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To Rent or not to Rent. That is the question...

Since we’re a rental company, you’re probably expecting me to just say that renting decor and supplies for your wedding is the way to go, regardless of the circumstances. Not quite. I’m going to give you a list of pros and cons and let you decide for yourself which works best for you and your planning. Everyone is different. Sometimes buying works best for people. Other times, renting does. After taking a look at this list, if you feel like you’re more in the “rentals are definitely the way to go!” camp, shoot us an email or give us a call and we can get you set up with whatever you might need.

Cons of Renting:

  • Rentals aren’t always the cheaper option.

  • A lot of rental companies have a minimum order amount that you have to meet (ours is only $25)

  • If something breaks, you have to pay for it.

  • It might be hard to find the exact thing that you’re looking for

  • If delivery isn’t included, you have to coordinate picking up and dropping off the rentals.

  • If your venue provides some decor, and you’re renting more - who’s going to set it all up?

  • DIYing can be an awesome creative release

  • You can maybe make back the money that you spend by selling things after your wedding.

Pros of Renting:

  • Can save a lot of valuable time instead of having to do the shopping yourself

  • Who really wants to iron/steam all those tablecloths? I was doing that the night before my wedding. Not as fun as you would think.

  • There’s often a lot of “stuff” that needs to be packed for a wedding. When you rent and include delivery, you don’t have to worry about how everything is going to fit.

  • Going along with the point above, when renting, you don’t have to pack up all the rentals before the wedding, or clean them afterwards and put them away.

  • Washing 320 charger plates by hand is not fun. Trust me on this.

  • When you rent dishes, you just have to scrape the food off. No washing involved. Again, cutting down on washing stuff is awesome.

  • If you opt for delivery and set up and styling, you and your friends and family can sit back and relax and enjoy your wedding day instead of working.

  • A lot of rental companies offer “treasure hunting”. Let us do the research and shopping around for the unique pieces that you want so that you can focus on going to dessert tastings.

  • You don’t have to worry about what to do with all the left over stuff afterwards. You don’t have to stress about selling it or putting it away or cleaning it or having it take up space in your house.

  • If you're not a natural DIY type it can end up costing a lot of nickles and dimes as you go through trial and error. Not to mention the hours and hours of time lost, never to be found again.

I’m sure that there are more pros and cons that I didn’t think of. But it all comes down to picking which works best for you. If you have plenty of time, are super crafty and have no problem getting your hands dirty, doing your own decor and rentals might be the way to go. But if you are short on time, need some guidance or inspiration and want to not have to worry about anything on your wedding day, renting through a company would be a good fit for you. If you’re feeling like the pros of renting outweigh the cons, let us know how we can help.