Richmond Wedding Vendor Spotlight: Patrick, Classic Party Rentals of Virginia
Meet Patrick, the director of bridal services at Classic Party Rentals of Virginia. Trust us, you’ll LOVE working with him!
Tell us a little about your company!
Classic Party Rentals of Virginia is central Virginia’s party rentals resource. Tables, tents, chairs, china, flatware, stemware, dance flooring, the state’s largest selection of linens and so much more. We have it all!
How did you get started in this business?
I got my start in the hospitality industry in the early ’80’s. From country clubs and hotels, I worked with many clients on their rentals. I naturally fell into the rental side in 2010 and have been here since. I love it!
What’s your favorite wedding story?
Hmmmm, there are so many. I think all of them involve a sneak peak into a ballroom or tent with my bride and groom allowing them to see everything before their guests. It always makes me smile to see their individual reactions, knowing that all of our hard work has lead to this moment. 🙂
Why do you like working with weddings?
All of my brides and grooms are so different and in working with them, I make sure to do different things for them. I am definitely not “cookie cutter,” and I want to ensure that their day is different from that of their friends as much as possible.
What is the most difficult situation you have faced with a bride and how did you resolve it?
A specialty linen was back ordered from China. After a few tears, I was able to find a very similar linen from a vendor in California. The bride was thrilled, and her day was saved!
From a vendor’s perspective, what is the one best piece of advice you can offer to engaged couples?
I always suggest to plan for the worst. Use your maximum count of guests that you have invited. This way, as they get closer, there are no surprises. It is ALWAYS easier to subtract from the order knowing they had it reserved in the first place.
How far in advance should couples book your services?
I say six months to a year — although I do have two weddings on the books for 2019!
What inspired you the most / where do you find inspiration?
I am a very observant person. I look around me all the time for ideas and color combinations.
What do you like to do when you are away from work?
I love to read and cook. I entertain a lot for family and friends- – they will all tell you it is never the same thing twice at my house.
What would we be surprised to learn about you?
I modeled professionally in college, and I was an officer in the US Army.
Wow, Patrick, we definitely learned some new things about you!! If you want to learn about how Patrick and the team at Classic Party Rentals of Virginia can help with your wedding, please visit www.classicpartyrentalsva.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.