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Blog #3 What Rental items do I need?

Drop down on your knee proposal at the location of your first date. Check.
Trying on one hundred twenty-three dresses at three different bridal boutiques. Check.
Budgeting for everything. Don’t forget the candles.
Imagining walking down the aisle at the venue of your drreams. Check.
I’ll try one of everything. Tastings with the area’s finest. Check.
Going over the budget.
Budget. Budget! Check.

Once you have a budget, then decide what is most important to you for your big day. If it’s food, find the best caterer you can afford, and have them customize a dinner for you. If it’s décor, splurge on linens and flowers. Specialty pieces. If it’s your grand exit, charter a hot air balloon flight.
But make it personally, yours.

When it comes to the rentals for your wedding, you should first figure out what your needs are. Visit with your venue and caterer to find out what they provide. If your venue provides tables and chairs and your caterer supplies the dishware, flatware, and glassware, you can check these items off your list.

Once you’ve determined what your needs are, then the fun can begin, and yes, you guessed it, it goes back to what is most important to you. To get the biggest bang for your buck, we often recommend splurging a little on your linens. For just a few more dollars per table, you really can change the entire look of the room. From a pin-tuck overlay to make the room more elegant to a burlap runner to add a little rustic elegance to the table, linens really are an inexpensive way to give your wedding a punch of color and style.

Most rental companies will either allow you to pick up your rental items, or you can pay to have them delivered and set-up. To be a super-saver, wrangle up some close friends and relatives and have them pick up the items for you for free. If this isn’t an option, or if you want as stress-free day as possible, work with the rental company and your venue to see if they will allow you to deliver and set-up the items during the rental stores business hours. This is always the least expensive route to go, and most venues in the area are easy to work with as well as long as they don’t have another event the day before or the day after.

Always look for deals. If you give yourself plenty of time in the planning process, you can wait for wedding vendors to run specials. Many vendors run discounts during bridal shows and during the non-peak seasons (roughly late June until August). So plan ahead, book early, and save.

Happy Planning!

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