Rentals for your wedding reception don’t have to cost you a fortune since these can take up a huge chunk of your budget. Depending on your venue, you may need a specific set of items for your wedding ceremony and reception, such as tents, chinaware, sound and lighting. The prices of these rentals can add up to a lot, especially if you consider the additional setup and delivery fees. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to prevent your budget from blowing up.
We all know that there are limitations to our budget, so here are several tips to help cut off your expenses when borrowing decor and tableware during your wedding day:
Keep It Simple
Save on your budget by getting simple wine and water glasses instead of opting for every piece of specialty glassware on the rental list. By doing this, you can still have the elegant look you want without the need to overwhelm the table setting with glasses of all shapes and sizes. Likewise, at the bar, use just one simple glass for all your needs.
According to www.accelrentals.com, rental costs for popular color palettes such as white tablecloths and simple glassware tend to be much cheaper. Try not to get caught in all the pressure of rentals and focus your budget towards more essential things that your guests will really remember, such as the food, your wedding outfits, and the entertainment.
Choose A Good Wedding Date
Due to supply and demand, rental expenses tend to be more expensive during peak wedding days, which are usually Saturday nights in the summer. Try to schedule your big day on less popular days of the week such as Sunday afternoons or during less busy seasons such as winter. Your expenses can also be cut down when you hold your wedding during a weeknight, but keep in mind that your guests may have conflicting schedules.
Pick Colorful Napkins Rather Than Tablecloths
Choose plain tablecloths and spend more on stylish napkins because your guests will engage more with the napkins and get a more luxurious feel this way. In addition, the tablecloth will be covered with flatware, china, cards, centerpieces and more, so having a cheaper table linen is a great move since most of it will just be covered up by decor anyway. Besides, you have more important things to use your budget on, like choosing your wedding ring.
Reserve Lavishness For The Head Table Only
If you are really set on a particular vision for the tables in the reception area, try to consider keeping the lavish rentals for just your head table or your table as a couple, and opt for less expensive ones for the rest of the guest tables. Doing this provides you and your entourage Instagram-worthy pictures while managing your budget for rentals. At the end of your wedding, no one will notice eating from plain white china while your entourage’s table will have plates with gold rims.
Compare Shop Rental Services
Depending on the venue for your wedding, you might have several wedding rental companies to choose from. Although this may seem time consuming, it is essential to do research, look at the supplies they offer and find out how much they charge. If you find a rental provider you like that has all the items you love, but they charge more than their competitors, ask them why they have a different price and try to negotiate for a lower price.
Avoid Replacement Expenses
If you are planning to rent linens, place a small platter under the candles so they don’t stain the linen and ruin it. If there are guests that smoke cigarettes, make sure you have ashtrays on their tables or designate a smoking area to prevent burn marks on rented equipment. Flowers and other items that have dye can stain the linens permanently, so be very careful where you put them.
A lot of time and budget goes in preparing for your big day and many of us are eager to find methods to save some money where we can. We wish you the best on your wedding day and we hope that these tips can help you trim some expenses from your wedding budget.