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How to Have Your Dream Wedding Without Breaking the Bank

You have the ring, you’ve picked a date, your Pinterest Board is filled with beautiful images, and you stay awake at night planning every detail in your mind. While awake the reality of a budget strikes worry into your vision of the wedding of your dreams. Let me tell you that dream can be a reality. Don’t buy the details, rent them.

The Benefits Of Renting Rather Than Buying What You Need For Your Dream Wedding

How many brides do you know that gather decor items for a year or more to match their theme only to try and resell them on the internet for a fraction of the price they paid for them? For months or years, their basement or garage is filled with wedding items in a color or theme that has passed by. Event planners, florists, and many venues have an alternative for today’s brides – Rental Decor.

From large furniture to staged lounge areas, to vintage trailers as photo booths, to the latest trends in wedding decor, down to the smallest details, it can all be rented for a fraction of the retail price of the items. We can’t help but mention the benefits of recycling items; it just makes us feel good to know that in a small way we are helping the environment.

One of the hottest trends in weddings is the use of Vintage and Rustic Decor. There are many rental companies that specialize in vintage decor and have scoured flea markets, auction houses, estate sales for just the right decor items to bring that vintage feel to your event. On the other end of the spectrum, many rental companies offer the latest in wedding trends. These companies have done all the hard work for you and can save you valuable time. Time – as all brides to be know all too well – sneaks by all too quickly when planning for their big day.

Rent the Decor, Spend the Money on Styling Your Wedding

So your Pinterest board is filled with those amazing images that make you dream of your perfect day. The harsh reality is that most of those images have been created by talented event planners, florists, and photographers. Only 15% of the population has the ability to visualize and create such beauty.  When you rent your decor items you will have money in the budget to spend on styling your event with a professional so that your dreams can become a reality. Stylists have the eye for details, color theory, and spatial recognition and have studied the latest trends. They also have experience and contacts that can help you negotiate your way through the months leading up to your big day.

(Above image credit to Event Design by Devon, Rebecca Barry Photography)

Have we piqued your interest or perhaps changed your mind on purchasing lanterns for your centerpieces or chargers to highlight your chosen color palette? Or perhaps we mentioned decor items you dreamt of having but couldn’t fit them into your budget. Craving some rental inspiration? You rent your venue for the day, your photographer, your DJ, your event planner, why not RENT it all!

You can rent your dress, one of our favorite rental companies, and don’t forget about your bridesmaids, they got you covered. If your goal is to use Vintage items and you love the look of items with an aged patina along with a stylist with an eye for detailed perfection check out Looking for a company that serves the entire United States and carries the latest trends from the smallest of items to large tent rentals? Check the website of

We also found a great resource for brides who love the look of Rustic Decor; has listed state by state vendors who specialize in vintage and rustic rental items. Just remember there are other rental companies that may not be listed as often the companies featured in guides pay a fee to be listed there.

Top Ten Vintage and Rustic Decor Rentals

1- Furniture: From a grouping of eclectic vintage chairs, to rustic church pews to sofas to stage a lounge area, and even vintage campers set up as photo booths.

2- Chalkboards: Used to send a special message to your guest or your one true love, give direction to your guest or set a mood or theme.

3- Vintage Plates: This trend is hot in the restaurant world as well as for bridal showers and weddings. It allows you to mix styles and colors to add romantic style to your event.

4- Lanterns: Used to create beautiful centerpieces, line and light up your aisle, hung  from trees to add magical candlelight, rented lanterns add to the mood.

5- Wood Slices: A staple of rustic wedding decor for centerpieces and to place sweet treats on.

6- Mason Jars/Mixed Sized Vases: For many these versatile vessels define the feel of vintage, used filled with flowers, painted to match the event’s color palette, filled with jams and given out as favors, so many uses.

7- Wooden Crates: Used as risers to set up a sweet table, stacked to display a naked wedding cake, filled with blankets to warm your guest in an outside venue.

8- Old Suitcases: Piled on top of one another to stage a welcome vignette for your guest, opened and adorned to hold cards, or one of our favorites filled with mimosa cocktails

9- Vintage Books: Used to give height to centerpieces, add patina and texture to your decor, or share your literary favorites with your guest.

10- Arbors and Arches:Provide a focal point, mark the spot for your vows, set the feel for your event from simple to elegant.

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