Holiday Engagement 5 Romantic Tips

December 7, 2017 by Grand Central Party

The most wonderful time of year is upon us. Houses on every street are decked in lights and wreaths to welcome in the holiday season. Some of you may be thinking about giving your significant other an extra special present this holiday season: an engagement ring. While an engagement on its own is an extremely special affair, we have our own five tips for the perfect holiday engagement. Keep reading- we have some fun ideas.

 Holiday Engagement - 5 Tips

Consider a Holiday Engagement

Give the gift of love. The holiday season can almost feel surreal and magical on its best days. People seem to be happier, and in more giving moods this time of year. When you are wondering what to give the person you love the most for the holidays, sometimes there doesn’t seem to be many gifts good enough to say how you feel. By proposing around the holidays, you are taking an already special time of year and adding an even more magical component: expressing your true love. Your proposal should say how you want to spend this and every holiday season with your future fiance. Add a little something extra to your proposal by doing it around the holidays.

Santa put your significant other on the nice list. Leaning into the holiday theme is a fun way to surprise your partner with an engagement they never see coming. Because the holidays are a time for giving gifts, putting a sparkling tiny package under the tree, in a stocking over the fire, or next to the Menorah can be a way to surprise your future fiance with a special memory they will not soon forget.

Surprises are easy around the holidays. The holiday season is full of parties, and reasons to be among friends. If you want to plan a surprise engagement party, doing so under the guise of a Christmas party is an easy way to make sure your friends and family can all be present after you pop the question. Don’t be afraid to enlist the help of your closest friends to make this happen. They can help misdirect your significant other into thinking it’s another holiday party as usual, until you bring out the ring.

Holidays lend themselves towards memories. In the course of a dating relationship and marriage, every moment seems important. Unfortunately, keeping up with birthdays, anniversaries, the date of your first date, the date of your first kiss, engagement, etc., can seem a little overwhelming. If you choose to get engaged close to Christmas, you ensure that the day that you asked the love of your life to marry you will be hard to forget. You will also add a little extra something special to every Christmas moving forward.

Special places are even more special around the holidays. A favorite engagement tradition is to ask your beloved to marry you in the place where you first met, had your first kiss, or some other unique place that is important to your relationship. The best part about getting engaged around Christmas is that most places, public and private, are dressed up for the upcoming holidays. Take advantage of these decorations t

hat are already in place and incorporate them into your proposal. They will add a festive vibe to any pictures that you decide to take on that day!

Whether you have been dating for a few short months or have been married for several years, the holidays are a wonderful time to show the people closest to you how much you love and care for them. If you are planning a holiday proposal, use these 5 tips for the perfect holiday engagement. We promise they will not disappoint!

Warm Up Your Autumn Wedding with these Five Ideas

November 27, 2017 by Grand Central Party

If you’re spending time at home around the holidays, chances are you have some time to do wedding research after all of the cooking, eating, and cleaning are done. November and December are both beautiful months for weddings, but the weather can be a little brisk and cold for nuptials this time of year. Never fear- read on to find out how you can warm up your autumn wedding with these five ideas.

Autumn Wedding Tips

Warm up your Autumn Wedding

  1. Do you call it a wrap or a stole? The run from the reception steps to your getaway car can be downright cold, even with a thousand sparklers burning around you. One way to warm yourself up during your autumn wedding (and add a little glam), is to find a wrap or stole to wear after the ceremony. Wraps can be anything from fur (or faux fur) to glamorous beaded fabrics. There are even ideas on how to incorporate a denim jacket into your wedding day wardrobe. Check out this list from Brit + Co. outlining the best ways to keep your shoulders warm on your big day.
  2. Hot drinks can warm you from head to toe. Oftentimes, especially if your wedding runs late, the final catering offering will be a pass of coffee and cookies to help everyone wake up and get home safely. We suggest adding a hot apple cider or hot chocolate bar to your offerings. Warm drinks can help your guests stay comfortable on chilly autumn evenings and add a cozy feeling to your catering offerings. Also, don’t forget about craft beverages. If you’re more interested in bar offerings, check out this list of cocktails that is sure to warm up your autumn wedding.
  3. Don’t forget that tents can be heated! It is fair to say that we are a rentals company, so here at Grand Central Party Rentals, tents are our business. Don’t just take our word for it. Providing a well heated tent for your guests to hang out in can add an extra level of comfort to your wedding. Also- tents are extremely versatile as far as decor goes. Options like clear top tents can allow your guests to feel warm and cozy, while still dancing under the night sky and stars.
  4. Don’t stop the music. It’s a well known part of wedding planning that music makes a difference in how fun your reception is. It’s a party after all and people want to dance. The more you keep your guests dancing, the less they’ll worry about the cold. In the debate between band and DJ, remember that every aspect of your wedding is supposed to point back to you and your significant other’s love story. Choose the type of music that best embodies what the two of you would listen to.
  5.  Cozy outdoor areas do exist! While it may seem like S’mores are passe, chocolate never goes out of style. Giving your guests a place to go when they need a break from the festivities and dancing is never a bad idea. Offering a fire pit outside, complete with marshmallows for roasting, can be a great way to add an extra bit of fun for your guests. Also, kids love them. You can even set up your coffee or hot apple cider bar around the fire pit and especially warm up your autumn wedding.

Whatever ideas you settle on, remember that your big day is a chance to reflect the love that you and your significant other feel for one another. Every decision that you make for your big day should be a testament to the story you are telling together. Plus, love warms everyone’s hearts. It’s the ultimate way to warm up your autumn wedding.

Five Ways to Take Your Thanksgiving Office Party to the Next Level

November 16, 2017 by Grand Central Party

It’s November in Nashville, and that means that we are moving into the happiest time of year: the holidays. There is ample research that showing appreciation for your employees, coworkers, and colleagues through this time of year can help boost morale and make going to the office more fun. Today, we have the top five ways that you can take your Thanksgiving office party to the next level. It’s not all about the food, but some of it is. Let’s be honest: it’s mostly about food.

Thanksgiving Office Party

Food Makes the Party a HIt

Get everyone involved

We know that drawing all of your coworkers to a consensus can be a difficult task, o, maybe asking everyone to weigh in on decor may not be the best idea. Thanksgiving is all about the gratitude, and there are many ways you can encourage your coworkers to show that spirit through the coming weeks. Set up an office canned food drive, post a wall of thankfulness where people can publicly write down what they’re grateful for, or donate to local causes. And if everyone’s working in a spirit of gratitude, you can assume your office will be a happier place to work.

Mix the classics and the new

Everyone loves turkey. Everyone loves dressing. Everyone loves– fill in the blank with a favorite Thanksgiving dish. While your coworkers are going to come expecting all the classic Thanksgiving favorites, throwing in some proverbial curve balls can add a little bit of spice to your party. For example, this recipe for Curry Gravy sounds both delicious and exotic. If your office does a potluck style party, encouraging people to think outside the box with their dishes can add an extra special something to the event.

Everybody loves swag

If you are in a position of leadership, showing your employees a little extra gratitude with a small Thanksgiving gift is a great way to say “thank you” for the work your people do all year. Mugs, gift cards, small little remembrances that make your employees feel like you notice how hard they work can go a long way.

Don’t neglect decor

If you’re in charge of your office Thanksgiving party, don’t shy away from making your party look great. If you’re in charge of a large company party, we can help provide you with everything you need from tables and chairs to plates and flatware. If you’re part of a smaller office and limited to the conference room, a nice bouquet of flowers can add an extra little something that will put your party attendees in the holiday spirit.

Music, Games, and More

Most office Thanksgiving parties take place during normal business hours, which means that serving a classic cocktail at your party may be out of the question. But remember it’s the thought that counts. The more you do to make your office party special, the more chance your coworkers will have to enjoy the event. So while everyone is getting stuffed on stuffing, maybe set up a speaker and play some tunes.

At Grand Central Party Rentals, we believe that any party is a good party.  We are a Nashville industry leader in event rentals. We can help you find the perfect tents, tables, and more for your next event. Contact us today and talk to one of our event consultants. Whether you are planning a small office gathering for fifteen people or a large corporate party for 500, we wish you all the success for your Thanksgiving office party.

An Unexpected Cost: Wedding Gratuities

November 6, 2017 by Grand Central Party

It’s November. The month of thankfulness is upon us. While you spend time planning your Thanksgiving celebration, you may also be planning a wedding. When you consider your nuptials, don’t forget to budget for an unexpected cost of a wedding gratuities. While every vendor has their fee, it is customary to show a little extra monetary gratitude to the people that have worked so hard for you during the process of planning your perfect day.

Wedding Gratuities

Wedding Gratuities – thank your vendors

Wedding Party While it is not appropriate to give your bridesmaids and groomsmen money for standing with you on your wedding day, it is customary to give every person in your bridal party (yes- that includes flower girls) a small gift a day or two before your wedding. Most likely these people have traveled in order to be at your wedding, purchased or rented a dress or tux, and have stood with you through your entire engagement to wedding process. If you need ideas of gifts for you wedding party, click here.

DJ or Band Whomever you choose to make sure your guests have a fun, dancing filled evening at your reception has a large responsibility on their shoulders. They want to keep your guests happy and moving while you toss your bouquet or cut the cake. Generally, 10% of their bill is a good tip for a DJ. Or, $25 per band member. You can tip more if they carry a lot of heavy equipment to and from your venue.

Caterer Most caterers will include a gratuity on your final bill. If yours does not, including 15%-20% of your total bill is a nice guideline. Also, tipping the additional bartenders and wait staff is a good rule of thumb.

Wedding Planners Wedding planners don’t expect a tip, but more often than not, they go above and beyond for their clients. If their efforts for you were especially felt on your wedding day, offering 15%-20% of their total bill is a nice gesture.

Florists do not expect to be tipped for their services. As with all other vendors, if you feel like they have gone above and beyond for you, a 10% tips is greatly appreciated.

Photographer If you only have one photographer, and they own the business that you are paying for their services, you do not need to tip them. If they bring along a second or third person to take photos, it is nice to give each of those additional people a $25-$50 tip, especially if you were not additionally charged for their services in your bill.

Hair and Makeup As getting your hair done for your wedding is like any other day at the salon (except it’s not, because it’s so special!), you should tip your hairdresser as you normally would for any other services rendered. Same for your make-up artist, you should tip them as much as you would for normal services rendered.

Keep in mind that, at the end of the day, no vendor truly expects a tip for you. But, it is always a welcome surprise for anyone who you feel has gone above and beyond to make your special day truly one to remember for a lifetime.

At Grand Central Party Rentals, we want to make your big day as special and one of a kind as it can be. From tents, to tables, to flatware, and chairs, we can help you find all the little details that you’ve always dreamed of for your wedding day. Don’t hesitate our highly experienced team of rental coordinators is standing by to help make all your wedding dreams come true today!


Finding the Perfect Wedding Tent Draping

October 25, 2017 by Grand Central Party

When you ask most people what the happiest days of their life were, the lists are fairly similar. Graduation, landing a big promotion, the birth of their children, and the day they got married. When you are in the process of planning your wedding day, you want your special day to be just that: special. As simple as it may seem, a tent alone can add a special spark to your wedding day. If you take it one step further, finding the perfect wedding tent draping  can make it truly spectacular.

Wedding Tent Draping

Draping Ideas for your Wedding Tent

At Grand Central Party Rentals, we offer a wide variety of tents that meet any wedding day need. This time of year as the weather turns crisp and brisk, a tent can add warmth and comfort to cool daytime and evening events. They are also 100% customizable. So, while you may order the exact same tent as your best friend did four years ago, you can totally transform the inside into a bridal paradise that perfectly encompasses your personal love story.

Frame Tents

The nice thing about draping a frame tent is its name: the frame. This tent doesn’t have a center pole, which means that you can stand at one end of the tent and see to the other without anything blocking your view. We love these tents because they can be covered in fabric or have a clear top. You can hang anything from lace to burlap to tulle along the frame and drape it from one end of the tent to the other. If you choose the clear top option, this can add a dreamy, almost Gatsby-like feel to your wedding. Your guests will feel the elegance of the draped fabric, while still being able to see the stars. You can also hang fabric so that it acts like curtains around the frame of the tent. This can add warmth on cool nights. It can also be drawn back as the night progresses to give an indoor/outdoor garden party feel.

Pole Tents

Pole tents are just what they sound like: fabric tents held up by a center pole. Because these tents can be so big (up to 9,000 square feet of space), you can mimick the pole in the center of tent by allowing your draping to hang almost to the ground to mimic the center pole. Also, these tents have a high peaked center, which means that any draped fabric will add to the height and airy feeling of the tent. Adding fabric to these tents is another way to add your favorite accent colors without putting extra money into your flower budget, which can be a big win financially. We love these tents for large weddings, or for events that need to have several different spaces, as they allow ample room for tables, catering, and dance floors. Using different types of draping can signal to your guests that the tent is meant to have different areas.

Marquee Tents

Marquee tents are especially good for wowing your guests and creating designated spaces throughout your event. For example, if you want a large pole tent for dining, and a clear-topped frame tent for dancing, we can use a marquee tent to connect the two together. As marquee tents are not very wide, they do not require quite as much fabric as the pole or frame tents. That doesn’t mean they are not fun to drape! Adding fabric ‘doors’ and ‘curtains’ to show off your original style.

The Fun Stuff

Okay, so to be fair, drapery and fabric is not the only way to make your wedding tent truly special. String lights, fixtures, chandeliers, and other hanging accoutrements can add special touches that will truly make your tent your own. Not to mention, we have tables, chairs, linens, flatware, the list is endless, to make your wedding day dreams come true.

No matter what your vision for your wedding, Grand Central Party Rentals is on hand to help you make your special day truly spectacular. Our highly qualified and experienced tent rental team is standing by to help you find exactly what you are looking for on your special day. Call or click to start planning today!