Week 18: Rentals

Do these things this week
Discuss table and chair rental needs with your caterer and venue
Find and meet with your favorite rental company
Pester your groomsmen to getting their measurements taken
Reserve your groomsmen's tuxes
Purchase postage for invitations
Shop for and purchase flower girl + ring bearer attire

When it comes to pulling off a wedding, there are a lot of pieces you’ll need from tables and chairs to linens, place settings, servingware, and table numbers to the dance floor and that vaulted tent complete with chandeliers. If your venue or catering company don’t provide everything you need to pull off your reception, or you’re looking for a few personal pieces, have fun exploring the world of rentals.

Rental companies can also act as design houses and prop stylists, arranging everything from place settings to dessert buffets to mix and match seating around the fire pit, complete with cozy blankets and adorable s’mores bags that you’ve been ogling on Pinterest. If you’re in need of unique decorative elements or have a serious theme like romantic, rustic, or boho, rental companies are a great place to start. You can score unique items to set your wedding apart without having to lug it all there yourself or figure out what to do with it after your big day.

Arrange a time to speak with a few of rental companies, either by phone or in person. Prepare beforehand with a list of everything that you’ll need, and have a figure in mind as to what you’re able to spend on all rentals.

If you’re still not sure what you need, look at the amazing work our contributing experts have done.

Event designer Rebekah Carey McNall of A&B Creative says that choosing elements that are personal to the couple is “one of the most important elements of wedding design.”

“I love collaborating with couples to weave in aspects of their personalities, their history and cultures into their wedding design,” she says.

When you speak to a rental company, get a quote of what your rental items will cost and an idea of what the rental terms will be so that you’ll be prepared to make a decision.

We’ll aim to sign the contract with a rental company next week.

FLOWER GIRLS AND RING BEARERS

When clothes shopping for young attendants like a flower girl or a ring bearer, look for age-appropriate outfits that work well with the wedding party. For example, young flower girls could wear white dresses and young ring bearers could wear white button ups with khakis or dark pants, or shorter suits called eton suits. The older the children are, the closer their outfits should match the members of the wedding party.

GROOMSMEN APPAREL

Last week we talked about groom and groomsmen apparel. If you’re planning on renting tuxes, bug the guys to get their measurements and then make the reservation. Otherwise, make sure the men know what they’re wearing so they have time to get alterations done.