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Thinking Outside the Box!

blog coverLooking for an easy way to dress up your event but not sure where to start? We find that sometimes the simplest solution for adding something special to your event is right underneath our nose… or wrapped around our chairs.

Linen is a great way to bring a bit of color and drama to the feel of your event. But have you thought about your options beyond table coverings or draping? Chair Bows and Table Runners traditionally are great extras you can add to your celebration to change things up a bit. However, there are several uses and techniques you can utilize with these items to take your décor to the next level.

Table runners are very versatile in their uses and have a lot of applications beyond just setting on the table. Because there is more fabric with a table runner than with a chair bow it gives you flexibility in application. You have the ability to use intricate knots, layering and enhancements because it won’t overpower the fabric being used.
Table runners are also a great way to enhance the table décor itself. Whether casually draped or expertly gathered to enhance décor pieces, a table runner lends itself to bold statements of texture and color on the table.

Chair bows have many uses beyond accenting your guests’ seats. With the minimized profile, chairs bows are a great way to secure other fabric treatments without stealing the show. With a more than floor length linen on a bar height table, a chair bow can bring fashion and function to your event with interesting silhouettes ensuring the table linen is not a trip hazard. They can also secure other fabric treatments creating a dramatic entrance or stage presence, perfectly accenting the primary fabric.

Another interesting use for chair bows is a table runner. Because the linen is narrower than a typical table runner, it gives you the chance to create multiple layers and patterns on your linen
without overwhelming the space. This is a great way to dress up and customize your table setting to give a look that is truly unique.

These options are just a few to get your ideas flowing, you are only limited by your imagination when it comes to using these items to fit your needs. If you need any guidance or would like to see your vision come to life, our expert coordinators are on hand to ensure you are getting what you are looking for and that it fits into the space you have.

 

So,you think you want a tent wedding!?

We love that idea! Tents are a great way to have a truly unique wedding day experience as you are getting a venue that no-one else will have. There are several factors to consider early on when planning for a tented reception as it takes a lot more than just putting a few poles together and covering with a top to give you the venue of your dreams.

One of the major factors to consider first is your space. Where are you going to put this tent? Will it be enough space to house everything you need?

Basic space considerations would be: the tent (and stake lines if necessary), tables, chairs, dancefloor, restroom trailers, parking for guests and vendors, catering equipment… the list could go on depending on different activities you want to have. It can be an overwhelming experience to try to plan all of this out on your own. That’s why we recommend having a site visit with one of our professional event coordinators to see your space and get a sense of what your vision is for your wedding day. They can give you recommendations on-site as well as assist you visually with a CAD drawing of your overall layout. We recommend getting your site visit in when you are first starting to plan to make entire the process less hectic on you.

Another consideration of the tent is flooring. There a few options when it comes to flooring: leaving the grass exposed throughout, flooring just the dance floor or flooring underneath the entirety of the tent. Keep in mind that if you leave some natural landscaping exposed you run the risk of tables, chairs or high heels sinking depending on the moisture of the ground.

Speaking of exposed to the elements, sidewalls are another consideration. Tents do not automatically come with the walls but can be strategically placed to protect as much or as little of your interior. It’s not usually something you think about until you see all of your hand-scripted escort cards scattered along the grass because a gust of wind came through the tent!

Sidewalls also come into play when thinking about your heating and cooling needs. Depending on the time of year you choose (and we know this Midwest weather can change in the blink of an eye) you will want to have a plan to either heat or cool your tent as necessary. Sidewalls help keep the interior of the tent at the desired temperature but don’t feel like you have to lose the outdoor feeling by covering all sides in the flat white sidewall. We have options available that have windows and doors built into the sidewalls to allow the nature to come in without being exposed to the elements.

Finally, make sure to bring your personality into the space; one of the greatest reasons to host your event in a tent is the ability to make it look how you want. With fabric treatments, custom lighting and adaptable décor options we can give you the look you want in a space that is unlike any other.

These are just a few considerations to get you started in the planning process. Don’t be afraid to ask one our dedicated coordinators for suggestions on how to achieve your vision and flawlessly execute the plan you put in place!

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We love that idea! Tents are a great way to have a truly unique wedding day experience as you are getting a venue that no-one else will have. There are several factors to consider early on when planning for a tented reception as it takes a lot more than just putting a few poles together and covering with a top to give you the venue of your dreams.

One of the major factors to consider first is your space. Where are you going to put this tent? Will it be enough space to house everything you need? 

Basic space considerations would be: the tent (and stake lines if necessary), tables, chairs, dancefloor, restroom trailers, parking for guests and vendors, catering equipment… the list could go on depending on different activities you want to have. It can be an overwhelming experience to try to plan all of this out on your own. That’s why we recommend having a site visit with one of our professional event coordinators to see your space and get a sense of what your vision is for your wedding day. They can give you recommendations on-site as well as assist you visually with a CAD drawing of your overall layout. We recommend getting your site visit in when you are first starting to plan to make entire the process less hectic on you.

 

Another consideration of the tent is flooring. There a few options when it comes to flooring: leaving the grass exposed throughout, flooring just the dance floor or flooring underneath the entirety of the tent. Keep in mind that if you leave some natural landscaping exposed you run the risk of tables, chairs or high heels sinking depending on the moisture of the ground.

Speaking of exposed to the elements, sidewalls are another consideration. Tents do not automatically come with the walls but can be strategically placed to protect as much or as little of your interior. It’s not usually something you think about until you see all of your hand-scripted escort cards scattered along the grass because a gust of wind came through the tent!

 

Sidewalls also come into play when thinking about your heating and cooling needs. Depending on the time of year you choose (and we know this Midwest weather can change in the blink of an eye) you will want to have a plan to either heat or cool your tent as necessary. Sidewalls help keep the interior of the tent at the desired temperature but don’t feel like you have to lose the outdoor feeling by covering all sides in the flat white sidewall. We have options available that have windows and doors built into the sidewalls to allow the nature to come in without being exposed to the elements.

Finally, make sure to bring your personality into the space; one of the greatest reasons to host your event in a tent is the ability to make it look how you want. With fabric treatments, custom lighting and adaptable décor options we can give you the look you want in a space that is unlike any other.

These are just a few considerations to get you started in the planning process. Don’t be afraid to ask one our dedicated coordinators for suggestions on how to achieve your vision and flawlessly execute the plan you put in place!

 

Adding a Pop of Color to Your Special Day

There are many things to consider when planning your wedding day. There’s the venue, the attire, the menu… how do you tie everything together? One easy way to bring a cohesive look to your celebration is through the use of color. Having a synchronized color palette not only enhances the surroundings, it also brings a hint of your personality into the event.

So, but how do we decide which colors to incorporate? One obvious factor is time of year. The colors of the season can help influence the look of your wedding; each lends itself better to certain colors, due in large part to availability of certain items (florals, foods, etc) being at their freshest at certain times of the year. If you choose to represent your color scheme through these items, you might find yourself leaning towards what can be found in nature at the time of your wedding.

Click through to read more about different color options…

Manhattan Wedding

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I am so proud of our rental and catering team in their ability to come together to accomplish what was one of the largest and most logistically challenging weddings we have executed.
Some of the challenges we faced:
While installing we learned that the parking lot where we were building a mega ballroom was not owned by the Kansas State Alumni Center. Since it was not owned by the alumni center it then fell under the jurisdiction of the University, and moving stored equipment.

The tent was an 82 x 100 clearspan dressed with a liner. We built our liner to fit the tent based on the placement of the lighting trusses that were specified for us. After the trusses had been placed and the liner was installed on Thursday we learned that the trusses were in fact not in the place they were originally intended to be. We had to react quickly and send in a team of sewer’s and sewing machines to remove the liner on Friday, and re- install it. They also had to manufacture several new liners for smaller tents that needed to be added to appease the fire inspector.