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At Your Service: Wedding Rental Questions Answered
How can rental companies help transform an event space?
“From tenting to lighting, there are endless ways that a rental company can transform your space—an open field can be defined with a tent, while an old barn or warehouse is easily warmed with fabric draping and up-lighting. Small upgrades, like replacing your venue’s old chairs with modern rental chairs can also make a big impact.” —Jenny Kimble, Special Occasions
Guestbook table by Ohana Party Rentals (Photo courtesy of Ohana Party Rentals)
What timeline should brides follow when ordering rental pieces?
“We advise booking as soon as possible and include one extra day prior for event delivery. That way, if there are any problems with delivery scheduling, traffic, last-minute requests or anything else that comes up, there is plenty of time to handle any hiccup.” —Gus Hanawalt, Ohana Party Rentals
What makes vintage rental companies different?
“Whether you’re drawn to textures such as metals or wood, colors or pieces that simply speak to you, we can help you create the wedding you’ve always envisioned and help turn your Pinterest board into reality. We can also custom build or source those hard-to-find items—if you don’t see a particular item in the inventory, chances are that we can help track down the piece you’re searching for.” —Lane' Bigsby, Something Borrowed
A glittering tablescape by Barclay Event Rentals (Photo: Atelier Pictures)
What planning tips do you have for brides working with rental companies?
“Come in for a hands-on appointment. This is the perfect opportunity to look over color samples, photos you’ve collected and venue layouts with us so that all involved have a clear understanding of the vision, which makes for an accurate execution. One of our biggest pieces of advice is also to order early and order on the high end, numberwise, of what you think you will need.” —Jen Maust, Barclay Event Rentals
What is one of the advantages of renting?
“The hidden advantage to renting is that it dramatically reduces labor requirements for the couple and their families. Storing, cleaning and delivering, and re-cleaning large quantities of dishes, linens, chairs and everything else for the party are enormously time consuming.” —Kevin Kohnstamm, The Party Pros