How to Choose Table Layout for Your Wedding

September 29, 2014 by Grand Central Party

Of course you want everything at your wedding to be absolutely perfect! This is your big day and you do deserve the very best!

Perfection comes with a long series of decisions you have to make. The long list of things to do will indeed feel endless at times, but the main thing you should know is that you don’t have to panic. Eventually, the “right” choice will come to you and you’ll be able to have the wedding you have always dreamed of!

Choosing a table layout for your big day may feel like one of the most confusing decisions you will have to make. For this precise reason we have put together a list of things you may want to keep in mind:

Typically, the bride and the groom are seated at a long table with their bridesmaids and groomsmen. Sometimes, parents are seated at the same table as well.


The other members of the family can be seated at the same table or they can be seated at special tables close to the main one. The ring bearer and the flower girl sit with their parents.

  • Long, rectangular, family tables for all the guests (and not just for the bride, groom and their attendants) are popular options especially for rustic and outdoor weddings, but nobody says you can’t have them with your indoor wedding as well! They will make the reception feel much more intimate, but bear in mind that if someone doesn’t show up, this may ruin your seating chart!
  • Round tables are the most commonly encountered and if you want to be more traditional, they make for the right choice.
  • If you want to be somewhere in between “traditional” and “modern” go for smaller, square tables. They offer a more modern touch and they will not be problematic when it comes to guests who don’t show up to your wedding.
  • You can always go for a mix of round tables, long tables and square tables as well! This will be extremely unique!

If you are searching for the perfect wedding reception tables for your big day, search no more! Grand Central Party has everything you need. Just come and take a look at our tables and pick the ones you want to rent for your wedding day!

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What Type of Tent Should You Choose for Your Reception?

September 22, 2014 by Grand Central Party

Outdoor weddings are fun and they come with a great benefit: the natural décor surrounding you. Regardless of whether you choose to have your wedding on a beach or simply on the outdoor patio of your favorite venue, you will have to be prepared for the worst as well. And the “worst” thing that could go wrong with an outdoor wedding is bad weather.


  • Don’t worry, having a tent as a backup will keep you and your guests from getting all wet in the rain! Follow the next tips and you will be able to choose a tent that is the most suitable for your reception:
  • Pole tents are probably the most commonly encountered ones. They tend to be affordable and they will do the “job” of protecting you from the rain perfectly. Also, you can decorate them nicely too! So let your decorating imagination run wild!
  • Frame tents are more suitable for windy weather and they will protect the laterals too (so that rain really doesn’t get in). Choose this type of tent if you want to make sure your wedding will not be transformed into a “pool” party.
  • Marquee tents are the types of tents you will use if you want to connect the space between two buildings or two tents (the reception spot and the ceremony spot, for example).
  • Inflatable tents are not so much for rainy weather as they are for weather that is too sunny. They will protect you and your guests from getting nasty sunburns and feeling sick if the temperatures get too high.

Visit Grand Central Party if you want to rent any of the aforementioned types of tent. Also, we have a great selection of tent lightning, accessories and décor items in store for you, so do not hesitate to call for our help if you want to make sure Mother Nature will not ruin your big day!

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Does Flatware Matter?

September 15, 2014 by Grand Central Party

Planning out marvelous big parties lies in the small details – and weddings are not an exception from this rule. On the contrary though, the small details in the wedding décor will make for the big “wow” coming from your guests.


To answer the question posed in the title shortly, yes, flatware does matter. After all, it will be right at your guests’ fingertips (literally). Choosing the right forks, knives and spoons can add a lot to a table setting and while your guests will probably eat just fine even without fancy flatware, they will surely appreciate it if they do have it. What tips should you keep in mind when choosing the perfect type of flatware for your wedding? Here are some of them:

First and foremost, keep in mind the theme of your wedding. Truthfully, even if you may want to choose really beautifully embellished flatware, it may not go with a rustic wedding (and the other way around: elegant weddings will not look great with simple, rustic flatware).

Think of the other items on the table as well: the glassware, the tableware, the centerpieces and so on. These should be matched with your flatware as well.

Unless you are planning a really, really fancy wedding reception (and unless you know your guests will be expecting it), you don’t necessary have to have an over abundance flatware. Get only those that are suitable for the menu you will be serving and everything should be more than fine.

Whatever type of flatware you choose to settle on, Grand Central Party can help you out. We offer a good array of wedding party rentals that include flatware, glassware and even tents. Furthermore, there are plenty of options in each category so that you can get everything from us and not have to worry about working with multiple providers.

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Make a Statement with Your Reception Linens

September 8, 2014 by Grand Central Party

Make a Statement with Your Reception Linens

There are just about one billion things about planning a wedding a bride-to-be has to take into consideration. Even the tiniest napkin and even the most remote of the flower arrangements can turn you into a pack full of stress and negative emotions.

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And yet, every single bit of effort you put into this is worth it. This is your big day and it is natural that you want everything to be absolutely perfect. Take your time, don’t rush and don’t make compromises because you really do deserve the kind of wedding you have always dreamed of.

Your reception linens may not be the first on your list of planning priorities, but they should definitely be there (especially since the linen is going to be noticed by every guests who sits at a table). Also, remember that you can beautify even the simplest location if you choose the right décor for your wedding and, together with the flower arrangements your linens will play an important role.

How do you make a statement with them? Here are some tips on how to choose linens suitable for your wedding:

  • Don’t be afraid to be daring. Truly, everything from sparkly gold to the purest of the whites works. Allow yourself to be creative!
  • Summer weddings work especially well with bright colors, but this is not a rule
  • Winter weddings look very good with dark greens, blacks, purples and silver-y colors too
  • Fall weddings can borrow the colors of the season for the linen too
  • Spring weddings work perfectly with greens and pastels
  • If you would rather play around with the other decorations, choose white or cream-colored linens
  • Make sure you take into consideration the fabric as well and that it goes well with the rest of the wedding décor. You can choose to be a bit non-conformist and to make a real statement by choosing corduroy, burlap or other “unusual” wedding fabrics.

Grand Central Party can provide you with linens you will love. Since we have a very wide variety of them available for your special day, you can choose that which is most suitable for your ideal wedding ideas and for your style. Come take a look and you’ll surely find what you are searching for!

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Choosing the Perfect Venue

September 1, 2014 by Grand Central Party

Weddings are more than just big parties – they are celebrations of family, commitment and love. They all look nice and perfect but behind the big moment there are hours and hours of planning and thinking and decision-making. Being a bride is not an easy thing, you see!

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Choosing the perfect venue for your wedding is one of the most important decisions you will have to make. Aside from the dress and the cake, this choice will be a huge factor in the way your wedding turns out – so you really, really need to pay a lot of attention to every tiny detail. If you haven’t made up your mind yet, here are some things that may help you narrow down your list of options:

  • Where is the venue located? Is it accessible to all your guests? If not, can you help them with transportation? You definitely don’t want anyone to miss out on your big day simply because they could not find any way to get there!
  • Will your wedding be themed in any way? If yes, will the venue be suitable for your theme? A huge ballroom will be a stunning choice for a luxurious, fancy or more traditional wedding, but it may not be that good of an option for a rustic wedding, for example.
  • Do you want your wedding to take place indoors or outdoors? Some venues can offer both options, while others will focus specifically on one of them.
  • Can the venue of your wedding help you with other wedding-related issues? For instance, there are some places that can offer catering services too – which would probably take one stingy issue off your to-do list.

Focus on selecting the right venue and don’t worry too much about the furniture, glassware and tents because Grand Central Party can provide you everything you need in terms of rentals, so that you don’t have to run around for every chair and every champagne glass!

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Rustic Furniture for Your Wedding Reception

August 25, 2014 by Grand Central Party

Rustic Furniture for Your Wedding Reception

Your wedding day is a big moment and everybody around you knows just how much effort you are putting in making sure that all the details come together harmoniously. Truth be told, there’s a lot of planning to do when it comes to such important events and every tiny thing will matter.

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If you have already chosen your location, but if you have no idea how to decorate it, start with the furniture. Rustic furniture could be one of the best options possible and there are multiple reasons many brides-to-be choose it. Here are some of these reasons:

  • Rustic furniture adds “warmth” to a party. Especially if you don’t want to go very formal with your wedding, this kind of furniture will make everything seem more “home-like” and friendlier for your guests.
  • Rustic furniture is an original idea. When everybody’s choosing luxury (and would much rather choose golden tables if they had the chance to), you choose the beauty behind simplicity. The wood, the simple and beautiful color of it and the great feeling it gives can really go a long distance when it comes to weddings!
  • Don’t be fooled into the idea that this kind of furniture is just for the countryside and that it has no appeal when it comes to its appearance! Rustic furniture can be combined with fancy décor so that it makes for a wonderful and stylish wedding location as well.
  • If you are planning a vintage-inspired wedding, rustic furniture can provide you with the grounds from which you should start building the décor. Unless you want to go for antiques (or at least antique-inspired furniture), the rustic style can suit your vintage wedding very well!

Visit Grand Central Party and learn about our wide selection of wedding and party rentals. We offer quality rustic furniture at affordable prices, as well as everything else related to the furniture, glassware and staging for your wedding!

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Reception Chairs to Fit Your Budget

August 18, 2014 by Grand Central Party

Reception Chairs to Fit Your Budget

There is absolutely no trace of doubt over the fact that weddings are really important in people’s lives. A wedding is more than just a fancy party and some jolly guests. A wedding is a celebration of love, life and new beginnings – and this is precisely why we all love them so much.

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If you are trying to organize your wedding as neatly as possible, then you probably know that the list of things that have to be handled seems almost endless. From the wedding cake to each olive served with your martinis and from the wedding dress to the flower arrangements, there is a huge number of things you have to deal with. And, although you may have not worried too much about this, the reception chairs are among these things.

Believe it or not, stylish reception chairs do not have to make you break a bank. In fact, if you are creative enough, you can make even the simplest of chairs look like torn out of wedding-related magazines. Here are some tips on how to invite your guests to take a seat on chairs that look absolutely stunning:

  • Don’t go for very complicated chairs if you know that your budget does not allow it. Simple black or white chairs can work wonders when decorated properly.
  • Satin and silk are probably the most popular choices when it comes to what the chairs are covered with, but they are really not the only options you have. For instance, burlap and some soft pastel fabric can look stunning when combined and they can make for great chair decorations.
  • Whatever kind of cover you choose for your reception chairs, make sure it goes with the rest of the décor as well. For example, burlap will look very good in a shabby-chic décor or in a décor inspired by nature or beaches, but it will not look so good if you are throwing your wedding party in a luxurious hotel restaurant with huge chandeliers hanging from the ceiling.

To take a look at the variety of chair rentals we have in store for you and to see other wedding organization-related solutions, do visit Grand Central Party. We have everything from chairs to two superb venues for your wedding so you can really seek for our help when organizing your wedding gets too stressful and you want everything in one place!

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Engagement party must haves

August 12, 2014 by Grand Central Party

Your engagement party is the prequel to the main event; a chance for both sides of the family to meet under joyous circumstances, and a low-pressure get together before the stress of wedding planning sets in.


In order to make sure your engagement party goes off with a bang, just follow our handy checklist of engagement party must haves.

1. Alcohol

Ok, so you may not want to unleash your friends on a free bar, but you need to make sure that everyone has a glass of something sparkling when it is time for the toast. Make sure you have a choice of sparkling cider as well as Champagne (or Prosecco if you’re on a budget).

2. Games

The engagement party will be the first time that many members of the two different families meet, so plan a couple of fun icebreakers to get people chatting. Classic games such as Pictionary or MadLibs are fun for all ages, but if you want to go a little more risqué, try whipping out Cards Against Humanity.

3. Food

Save money by treating your guests to a buffet, and reduce the stress of hosting by hiring a catering company to cook, set up and serve a variety of snacks. At around midnight, order in pizza or burgers for your remaining guests, to soak up some of that alcohol, and save a few sore heads in the morning!

4. Carriages

Make sure your guests get home safe by hiring cars to pick them up and take them home safely. An added bonus is that you can set the end time for the party by simply announcing that the cars have arrived.

5. Party favors

Send guests home with a smile by giving them a small party favor to remind them of your big night. This can be as simple as a personalized chocolate bar, or as generous as a bottle of wine.

For a great choice of party favors, and other engagement party essentials, check out Grand Central Party in Nashville.

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How to keep your wedding guests involved at your reception

August 7, 2014 by Grand Central Party

Planning a wedding in Nashville is fun considering we have the best entertainers in the world.  But what if you didn’t hire a wedding planner and the burden of making sure your guests have a good time falls on you? Have no fear!  Grand Central Party Rental is here with some advice!

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Below you will find some tips on how to keep your wedding guests involved and having a good time:

  • Employ a DJ – If the crowd starts to look bored a great DJ will pump everyone back up with fun, interactive games and music.  Just as wedding decorations work to create the mood for the wedding, so does wedding music. Of course, hiring a great DJ takes work and effort.  Don’t worry, we have a list of preferred DJ’s that we’ve worked with in the past who will certainly keep your wedding hopping
  • For most people a wedding is synonymous with music and dancing, and every time they hear about a wedding the first thing that comes to mind is dancing and partying at the wedding reception. While this is true for most people it is important to consider during the wedding planning stage, that that some people are not dancers. Such guests require a different form of entertainment. One great idea in this regard is to have pictures of earlier events of the day incorporated into the wedding decorations at the reception. As people move around looking at different pictures of the bride and groom as well as other guests, they get a way to break the ice and start conversations with strangers.


Everyone wants their wedding to be the talk of the town for all the right reasons. Having a fun and entertaining wedding reception is bound to make a lasting impression. If you need some ideas on how to pull off a really great wedding reception, get in touch with us.  Since we provide wedding tents and other rental items for Nashville weddings and events we’ve worked with several great Nashville wedding professionals that we can highly recommend to you.

Groom Surprises Bride with Flash Mob and Song at Wedding

July 28, 2014 by Grand Central Party

As a wedding and party equipment rental store in Nashville we often peruse the internet for fun and exciting weddings and event to share with our blog readers in hopes to provide some inspiration for their own event.

So while we were perusing YouTube today we found this really fun video taken at a wedding where the groom surprised his bride with a song and flash mob. He plotted and planned with their wedding party and many guests months before the wedding to pull this off.  The brides reaction is priceless!

What is the point of us sharing this video with you?  Not only is it a great idea for your own wedding but it’s a great reminder as to how important a dance floor is.  Many wedding venues, especially outdoor ones, don’t have dance floors.  In order to pull something like this off you must have a designated place for everyone to meet.  A dance floor does that.

If you’re still looking for a dance floor for your Nashville wedding, why not rent one from our selection.

So what did you think of the video?  Pretty cool idea?