Knoxville’s wedding planner opens new headquarters and gathers space
So many celebrations and celebrations were canceled in 2020. Kristy Meyers, owner of Margaret Claires Wedding & Events, not only had a busy schedule, but also built and opened her new corporate headquarters.
“We actually made up every single canceled wedding,” Myers said. “We may have lost a total of four weddings due to travel restrictions which meant they couldn’t come here. We had rescheduled several events that we added to our event schedule. “
Since starting out of her garage in 2015, Meyers has grown her business from six to 156 weddings a year, sometimes four weddings a day.
“We did it in the middle of a pandemic”
The groundbreaking ceremony at 7513 Andersonville Pike has been postponed from April to June 1.
“We did it in the middle of the pandemic and moved in at the beginning of December, almost exactly a year to the day we closed the country in December 2019,” Meyers said. “We had planned to move in over Thanksgiving, but it was only a week or two late. It took six months to build. “
Margaret Claire’s Weddings & Events is a 6,000 square foot facility on 2.5 acres across from Halls Elementary School and adjacent to the assisted living facility at Elmcroft of Halls.
In a change to their original plans, Meyers decided to set up a 1,000-square-meter assembly room. “The Pearl Place Gathering Room seats 60 guests,” said Meyers. “We’re having our first wedding here in front of my mantelpiece in February.”
Bible study baby showers
The meeting room is intended for brunch, rehearsal, bridal and baby showers. “Our first event was a baby shower for one of the first brides I worked with in 2016,” said Meyers. “Our ex-brides are becoming mothers and this gives them a place to have their baby showers.”
According to Meyers, there aren’t any other event space like this in North Knoxville. “We want to set up Bible study groups for corporate groups,” she added.
The new headquarters includes a kitchen where caterers can serve food. The commercial space includes an industrial dishwasher, three sinks and a refrigerator. In a room next to it, bakeries can hold cake tastings.
“The building has a modern farmhouse look – wooden beams, exposed stone, and a white metal facade with black plantation shutters,” she said. At 6,000 square feet, it’s a big leap from the 2,000 square foot space Meyers outgrew in Fountain City in less than two years.
“We provide linens, decor, a DJ, bakery, flower, planning and catering services,” said Meyers, who prides itself on being a one-stop shop for happy couples.
The showroom has been expanded to 4,000 square meters, and the 2,000 square meter storage room offers plenty of space each week to pack and prepare for weddings. Margaret Claire’s Weddings & Events team can drive to the staging area, open the garage door and pack whatever they need for an event.
The new headquarters has a special meaning.
“Before my mamaw Margaret died in Elmcroft, she had a corner room with a view of some land, and we put a birdhouse on the porch because hummingbirds were her thing – and it was still there,” Meyers said in an interview on Jan. January, 2020. “I saw the sales sign go up next door and since I added catering it has become even more crowded here. I decided it was time to move. “