Is this rude?

posted 2 years ago in Decor
Post # 2
830 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

If I was in your situation, I would just explain and say that you were wanting to sell them, but thought if they were interested in anything that you’d be happy for them to use it for their day before you go ahead and sell it. 

Post # 3
12119 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

It’s not rude at all. Just make it clear that you are offering with the understanding that you are loaning them the items  and would hope to resell after they use them. 

I thought you were going to say you felt petty in not wanting to lend out your DIY at all, or wanted to charge them, but this is a no brainer. 

Post # 4
8833 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

 misspeony55 :  No, it’s not rude. I think it’s very nice. You’re not giving and then taking back, you’re offering to lend. If they want to keep their decor for some reason, they can decline your offer. But there’s nothing wrong with loaning them your stuff and expecting it back afterwards. 

Post # 5
713 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

misspeony55 :  I don’t think it’s rude at all; just be sure you communicate to them that you were planning on reselling items but are happy to set anything aside for them to use first.  I think any reasonable person would be grateful to just borrow them and then not have to worry about what to do with them after! (I say that as a bride still trying to figure out what to do with a lot of my diy decor 5 months later…)

Post # 6
3832 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Of course a loan isn’t rude! In fact it makes it nice and easy for them as they won’t have to figure out what to do with the things afterwards! You can say ‘hey, I’m planning to sell the stuff from my wedding but you’re very welcome to borrow it for your wedding first if you’d like’. 

Post # 7
2867 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

misspeony55 :  I think that would be perfectly acceptable. You’re saving them the money of having to make those things themselves so it’s totally within reason to want the items back after. I think it’s pretty nice of you to offer to let them use the stuff before selling it all. 

Post # 8
199 posts
Blushing bee

Agree with PP that as long as you’re up front there’s no issue. If they’re on a budget themselves they will hopefully understand wanting to recoup decor costs!

Post # 9
1144 posts
Bumble bee

I agree, it’s not rude at all. It’s very nice of you to offer it to them. Just be upfront about it so they know it’s more of a loan and not a no-strings-attached gift. Something like “I was planning on reselling x, y, z, after my wedding. You are welcome to use them, if you’d like, and then I’ll sell them after your wedding.” 

Post # 10
7905 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

It’s very nice of you to offer your decor for their wedding. I agree it’s a good idea to tell them up front about your intention to have the items back for possible resell, but I would be prepared to not get them back exactly how you want. With every use, you run the risk of damage, loss, etc. 

Post # 11
2130 posts
Buzzing bee

That’s really sweet, bee! Definitely let them know that you will sell the items, but they are welcome to use them if they want. Be prepared for them so say no, and don’t take that personally. 

Post # 12
1798 posts
Buzzing bee

I had a friend in your situation, she lent decor to a friend andssud please return after– the friend left the stuff at the venue and the venue trashed it. Supposedly friend’s mom was in charge of taking stuff home and left it by mistake. And nobody noticed for days, until too late! venue had trashed it.

So my advice: if you want it back you need to take it home yourself after the wedding. Nobody cares about other people’s property

Post # 13
6600 posts
Bee Keeper

I dont think its rude, in fact my Brother-In-Law did the same for us. They saved all of their wedding stuff knowing that his brother (my H) and her brother would be getting married. We’re married and used a few things, and will give it back and then its her brothers turn to use it. Once we’re all done they will sell everything and finally clean out their garage XD

Post # 14
1452 posts
Bumble bee

Nope not rude at all.  DH’s cousin let us borrow her decorations from her wedding (a lot of it was brand new never opened) and asked us to return them back to her when the wedding was over.  We were so grateful for her generosity, that I wanted to make sure everything was returned to her in great shape.  I pre-arranged a small army of people to help us immediately take down and box up the decor right after the reception was over.  I made one of my Bridesmaid or Best Man and Groomsmen be in charge of going through each box and making sure ALL of the decor were nicely packed and that everything was loaded into my car before we left (we had numbered the boxes so that nothing was accidentally lost).  

I would say as the recipient of DH’s cousin’s generosity, it meant so much to us that she went out of her way to help us.  It definitely brought us closer and Darling Husband & I find we will go the extra mile for her and any of her events because of her generosity.

Post # 15
875 posts
Busy bee

I would offer them or sell them, but not both.

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