Draping Spaces: Elliott Events Adds Wow by Transforming Nashville Wedding Venues
Monday, June 25, 2012
Draping is like cupcake frosting - it isn’t essential, but it makes everything that much yummier!
I mean, who doesn’t love a cupcake topped with a giant mound of swirly, sugary frosting? Maybe dentists?…Everyone knows that frosting is the prettiest, most delicious part of any baked good. Even if you are one of those (crazy) people who think frosting is too much, you can still appreciate its contribution to the overall loveliness of the item.
And that’s how I feel about draping; it may not be critical at a ceremony or reception like vows or food and drinks are, but adding draping makes EVERYTHING that much more spectacular!
Now some of you may be asking, “Lauren…WHAT in the world are you talking about (we hear you like your wine) AND what in heaven’s name is draping?”
Well dears, DRAPING is the most fantastic decorating tool that utilizes gorgeous fabric to “transform a space into something incredible,” says draping expert Tiffanie from Elliott Events. Tiffanie is to Nashville draping what Chanel is to tweed. She is GIFTED when it comes to transforming a room with something as simple as fabric! Even your grandmother’s basement with shag carpeting and florescent lighting will look fantastic after Tiffanie has worked her magic on it. She is that good!
Before and after a space was draped by Elliott Events.
So if you have a crazy mother (who doesn’t!) who has insisted that your reception be in the same (unappealing) church/gym that she got married in, or your budget is less than ideal and you want to make your fiancé’s condo look like the Taj Mahal, draping is going to be your BFF. Like you should basically buy Tiffanie one of those jagged edged heart necklaces.
For example, Tiffanie transformed the lovely but rather minimal Cedars of Lebanon area into a glamorous and lush space! This design is also what she considers one of her favorite transformations. As the owner of a full service decorating company, Tiffanie realized that offering draping was essential to transform a less than appealing venue into a bride’s overall dream scenario. She is one of the few professionals in the area that offers this service.
Tiffanie tells me that the most popular draping uses are to cover walls and ceilings, but she is open to any ideas a bride has. “Draping adds a wow to any space. Even if you have a gorgeous venue, draping can make a statement.” Elliott Events takes pride in the professional work that they do and they have years of experience working with all types of spaces and challenging venues. But how much does this statement-making beauty cost? Each and every job is priced differently depending on the difficulty of the work and the amount of fabric needed.
“Wall draping starts at $150 for each 10 linear feet (white or black) and colored fabric is more expensive. Ceiling drape usually starts at $2500 and goes up from there. Our pricing is based on the number of hang points in the ceiling, hardware needed, amount of fabric, etc.” If these prices seem a tad costly, consider the amount of work that goes into the process and the overall transformation of the space. Like most beautiful things, the process is easier said than done. “A lot of clients think, ‘I could go up there and put fabric on the ceiling’ …but it isn’t that simple,” Tiffanie says.
I couldn’t agree more. You won’t see my clumsy self on a ladder anytime soon! I’ll leave that to the talented Tiffanie! Now tell me about your challenging spaces. How would you like to “transform” a venue? I’m sure all of these stellar photos are offering so many ideas!
Another before and after view of a space draped by Elliott Events.
Draping Q/A with Tiffanie
What is draping?
Draping is a decorating tool to transform a space into something incredible. Very few pros offer draping.
Why did you add draping to your planning and design service offering?
As a full service decorator and wedding planner, offering draping is essential. Having the ability to cover up unattractive spaces is important when putting together a design concept.
What are the most popular uses for draping?
Covering walls and ceiling transformation.
Why would a bride/planner hire you to drape a space?
Draping adds a “WOW” factor to any space. Even if you have a gorgeous space adding drape can make a statement.
What is the cost of different draping styles?
It seems like every draping job I have is priced differently. Every space is different so it is very difficult to give draping costs. Wall drape starts at $150 for each 10 linear feet (white or black). if you want color wall draping that would be more expensive. Our ceiling drape usually starts at $2500 and goes up from there.
Our pricing is based on the hang points in ceiling, hardware needed, amount of drape, etc. Often times clients are surprised with draping prices but it is important to understand what goes into the process. There are many expenses that are considered in the upkeep of drape such as cleaning fees, insurance costs, transportation,etc. I have heard many times before “well I can get up in the ceiling and hang drape". It is not that simple. We take pride in the work we do and have years of experience working with all types of ceilings.
Can you work with any color fabrics/styles/designs?
Yes we can. I am always open to trying new designs and thinking outside the box!
What's your most favorite draping transformation?
My most favorite draping transformation was at the Cedars of Lebanon last year. The end result was amazing.
Tiffanie works directly with couples as well as event designers. Contact Tiffanie of Elliott Event at 615-485-2193 or visit their website if you need your space transformed or enhanced.