Outdoor Weddings: What Type of Tent is Right for Your Event?

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You’ve decided that an outdoor wedding and reception is perfect for your big day. What remains to be decided is what style of tent would work best. A lot depends on the kind of wedding you plan on holding. Here are some examples of what to look for in a tent based on the type of ceremony and reception you have in mind. 

Casual and Intimate

Perhaps you are thinking along the lines of a casual wedding and reception. The guest list is limited to a few close friends and relatives. With this type of affair, you may be thinking of having the ceremony under a grove of trees and following with a covered space for the reception. 
You’ll find that a smaller clear span tent works well for your casual reception. Since you want an open feel while creating a comfortable place for people to sit and dine on the foods you’ve chosen, consider going with an open tent design. This option does not include tent walls. Instead, you have curtains that can be slid open as much or as little as you like. That makes it easy to close the area behind the serving tables while letting in plenty of natural light and fresh air in the areas where you’ve set up the guest tables. 

When choosing a tent for your casual reception, it never hurts to allow for a little extra space. Should the weather decide not to cooperate, it won’t take a lot to move the ceremony under the tent, exchange your vows, and then start the reception. You and your guests will remain dry while looking through the open spaces and enjoying the sounds and scents of the falling rain. 

This flower arrangement was taken at a wedding of a friend and looked stunning in the large, white tent.

Formal Outdoor Affairs

Perhaps you want a formal outdoor wedding with a greater number of loved ones on hand. The nice thing about clear span tents is that they come in many different sizes. It’s easy to choose one that will provide space for several hundred people. 

Since you are going for a more formal look, an open tent may not be to your liking. Consider a design that includes side walls that slide easily in place on the side poles and framework. These can be weighted down at ground level so they stay in position with ease. 

The side panels can include fiberglass windows that allow plenty of natural light into the space. Since this tent design does not include any support poles in the middle, you will find it easy to arrange the covered space any way that you like. It’s even possible to bring in dividers or use curtains to section off one end of the tent for the reception and reserve the other end for the ceremony. 

As long as there is space to set up the tent, you can have all the room you want. That means if you want a formal sit-down style reception but also like the idea of having a dance floor and space set aside for a live band, there’s a clear span tent large enough to do the job. 

Whatever you have in mind for your wedding day, finding the right tent design will not be difficult. Talk with a professional who supplies tent rentals for all sorts of events and ask about the designs commonly used for weddings and receptions. With a little discussion about the number of guests and the theme for your special day, it will be easy to come up with the perfect solution.

Carl & Cherihan’s Beautiful Haywood Hall Fall Wedding Downtown Raleigh, NC

I met Carl & Cherihan in the Springtime of this year. We met through another bride I am working with next Spring, and was one of many in a series of referrals from this group of friends.

Planning

Though we met many months prior to their wedding, I did not hear from Carl and Cherihan as much as some of my other brides and couples. I did however receive an email from Cherihan just a little over one month prior to her Sister’s wedding asking if I was available to help her sister, Dalhya.

Deana, Mother of the Bride, helping daughter Cherihan get into her wedding gown.

Deana, Mother of the Bride, helping daughter Cherihan get into her wedding gown.

Luckily, I was available. Getting to know Dalhya & Cherihan’s family while coordinating both of their weddings, was an absolute treat! Everyone in the family was extremely warm and welcoming. It is always a pleasure when I get to work with large, loving families. Seeing a family come together for a wedding is definitely one of life’s purest treasures.

Wedding Month

The front of beautiful Haywood Hall home in Downtown Raleigh, NC.

The front of beautiful Haywood Hall home in Downtown Raleigh, NC.

I may not have spoken with Carl and Cherihan every day of every month leading up to their wedding day, but when the month of the wedding rolled around we really got down to business. The last few weeks leading up to their wedding day was when we spent the most time ironing out nitty gritty details. We finalized rentals, menus, and layouts. While Cherihan and Carl finished up on last minute details, I confirmed arrival times and drop offs with vendors, while also planning out the timeline for the day-of the wedding.

Planning Paid Off

The day of Carl & Cherihan’s wedding, we were blessed with sunny clear blue skies, a chilly fall breeze, and leaves falling from the trees with every gust of wind. With chairs setup on the front lawn of

Clear ceiling reception tent covering fall decorated tables

Clear ceiling reception tent covering fall decorated tables

Haywood Hall, and the iron railings decorated with simple greenery by Dalhya with flowers from the farmer’s market, the ceremony site was the perfect setting for a Fall wedding. Uniquely, Carl and Cherihan’s reception site boasted a huge tent with a clear roof. It gave the feeling of being inside together with the fall beauty of being outside.

 

Decoration

Fall Wedding Centerpieces

White and Gold painted pumpkins adorned the table tops at this Fall Wedding. The Fall Wedding themed centerpieces consisted of jars full of acorns, slabs of wood, pumpkins, and fresh flowers from the Raleigh Farmer’s Market

One of the many services I offer to the brides that need it, is helping decorate and setup the overall look of the reception site. Over the years that I have been coordinating, I have worked with brides who had a very specific look in mind and want their reception hall decorated in a very certain way. I have also been fortunate enough to work with brides who give me decor items for centerpieces, a few guidelines, and artistic freedom to decorate as I please. Cherihan was one of most laid back brides I have ever worked with, and one of the ways she showed this was by giving me free reign to decorate her tables. My intern, Lauren, and I really enjoyed decorating the entire reception space.

Adorable Details

Giant H hung up on the front of Haywood Hall

Giant H hung up on the front of Haywood Hall

In addition to their well lit tent with a clear ceiling that gave the feeling of being outside and inside all at once, Carl and Cherihan supplied their guests with a few other fun items that made the night a total success. Carl and his guys hung up a large H on the front of Haywood Hall to add a fun and creative decorative detail and highlighting Carl’s last name, Hance. It wasn’t just the decorations that made this wedding so special though. Monogramed beer koozies, a pallet of folded up blankets to keep guests warm during the chilly fall evening, a table decked out with desserts and, a late night snack table covered in pimento sliders, set this wedding apart from the rest and made for a unique experience.

Happily Ever After

Now that I’ve talked about all my favorite details, here’s the part I know the rest of you are waiting for. The picture collage of the images from the day of the wedding. Cherihan and Carl hired the same photographer Dalhya also hired for her wedding day; Kelley Deal Photography. I loved working with Kelley on both weddings and only hope I get many more chances to work with her again in the future. She takes beautiful images with a dreamy and romantic style that I absolutely adore. Please enjoy Kelley’s photos from Carl & Cherihan’s October Wedding Day!

Vendors

Venue: Haywood Hall
Photographer: Kelley Deal Photography
Caterer: Beau Catering 
Rentals: CE Rental 
Officiant: Ann McKenzie
DJ: DJ Cyrax

Carla & Chris’s Matthew’s House Wedding Cary, NC

Carla and Chris met with me in January of this year. Carla found me through mutual friends named Jean & Buckley. And if you follow my blog, you probably remember that I coordinated Jean & Buckley’s February 2015 wedding at The Stockroom 230.  Carla and I became immediate friends and went to work on planning her wedding right away. We met every few months or so to discuss details and vendor recommendations, and she even attended my Bridal Pamper Party in July! After much anticipation and even more planning the big day finally arrived. I couldn’t be more excited to share the details and images from it with you today.

Venue

The Matthew’s House

The Matthew's House in Cary, NC

The Matthew’s House in Cary, NC

Carla and Chris’s ceremony took place under the great oak trees towering over the beautiful brick enclosed gardens of The Matthew’s House in Cary, NC. It was a sunny day without a cloud in the sky, but being September, 24th in the Carolinas, it was still a hot, humid day. The aisle was lined with shepherd hooks I rented to the couple, which were then decorated with mini white lanterns that had been even more decorated by the florist. Jo Lynn of Victorian Seasons provided the florals for this wedding, and they were all gorgeous.

Beautiful Bouquet from Victorian Seasons

Beautiful Bouquet from Victorian Seasons

 

The cocktail hour took place all over the outside grounds of The Matthew’s House, and included personal touches from the couple everywhere. Chris and Carla provided their guests with a photo booth that stayed in the courtyard for the whole night, corn-hole boards to play some games, and delicious combination of displayed and passed apps from Rocky Top Hospitality.

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Ceremony in the Matthew’s House Garden

 

Vendors

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Jewel, Founder of Canvas the Makeup Studio

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Randy Taylor Officiating The Ceremony

In addition to Rocky Top who catered the event, and Victorian Seasons who provided the gorgeous florals for the wedding, there were a few other fabulous vendors that should be mentioned. Ceremony music was provided by live musicians, David Wilson and Palma Rajki. All these beautiful images you see in this post were taken by Niki of Three Seventeen Photography. Niki was great to work with and meet with Carla and I during the planning process to help ensure we put together a timeline that also worked for her. Through the years of event planning, I’ve learned that working together with vendors in advance of an event makes for the best kind collaboration. Being one half of a husband and wife Photography team myself though, does make me a bit biased toward the photographer.  Regardless, I really enjoyed working with Niki and would definitely recommend her over and over again. The bride’s lush and lovely hair was styled by Kelly of Twisted River Hair Studio, and her beautifully airbrushed face was done up by Jewel of Canvas The Makeup Studio. The tear jerking and eloquently read ceremony was given by Randy of Randy Taylor Weddings. This wedding allowed me to work with so many of my favorite local vendors, and that includes Randy! Last but certainly not least, the entertainment for the evening was provided by the one and only JD of Anything Music DJs. I love working with JD because he knows how to keep a party going!

A Few of My Favorites

After the wedding, Niki was able to provide me with the images from Carla and Chris’s wedding almost immediately. I had so many favorites I couldn’t keep it to a reasonable number of photos. Really, I loved ALL the photos. But since I couldn’t share them all, here are just a few of my favorites from that day in a gallery for your viewing pleasure.

Ring Bear

I almost forgot to mention! My favorite of all the adorable details in Carla and Chris’s wedding was that they had their fur baby aka their dog, Manny, escorted down the aisle with the flower girl. Using Manny was in their plans from the beginning. The first night we met they said Manny the dog would be their “Ring Bear” which they got the idea from popular TV show How I Met Your Mother.

Happy Ending

Carla and Chris enjoyed a wonderful week long honeymoon in Rome and came back with fun stories of all the places they visited. I am also happy to say that Carla and I have become close friends throughout the process of planning her wedding and we’ll be seeing each other for many more years and events to come. Maybe some day I will help her family plan and coordinate a baby shower!

Pantone’s Color of the Year by Lauren

This afternoon I am bringing you another guest post from my intern Lauren. If you’re a regular reader of my blog posts, you probably know that I have usually written a Pantone Color of the Year post by now. This year I apparently never got around to it. Now that I’ve transitioned to working for myself full time, I SHOULD be writing a lot more. Until then though, I hope you will enjoy a guest post from my lovely intern Lauren about Pantone’s  TWO Colors of the year.

Color-of-the-Year-2016-Rose-Quartz-Serenity-Pinterest   I’m so excited to introduce to you the two Pantone colors of the year.  This is the first time that Pantone has chosen two colors, and I think they made a wonderful choice.  They are two of my favorite colors and are commonly seen as hydrangea colors.  Both of the colors are naturally occurring and can be found in the most common places such as beautiful sunsets, a sunrise, or gorgeous spring flowers.  Well, without further ado, I give you Pantone’s two colors of the year: Rose Quartz and Serenity.

   Rose Quartz is a nice, warm neutral color that is very versatile.  Also, it contains a tint of red. Red is a primary color, meaning that it is the origin of many colors.  Rose Quartz is a very elegant color and can be added to several different themes and styles. A sophisticated fairytale wedding or a whimsical tea party would be a perfect opportunity to showcase this color.  As a side note, “fairytale” themed weddings are very popular in 2016.  

The way that a color is determined as a tint is by taking a basic color and adding small amounts of white.  This process is not to be confused with a shade.  In order to determine a shade, small amounts of black are added.  

Jessica Renee Photography

Jessica Renee Photography

Serenity is a cool, clean color from the blue family, also a primary color.  It is also a peaceful color, hence the name.  This cool blue is well adapted in many different themes as well.  One in particular that it goes exceptionally well with is a classic French chicspring-2016-color-report-pantone or Victorian theme; cream and gold can help to complete this theme.  In addition, a country chic theme could accompany this color.


Enhancing the depths and tones of these colors can easily executed by combining them with similar colors.  Peach Echo combines with Rose Quartz to bring out more of the red in the color. Snorkel combines with Serenity to enhance more of the blue.  Limpet shell can also enhance the blue.  Green Flash can be combined with either color it helps to create the look of a flower and its leaves.  For a fall wedding, Iced Coffee and Rose Quartz can be paired. Finally, when Rose Quartz and Serenity are combined they make colors ranging from Sheer Lilac to Lilac Chiffon depending on the amount of each color.

Sheer Lilac

Pantone’s thoughts are: “Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure.”  Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feeling of respite and relaxation even turbulent times.” Also, “[when] joined together, Rose QuartLilac Chiffonz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.”

 

Are you planning to use either or both of Pantone’s Colors of the year in your upcoming wedding or event? Tell us how you will incorporate them in the comments section below!

Amber & Kevin’s Mordecai Park Wedding

Amber found me by looking for a Raleigh Day-Of  Wedding Coordinator via Thumbtack, a website that helps people locate local business professionals for hire. We met early this year at one of my absolute favorite family owned coffee shops located in … Continue reading

Introducing The Get-Christine Event Planning New Intern

Since my last blog post in May, I have been through a lot of changes with my business. In addition to a substantial increase in inquiries and contract bookings, and after receiving two requests for an internship this summer, I decided to bring on an intern to be a part of the Get-Christine Team! She is a little younger than I anticipated, but I love her dedication and passion in pursuing her dreams at an early age. Lauren found me by doing a simple google search for Raleigh Wedding Coordinator.

I am excited to have Lauren on my team, and also grateful for the young, hip, influence that I believe she will bring to my blog posts, social media accounts, and events we run! And so without further ado, I bring you Lauren’s first ever post on the Get-Christine Event Planning Blog:

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Lauren – The Intern

Hi!  My name is Lauren, and I am so excited to be interning with Christine!  I am a rising senior in high school.  My love of parties started at a young age when my family would throw huge birthday parties in August for my dad and brother’s birthdays.  We would rent bounce houses, have catered food, and a large cake that my mom would make.  Living in Zebulon at the time, surrounded by fields and trees, made these large parties possible. I love large family gatherings, whether they are for weddings, reunions, birthdays or anniversaries.

     As the years have gone by, my desire to be creative has grown.  I have been in art class for six years and in yearbook for one year.  This past year I had the opportunity to plan, decorate, and attend my schools Junior/Senior banquet (which is basically prom).  Throughout the yearlong planning of this event, I realized that I really have a knack for planning, organizing, coordinating, and executing large events, and decided to pursue this further

     My other interests include Pinterest, baking, chalkboard art, and going to the beach.  I absolutely love big, blue hydrangeas, so don’t be surprised if I’m slightly biased towards them.    

Immediately upon meeting Lauren I realized that she and I are kindred spirits! We both share a love of parties, organization, planning, baking and being artsy. She is also smart and friendly and I think an excellent addition to the Get-Christine team!! Keep your eyes peeled for some trendy and fun blog posts written by Lauren this Summer.

The Times, They Are A Changin’

I promise there is good reason for my cliche blog post title. Well, maybe not good reason, but reason enough.  I have recently made the incredibly tough, but hopefully right, decision to take the leap from working full-time for someone else and only part-time for myself, to working full-time as a Wedding & Event Coordinator for Get-Christine! I have booked more than double the amount of couples I am working with this year compared to last year, and I’ve already started booking into next year.

Additionally, there have been some major changes at the office I work for in that, I was presented with the opportunity to take on more responsibilities and hours than I was already working. Though it would have been a great chance for me to grow and mature with the company, and get even more work experience, I did not feel that it would be fair to the brides and couples I am already working with to take on more responsibilities elsewhere that would keep me from giving my heart and soul to my business. And so, the time had come for me to make a decision that I had no idea would come so soon.  Instead of putting in more time for my day job, I am putting all my time in on me! I am having very mixed emotions about the journey I am about to embark on, but I know that there are great things to come in my future.

I am looking forward to what the future has in store for me and I am forever grateful for the opportunity that Talari Networks gave to me. I will never regret the two years I spent working there because I learned a whole lot about many different things, and I met lots of wonderful people and made incredible bonds that I don’t expect to lose anytime soon.

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In making this decision, I am opening up my schedule to have more time to blog, plan and schedule stylised photo-shoots, host DIY arts & crafts events for my brides, and meet with couples, brides and their vendors during the day and not just at night! I am more than excited to plan and execute more weddings and events and that I’ll have even more time to write about my journey along the way.

I still have a few open dates for 2016 and plenty in 2017! 🙂

Why You Need a Wedding Rehearsal

I decided to write this post because I have reached a point in my career where I hear one particular thing from just about every bride or couple I work with; “Oh no I wasn’t planning on having a rehearsal, I don’t think we need that.”

Let me go ahead and stop all of you right there. Yes, you absolutely DO need a wedding rehearsal and no it is not just for the couple. Your wedding rehearsal is for your bridesmaids and groomsmen, your family members, and for your coordinator. Continue reading