Country chic and rustic weddings are popular in this part of the country, so Tammy and her staff are always looking for items that would add to that look for couples to rent. Among the more popular items they’ve found are milk cans, barrels, and nail kegs.
“You wouldn’t automatically think ‘wedding’ with those things,” Tammy said with a smile. “But we set up vignettes to show how they would look with glass tops or adorned with flowers and the couples love them.”
Destination weddings rule the day at Flowers by Tammy and the shop usually works on three weddings every weekend and more in the spring and summer. The shop is located in a three-story house with a large basement, giving Tammy ample storage space for props, both small and large.
From antique chandeliers that have been refitted with battery-powered lights to intricate arches and large columns, the shop has a vast array of “shabby chic” and “country chic” rental items.
“Brides want more bling added to their country or rustic looks,” Tammy noted. “We’re getting more requests for cascading flowers on the chandeliers or to hang prisms from them. They’re gravitating to more lacy things in linens and they like lace doilies placed on tables under centerpieces. Some of them are sticking with burlap and raffia, but I do see more moving away from that.”
She began adding more unusual rental props when she started doing more weddings in the “agritourism” vein, a movement that brings people to farms and ranches for tours and to get back to nature.
“Barns and pavilions were in place, but very little else,” Tammy noted. “So, I started supplying everything that would turn a barn or pasture into a wedding venue. It wasn’t long before we were booking a lot more weddings. When I put photos of the weddings on Facebook, it got a lot of interest and we’ve built from that.”
Tammy isn’t satisfied with her inventory. She said she’s always on the lookout for “antique, old, unusual, countrified things that I can add something to and make them chic.”
515 Tusculum Blvd. Greeneville, TN
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