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Curated Events acquires Please Be Seated Event Rentals

By Brock Huffstutler

April 7, 2024

Curated Events, Raleigh, N.C., an MRE Capital portfolio company, has acquired Please Be Seated Event Rentals, Nashville, Tenn. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 2014 by Mary and Paul Huddleston, Please Be Seated is a full-service provider of event rentals for weddings, corporate events, and other special events throughout Nashville and the Southeast. Please Be Seated’s offerings include lounge furniture options, tabletop inventory and a custom build studio.

“We are so excited to see Please Be Seated become part of the Curated Events family as we continue our journey of building Curated Events into the premier events and structure business in the Southeast,” said David Williams, chairman and founder, MRE Capital.

Al Dyess, CEO of Curated Events, said, “We are so excited to have this opportunity to bring these two high-quality event rental innovators together in the Nashville market. The Please Be Seated team has grown their business into a premium, innovative, and market-leading event rental company over the last 10 years. Curated Events has been focused in a very similar fashion in other markets at the same time. We are thrilled to bring our collective customers a unique product offering, backed by great service and attention to every detail. We are proud to welcome Please Be Seated into the Curated Events family.”

“When we decided to sell the business, we wanted new ownership that shared common values and would continue to deliver exceptional products and services that we had provided our clients,” said Paul Huddleston, Please Be Seated co-founder. “Joining Curated Events will be a beneficial opportunity for not only the Please Be Seated team, but clients as well, offering expanded inventory and resources.”

The Stansberry Firm represented Please Be Seated Event Rentals in the transaction.