Rentals, they are a necessity for many weddings and the receipts can add up very quickly. Even when choosing the basics the tab can be steep, but the options are limitless these days, and add delivery charges on top of that and your budget can go quickly. Here are a few tips and tricks I have learned to get the look you want while sticking to your budget.
1. Choose one piece to make a statement. Instead of choosing special linens, high-end dinnerware, fancy glassware and farm tables, choose one item to splurge on. Maybe it's a special charger to add color your table, or chairs that really set the scene and allow it to be the showstopper.
2. Rent from one vendor. By renting from one vendor, you will avoid multiple delivery/pick-up fees.
3. Rent one set of chairs that work for your ceremony and reception. Of the basic needs, chairs are one of the more expensive rental items. You may have to pay a labor charge for moving the chairs from ceremony to reception, but it will most likely cost less than renting two sets of chairs.
4. Check with your venue for delivery and pick-up flexibility. You can save significantly on the delivery fees if you don't have specific delivery and pick-up times.
5. Dress up the head table. As a vintage glassware collector myself, there's nothing I'd like to see more than a room filled with beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces, but that can be very pricy. You can go full out for the head table, which will be stunning in the photos, then choose just an element or two to tie the other tables back to the head table.
6. Make custom table runners. My secret to dressing up tables is custom made table runners. I've even hand-made runners for clients. Runners are relatively inexpensive, and can dress up standard linens, as well as naked tables.
7. Stick to bistro lights. Strung lights are less expensive than larger light options and add ambiance to every party.
8. Go with the one-piece chair option. Cushion choices, chair covers, ribbons, and other decorations can all add up, go with the simpler option.