Treat Your Guests to Coffee and Tea

April 21, 2014 by Grand Central Party

When you plan your wedding drinks, much of your focus is probably on whether to have an open bar, cash bar, or something else. You might be worried about creating the perfect signature drink, too. But one thing you shouldn’t forget is to treat your guests to a hot drink.

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It might be part of your catering that you offer coffee with the dessert. Many of your guests will appreciate the little pick me up at the end of the meal, and a well-made coffee can be the perfect cap to your gourmet menu.

However, it can be an extra treat to offer hot drinks to your guests throughout the night. Whether you have an open bar where guests can serve themselves or a bartender, you should include an urn of coffee and an urn of hot water for tea. For an etra bit of decadence, consider also including an urn of rich hot chocolate.

If your guests are big coffee drinkers, or for a morning wedding where more guests are likely to drink a cup or two of coffee, you should rent a large coffee maker. For most weddings, though, a silver coffee urn is both beautiful and functional.

A silver urn for hot drinks can help make your non-drinking guests feel taken care of. It also offers all of your guests something a bit extra. To find out more about hot beverage service, or to rent an urn or coffee maker for your Tennessee wedding, give us a call today.

Photo: Flickr/Phil Monger

Spring Wedding Essentials

April 14, 2014 by Grand Central Party

It may be the most popular season for weddings across the US, but a spring wedding here in Tennessee is something very special. As the weather warms up and the flowers bloom, there are some things you should consider essentials for the perfect Tennessee wedding.

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  • Tents: You might want to enjoy the benefits of an outdoor wedding, but don’t forget that spring is also known for its showers. Keep your guests safe from the elements with a tent rental. It can also serve as a shady area if you get a very warm day for your wedding!
  • Dance floors: Even though the weather is warmer, it doesn’t mean the ground has completely caught up. Keep your guests from sinking into a squishy grass dance area with a dance floor. It also helps give your wedding a central area to design around.
  • Lounge furniture: Giving your guests something more than folding chairs is an essential at any time of year. Having a lounge area can also offer them a conversation area, something that the non-dancers will really appreciate!

You don’t need to worry about buying these spring wedding essentials, though. As a Nashville wedding rental company, we offer all these and more. To find out how we can help make your Tennessee wedding truly great, give us a call today!

Why Use Charger Plates at Your Wedding?

April 7, 2014 by Grand Central Party

When designing your wedding, having a finished look is important. One element that can really pull your table decoration together is the charger plate.

A charger plate is a large decorative plate that sits on the table before the meal. Some caterers will leave the charger in place through part of the meal, while others will remove it as soon as guests are seated. Either way, it provides a focal point at each place before the food is served.

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Charger plates are perfect for weddings because they give a sense of formality that you just don’t get with a regular plate. They give a sense of something special without having the fine china that your meal will be served on sitting out as guests find their seats.

The most popular charger plates are metallics, with gold and silver charger plates suiting any wedding color scheme. Red charger plates give a bold splash of color to the table, and can be perfect for a romance themed wedding. Our amber leaves charger plates are a great addition to a rustic table, or for any autumnal theme.

To find out more about charger plates and other rentals for your Nashville wedding, give us a call today!

Photo: Flickr / Chris Gladis

 

Simple Tips to Save Money on Alcohol for Your Wedding Reception

March 31, 2014 by Grand Central Party

When not planned carefully, your wedding expenses can turn out to be a problem for you. This is why having a planner help you take care of organizing your wedding can be a big help. You can also get help in saving money during your wedding. One way you can do so, is to limit the number of alcoholic beverages being served at your reception. Here are a few tips on how to reduce costs for your wedding bar:

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·      Opt for a morning or midday reception. This way, you can serve a fruity cocktail and your guests will not want to drink too early of the day. You can also have a Sunday wedding reception so that your guests will restrain themselves from drinking too much, knowing they have work the next day.

·      In a seated dinner, close the bar and just serve wine and soft drinks. This can be a great way you can save on costs as you don’t need to spend too much on the alcoholic beverages.

·      Know your guests. Be aware of how much your friends can drink and consult with your caterer on how you would like to be charged for the drinks they consume—whether a ‘by consumption’ plan or on individual drinks.

·      Brief your catering staff on some very simple tips to help save costs on your alcoholic beverages. They should refrain from pre-opening bottles, scooping up half-full drinks, or automatically pouring wine in a glass. By avoiding this, you can save a lot of money on wastage.

·      Replace champagne with water on the toast. Not everyone drinks champagne and to make things worse, not everyone finishes the glass of champagne they are served. You can also have your caterer make a quick survey on which guests would like to have champagne during this part of the night. This way, you can save money on unused champagne.

Make sure you carefully plan each part of your wedding so that you can cut down on costs. Call us today to learn more about how we can help make your reception more attractive with your chosen wedding theme through linens, tables, and tent rentals.

How to Find the Perfect Theme for Your Wedding

March 24, 2014 by Grand Central Party

Wedding planning is an exciting activity that does not have to be stressful. Choosing a theme is something to look forward to and one of the first steps of making crucial wedding decisions. The theme you choose would wow and impress if you pick one that has personality. The wedding planner can help with your ideas and is in charge of the work involved. It is first, and more importantly, your vision. Here are a few steps you can take to reach a decision.

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Take a Wedding Style Quiz Online 

Although it seems pointless if you already know your wedding theme, a wedding style quiz is the best option for some. If you have a several interests and ideas for a theme, then taking a quiz can help narrow down your options. The quiz does not take very long and helps you decide on the type of wedding you really want.

Ask the Opinion of People that Matter

You can take a vote from friends, family members, and even the wedding planner on which theme would be perfect. They will have their own ideas but give them options to choose from at the start. Would it be a lavish Hollywood wedding or a laidback outdoor wedding? They will share the celebration with you so make sure to include most of their ideas into the mix.

Consider Your Budget

You do not have to consider wedding theme ideas if they are out of the budget. Wedding planning is supposed to be an enjoyable task. You do not have to worry too much about pushing your finances. Go with a price point you are comfortable working with in the first place to better accommodate the wedding theme. Even if you go for a luxurious wedding theme, it does not mean you have to break the bank. A skilled wedding planner can make things work even with little resources.

Call us today to learn more about how we can help make your reception more attractive with your chosen wedding theme through linens, tables, and tent rentals.

 

How to Pick Entertainment for Your Wedding Reception

March 17, 2014 by Grand Central Party

Planning your wedding means that you have to come up with all the details on your own. From choosing the venue to looking for the right wedding suppliers, you have to be careful in picking out the ones that you will be hiring for your big day. Among the things you need to be selective of is the musician you will hire as your entertainment—whether you go for a band or a DJ.

Here are some tips to help you find one that can turn your wedding reception into a lively event:

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Get some references

You may have had some friends that hired bands or DJs in the past. If so, get some references from them so you can be assured of the type of work they can do on your wedding day. You can also check out their website for the testimonials of previous clients they have worked with.

Cheap may not mean the best

Finding a cheap band or DJ does not necessarily mean that it is the best decision. You have to be selective of the entertainment you choose so that you don’t end up with a comical performer. If this happens, your reception may turn into a disaster. Make sure to listen to the band or DJ perform live so you get an idea of how good they are.

Be clear with what you want

If there are some songs that you do not want to be played on your wedding reception, make sure that you inform the band or DJ about these songs. You can list down these songs so they can avoid playing them.

Remember to attend one of their shows live so you get a feel of how good they can perform for your big day. If you’re ready and have already chosen one, you can hire them and prepare a contract. Call us today to learn more about how we can help make your wedding reception more comfortable to your guests as they watch and listen to the entertainment you hire.

Completing Your Wedding Reception Decorations

March 10, 2014 by Grand Central Party

Planning your wedding decoration can be an exciting time, especially if you already have a few ideas in mind. But before you can do the actual planning for your decorations, there are things you need to do first. Here is a list of the things you need to do before concentrating on your decorations:

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Choose Your Venue

One of the first things you will have to do, when you’re planning a wedding, is to look for a venue. In doing this, there are things you have to consider such as the size, location, amenities, and its price. Once you have already found the right venue that fits into the specifications that you need, you can start thinking about the decorations.

Tables and Chairs

While there are venues that already come with tables and chairs, you still have to check this with your chosen facility. Make sure you confirm if they will be providing you with the tables and chairs you need along with the price you have already agreed upon. If not, you will have to take the time to rent some.

Table Linens

Other than just figuring out the tables and chairs, you also need to know if table linens, chair bows, and chair covers will be provided. If this is not part of the venue, you may rent these from where you rent your tables and chairs too.

Drapery and Lights

To complete the look of your wedding venue, it is important that you decide to use drapes or lights. You can decorate your venue with either of the two so that it will transform the place into something magical.

Your wedding reception venue decoration needs to look great and flawless. By knowing about these essentials, you can ensure that they will be made available during your wedding day. Call us today to learn about our available party rentals.

Choosing Table Linens for Your Wedding Reception

March 3, 2014 by Grand Central Party

Your wedding day is an important part of your life. Because of this, you have to ensure that you choose the right decorations that you will be using for your wedding venue. But apart from just using decorations, you also have to choose the right table linens. Even though you may not see how important table linens are, they can actually transform the venue into a magical place. You can use it to portray your theme and follow the look you want.

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If you are thinking about using linens in your wedding venue, make sure that you follow these things:

Make sure they are clean

Table linens depict how clean you can be at your home. Even though you will be using these at your wedding, your guests can see how well you pay attention to dirt. You also have to remember that when you’re picking linens, they should be neat and presentable. Since your guests will be seated around the table, you have to get assurance that the table linens you use are clean. The best way you can do this is to rent your linens from a reputable company.

Choose the color and fabric

If you already have a theme for your wedding, you can easily pick out the linen that you want to use as well. This is because you can just pick out the linens that come in the same color as the theme you have chosen. With this, you can easily pick out the look of the linens you want to use. You also have to decide if you want a simple or textured linen for your tables.

The best way you can incorporate linens to your wedding decoration is to speak with us. We can help you come up with ideas on how to decorate your tables using these our linen options. Call us today so we can get started in planning your table linens for your wedding!

 

Choosing the Music for Your Wedding Reception

February 24, 2014 by Grand Central Party

When it comes to planning your wedding, you have to see to it that you choose everything carefully. From your decorations to your food, everything you choose will need to coincide with the other details of your wedding. One of the important things that you need to prepare for your wedding is your music during your reception. Since music plays an important role in bringing out emotion, you have to choose songs that have a special meaning in your life.

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Here are some of the parts of the wedding reception where music needs to be chosen carefully:

Opening Songs

During this portion of the wedding reception, everyone will be settling in after the ceremony has taken place. For this, you can have your wedding DJ prepare some upbeat and party songs. You can also go for slow songs that will make people smile such as Frank Sinatra’s ‘Just The Way You Look Tonight.’

Dinner Music

While having dinner, you can have some songs played. You can go over the song selection and choose the ones that have a relaxing tempo—not too slow, not too fast. This way, your guests will not feel like they are being hurried to finish chewing their food.

Father-Daughter Dance

Taken as a way the father says goodbye to his daughter, you should pick out a song that you and your dad can dance along to. This is a very special moment between the two of you, which is why you have to choose a song that says as much.

First Dance

Traditionally, you need to pick out a song that best describes your relationship with your husband. During your first dance, you have to pick out a song beforehand so that you can practice dancing along to it.

When everything has been taken care of, your wedding DJ can already start playing upbeat songs that your guests can dance to. In celebration of your new union with your husband, you can party throughout the night and enjoy what’s left of the night.

Call us today to learn more about how we can help make your wedding reception more comfortable to your guests as they watch and listen to the entertainment you hire.

 

Creative Ideas for Unique Wedding Favors

February 18, 2014 by Grand Central Party

Nowadays, there are plenty of ways you can thank your guests for being able to take part in your wedding day. Apart from giving them a thank you note, you can add in some wedding favors that they will enjoy. If you are still looking for a creative and unique wedding favor that you can give your guests, here are some that you can follow for your big day.

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Soda Pop

If you have a secret recipe for a signature drink that you would like to share with your guests, you can do so with a soda pop wedding favor. You simply need to add a stylish straw to a bottle of soda pop and have your guests pick out the drink they would like to take home. This is a great way you can have your guests enjoy your secret signature drink recipe.

Homemade Granola

Fill mason jars with an enjoyable and delicious granola snack and tie a ribbon on top of it. Make sure you include a crafty label to indicate whether the snack is a savory or sweet treat. This way, your guests can easily grab a jar as they leave the wedding reception.

Regional Treat

If you have decided to go on a destination wedding to another region, you can use this as an opportunity for your wedding favors. You simply need to pack regional treats in one container and create a specialized tag for it. With this, you can make your guests feel like they have been truly welcomed to the destination of your wedding.

Mini Pies

Even though you plan on serving cake during your wedding reception, you can include mini pies as a wedding favor for your guests who are in a hurry to leave. This is a great way they can still indulge in the treat without having to stay behind for the end of your wedding reception.

Personalized Flash Drive

If you had an on-the-spot videographer create your wedding video, you can have the file shared on a personalized flash drive. You can even include photos of the wedding as well as a soundtrack list of the songs that were played during the event. This will be a great way your guests can remember your big day and make use of the flash drive.

There are plenty of ways you can make your wedding favors creative and unique. If you need the help of a professional planner, you can give us a call today.