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Located in Historic Franklin and serving Greater Middle Tennessee, Southern Events has delighted guests and hosts alike for 20 years. We offer personal service, beautifully curated event rentals and southern hospitality, all in one place.

The Southern Difference


Happy Clients

Our mission is simple – happy clients. Southern Events is a client-centered event rental company, focused on building strong client relationships through creative event design and planning guidance. Our team is committed to understanding your needs, event vision & budget, as well as going above and beyond to provide you with a concierge level of service.


Personalized Service

The Southern team is committed to truly personalized service – understanding your needs, your event vision, your budget and going above and beyond standards of friendliness and professionalism. For us, it’s all about connection and community, creating more than the atmosphere and setting of an event, but rather forming the backdrop to your most treasured, lifelong memories.


Distinct Rentals

Our party rental inventory includes an extensive collection of unique & distinctive party and event rentals from tables and chairs, modern lounge seating and décor to glassware, linens, china, event flooring and tents. Whether you are looking for the latest trends or a timeless style, our inventory serves all event design needs with beautiful pieces and a design-forward approach.


Locally Owned

Southern Events is family owned and locally based in Franklin, TN. We are the only full-service party rental company in Williamson County and have deep roots in our local community of event professionals. This means we can not only introduce you to the best planners, caterers and venues, the money you invest with Southern goes to supporting the local economy.

Meet the Owners Jill and Chip Cole, Southern Events Party Rental Company

Meet the Owners

Chip and Jill Cole started Southern Events to meet the demands of Williamson county’s growing community of families and businesses who had occasions to celebrate. Their business began in their garage and has grown in tandem with other local companies, building the relationships they now enjoy in Middle Tennessee’s event planning community. The Coles employ nearly fifty full and part-time staff and are deeply committed to their customers, clients and their families.

The Coles work together, contributing their unique skills to make Southern Events successful. Jill’s years of experience as an event planner allows her to handle the creative and client facing aspect of the business,  while Chip’s project management background makes him the perfect head of logistics. When they’re not planning events, you’ll find the Coles on the lake fishing and boating with their young sons and spending cherished time with family and friends.

Team Southern

Jen Nichols, CERP

Director of Client Relations & Business Development

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Kari Mauk

Operations Manager


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Jim Garland

Logistics Manager


Jordan Bason

Inventory Management Specialist


Summer Sheldon

Senior Event Consultant

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Shelby Meredith

Event Consultant


Emily Herbert

Event Consultant


Brandon Brotemarkle

Warehouse & Logistics Assistant

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Alondra Diaz


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Affiliated Organizations
American Rental Association Better Business Bureau Downtown Franklin International Live Events Association | Nashville Chapter Wedding International Professionals Organization Heritage Foundation of Williamson County Williamson County Chamber of Commerce nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Maury County Chamber of Commerce

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