When planning a wedding reception, one of the best ways to have wedding cost savings is to rent instead of buying outright. This way, bridal couples do not have an excess stock of inventory on items they “hope” they’ll use again. Many companies offer a variety of items for rent including linens, chair covers, tables and chairs, tents, dance floors, tableware, lighting, props, greenery, theme decor and much, much more.
Wedding Cost Savings Ideas
Before placing any rental orders, a few details must be decided including the location of the wedding and reception – is the location outdoors or indoors? Another big factor is if you are hiring a caterer who offers many decor items or if you are handling all of the food and beverages yourself. Everyone will need drink-ware and flatware no matter who is catering.
Another factor is knowing the exact number of expected guests. This will determine the number of tables and chairs (what style – round or rectangle?), china and other items as each guest will need one of each. You will also need to know what the facility is providing as part of the rental package and which items are a la carte.
While you are concentrating on the I Do’s, there are many rentals for the ceremony. One big opportunity for rentals at the wedding ceremony is decor. Popular rentals include arbors, chuppahs, candelabras, vases, and up-lighting. Don’t forget the chairs too!
Wedding Cost Savings – Linens
Linens are not to be forgotten and make great accents to any wedding. They can complement any wedding color or make a desired accent mood. When selecting linens, pay close attention to the texture and that it matches the theme of the wedding. Linens include table coverings, napkins, chair coverings and the like. For a more elegant look, have the table linens drop to the floor. Also, don’t have the linens match bridesmaids dresses as it will create a big palette clash on the eyes. The same goes for the chair coverings. Keep in mind that chairs coverings should also include a sash around the back for elegance or a bow.
Wedding Cost Savings – Tales & Chairs
When renting chairs, if chair coverings will not be used, be sure the style of the chair will match the theme of the wedding. When planning tables and chairs, be sure to plan extra chairs for vendors that need to sit and the extra “dates” brought to the festivities. Plan extra tables for the DJ, cake table, gifts, guestbook table, and bar area. Lastly, many companies that offer chair and table rental will also offer pickup and delivery of the items.
A little known secret to add some greenery to a wedding is by renting plants for the wedding and reception. This will save big bucks when not having to purchase real plants and flowers to bring the outdoors into the location. What a better way to transform a room than to bring in palm trees, Bird of Paradise, and topiaries?
Wedding Cost Savings – Outdoor Tips
Finally, if your wedding is outdoors, don’t forget the generators when needed. Generators will be needed for lighting and DJ at the minimum. Also, think about the weather. Weather is a big factor in needing shade from the sun, umbrellas for the rain or heaters for the cold. Be sure to coordinate with the facility coordinator as to times for set-up and tear down and doing it all yourself will take extra time. These tips help in in the overall wedding cost savings.
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