When Jeri Knutzen was planning her wedding two years ago, she wanted some fine wooden farm tables to use at her reception. But she couldn’t find them.
“I told John (her fiancee) and he said he and his brother would just make them,” said Knutzen.
And that’s what happened.
John, who is a landscaper by trade, and his brother, who is a carpenter, made 10 tables, each which would sit 10 to 12 guests. Knutzen’s wedding went off just as planned and following that, she decided to go in business.
The result was Olympic Farm Style Events, a company based out of Seabeck which supplies all kinds of things for weddings and other events.
“I’d always wanted to have a business of my own,” she said. “And I knew there was a need for a place where people could rent hand-crafted rustic and classic wooden farm tables.”
To add to the business, the inventory also includes lighting, decor, china and stemware for use at events. They also have a couple of styles of barn doors that they can set up.
“Sometimes couples want to have a farm-barn-like style wedding,” she said. “But they want to have it on property they own or in their backyard. They want a barn for a backdrop or for photos, but they don’t have one. This works out well for them.”
Since her own wedding, her husband and brother-in-law have built more tables, some in a more elegant style, made of pine where all the hardware is hidden and the finish is more uniform in color.
The original tables were made of fir and they have more knots and variegated stain coloring.
Along with the tables, wooden chairs and /or wooden benches can be rented. In all, they have enough inventory to seat up to 500 people.
“Most weddings we do are around 100 to 125 people,” she said. “That would require about 10 to 12 tables.”
During the busy wedding months they make 10 deliveries a week.
“We deliver and set up the tables and we come and pick them up after each event,” she said. “All of that is included in the rental price.”
A 10-foot table with benches can be rented for $135; barn doors begin at $250; and wood arbors are $75. (To see more prices, go to www.olympicfarmstyleevents.com.) They also rent out items for birthdays, anniversaries, and retirement parties.
Wooden tables are so great because they are so versatile, Knutzen said.
“You can dress them up with fine linens and china and make them look elegant,” she said. “Or you can go for something more casual, with materials like denim and burlap.”
And the natural wood tables add to the “Pacific Northwest woodsy” feel, Knutzen said.
Many people will also use the wooden benches for guests during the wedding ceremony.
“Sometimes, after the ceremony, the groomsmen pick them up and carry them over to the tables for the reception,” she said.
She’s seeing weddings have fewer guests, but more money is being spent per guest. But no matter the size, she loves being a part of them.
“At the end of the day, it’s so neat to help create a special place for couples on such a memorable day of their lives.”
This story originally appeared in the 2017 Wedding Guide.
Leslie Kelly can be reached at email@example.com.