Something Borrowed: Tips for Making Wedding Rentals Work for You

Something Borrowed: Tips for Making Wedding Rentals Work for You

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Olivia Tinsley
May 27, 2016
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Anyone who’s ever calculated a wedding budget can attest to how quickly the elements of the event add up. Thankfully, wedding rental companies exist so that you don’t have to go out and pick hundreds of place settings or buy an absurd amount of Edison bulbs. With the diverse offerings and specialized styles of today, there’s nearly nothing that can’t be borrowed for your big day.

Setting The Table

Farm tables or round tables? Benches or chairs? When it comes to choosing the specifics of eating arrangements, keep the size and style of your celebration in mind. For example, if you’re envisioning a casual, rustic outdoor evening, you can skip tablecloths for your farm tables – just don’t forget the napkins! For more of a formal affair, you’ll want to even consider seat covers. You may also need to rent dishes, glassware, and flatware, unless they’re included in your catering agreement.

Decor Accents

Rather than spending your weekends scouring vintage stores for signature pieces, wedding rental companies have already curated collections of accent tables, lounge seating, and more. The big statement-makers aren’t the only pieces for rent, either. Many offer the candelabras, vases, serving trays, and other accessories to complete your tablescape.

Keep Cover

Outdoor celebrations always run a bit more of a risk, so it’s important to ensure that your guests will be covered. Tents are a functional and stylish way to create a cozy atmosphere for attendees and ward off any unwelcome weather. Be sure to check with your venue for any permitting issues before renting.

Wedding Wardrobe

If you’re not the type who’s dreamed of the day you’ll purchase your wedding dress, renting your gown is a viable option. While saying “yes” to a wedding dress in a boutique can be a special moment for many, it’s also quite the investment for something you’re only going to wear once. If you have no problem passing on preserving your gown in a box or a garment bag in your closet and don’t plan on saving it for a future family member, why not borrow one of the many options from websites like Rent The Runway?

Dance Floor

Depending on where you plan to host your reception, you may need to supply a dance floor before your guests can get their groove on. When selecting a size, go with a generous square footage — just in case even the shyest of guests decide to join in on the Cupid Shuffle.

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