During the wedding planning, at some point you will be discussing decor with either your wedding planner and/or the venue. Some venues do offer “standard” linens & chair covers in their wedding packages. More often than not, they are usually basic white.

Nothing wrong with white, it’s a neutral colour, works with any theme & other colours. But couples want more….more colour, more choice. So the question is do you rent or do you buy?

First you contact a decor rental company to inquire on rentals & their costs. Whoa….you want how much?? Heck, I could buy them for that price! Then a light bulb goes off….yes, maybe we should buy instead of rent! Then after our wedding we’ll just sell them to another bride on Kijiji….Brilliant! Or is it?

Things to consider when you decide to buy, instead of rent:

 Sweet you just paid $2.50/per chair cover, great savings! Renting them would have been the same price (DIY) & if we wanted the rental company to install them, OMG, that would have cost approx. $4/per chair cover

Now, you have to pick them up & store them until the day of the wedding & you have 150 wedding guests at your wedding, that’s a lot of chair covers! What if you buy linens too, that’s another 15 120″ floor length linens that need to be stored.

Another great money saver is DIY centerpieces!

Those awesome feather centerpieces are pretty expensive to rent. Just go & purchase your own vases & a bunch of feathers & do it yourself!

Since they are not real flowers, you can make them weeks in advance & just store them until the wedding day.

Keep in mind, to achieve that full look, you’ll need approx. 25 ostritch feathers per centerpiece.

The wedding day has finally arrived!! Now you need to have someone to bring all 150 chair covers, 15 120″ table linens & 15 3′ tall feather centerpieces to the venue…..no problem

Ok, now you have to designate someone in your bridal party or a family member to install all 150 chair covers, linens & 15 centerpieces….wow, that’s a lot of work!!! Not to mention at the end of the night, you must remove all 150 chair covers, linens & centerpieces. I know,I know……you’re tired & have had a few drinks, but someone has to do it!

Now you have all your chair covers, linens & centerpieces home, back in the garage or basement. So you quickly post an ad on kijiji

“For Sale” 150 navy blue “tie back” chair covers & 15 120″ navy blue floor length linens & 15 white feather centerpieces….Awesome price!

Days pass…..no bites, Hmmmmmm? Ok, so you lower the price a bit more…..still nothing?

Finally….someone calls, they’re interested, but they only want 75 chair covers & 8 linenes & no centerpieces. What do you do? Say no, it’s all or nothing, ’cause you NEED to get rid of everything, or do you sell what you can, just to recoup a small portion of what you paid?

You start to think, maybe renting wasn’t a bad option after all?

If you rented, no need to sell afterwards! You pick up what you need, then drop off, back to the rental company, but keep in mind, you still need to DIY

But…..if you pay a little bit extra, no need to DIY, you can enjoy your wedding day & not work through it! The rental company delivers, sets up & at the end of the night, they will come back & pick it all up!

So….what is the better choice, buy or rent?

Only you can make that decision, now that you have the facts. Buying & DIY can save you money but in the end, is it really worth it?

Something tells me that those rental prices aren’t looking so bad after all

Happy Planning!

 

 
  1. More often than not, venues now have their own wedding coordinator to assist couples on their wedding day. If that’s the case, why hire a Wedding Planner?

Let me set the record straight about this burning question!

It takes approx. 250 hrs to plan a wedding. Brides & grooms usually start to feel like they are in over their heads soon after starting to plan their own wedding. All of their weekends & evenings start becoming devoted to their wedding & can feel like a second job to them. Hiring a “certified” wedding coordinator can save them time, stress & money.

The 4 main reasons couples hire a “certified” wedding coordinator:

They are too busy/overwhelmed to properley plan their wedding

They are planning their wedding from a distance

They want a professional to handle all the leg work involved in planning a wedding

They prefer to take pleasure in their wedding day, not work through it.

CERTIFIED WEDDING COORDINATOR VS ON-SITE WEDDING CONSULTANT:

The on-site wedding consultant’s primary focus & responsibility is the Venue. The relationship between them & the couple remains a professional one. The on-site coordinator will assist in the creation of a timeline for the wedding in regards to the venue’s role & responsibilities. If the ceremony is also taking place on-site the venue coordinator will usually run the rehearsal for the wedding & direct the ceremony on the wedding day. The on-site coordinator is usually on-site on the wedding day & generally leaves before dinner turning the event over to the banquet manager or “Captian”

A “certified” wedding planner’s primary focus & responsibility is the Bride & Groom. They work closely with the couple, building a personal & professional relationship right from the beginning of their engagement. From selecting vendors & venues, budget management, theme development & decor, managing & seeing to the finest details & supervising the event itself. They keep everyone organized by setting up a clear plan for the event & following up to make sure all flows well.

They will be present at the wedding to direct the ceremony & reception & make sure all goes according to plan. On the wedding day, the “certified” wedding coordinator will be with the couple from before the ceremony until the end of the reception.

 

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