This time of year and everyone is looking for ways to save money. With the Holidays fast approaching it is clear that the long, laid back days of summer are behind us. We understand how important it is to stay on budget and Total Events is here to help you! From a corporate holiday party to a winter wedding, we can help you design the perfect look. We introduce to you, Lucky 13 savings this November 2012-February 2013.
13% Savings On:
Chiavari chairs are one of our most popular rental items primarily because hey instantly transform a boring room into something amazing. Total Events offers them in 5 finishes (Gold, Silver, Black, White & Fruitwood) with your choice of chair pad (Black, White or Ivory). Customize your wedding with a fantastic price on these go-to chairs!
Total Events has a massive selection of in stock specialty linens and overlays. We offer a variety of colors, fabrics, styles and sizes to fit your specific needs. Looking for something unique? No problem! Total Events has collections of linens that don't exist anywhere else, because we created them for our inventory only. Make your table top shine this winter with in stock linen at out of this world prices!
We made some major investments in inventory in 2012 and charger plates were one of them. This is the place for Glass and Acrylic chargers! We stock Clear glass with beaded edge and Hammered Glass with Gold edge. Our acrylic inventory has Deep Red, Lavender, Purple, Chocolate, Silver and Gold. At this season’s lucky price, you can afford to add extra special details to your table top without breaking the bank.
A traditional wedding ceremony and reception needs that extra layer of elegance, and a chair cover can help to get you there. Total Events has 3 styles in stock and carries Black, White and Ivory options for you to select from. The best part is that you can pick up a sample and try it on your chair of choice to ensure that it is the perfect fit. Stop worrying about shipping, fabric quality from internet sources and use the best cover available for your event.
We are the ceremony experts! From custom arches, chuppah's and madap's, Total Events can help you create the ceremony of your dreams. Working with you to design the ideal affect for your ceremony, Total Events brides walk away with custom designs for their special day.
Lighting makes one of the biggest transformations in any room. We offer a wide variety of lighting options including par lights, LED color changing lights, monogram spotlights and star gazer ceiling effect lights. Add drama to your evening for less this winter!
When clients want to transform a well known space into something different, we always use drapery to help up achieve a brand new look. Our drapery ranges from 8' to 24'. Our White and Ivory Chiffon drapery makes the prefect backdrop for winter weddings and ceremonies. Consider pairing drapery with accent swag fabric or up lighting for a truly one of a kind look.
We've saved the very best for last, the lounge! Our favorite use of lounge furniture is when it's saved for a special guest surprise at the end of a reception. Plan for a jazz band, dessert display or gourmet hot chocolate bar to accompany the chic lounge and watch your guests' jaws drop. Our new curved lounge is sure to satisfy!
There it is! The best ways to save this winter is with Total Events & Lucky 13! Call Total Events today for rules, restrictions and availability! Lucky 13 is available for events November 1st, 2012-February 28th, 2013!
We are very lucky in the Capital District of New York. There is a seemingly endless amount of quality wedding vendors in the area who are capable of making dream weddings come true. Here is a short list of some of our favorite wedding themes.
The Barn Wedding
We do a lot of barn weddings, and like to think we have perfected the art of casual-chic. Our antiqued, natural wood barn chairs seem to be the perfect rustic fit for this style wedding. Our Emperor tables provide an ideal place for family style dining. These extra wide tables have plenty of space for a beautiful table arrangement and adorned with our raw Burlap runners, look like they were designed especially for this style event. Our antique bulb street fair lights hung high throughout the barn canopy give a romantic glow, while still having an industrial edge. Additional lighting can be designed with our par theatrical lighting and illuminated paper lanterns can add color and ambiance to any barn interior. We love to soften hard spaces with a touch of Ivory Chiffon drapery, adding a pinch of ultra feminine detail to this style wedding brings the right amount of detail and interest. If you are looking for a barn wedding, consider a few of our favorite places; The Old Tater Barn, Maybee Farms, The Shaker Heritage Barn, Pat's Barn and The Pruyn House.
The Best of Outdoors
During the summer and early autumn, people love to embrace the beauty of Upstate New York and the Adirondack region. A favorite venue for the indoor/outdoor blend event is The Sagamore in Bolton Landing, New York. The Shelving Rock Terrace is a wonderful balance between indoor amenities and gorgeous outdoor views. We have seen some spectacular weddings in this space, using our extensive ceiling swag expertise, we can transform the ceiling in the matter of a few hours. Chiavari chairs, lighting, Black and White dance floors all enhance the beauty of the beautiful resort space. The National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, New York is another excellent space to blend a stunning building with outdoor elements. Ceremony and cocktail hour inside the Museum transitions into dinner and dancing outside in a gloriously appointed tent in the courtyard. The convenience of the downtown Saratoga area and picturesque Saratoga State Park make this venue a proven winner.
A Formal Ballroom
There is no lack of truly amazing indoor space in the Capital District. Traditional weddings are proven winners, and Total Events has all of tricks to make them custom. Chair Cover rentals, specialty linens, personalized monogram, lounge furniture and exceptional accessories will make your next event stand out from all the others. One of the many benefits of the indoor event is that weather will never get in your way. The dead of winter and the blazing hot days of summer will never bring you down inside. No rain, snow or even a hurricane can ruin your plans, and that my friends is a great insurance policy to have. Also, a vast majority of these venues are associated with hotels, which make getting ready and housing out of town guests a breeze. Almost every major hotel in the area boasts an impressive ballroom, and assorted singular ballroom facilities in the area partner with them for ease of planning.
Our bread and butter is the tent wedding. Our inventory of tents can be outfitted from modest to glamorous and everywhere in between. A tent wedding offers tremendous flexibility and complete customization; it is the "blank slate" of venues for you to do with what you will. Tented events are particularly fabulous when they are on gorgeous grounds. Many times our couples want to showcase a beautiful backyard or family estate and bring the tent into the mix. Even still, we have created some of our most outrageous weddings in parking lots and empty fields which demonstrates that no matter where the tent goes, the inside can be a whole other world.
No matter what style wedding you are after, Total Events has the equipment and know how to get you there. Planning a wedding anywhere in the Upstate New York area means you can count on Total Events to provide you with quality service, rentals and experience. From Poughkeepsie, Kingston, Hudson, Oneonta, Albany, Saratoga Springs, Lake George, Lake Placid and in between, we travel to meet your needs! Check out our website at www.totaleventsny.com for photos and ideas!
Navigating your way through the beginning of planning
Recently, one of my best friends became engaged. She's a successful TV personality who has also managed to be in at least a dozen bridal parties. K does her duties well. She purchases the questionable dress, throws the pre-wedding functions and smiles at the camera through hours of grueling group shots. Now it is her turn to cash in. Being as I owe her one (she was decked out in an Eggplant, Melissa Sweet bridesmaid dress for my big day) she called me to get the ball rolling on her planning.
Being a part of the Event industry for several years, the basics all seemed elementary to me and I forgot how overwhelming this process can be to a novice, such as K. Her first question was "What the heck is a wedding theme?" It occurred to me at that moment what a broad expression that is, and how it may be confusing to some people. It seems that K took this idea of theme very literally, and was left wondering if she had to select from a Wild West or Mardi Gras themed reception (I kid, I kid). For most brides, the theme is more of less the color scheme. If they are basing their design elements around a particular era (Victorian or retro) or feeling (glamorous or country), some people consider this the theme of the event. I advised K to start with the colors she liked for the Event, and we would move forward from there. If we picked up an element that we wanted to repeat during the process (monogram or insignia of some style) that we would incorporate that into the design from start to finish.
Her next question was a very valid one, where do I start? The truth is, there are a million different components to a successful event and looking at the to-do list can be daunting. My first order of business is always to select the venue. The location of the event (and subsequently also the date) will dictate every other decision that you make from the dress to the availability of the other wedding vendors. The location of your reception is the beginning of your design inspiration, and it is important to carefully select a location that lends to your personal style and reception expectations. I always guide people to select a venue that works with their taste, rather than against it. It is far easier to enhance a space that is half way there, then to re-decorate a room that clashes with your colors.
The finale of my advice is more a general motto for all events... go with your gut. This is your wedding; hopefully it will be an Event that is put together in a way that you will remember it always as one of the best days of your life. Take this opportunity to select the things that make you feel special, happy and that represent who you are as a couple. If you have always loved the woods and they are a big part of your life, plan your day at a beautiful location inside the Adirondack Park. If you are a member of the military and want your service uniform to be represented, then have an elegant White glove evening inside a picturesque ballroom. No matter what, take some time to evaluate what is really important to you and make sure it is represented well.
Good luck to K and all of the upcoming Total Events brides on planning the day that describes YOU!
Total Events has all of the specialty décor, custom Event rental options and wedding accents you design the day of your dreams. Visit our website at www.totaleventsny.com for photos and ideas!
Finding the correct service provider for your vendor of choice
After you find the right space to hold your event, the next step is finding the right people to help you design your vision. By reading this article, you have done just that. Total Events has worked in just about every venue in the Capital Region and its surrounding areas. Because of our knowledge of these spaces, our knowledgeable staff can be even more helpful to you!
There are many options available to you in terms of dressing up a space. The top 5 problems and solutions are as follows:
1. I’m having my ceremony in the same space as the reception, how can I make it look different?
A: Drapery! We have a large selection of drapery for you to choose from that will properly punctuate your ceremony space without breaking the bank. Some venues, such as the Hall of Springs in Saratoga require some extra tall drapery to accent the dramatic columns inside the ballroom. We have custom cut drapery to accommodate specific rooms. We also create custom fabric arches, chuppahs and mandup's that are sure to please.
2. My reception is inside a tent and I need to dress it up.
A: Easy! Total Events specializes in both tent swags (fabric drapery panels hung through the inside of a tent) and tent liners (complete tent ceiling coverage option). For venues such as The Sagamore’s Shelving Rock Terrace, we have perfected the art of ceiling swags. We have a variety of options available so that each bride can have a custom look for an incredibly reasonable cost. The best value is that we have done this type of décor for so long that the process has become faster, easier and more affordable then ever before!
3. The chairs at my venue don’t go with my wedding décor, what are my options?
A: The first option is to use a chair cover. Total Events has a variety of chair cover options to suite a variety of reception styles and colors. Our chair covers can be easily installed and removed by our staff or yours and will transform the look of almost any banquet chair. The next option would be to rent another chair that better accents your décor choices. We offer Chiavari chairs in 5 of the most popular finishes along as well as a large variety of folding chairs.
4. How can I make my wedding look different from the others that have been hosted at the same venue?
A: Linens and Lighting make a huge impact inside a room. Changing your linens from a blank White or Ivory to specialty linen will immediately change the look of the room. Adding some texture, color or sheen to a table top works magic. Lighting is the other big impact item. This feature will enhance the architecture in the space, set the mood and create ambiance. For instance, deep red lighting portrays a romantic and dramatic effect while an amber glow conveys subtle warmth and softness. We can create a lighting package for any room!
5. How far do you travel for events?
A: The majority of our weddings are in Saratoga Springs, Lake George and the Albany area. However, we routinely travel to the Hudson Valley, the Cooperstown area and all the way up to Lake Placid for events. We don’t have a predetermined service area, and would be happy to provide a quote for any bride in need of services.
Total Events has all of the specialty décor, custom event rental options and wedding accents you design the day of your dreams. Visit our website at www.totaleventsny.com for photos and ideas!
Total Events receives dozens of inquiries every week for all different types of events. Weddings top the list, with the highest volume of interest. About 50% of brides search out their rentals 6-9 months in advance of their wedding date. 25% book a year or more ahead and 25% wait until just 6 months before their big day to make the call. Here are a few tips and tricks of the trade to assist you with your tent and wedding rentals.
Each year we see stiff competition for certain dates, which increases the need to be aggressive in securing your vendors. Memorial Day weekend, the entire month of June, the 4th of July, all of September and New Year’s Eve are the biggest “sell out” dates we see at Total Events. Events during these times should be booked as far in advance as possible. While we do tend to sell out most weekends in April, May, July, August and October as well, there is more flexibility in ordering. The key is to call early to ensure that you get exactly what you want.
Many clients want to “sleep on it”, which is understandable and in most cases harmless. Indecision about linens, décor items and other particulars should not stop you from booking your event rentals. If you find that you can’t decide on which linens to select or if you want to add ceiling swags or paper lanterns, go ahead and book your event without them and add them back in when you make your decision. Confirming your tent, tables, chairs, dance floor and restroom trailer should take precedence over décor items which can be included upon later. Don’t risk loosing out on the major items because of the smaller details.
Bigger is better when it comes to a tent. If you are between two tent sizes, select the next size up to ensure that you have ample space for your guests in case of inclement weather. A larger tent will ensure that you tables aren’t place directly up against the tent sides, where wind or rain could bother your guests. Some brides envision the tent to be completely open and guests milling around outside the tent, but sometimes Mother Nature has other ideas. Always plan for the worst, which will make the best case scenario even better should it happen. Ideally, everyone will have a sunny and comfortable wedding day but unfortunately that isn’t always the case.
-A photo is worth a thousand words. If you have images of décor or layouts that you like, please let us see them!
-Have a budget in mind when booking your rentals. We can guide you into options that best fit your budget and décor expectation if we know what parameters to work within.
-If you are looking to decorate inside of a venue, photos and dimensions of the space are very important.
-Putting a tent up on private property is far easier than on public property such as a local park or venue property. Keep in mind that most public property requires you to set-up and breakdown all rental items on the same day as your event which can be costly.
Total Events has all of the specialty décor, custom event rental options and wedding accents you design the day of your dreams.
2012 Trend Report The elements that will make your event #amazing!
Neutral palettes are out and rich, deep tones are what’s happening in the event world! Dark red and berry tones are all over the forecast for 2012. Romantic and elegant these colors can turn edgy and modern with a few twists. We can’t wait to see our wedding tents lit up with these colors bursting with our LED lighting!
More than ever we are seeing brides dazzle us with their knack for accessorizing their space. Charger plates, personalized table linens, custom monogram lighting projected on the walls, ceiling and dance floor. We just love the steps people are taking to bring their wedding up to the next level.
There will be a shine on all of our events this year, because our clients love metallic! Gold and Silver are popping up everywhere. Finishing an event design with a touch of shimmer helps to reflect candle light and provide a dimensional glow that is especially romantic. Total Events has all new centerpiece options to help you achieve this look!
4. Family Style Seating
Long, family style seating seems to be the wave of the future. Our Emperor tables have helped our brides achieve this feeling, with the extra width to create space for a stunning centerpieces as well as family style dining options. This type of table also helps with conversation, making guests feel closer to each other without sacrificing a gorgeous tablescape.
5. Ceremony Décor
Never before have we set so many custom Chuppah’s, mandap’s and wedding arches! Brides are really taking their ceremony to the next level, with seating in the round, opulent arches and beautiful drapery.
Total Events has all of the specialty décor, custom event rental options and wedding accents you design the day of your dreams. Visit our website at www.totaleventsny.com for photos and ideas!