Things to Consider When Deciding Whether to Rent or Buy Wedding Decor

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Once you decide on a wedding date and a wedding venue, you need to determine whether to rent or buy wedding decor. Decor is essential for turning the venue into your dream wedding location. There are pros and cons to each option, so read on for more information to help you with your decision.

Renting Can Be Less Expensive

Consider how many guests you plan to have at your wedding. Imagine buying that many chairs, plates, napkins, glasses, and sets of silverware. You probably also want tablecloths and centerpieces for each table, which adds more to the cost. This is before you even get to decorative items for the walls or ceiling of the venue. The caterer or venue may offer these items for rent for less than you could purchase them yourself. Check prices though, as sometimes it’s actually less expensive to buy certain items than to rent them.

Renting Is More Environmentally-Friendly

When considering whether to rent or buy wedding decor, think about whether you would actually use these items again. If you only need them for the wedding, then it’s more environmentally-friendly to rent these decor items. You’re not likely to have a use for 100 purple napkins and 20 lilac tablecloths after the wedding, for example, which is why people usually rent linens. However, if you have another use for the items after the wedding, such as the cake stand and cake cutter, then it can make more sense to purchase them.

Renting Is Often Easier

Another thing to consider when deciding whether to rent or buy wedding decor items is how much work is involved. If you’re meeting with the caterer or venue already and they offer to rent you the items you need at a reasonable price, this can make planning easier. You’ll have fewer overall vendors to worry about, you won’t have to worry about finding a source for the items, making sure they arrive on time, dealing with setup and take down, and selling or disposing of the items after the wedding is over.

Renting Saves You Time

Even if it winds up being more expensive to rent wedding decor, if you’re worried about the amount of time everything is going to take, renting can be the better option. If you buy wedding decor, then you have to spend time sourcing it, preparing it for use, storing it, transporting it to the venue, setting it up, taking it down and removing it from the venue, and then dealing with it after the event.

Buying Allows for a More Custom Look

If you’re trying to achieve a specific custom look, you may not be able to do this with rented wedding decor. Decide which items you can get by with rental versions, and then purchase some more specialized wedding decor items to complete your desired look or wedding theme. Buying tends to make the most sense when you need only a few of a wedding decor item.

Buying Allows for Wedding Keepsakes

Perhaps you want to purchase wedding decor items that are needed in small numbers so that you can use them later for keepsakes. Consider this if you have a potential use for the items once the wedding is over, such as purchasing frames for table numbers or photos that you can later use around your home.