Your wedding is meant to be the happiest day of your life. But the lead up to the wedding might not be as happy as you want it to be — because the planning process is anything but simple. Some people compromise on the wedding they really want, simply because they’re concerned about the amount of stress planning a wedding may cause. So many different components go into a wedding. While some are fun and glamorous — like picking out the wedding dress of your dreams — others are more practical, and can add to the expenses in a big way if you aren’t careful. The fact is that a big celebration, whether it’s for a wedding or some other event, will always cost money. Even a sweet sixteen birthday party can cost anywhere from $300 to $25,000; a typical bar or bat mitzfah party costs between $15,000 and $30,000. A wedding, of course, is usually going to require a bigger budget. The average wedding reception alone — separate from the ceremony, a rehearsal dinner, and other factors — cost $13,016 in 2012. But you can get the wedding of your dreams within your budget if you’re smart about picking your vendors. Choosing the right party supply rental company to work with can make planning your wedding a much easier and more enjoyable experience. Below, we’ll look into a few factors you should keep in mind when selecting a party supply rental company.
1. To Tent Or Not To Tent
Wedding tents are perhaps among the most requested items from party supply rental companies — which means that you should decide on whether or not you want a rental tent as soon as possible. A tent can be a great option for those who want an outdoor wedding. Many people enjoy having an outdoor ceremony — but while they don’t want to head into a building for their reception, they also don’t feel as if they want to continue the rest of their celebration out in the open air. By using a tent, you’re able to have the best of both worlds. You can enjoy the great outdoors — and easily leave the tent for a breather if need be — while also having a more traditional reception space. Wedding tent rentals come in a variety of different sizes, and can be used in conjunction with portable dancefloors and stages for performers.
2. The Advantages Of Using One Company
There are many advantages of using one party supply rental company as opposed to spreading your rentals across multiple companies. For one thing, it’s simply easier for you — whether you’re the bride, the groom, or the designated planner — to keep track of orders from one company. You can easily lose track of your rentals if you work with multiple companies. Most companies will be able to work with you to provide as many different types of supplies as possible, and indeed some even offer packages that will help cut down on your rental costs. In particular, you shouldn’t have a problem getting your linens, chairs, and tables from a single company.
3. The Guest List
It can be difficult to know exactly how many people to expect at your wedding — which is why, awkward as it may seem, you may want to be strict about RSVP deadlines. Many party rental supply companies will want to have a specific number as soon as possible, so that they can ensure that you have everything that you need on your wedding day. You can work with the company to figure out how much you’ll need based on the guest list count; for example, a party of 15 may not seem like a big number, but you’ll still need 200 napkins for them. When in doubt, defer to the expertise of the rental company employees — they can help guide you so that you don’t have to be stressed about what goes where and how much of it you’ll need on that special day.