Archive for October, 2014

5 Different Ways to Use Wedding Columns at Your Event

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Wedding columns are a gorgeous addition to any event. If you want to bring more visual appeal into your celebration, then you need columns! The décor available today is very sturdy, yet lightweight so you can easily move and lift them. How can you incorporate beautiful wedding columns into your event?

Scamozzi and Column

Versatile columns like this one are very useful at events and weddings.

Wedding Column Use 1: Highlight Main Entry and Exit Points in Your Venue

Tall wedding columns are a great way to highlight the main points of entry in your venue. This could be where the bride and groom will make their big entrance or just the first area your guests will see as they enter (and the last thing they see when exiting). It sets the tone for the event and helps build excitement when guests arrive.

Use 2: Showcase Key Areas That You Want Guests to See

Despite careful planning and hard work, all the key areas in your venue may not be obvious right away to guests. A good way to grab attention is to setup some medium to tall size columns. For example, you can showcase the cake table or a special table setup for a specific message or purpose, like a memorial to a loved one. Columns tell guests that there’s something on display and they should come take a look!

Use 3: Build a Stunning Backdrop for Ceremonies & Photos

Your wedding columns don’t have to take center stage to be effective. Many couples and event planners build stunning backdrops using columns. Create the perfect background for your wedding ceremony or create an eye-catching space where guests and the bridal party can take formal looking photographs throughout the celebration.

Use 4: Display an Item on Its Own Pedestal

Wedding columns can also be used like pedestals or tables. Choose a shorter column to display a wreath, special flower or plant or photograph. This is another great way to create an elegant presentation for special messages and memorials.

Use 5: Guide Guests Down an Aisle or Walkway

Place your columns down a walkway, aisle or pathway. This is very helpful if your event is outdoors or if there are multiple paths your guests can walk down. The beautiful columns will serve as a guide to the festivities!

Designing with Ostrich Feather Plumes & Drabs: 5 Tips for Making Beautiful Wedding Centerpieces

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Ostrich feathers are a popular decoration choice for many event planners – especially couples organizing a wedding. There’s something alluring about the luxurious texture and brilliant color of ostrich plumes and drabs. Before you begin building a DIY wedding centerpiece, make sure you read the following so you can create the most spectacular presentation in less time!

Mardi Gras Ostrich Feather Centerpiece

A 3 color wedding centerpiece

Ostrich Feather Design Tip 1: Don’t Limit Your Centerpiece to 1 or 2 Feather Colors

Single and double color wedding centerpieces look gorgeous, but don’t feel stuck with a limited palette when designing your décor. Some ostrich feather centerpieces feature three or four colors that look stunning. For example, if you’re planning an autumn event you may want to go with red, yellow and orange feathers. If you’re planning something for Mardi Gras, try purple, green and yellow.

Ostrich Feather Design Tip 2: Keep Your Ostrich Feathers Clean and Fluffy

You can keep your ostrich feathers clean and fluffy simply by steaming them! Rub the feather between your fingers then place in a stream of steam from a boiling pot of water. Take care not to burn your fingers on the steam while you fluff your ostrich feathers!

One-Time Use Bulbs

Floralytes look great with ostrich feathers!

Ostrich Feather Design Tip 3: Light Up Your Ostrich Feather Centerpieces!

Light is a great way to grab attention. You can add candles, LEDs or Floralytes to your arrangement to give it a subtle glow. This is a great way to add detail to guest tables and other key areas within your venue. When choosing Floralytes, look for a bulb that matches your theme or color scheme.

Ostrich Feather Design Tip 4: Use Layers & Size Variation to Add Fullness to Centerpieces

A single row of ostrich feathers looks nice, but won’t have that lush fullness that makes this decoration so appealing. Remember to add layers by stacking feathers and using feathers of different sizes. Drabs and plumes will give you more dramatic variation.

Ostrich Feather Design Tip 5: Experiment with Non-Feather Components

Your ostrich feather centerpieces do not have to be 100% plumes and drabs. You can always experiment to customize the display. Add lighted branches, dangling embellishments, beads, sparkles and whatever else fits the tone of your wedding!

Empire Columns & Your Wedding: Why Classic Style is So Popular

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Empire columns are a very popular choice for weddings and other major events. They look amazing, but what many don’t know is that the design is quite ancient. The modern Empire wedding columns found in event stores and rental shops are actually inspired by one of the most beautiful reminders of the craftsmanship of the ancient Greeks.

84 inch Empire Wedding Column

The modern Empire column

The original temple is believed to have been divided into two parts, including one area of three enclosed rooms and an enormous open porch. It was on the porch that the wide spaced columns could be seen. They provided support for the roof while creating an amazing scene that must have been a breathtaking sight to behold in the temple’s heyday.

Choosing Empire Columns for Your Event

You don’t have to host a wedding inside an ancient Greek ruin to enjoy the same look as the famous Temple of Minerva once offered. Modern event planners and couples can instead find lighter, more versatile décor inspired by the originals. These columns are just as beautiful but come in smaller sizes. They are hollow and portable so you can set them up or store them almost anywhere.

When choosing the right size wedding column for your venue, make sure you consider ceiling height and floor space. A small column may be lost in a huge venue while an oversized column may be too much for a smaller venue. Also consider the purpose of the column. Do you want to highlight an aisle, doorway or pathway? Go with taller columns. Do you want to display a plant, bouquet, urn or wreath on top? Choose something shorter or mid-height.

Customizing Your Empire Wedding Columns

Don’t be afraid to get creative and combine columns of different heights. You can create a lovely tiered effect or use multiple matching columns for different purposes. Custom finishes also provide more options so you can create a classic Empire column that complements your theme, color scheme or purpose.

4 Things Every New Event Rental Store Should Have

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Opening a new event rental store can be very exciting! There’s the potential to make a lot of money all while you help couples make their special day as perfect as possible. Many brides and grooms choose to rent  larger décor and equipment instead of buying it outright. This gives them a way to get exactly what they want without spending more or having to find space to store it afterwards. The key is having a good selection of items so that customers find everything they need without turning to a competing rental shop. So what should you add to your new business to ensure the most success in the event industry?

Tuscan Colonnade Arch Set

Couples love renting columns and arches

Columns and Colonnades

Wedding columns and colonnades are a classic event accessory that can be used many different ways. Make sure you have multiple columns and at least one colonnade ready to go – preferably pieces that match. That way your customers have options when designing a backdrop for their unique event. When buying multiple columns, try to have them available in pairs so customers have the option of working with symmetrical layouts in bigger venues.

Tables and Seating

Every event will require some type of seating and table surfaces. Make sure you have a quantity of these available. More is usually better, but make sure your purchase will fit comfortably in your new business budget so you aren’t sacrificing variety across your rental catalog. Choose chairs and tables that are durable, strong and feature a versatile look. Banquet tables are usually a good choice because they are spacious and work in any venue.

Lighting and Linens

Many couples will come to you for the bigger items, but make sure you can entice them with some smaller finishing touches as well. Stock a few elegant floor candelabras. Table linens are another popular rental item that can earn you big profits. Make sure you choose fabric accessories that are easy to wash and resistant to wrinkles and stains. When buying chair covers, make sure the covers you choose will fit the chairs you have available to rent.

Optional Décor

You can get away with sticking to the basics, but if you want to offer customers a more comprehensive list of event décor make sure you include a few centerpieces. Ostrich feather centerpieces are a great choice because the customer is not required to add any fresh flowers and they look fabulous for years.

Candelabra Decor

Candelabras are a must-have for romantic weddings

How to Care for Ostrich Feathers, Boas and More: Getting the Most Out of Your Event Décor

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Feathers and boas that are well cared for will last much longer. If you want to get the most out of your event or wedding décor, you need to know how to keep everything looking its best. The good news is that ostrich feather maintenance isn’t difficult and doesn’t take a lot of time. Preserve your gorgeous feathers and boas for far longer by applying the methods listed below.

Never Store Feathers in a Space That is Likely to Have Pests

ostrich feather

To insect and rodents, your ostrich feathers and boas make ideal nesting material. Make sure the place you plan to store your feathers is completely pest-free. Once unwanted inhabitants find their way into your feather décor, it will likely have to be thrown away. An old shed or garage that’s not well sealed is not an ideal storage option for this type of material.

Removing Odors from Feathers

Some peacock and ostrich feathers may experience a slight odor due to storage regulations. If you notice any displeasing scent on your feathers, there’s a very easy way to remove it. Just layer the feathers and/or boas inside a sturdy pillow case and add a few anti-static dryer sheets. Let the pillow case sit for a while so the sheets can absorb any smells. Do not place feathers in the dryer.

Steam Fluff Your Ostrich Feathers

Feathers and boas can lose their pleasant fluffiness over time. Don’t worry, you can get them right back to their normal thickness simply by steaming. To begin, rub feather strands between your fingers to help fluff up single strands. Next, boil a pot of water. Once the water is boiling, cover most of the top with a lid so that a small area of steam is being released.

Carefully hold your feathers and boas within the stream of steam. This moisturizes the feathers and makes them open up. Once the feather has opened, you can remove it from the steam. Additional steaming will have no effect. Remember to use caution when holding feathers throughout this process because steam can get very hot.

ostrich feather care