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!
The return of warm weather means the beginning of another great outdoor party season. Here are some reasons to host your next Event inside a Total Events tent.
When you have a tent event, the party goes wherever you want. It is certainly convenient to host a large gathering in the comfort of your own backyard, especially when the bulk of your guests are bound to be friends, family and neighbors. Total Events makes backyard gatherings like a Graduation party easy by providing you with all the options to show your school spirit like specialty table linens in a variety of colors, balloon decor and colorful lighting.
Hosting a backyard event can be an economical solution to a tight budget gathering. Controlling your food costs by preparing the spread yourself will make the burden of hosting 100 people a bit less expensive.
Designing your own event from the ground up (literally!) give you the flexibility to create the day however you want! Weather you want a casual brunch, an easy lunch, a late night crowd or an all day open house a Total Events tent event accommodates it all. There are never any reasons to worry about what window of time your guests will arrive, because you have the opportunity to set your own rules! A Total Events tent is usually set up at least 24 hours in advance to ensure that you have the time you need for your special day.
The first rule of tent events is there are no rules for tent events. No matter what the size or theme, a tent can transform into the venue of your dreams. From a petite 20x20 tent all the way up to a 60 X 140, tents come in all sizes and shapes. If an all white canvas isn't your scene we have a multitude fabric available to drape the interior of your canopy. From the ceiling to the floor, Total Events offers custom options for any need or want.
It doesn't matter if you want to BBQ yourself or have a talented catering company take care of the food; the choice is up to you! Our area is lucky to have some of the very best off premise catering companies available for all types of events. Having a tent event gives you the flexibility to select from dozens of talented vendors to create the perfect combination of Event professionals.
Total Events offers a wide range of products for a variety of different events, from the largest wedding to small festivities. Total Events provides specialty items, décor linens, china and glassware, catering equipment, furniture, tables, chairs, lighting accessories and more. For more information, visit www.totaleventsny.com
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!