My blogging on Event Pro Training hasn’t been so consistent this last year, but I am going to do better now. We moved to a farm almost exactly a year ago now and we moved to a city that didn’t know much about draping. So we started a very intense farm house remodel and new draping company here that has just taken off this past year. Needless to say, Its been a crazy year for sure! I’ve been doing this type of work for about 16 years now, but this past year I was starting fresh just like a lot of you! But this time around starting a new draping business has been so different than from when I started the first one 16 years ago! Anyways, I’ll start sharing on here some of the events that I have been doing here, and sharing some of the how to’s of how I made it happen.
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Okay so the first event I’ll share with you was a tent and home draping we did
Tents are my least favorite type of “venues” to drape.. weather is a big one.. it can be breath taking burning up hot.. or cold.. or windy.. or rainy.. its rare that you get an exact perfect day for a tent! My favorite type of tent to drape is a frame tent.. (This is not my picture, but I needed for you to see what a frame tent is) (Thank you A to Z Party Rentals in Spokane Washington for this picture)
With frame tents, there are no center poles, its a wide open tent.. and its all supported by the top and side framling WHICH I love because you actually have a structure to attach the draping and lighting to. With pole tents, its a different story.
But let me actually start with the ceremony first. This was a family farm and the family farm house.. They wanted the home as the backdrop for the Ceremony, but we needed to make it more wedding-ish.
We put 4 curtains of draping on the porch, we used 8 pvc pipes that we had holes drilled in the ends of them and nailed behind the top of the porch, and then just like our basic backdrop on uprights (see that training video if you are not sure what I’m talking about) we actually put 5 pieces of draping for each curtain.. I had started with just 2 sections on the 8 foot piece sections and it just wasn’t full and lush enough… This was the first time I had draped a porch, so I wasn’t quite for sure how many pieces it would take. I actually used my lightweight satin fabric in the center of each drape and the white 120″ wide voile fabric combination for the outside edges.. this created a softer feeling.. We used the rectangle oasis cages and some salal leaf, seeded eucalyptus and some fresh roses, to create the tiebacks.. It was just enough of everything and looked beautiful
Now for the Tent – Tents are a little tricky. Sometimes if your using white fabric if you dont have the right spacing and pleating, if your not covering the whole ceiling, sometimes you dont even notice the draping..
We had quite a few challenges, I wanted to hang a flower chandelier above the dancefloor with 2 sets of truss making it 18 feet tall and then hang the chandelier down..
And I did hang the chandelier, but we could only go up 9 feet instead of 18 feet cause the ground was uneven and it keep tilting over and the cabling to the center poles was pulling too hard and we just didn’t feel it was safe.. So we opted for the tent not falling down and doing the chandelier at 9 feet above the dance floor. This was before I had invested in a ton of fairy lights.. and next time I’ll use the fairy lights so all the chandelier wiring cant be seen. I used a mixture of silk and fresh greenery and wired the fresh roses into it.. one of my favorite chandeliers.
Small coral rose arrangements for the centerpieces / coral wavy satin runners. You can find this runner on your wholesale link if your one of our platinum online members w the training videos.. if you cant find it just text me. As long as you are a member, I will share the wholesale info w you.
Finally the sun went down and I got to turn on our completely wireless and battery operated uplights…..add lighting gives the tent draping so much texture!
What was so cool about this lighting, was its all controlled with a wifi box that I connect to on my phone and then I just look at the pallete of colors on an app.. and wha la, I can change the colors.. even in real time.. I saved some of my favorites and during the slow song.. I turned it to the moody blue … so fun..
Let me give you a quick how I draped this tent.. again tent draping is not easy.. I start out charging $3,500 and go up from there.. even if its not a lot of draping cause its just simply hard to do and you are working with mother nature, who is sometimes not very nice.
Ok, so how I did it, I cut me some 5ft 1″ pvc pipes, drill holes in the ends of them, then my 120″ wide fabric panels I get a pocket sewed in it, put the pocket on the pvc pipe and attach that to the inside outer edges of the tent, there is normally a rope that goes all the way around the inside.. so you have plenty of spots to attach to. then we bring that up to the middle and attach as far up as we can to the top of that pole. I would have liked to go up higher, but we had a very wavy ground that our scaffolding was a little scary even to be up as high as we was. then after all the pieces are attached, I cover the poles themselves with fabric (column draping technique – should be a training video on that too). We had 25 uplights and white wire twinkle lighting.
Hopefully that helps the next time you go to drape a tent.. I always ask if they can get a frame tent first.. but if not, this is how I drape a pole tent.
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