Marriage has brought the the Nunn and Dunn families together in more ways than one.
The first way was back in 2009 when Andy Dunn married his wife Natalie Nunn Dunn, daughter of Wesley and Cindy Nunn. For the wedding, the Nunn’s utilized the services of an event rental business known as Tent-Sational Events. Six years later, when the opportunity arose, the Nunns partnered with their daughter and son-in-law to own and operate that same business. In the four years that the family has owned Tent-Sational Events it has been nominated as one of the finalists for the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year award.
“I think it’s awesome that somebody has nominated us for three of the four years that we’ve been in business,” said Cindy Nunn, who has made Tent-Sational her full-time job along with her son-in-law Andy. “We work hard, so it let’s us know that we’re obviously doing the right thing.”
When the two families decided to take over, they looked at Tent-Sational as a moneymaker on the side. They quickly realized that the event rental business, if you want it to be successful, needs to be a full-time endeavor. Andy said he is on-site for nearly every event setup no matter the size, which gives customers a direct line to one of the business’ owners.
The world of wedding catalogues has been transported to the internet now, and many future brides have Pinterest boards loaded with big ideas for their big day. Although the word “tent” is right there in the business name, the family-owned event rental company strives to have everything its customers need to make their events a success — tables, chairs, linens, dinnerware, wine glasses, and even dance floors.
“We’re always adding new inventory,” Andy Dunn said.
Tent-Sational boasts many repeat customers, but one of its more unique annual undertakings is the Deep Roots Festival held in October due to both size and circumstance. The festival requires setup of nearly 20 tents and many more tables all in the wee hours of the morning before the event begins. The city of Milledgeville closes off access to the downtown streets at 2 a.m. so that’s when the Tent-Sational crew gets to work. The process takes about five hours, but Nunn said it comes with the event rental territory.
“That’s part of this business and why we’re so successful,” she said. “We’re able and willing to meet the needs of our customers. We’ll make it happen because we have your event covered.”
Those customers don’t just lie in the Baldwin County community, either. Tent-Sational will go anywhere its services are wanted, and Nunn said her family’s business has been getting more and more customers in the Macon/Fort Valley area.
“I think a lot of that is word-of-mouth from previous customers,” she said.
While the Tent-Sational family is honored to be nominated as a Chamber Small Business of the Year finalist for a third time in four years, the old saying “always a bridesmaid, never a bride” does apply since it has yet to take the crown.
“Maybe we’ll get to be the bride this time,” Nunn said with a laugh.
For more information on Tent-Sational Events, visit www.tentsationalevents.com or call 478-414-1757.