How to Plan the Perfect Engagement on a Budget

January 11, 2018 by Grand Central Party

It’s that time of year again- happy couples who have made it through Christmas (and survived each other’s families) may have decided to pop the question and ask the person they love to marry them.

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Perfect Engagement on a Budget

You may be sitting down right now and thinking about how to ask your special someone to spend the rest of their life with you. And one thing is for certain: you want your engagement to be special. In a time when it seems like engagements are becoming more extravagant than weddings, we’ve put together this list to tell you how to plan the perfect engagement on a budget. And you may have already guessed the theme. It doesn’t matter how much you spend on an engagement, as long as you show the person you care.

You already have memories together.

What is it that you and your significant other like to do most together? Are you both really into movies? Do you love going to the museum or popular art galleries around town? Whatever your favorite activities are, highlight what the two of you like to do together. This way you can use existing locations without having to pay for a fancy reservation at the hottest new restaurant. You can even set up a scavenger hunt that goes from one special location to the next,ending in a proposal.

Surprise them with a new activity.

Maybe you and your significant other don’t really ever eat at home. Try a romantic dinner at home followed by a long stroll and you popping the question. Or, maybe you don’t ever go out to eat. Pick a restaurant within your budget and take your sweetheart there. The key to a good engagement is doing something thoughtful and often surprising to show the love of your life that they are the one that you want to be with. By doing something out of the ordinary, you can make them feel special without breaking the bank.

Use nature to your advantage.

Renting a venue or space to pop the question can be pricey. We suggest using the green spaces around you to your advantage. Set up a romantic picnic at a park that you often visit. Or, take dinner outside to the backyard under twinkling lights. If you add special touches, like a scrapbook of your relationship, or a heartfelt letter listing the reasons why this person is the only one for you, your engagement will be a day you remember for the rest of your lives. By moving your proposal outside, you let the beauty of nature take over. You can also have a secret photographer on hand to catch the tearful moment of saying, “Yes!”

Ask your friends and family for help.

An impromptu or planned engagement party that takes place right after the engagement is a great way to get friends and family involved. Reach out to you and your significant other’s parents, siblings, and friends so that they can be present after you’ve popped the question and they’ve said yes. This can also lessen the burden of cost, if people are willing to help you pay for the party. If not, consider doing something simple. Invite everyone over to your home and cater with bar-b-que or simple desserts. This gives the people closest to you the ability to share your excitement without costing a fortune.

No matter how you intend to ask the love of your life to marry you, remember that the most important thing is your love story. If you take your time and pay attention to the details, you can plan something truly wonderful that the two of you will never forget. We wish all you future engaged couples the best in 2018 and happy proposals besides.

4 Reasons to Hold Prom Under a Tent

January 7, 2018 by Grand Central Party

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Prom Under a Tent

Whether you’re a high school administrator, teacher, or a parent with children in high school, you know how important prom is to the students who attend. Spring may still be a few months away, but you know that most students are looking forward to this annual event (and may even be shopping for dresses, and looking for dates). This year, we suggest four reasons to hold prom under a tent this year. How do you do this, you may ask? Instead of simply hanging a series of aluminum foil stars from the ceiling of the gymnasium, rent a series of clear-top tents and move one of the most anticipated high school parties outside.

Here are four good reasons why you should consider holding prom under a tent:

  1. Give the kids the surprise of a lifetime. Prom is a highly anticipated event among almost every demographic of young people. In fact, some students consider it an important rite of passage when making the transition from high school to college. Instead of decking out the gym, or renting a local venue, consider putting some tents on the lawn of the school, and draping them with shimmering fabrics. By taking the party outside, you take it up a notch and will give the students a night they never forget.
  2. The venue comes to you. It’s true that all schools may not have the ability to host an event like prom on their grounds, but if you do, you simplify cost, time, and effort to move staff and decorations across town to a rented space. By having tents come to you on the school’s grounds, you can create an atmosphere you students will not forget, while keeping the party close to home. This can allow you to feel confident about where you are putting the party on, and the parents will be familiar with where to find their students.
  3. Tents are extremely versatile. A party tent can serve a number of purposes and can be decorated in a number of different ways. By having one tent for dancing, one tent for photos, and another for snacks and tables and chairs, you can create the illusion of multiple rooms to your event, while still enjoying the outdoors. There are also multiple tent options, from clear top tents to large marquee tents. No matter the size of your student body, you can find a tent to match your needs.
  4. Draping is a must. No matter what theme your prom committee settles on, you can find a drape to match it. From sea green drapes for an “Under the Sea” theme, to dark red ones for a “Game of Thrones” fete, there is an almost infinite number of ways to customize with drapery. The same can be said with additional details, like tables, chairs, and even dance floors. There are so many ways to add texture and color to a tent, no two hardly look the same. We are especially fond of the gauzy lace draping for royalty themed proms.

You have the ability to keep a watchful eye. Chances are, most of the tents you can find are the same size or smaller than your average ballroom space. By cutting down on the amount of room your students have to move around, you allow for your staff and chaperones to keep tabs on the kids as they have the time of their lives. With several options for putting sides on a tent, you can even close it off so that it becomes an enclosed space.

No matter what decision you make regarding prom for your students this year, we are sure it will be a night to remember. Who doesn’t love a chance to grab date, put on some fancy clothes and dance the night away?

The Joy of Winter White Weddings

December 27, 2017 by Grand Central Party

January is upon us and we are looking down the barrel of the two coldest months of the year. While snow can be fun, we’re not particularly looking forward to wet socks and shoes. We plan on avoiding the cold altogether and staying inside to dream of the joy of winter white weddings. One of the best parts of getting married in January or February is the ability to utilize white in fun and fabulous ways that are not just limited to your wedding gown.

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White drapery and white tablecloths.

One of the joys of a winter white wedding is just how much you can do with one color. By draping your tents with gauzy white fabric or white lace, you can add texture over tables set with white tablecloths and linens. If you choose a winter white theme, consider working in strands of sparkling white lights and chandeliers to add textures to your overall look.

Texture is the ticket.

Since winter white weddings are based around one color, adding texture becomes the most important thing. Think of different ways to utilize white in different fabrics, lights, flatware, plates, and furniture. Don’t be afraid to layer fabric on fabric (think lace on satin, or gauzy sheer fabric on top of heavier cotton) or light strand on light strand (think twinkling Christmas style lights over bigger garden light bulbs) in order to add texture to the overall look of your event. We especially love the idea of lace over satin in order to give a relaxed, but glamorous feel.

Silver and Gold, and Silver and Gold and Green.

Okay, so maybe winter white can mean winter white with hints of silver gold and green. Don’t be afraid to use these accent colors to break up the overall sea of beautiful, snowy white on your wedding day. Braided green garlands, and silver chair and table sashes can add bits of color without overwhelming the overall winter white theme. Gold can be especially beautiful as accents on cakes and in table arrangements. Have your florist use gold vases for your bigger arrangements to add a little pop of unobtrusive color to your tablescape.


Layer your look.

Since a bride traditionally wears white, and it’s winter and it’s cold, you can do so much with your bridal wardrobe on your big day. Surprise your guests with several different looks throughout your fete, that include jackets and beautiful satin coats. Use your imagination for how to keep yourself warm on your big day. If you choose to change from your gown to a short dress on your big day, consider wearing a fur wrap to spice up your shortie. This can also give you a chance to show off multiple pairs of shoes!

We mean that the term ‘winter’ white, doesn’t mean that you have to have your white wedding in winter. (And, you can, technically, have fake snow if you have a large budget, but if that is out of your reach, don’t worry about the snow for your winter white wedding.) If you use the proper amount of twinkling lights and white drapery under a clear top tent, you can create your own pristine wonderland any time of year. This beautiful theme is classic, so don’t be afraid to use it even when it’s not below freezing outside.

No matter when you are deciding to tie the knot, a white wedding can be elegant, beautiful, and unique. Use these tips to help create the perfect visual landscape for the wedding of your dreams.



Here’s What to Expect: Wedding Trends 2018

December 14, 2017 by Grand Central Party

In a few short days we will wave goodbye to 2017 and ring in the new year. As you sip a glass of champagne and reminisce about all of the good times you had in 2017, you may be looking forward to what’s in store in the new year as well. If you’re planning your nuptials in the new year, here’s what to expect for wedding trends in 2018.

Wedding Trends 2018

Learn About Wedding Trends in 2018

No more burlap and rustic chic, think woodsy instead.

For several years now, mason jars, hand written chalkboards, and burlap have been all the rage at weddings. We are slowly starting to see people use less and less of these rustic chic items for decor and turning towards woodsy themes. By using wood for decor and accents, you add neutral elements that have texture without being too invasive to your overall decor. By pairing wood elements with an overall green wedding palette, your fete will feel like it’s more outdoors than in.

Say hello to silver and chrome.

Gold is the wedding color, right? It’s bright, shiny, and pairs well with pinks, soft yellows, and blues. Going into 2018, you may see more people leaning towards silver and chrome instead of copper and gold. These two cool colors add a crisp, cool feeling to your event and allow for more jewel tones to be used in flower arrangements and linens. Think burgundy flowers atop emerald green table cloths. Don’t be afraid to lean into bolder color schemes with silver and chrome accents in the new year.

Think formal, but not stuffy.

This new trend goes hand in hand with our first point about burlap and rustic chic. Wedding Trends in 2018, seem to be leaning more towards the traditional and formal, than the relaxed and chic. Don’t read us wrong here – these more formal weddings have a fair amount of whismy (see the next point below), but they are more focused on clean, clear design lines that have not been a part of the recent burlap and hay traditions of the last few years. Think about treating your guests to a semi-formal event, especially if your wedding is in the fall or winter.

Hang flowers everywhere.

Florists seem to consistently find new ways to impress their brides on their wedding days. One exciting wedding trend in 2018 is hanging flower arrangements and garlands from the ceiling of your tent or venue. See some really great, over the top ideas here. By adding some fun and different flower arrangements to your big day, you add a sense of fun and whimsy, while maintaining elegance and glamor as well. Don’t be afraid to go big with your flower budget this year.

Find new ways to entertain guests.

Sure, we’ve all been to a wedding with a photo booth. What about changing it up and offering your guests an entire photo area to play around in? For out of town guests, booking room blocks at truly spectacular hotels, complete with fun things to do and see around the city can be a game-changer for your guests. Don’t hesitate when planning your 2018 wedding to come up with ideas that will truly wow and entertain your guests. Whether it’s different or changing music choices, updated takes on the photo booth, or totally creative guest takeaways, have fun with the ways you structure your upcoming wedding to truly wow your guests.

Whatever or whenever your wedding, remember that the most important thing is to highlight the love and bond that you and your significant other share. The most important wedding trend of 2018 is highlighting that love for your guests to see and enjoying your big day!

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.

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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!