Post # 1
I am having a cocktail reception and want to create a lounge vibe in our reception space. I have reasearched renting furniture and the cost for a 6-person seating group averages around $1000. We will also have cocktail rounds and barstools (at no cost from the hotel). We are expecting btw 100-115 guests.
I just got the IKEA catalog and calculated the cost of buying 4 small sofas, 6 chairs, 8 ottomans, 6 side tables, and 4 coffee tables (seating for 22). I even threw in the cost of some pillows, a few floor lamps, and a few cool vases. Total cost? Like $1800!
Issue? what the heck do I do with all that IKEA furniture when the wedding is over? Anyone looking to do something similar and getting married next fall/winter?
Post # 3
Ummm resell? I bet that stuff would go like hotcakes on craigslist. You’d have to sell at a loss, but I bet you could recoup at least half of your costs.
Post # 4
i agree… you could totally sell it on craigslist when you are done with it, and at least make enough so that it’s worth buying from ikea and not renting!
Post # 5
Could you refurnish your house–or a room with the purchased Ikea stuff.
It would make it extra special because you used it in your wedding.
You might have more luck with ebay (you can request pick up only), that way you might get more bang for your buck. Or you can keep the boxes it came with to repack and after use, take it apart and mail it that way..
Post # 6
I agree you could probably resell, but (and this is just a little nitpicking) the gray couch I sat on just friday, thinking about buying it–and it was pretty uncomfy! I know it wouldn’t matter for your wedding stuff, but for someone else buying it, it might not be the best?
Otherwise, I thought about doing that EXACT SAME THING! Why do they make furniture rental SO EXPENSIVE? Grr.
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
Ikea furniture sells really well on DC craigslist and for not much of a loss. Or, if you have a garage/storage space, rent the furniture out to other brides 🙂
Post # 8
yeah, you could easily re-sell ikea stuff 🙂
Just make sure you have somewhere to STORE it until someone comes to take it off your hands.
Post # 9
FI and I are actually buying sofas off of Craig’s List and out of estate sales, mismatched crazy ones over the next year and Dad’s storing them for us. Much cheaper than Ikea, and the funky sofas will be divided up between us and my sis! But our wedding will be an outdoors/tent halloween crazy party of insane mismatched/dark theme, so it works! 🙂
Post # 10
Ooooh just for the heads up, those couches have to for real be broken in before they’re actually comfortable. Once you break them in, though, they’re great! The other cost you might need to factor in is a) shipping (Ikea shipping is ridiculous $$$) or b) truck rental to get the furniture home just in case you don’t have a truck/ big SUV.
Post # 11
Sell it if you have a place to store it. Or… be an angel and donate it (tax write off)! You’d have to pay a lot more to a rental place & you wouldn’t get any return on it either. Also a lot of donation centers pick up for free 🙂
Post # 12
The thing you will lose out on is the service you will get from a rental company. Have you thought about how you will get everything to and from the venue?