Photo courtesy of Katie Cassidy Photography
A few months back, we covered some of the larger rental items you might need for your wedding. Today, we’ll take a closer look at the smaller stuff – because it turns out that you can rent pretty much anything you need! This is great for those of us who a) aren’t crafty, and/or b) do not want to be the proud owner of 200 chargers.
Tabletop Items: Chargers and linens, of course, are very common rental items. But you can also rent vintage, modern, or traditional plates; flatware in silver, gold, or copper; and plain, patterned, or colored glassware for your place settings. You can add a special napkin ring. You can pop a unique table number or place card holder on that rental order. You can even create your own centerpieces by renting candlesticks, candelabra, and vases!
Floor: Not a fan of your venue’s flooring? Add a carpet runner into the room to bring in your theme, or even accent rugs to bring in patterns and colors. Many venues have easels on hand, but you might want to rent some that fit with your look better than what’s provided.
Tables and chairs: Need some rectangle tables, and your venue can’t provide? Definitely look into renting! There’s a whole slew of specialty tables out there that don’t need a cloth and can add a little flair to your look. Chairs can make a huge difference to the look and feel of your room, whether you’re adding a cover to a banquet chair or bringing in an entirely different chair. You can do tables and chairs piecemeal if your budget won’t stretch to the full room – focus on special areas like the head or sweetheart table, the cake table, the bars, and the sign in table.
Small lighting: While you’ll definitely want a professional lighting crew to handle the big stuff, you can rent smaller lighting pieces like lamps and lanterns to add to your tabletops or lounge areas.
Theme pieces: Trying to bring in a vintage feel, or a rustic feel, or a boho feel? Many rental companies have small character pieces that can enhance the mood of your reception venue to fit what you’re trying to convey. For example, if you and your partner love bicycles, and you’ve used bicycles throughout your wedding design, why not rent a vintage bicycle with a basket to act as your card basket at the gift table?