Last week on Tuesday Tips we talked about rentals of linens for your wedding. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg of items you can rent to make your day shine. From chairs to lighting, chargers to china, and tents to dance floors… the skies the limit! Renting your equipment is a smart budgeting decision for couples. Think of it as a gourmet store filled with the latest wedding trends and choices galore!
One very important detail — work with your wedding planner to find and contact your desired rental company PRONTO! You want to make sure the items you need are available and reserved well ahead of time. Plan for at least six months before your wedding to ensure you get what you want.
Ceremony Decor — Rentals of chairs are a definite need for an outdoor ceremony, and to the preferred look to match your theme. There are several choices in this area from white garden chairs to Chivari. Will you want them to be padded or not? Will you want them covered or bare? Do you want an altar at the front? Do you need a special table for your sand, colored water or unity candles? What about a riser for your bridesmaids to stand on to ensure their heels don’t sink into the ground? We can customize your look with our preferred Chicago area wedding rental vendors to find just the right touches for your reception rental decor. There are so many things to consider. Some other options to think about are:
- Backdrops in fabric to match your color and decor to offset the look of your photos
- Arches or chuppahs in a variety of material and color
- Aisle treatments, including items such as rose petals, draping of tulle or sil, along with floral and bows
- Columns with floral arrangements
- Aisle runners
Reception — This is where most of the time will be spent by your guests, and you don’t want them sitting on the ground or eating with their fingers! Your serving dishes, place settings, stemware and silverware will most likely be included in your venue’s pricing. In fact, if your venue is also your caterer, this will most definitely be the case unless you want special china or something out of the ordinary. If you have an outside caterer, you’re probably going to need to rent your table settings. We have special rates works out with vendors and will make sure you don’t forget anything!Consider these questions:
- Plate chargers or no? They can really add that extra oomph.
- Would you like die cut crystal stemware or plain?
- Do you like plain white settings or do you prefer clear glass?
- Would you rather glass water pitchers at the tables or do you prefer silver?
- What kind of lighting ambiance would you like? We specialize in up-lighting for walls in the color to match your theme and a photo success.
- Have you considered lounge furniture? This will give your guests a separate comfy area to relax. As a Chicago wedding planner, we are seeing many more furniture rentals these days.
Tents & Temporary Flooring — Another consideration for outside weddings is tent rentals. Your choices here are plenty. There are open sided tents, closed, and ones with clear tops to allow for ample natural lighting while keeping out unwanted weather elements or pesky pests. Make sure you work out set up with your rental company. You don’t want to be stuck with trying to find friends to figure it out. Renting temporary flooring for your tent is also a necessity. Whether you cover the whole tented area or just the dance floor — make sure you don’t forget this. Wood, vinyl or slate are some of the many options available.
Tabletops — Mirrors, vases, candelabras, cylinders…these are just a few of the items you can rent for your tablescapes. Mirrors under your centerpiece will help to reflect light and make it appear grander than it really is. Candles in matching or mismatched holders are always a classy choice. Glass cylinders with floating candles are simple and elegant. LED lights mixed in with your floral arrangements or table decor can add just the right amount of lighting for an elegant ambiance.
We’re just scratching the surface of all the rental options for your special day. CONTACT US for more information about Chicago area wedding rentals to customize your dream day and make it a reality.
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