Today I’d like to introduce you to another dynamic duo who grace The Collaborative. Margie and Drew are the owners of the ever fabulous Goodwin Event Rentals. These two started their business when they purchased a tent and a few chairs to accommodate events at the newly renovated Goodwin Manor. Before they could bat their eyelashes, the couple had jumped feet-first into the world of event rentals and haven’t slowed down since. And it’s no wonder! With their commitment to providing more than just equipment, Drew and Margie have built a premier company focused on providing clients with peace of mind. I had the opportunity to talk with Margie about the exclusive service found at Goodwin Event Rentals.
Tell us a little about yourself? How did Goodwin Event Rentals come to be?
A few years ago my [Margie's] family decided to renovate their family home in downtown Greensboro, Georgia. Not long into the process the decision was made to turn it into a venue that could accommodate weddings & events. Together Drew & I decided that we would purchase a tent and a few chairs that we could in turn rent for any events that took place at the house. Within a year, we owned 50,000 square feet of tenting, 5,000+ chairs, and were booking events all over the state of Georgia. To say it took us by surprise would be the understatement of the century! We built the foundation of the company around the concept of offering the best customer service we were capable of giving. We somehow seemed to fill a niche that was missing in the event rental business in the area. Our quest to carry the newest, most up to date, and CLEANEST inventory around is something that we will never stop striving to achieve!
Tell us a little about your process and what makes Goodwin Event Rentals unique?
The company is definitely shaped off of Drew’s passions in the industry – seating and lighting. He absolutely loves furniture design and chairs are almost an obsession for him. If they could cook him dinner, I might need to be worried! The amount of time that goes into every single decision as far as what inventory we purchase has been researched for hours, months, sometimes years even. We currently have probably 5 or 6 chair styles waiting in the wings for purchase. We take great pride in our inventory and it shows in it’s cleanliness and presentation. Lighting is something we’ve become known for around the southeast. I think we do more cafe string lighting than anyone, sometimes anywhere from 15 to 20 thousand feet in a single weekend.
What is your favorite part about working in the wedding industry?
I think Drew would say his favorite part about working in the wedding industry is the design process. The concept of turning someone’s yard into a functional event space can be incredibly challenging. We never just plop down a tent and call it a day. We work with most of our clients for months and, in conjunction with their vendors, to create a space the Client will remember and love for the rest of their lives. Which segues into my favorite part: getting to know the Clients and the incredible Vendors. Establishing Vendor relationships is an amazing learning experience because you get to discover things about the industry from all different sides of the spectrum. Lastly, he would never admit it, but one of my absolute favorite things about this industry is getting to hear Drew talk a sense of calm into a bride, or a mom, who is on the edge of a breakdown. I’ve listened to him spend hours on the phone with someone to help them figure out a way to make their event be the absolute best it can be and I think that boils down to fact that at the end of the day, we are so much more than just tents and tables. We are an event company that genuinely cares about your day.
Do you have any advice for those currently planning their wedding?
I think this spring has been a prime example of why if you are getting married outside, you always need to be prepared ahead of time for inclement weather. We hope the weather cooperates on your big day just as much as you do but if not, be prepared with a game plan ahead of time. Another tip is people always seem to underestimate the amount of lighting they will need for their event. We do a ton of private home and outdoor weddings and often those are in darker yards and fields. It often takes some discussion to come up with a good mix of lighting that is safe, functional, and aesthetically pleasing.
P.S. The best way to avoid those wedding planning breakdown? Having experienced vendors – like Goodwin Event Rentals – and a Chancey Charm planner by your side, of course! Having knowledgeable people to support and guide you during the planning process with reduce stress and increase the time you can spend just enjoying your engagement.