Friday, March 6, 2015

Finding the Right Linens {Guest Post by Celebration Linens}

I truly believe that while picking out a linen vendor, as well as any vendor for a special event, it is very important to get to know and trust who you're working with on a personal level.  I love getting to know my clients and helping them come up with a design that fits their style and vision.  A personal experience and costumer service for my clients are what is absolutely most important to me while running Celebration Linens.

While meeting about linens and decor, I usually let my clients and friends steer me in the direction they are wanting for their overall look.  Sometimes I do let clients know they might be trying to incorporate too much into one design.  For example, I have had a few couples who had multiple colors that they really wanted to use in their decor but after a few drawings and conversations they realized the multicolored design was going to appear more like a cluttered graduation party rather than an elegant wedding reception.

One small piece of advice I try to pass on while selecting items such as: tablecloths, chair covers, runners, napkins, etc., is to try to stick to one or two neutral colors while using as few accent colors as possible. This tends to give a more clean overall look and brings more attention to bright, colorful centerpieces.

The planning process can be just as fun and enjoyable as the actual celebration if all involved can remind themselves of the reason they are planning in the first place.  Before my own wedding, I needed that reminder a few times while feeling overwhelmed from all of the decisions that needed to be made in a timely manner.  I quickly realized these were minor compared to the most exciting and important life changes that would be taking place over the next few years!

Celebration Linens started in late 2011, when my husband and I were trying to decide how it would be possible for me to be able to stay at home with our baby, who was due the next April.  We had gone through the process of picking out linens and other decor for our own wedding that June.  We began brainstorming about ways to make it work for me to run a business like this from home, knowing it would mostly consist of nights and weekends.

After many hours of research, multiple bridal shows and learning (sometimes the hard way) from bumps along the way, Celebration Linens has become what it is today. We manage to make it with teamwork and very organized scheduling while taking care of 2 (almost 3) young kids.

Guest Post by:
Kelsey Swancutt
Celebration Linens

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