Friday, July 30, 2010

Tented Weddings

Simply Events did a recent guest blog entry for Four Seasons Tent Rental on {3 Reasons to Rent a Tent!} Although we love an indoor reception, tenting is great for those who really have a vision for their big day!  Read what we had to say below:
Weddings are clearly not what they used to be decades ago with cake and punch for the whole town to enjoy. They are intimate, personal, romantic, and customizable to your style. There are many ways to customize your ‘big day’ that truly radiates who you are and what you value together. One of the most important decisions when planning your special day is location, location, location – or in wedding lingo, your venue!

So many people opt in for the standard reception hall celebration where you have a limited amount of space to wow your guests.  However, choosing to entertain your closest friends and family in a totally customizable tent set up is sure to keep your guests raving about your wedding for years to come.  So, what’s so great about a tented wedding? Here are 3 great reasons: 

1. Blank Canvas – With a white tent you can let your imagination run wild with d├ęcor elements.  You don’t have to worry about your wedding colors clashing with the hideous red and green carpet or the unsightly wall colors.  You will have free reign on creating an intimate setting that directly represents who you are as a couple!

2. Flexibility – Since tents are mobile, you can accommodate any number of guests for your wedding. For instance, say you fall in love with a specific reception hall but it can only seat half of your guest list.  Is it fair to cut out half of the important people in your lives just to get the right space? We think not. However, if you choose to have a tented wedding, you can add as much square footage as you need in order to comfortably accommodate all of your guests.

3. Exclusivity – With a tent, you are guaranteed to be the only Bride & Groom at the party, unlike reception halls with several ballrooms.  Even though it is far fetched to imagine you are the only Bride & Groom getting married on that day, it’s nice to think so. Having a tent set up where there are no other weddings surrounding you, is a great way to ensure you will feel like the only ones on the planet!

Although there are many benefits to hosting your special day in a tent, these reasons will ensure that your wedding is unlike any other wedding that your friends and family has ever seen. Being able to create the celebration of your dreams, accommodate any number of guests, and feel like you are the only ones on earth is a priceless opportunity and it is your for the taking!

To learn how you can create a unique tented wedding that really showcases your personality, contact Simply Events today:

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The Sweetheart Table

Although a head table with all the attendants is a long time standing tradition, more and more brides are moving to a sweetheart table at their reception. There are many factors that should go into making this seating arrangement decision; such as the number of guests, if your attendants have SO's at the reception, and how traditional you want the atmosphere of your wedding. So, why are more couples moving towards the new option of a sweetheart table?

A sweetheart table is a great way to allow everyone in your bridal party to be comfortable. How? Well think about it; with a head table, your attendants' significant others are usually out in the guest seating at the reception. Sometimes they may even be at a table where they know no one (this can be awkward!). With a sweetheart table, you and your hubby can spend dinner together while your attendants can spend the time with their dates.

A sweetheart table is also a great way to set up such an intimate space for you and your hubby. You will spend the whole day apart until you walk down that aisle (or see him at the 'first blush' if you choose to do so) and when you think about all the events that must take place after the wedding ceremony, you don't really get to spend that much time together. So, our advice, take the short hour (if you're that lucky) for dinner to just be newlyweds!

If you are having a lot of out of town guests or guests that you do not get to see that often, a sweetheart table is a plus. When you are finished eating dinner you and your husband can get up and mingle. This will allow you to chat with some friends and family that you do not get to see very often without leaving a head table setting. Think about how weird a head table looks when the Bride & Groom are not sitting at it! With a sweetheart table, you will not need to worry about leaving your attendants behind.

Lastly, a sweetheart table may save you money! Typically, a head table is set more elaborately than guest tables - better linens, skirting, and bigger centerpieces/floral arrangements. If you have a smaller round table set for two instead of 2 - 3 eight-foot banquet tables that are all decked out you will save hundreds of dollars!

Now, we are not saying that a sweetheart table is the end all be all - we just simply want to share our thoughts on how to create a more intimate, functional and economical setting for you and your husband.

We would love to hear your thoughts on the sweetheart table and invite you to share what kind of seating arrangement you had at your wedding and why!

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Welcome to the Simply Events Blog!

Thank you for visiting the Simply Events blog! My name is Catie Harris and I am the owner of Simply Events -- a full service event planning company located in Cincinnati, Ohio. I am really excited to be venturing out on my own and living my dream. I am passionate about event planning and cannot wait to see what 2010 has in store for me!

I am a graduate of Northern Kentucky University with a major in Business Management and minors in both Business Administration and Entrepreneurship.  I have planned everything from weddings to corporate functions and everything in between.  Special events planning is truly my passion and this can be seen through my meticulous and detailed planning skills.

I am a big believer in giving back to the community and I have been a volunteer event coordinator for many non-profit organizations including, The Childrens Home of Northern Kentucky, Brighton Center, and the Museum of Advertising.

While pursing my undergraduate degree, I held many leadership roles including Executive Vice President and Vice President of Programming for NKU's Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization. I was also a student ambassador for the College of Business and received the Haile/US Bank College of Business 2010 Outstanding Undergraduate Student of the Year award.

I will be blogging at least once a month about anything and everything event planning related! Please make suggestions on what you would like to see and read about!  Pin It
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