — each guest has even less room. Suddenly that table that can fit 10 is might cramped. If any of your guests are larger people, it can be quite uncomfortable.

Many people choose to do a rough table plan before committing to the number of tables they’ll need. If you choose a table that can seat six people, such as the 48″ round table, you might not have a guest list that easily breaks itself up into groups of six. It might make more sense to have five people at each table, particularly if you have family groups that should be seated together. While you could choose to cram guests onto a table that seats four, it won’t be an experience they’ll enjoy!

When you rent tables from an experienced Nashville rental company like Grand Central, we can help you plan out the tables you need. Whether it’s all one size or a mix of sizes, we can work with you to design the reception that gives every guest the elbow room they deserve! Give us a call to find out more!


Photo: Flickr/Ruth Hartnup

Create a Beautiful Outdoor Rustic Wedding

June 2, 2014 by Grand Central Party

Few themes are as popular and flexible as the rustic wedding. It’s a great choice if you want a laid back, relaxed, and beautiful wedding theme. It’s also a wedding theme that is very easy to create with the right wedding rentals.

If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, the first thing you’ll need is a tent. This gives your guests cover from the elements, something they’ll appreciate whether it rains or you have a hot, sunny day for your wedding. It also provides more of a venue feel, allowing you a set area for your decorations, seating, and dance floor.


With a tent in place, you can begin filling in the necessities. These include tables, seating, a bar, and a dance floor. Choosing the right style for these elements will help reinforce the rustic theme you have chosen. Look for rustic style furniture such as a whiskey barrel bar or rustic wooden bar. These are functional and give your wedding the perfect ambience.

When you have these big elements, the decor you choose will highlight your rustic wedding theme. Popular decorative items include mason jars, candles, and floral centerpieces.

To find out more about creating the ideal rustic wedding style, and to book your wedding rentals, give us a call today!


Photo: Flickr/Ryan Polei

Creating a Stunning Altar

May 26, 2014 by Grand Central Party

If you’ve seen any photos of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s wedding, you know that the stand-out feature of the ceremony was the 20-foot wall of flowers the couple had constructed as a backdrop for their vows. While this might be a bit over the top for your wedding, it does show the importance of creating a stunning altar for your big day.


Flowers are a great way to decorate an altar. They are synonymous with weddings, and bring all the parts of your wedding together. You can match the flowers used in your altar, bouquets, and reception centerpieces.

To display flowers in your ceremony, a wrought iron arch is an excellent choice. This can be accented with your chosen flowers, or surrounded by blooms. You can also add matching candelabras that can be used for candles, other types of lighting, or more flower arrangements.

Another way to include flowers in your ceremony is to have a large arrangement spread over a table behind your officiant. This can give the same sort of effect that Kim and Kanye had with their wall of flowers.

Creating the perfect altar often starts with choosing the right wedding rentals. To find out about rentals for your Tennessee wedding, give us a call today!


Photo: Flickr/_katattack

Planning Your Wedding Ceremony Seating

May 19, 2014 by Grand Central Party

As you plan your wedding, the most important part will be the ceremony. After all, this is where you will actually be married. Your guests will need seating for this, and planning the seating can help things go more smoothly on the big day.

Choosing the right chairs is the first step to great seating. Find a chair that will be comfortable for guests and that is right for the venue. This includes giving consideration to the ground surface, whether it is an outdoor wedding or indoor wedding.


Good seating also requires planning for where guests will be directed to sit. Whether you have a traditional groom’s side and bride’s side or ask guests to all mingle, you should have ushers or signage to instruct guests as they arrive.

How you choose to lay out your chairs can also have an impact on how guests experience your wedding. Your Nashville wedding rental company can help you determine what is best for your wedding, including how many chairs you should have per row and how best to arrange them on site.

To find out more about ceremony seating, or to find out about the many seating options we offer for your Nashville wedding, give us a call today!


Photo: Flickr/Seth Anderson


How to Have the Best Wedding Toasts

May 12, 2014 by Grand Central Party

One great part of your wedding reception will be the toasts. This is a chance for people to get up and say how much  you mean to them, and offer their congratulations. Of course, to have the best wedding toasts, you’ll need to plan ahead.


The first step is to decide who will give the toasts. Traditionally, this would be the groom, father of the bride, and the best man. You don’t need to stick to these three, but you should decide in advance who will (and won’t) be giving a toast.

When you’ve decided on who will give the toasts, you should determine how long you want the toasts to be. In general, you should keep every toast short and sweet. While you want the emotion and fun of the stories, you don’t want your guests to get bored with long speeches.

The best wedding toasts are prepared in advance. It can be helpful for each toast to be practiced a few times, too. If you want to be surprised by what will be included in the toasts, have another member of the wedding party listen to the toasts to ensure they’re going to be just right for your big day.

For every toast, you’ll also need the right glassware. Champagne flutes are an excellent choice for gently clinking together, but don’t be afraid to have guests raise a traditional champagne coupe or even a balloon wine glass. All of these are available to rent for your Nashville wedding, so get in touch today!


Photo: Flickr/Juan Sanabria

What Should Your Wedding Tables Include

May 5, 2014 by Grand Central Party

We’ve recently talked about the perfect centerpieces and why you should use charger plates, but what else should be on your wedding table? From flatware to flutes, here’s a rundown of what you’ll need.



This is all the utensils your guests will need. Depending on the type of meal you serve, this could include multiple sets of forks, spoons, and knives. This is separate from servingware, which you’ll need for dishing up food in a buffet or family service style meal.

Glassware and stemware

Glassware includes drinking glasses such as tumblers for water. Stemware is the wine glasses and champagne flutes. You can serve water in stemware, but should never serve wine and champage in glassware.

China tableware

This is also referred to as crockery and includes plates, bowls, and mugs. The pieces you need will depend on your menu choices. You should remember plates for side items like bread, too. For the most formal weddings, look for a style that reflects this with a gold trim.

You don’t need to go out and buy any of this, though. A Nashville rental company will offer all this and more for your wedding table. To find out more about what we offer, give us a call today!


Photo: Flickr/warrenski