Malyssa
Frequent user October 2022 Alberta

To rent or to buy decor...that is the question...

Malyssa, on November 29, 2021 at 17:20 Posted in Wedding reception 0 11
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Hi all,

I have officially locked in the majority of my vendors, which is so exciting, but the next big ticket on our list is decor. Our venue is a brewery so there are some really nice aspects to the venue that will help with decor (ie: some cute outdoor sting lighting across the ceiling beams, "barn style doors" covering ugly stuff like electrical panels) however, we know we are going to have to put some effort into jazzing it up a bit ourselves. but the question is - do with completely DIY or do we hire a vendor to rent items from so we don't have to deal with selling/ect after the fact.

What are your plans/what did you do? There is money in the budget for this, as we saved big on a few other places but I'm also a craft/DIY lover BUUUUTT do I want to spend time that extra time setting up/tearing down day of, ya know?

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Latest activity by JulioWemSM, on December 3, 2021 at 12:47
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  • Arielle
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    We've decided to rent all of our décor. It was much cheaper to rent comparable to purchasing. We live in a condo and do not have the space to house all the décor. I also find re-selling items a hassle at times so I didn't feel passionate about that part either. I think so far, we have spent approximately $350. We have one or two more items we may consider renting so that amount may increase but overall, very satisfied with the amount we have spent on décor.

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  • Alyx
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    That’s amazing!! She was my top pick , I’m so happy I went with her 😊
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  • Amanda
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    My fiance and I have bought all of our decor since we're getting married in another province plus I'm a perfectionist haha. We've gotten a lot of things off of facebook wedding sell/swap groups, Facebook Marketplace, Dollarama & Homesense. We're hoping to get back some of our money buy reselling them after the big day. We've also have a day of coordinator to set up all of our decor so we don't have to deal with any of that as well

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  • Malyssa
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    Omgosh, yes I LOOOOVE my cricut and already have so many plans for that, but there are just some decor I just can't DIY and my house is already full of items to resell. lol we also lucked out that one of our friends got married this past summer and gave us a bunch of their decor.

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  • Malyssa
    Frequent user October 2022 Alberta
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    OMG I met the ladies at Maby Studio at the bridal expo over the weekend and absolutely love their vibe!! They were one of the vendors I'm considering for renting. I'm glad to hear positive things about her!

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  • Alyx
    Frequent user September 2022 Alberta
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    We rented decor because for the amount I wanted to do it just made more sense to rent! I found this amazing company called the maby studio. Shes got a whole catalogue on her site which I loved being able to see prices up front. I told her I didn’t want to spend more than 800. My total was 700 dollars for a 100 person wedding with reception table decor ceremony decor and bar/cocktail table decor. We had a meeting and she helped me cut costs where I could while still bringing my bison to life! I can not recommend Ruby enough!!!
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  • Liberty
    Featured May 2022 Alberta
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    We're renting all decor related to the ceremony since we don't want to have to set it up/take it down.
    For the reception we are DIYing most things. We have the venue for 2.5 days so there's plenty of time to set up and take down!
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  • Hank
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    It honestly depends on how much you need to do. I would rent anything involving drapery, large flower arrangements, and big blocky pieces. Same goes with furniture. I would also rent anything related to table settings like napkins, table cloths, plating, and cutlery but depending on your area, it may be cheaper to buy. I would buy or DIY small centerpieces unless you have a crazy amount of tables and would rent if you're planning big expressive pieces. For signage, I would DIY the design but buy the final print but you could also rent generic signs like the giant letters spelling L O V E or your initials.

    I'm personally pro rent (especially since you have the budget) because of the lack of hassle in not needing to store the stuff in my living space (this is especially bad if you're in an apartment or condo), schlepping the stuff to the venue on the day of, and cleaning it all up after the party.

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  • Carmel
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    I DIY'd a lot but I love it and have a Cricut so that helped. My style is always expensive 😅... So also helped. For the decor I couldn't do (like charger plates, cylinder vases, and votives) I bought off FB marketplace/a rental place that was shutting down (and candles from Ikea) and knew I'd sell it all after (minus a few charger plates and votives I wanted to keep). I had 45 minutes of messages to sort through the morning after posting my items for sale in my local wedding group.... Those items cost me about $600 but after selling them I'm at a cost of $100.
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  • Brittany
    Frequent user August 2024 Alberta
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    I am not a crafty person in the slightest. So I am going with rentals/buying décor.

    My other big thing, is I am a procrastinator and I know for a fact I will leave everything to the last minute and I really don't want to rush it then be upset at myself that it is not up to my vision. Also, because I work full time, I really don't have that time.

    I think it is so much easier to have the rental company show up on the morning of the wedding and putting everything in the venue and my decorator sets it up to my liking. Less stress to me and it is in the budget.

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