Post # 1
Hello Bees, I am in need of a little help. I cant seem to make a decision and asking family isnt helping. Here is my dilemma…
I am doing a backyard lounge wedding, we live on a gorgeous 3 acre open property surrounded by pine trees and banyon trees with moss, the perfect setting.
I have looked into renting this type of furniture and to get what I want it is going to well over $5000! I have done some research and have an Ikea locally and thought about buying furniture like this type and reselling it. It would cost about the same to buy but would make at least half or 3/4 (hopefully) and have to go through the hassle of reselling and praying to make the money back so its not a wash. Here are some pictures of the tree I want to get married under, the 2nd is my backyard which is the other side of the tree and third is my idea of the reception. Your input is much appreciated. Do I buy and hope to sell or rent and say screw it, its your wedding day!
Post # 3
If you do buy, do you have a plan to how to install/put it together and then take it down after the wedding, store it while you sell it? the extra hassle might just be worth paying the money.are you sure there are no cheaper options with regard to renting?
Post # 4
@kerensa: I have contacted a few places and they are upwards of 1200 per couch chair and table plus a 10-15% fee incase of rips tears stains. I live in Sarasota which is not big and having it brought in from a major city there is a travel fee. I really want to do this so I hope it all works out 🙁
Post # 5
@DanaandCleidson: Have you looked for those pieces on Craigslist or Kijiji to see if you can find them second hand and save a few more dollars?
Post # 6
I’d be more inclined to rent because I wouldn’t want to deal with the hassle of trying to resell after the wedding. Perhaps you can work backwards and see if there would be anyone willing to buy it from you before you make the decision.
Are there other ways to keep the rental costs down? Doing more ottomans/cubes for seating vs. sofas?
Post # 7
If the budget is the same, you think you could even get a portion of it back in selling it, and you have time to both put it together and hold it until it can be sold, then I’d say buy it. Because it’s your property, you have the luxury of time and hopefully space to put it all together well in advance and hold on to it until it sells. That relieves the biggest burden for this kind of DIY project.
However, don’t spend so much that you must get a good portion of it back. Remember that you might not be able to sell it for nearly as much as you hope. Regardless, if it’s something you planned to spend money on anyway, then getting even a quarter of it back is better than nothing. Plus, you don’t have to worry about the damage fees.
Post # 8
Gorgeous! Your wedding is going to be beautiful! I am stunned that it costs that much to rent that furniture! I would say try and find some of those items second hand. Even if you have to buy covers to make them all match, I think you could probably save yourself some $$$ in the long run, because re-selling furniture is not very lucrative.
Post # 9
See how much furniture you can get on your local Freecycle. There are *always* sofas and loveseats on mine. Then just re-upholster them or make slipcovers so it all matches. It will take a lot of time but will be very cheap. After the wedding, freecycle it along to others.
Post # 10
…..Do you have a plan if it rains? I don’t want to couches to get messed up if it does because that would really affect the resale value.
Post # 11
Could you go to a used store? Like Goodwill, Salvation Army, Value Village..whatever they have where you are, and get a bunch of dated furniture?
Like, a bunch of old frumpy but comfy couches. Then lysol spray the hell out of them to make sure there’s nothing nasty festering in there. And then do slip covers. White slip covers are soooo cheap. And slip covers can be really nice! Guests will have no idea what’s underneath.
And used places will always take donations. So just redonate!
Post # 12
I’d reconsider the styling but only because it’s a lot to manage. Would you consider a literal picnic feel instead of ‘lounge’ and put blankets on the ground? You could also buy bales of hay and cover them in gorgeous fabrics to make seating.
I know this sounds a little honky tonk but I’ve seen it VERY well done. I just really don’t think it’s worth the hassle you’d go through to buy from IKEA, ship/deliver/transport, assemble (oh god, the assemble), attempt to find storage, then attempt to sell it.
Imagine this but better covered in fabrics and with GIANT throw pillows.
Post # 13
If your set on that then I would bur. There’s always a big market for used ikea furniture so I know you could sell it in 2-3 weeks. But they also need to be put together! I love the spot and the tree but if it were me I would rent a tent and tables and chairs. You could decorate the inside od the tent all for about the same as buying furniture. Just a thought.