(Closed) Reception items – rent vs. buy

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1727 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I bought and resold my tableclothes which saved me a ton. They were the same cost to buy as to rent so even if I couldnt sell them or only some of them I was still ahead.

If you buy something, remember that you may not be able to sell it/all of it or for the price you want. It is a risk. you also have to have someone available to set it up/take it down.

I also bought candle holders for the mantel on clearance at Xmas tree shop so that was definately cheaper to buy!

So figure out the logistics first, then price out buying vs renting and see what the difference is. If its nearly the same, I would buy and attempt to resell. If its more to buy, then I am not sure I would buy them.

Post # 4
1281 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@lepkugen:  i dont have the quote with me but i wanted birdcages as our centerpiece on mirror plates with candle and flower. just birdcages (same size i wanted) to buy was $70 each. i needed 12

for $800 the decorator is doing all chair covers, table clothes, table squares, mirror plates, candles, birdcages, a MR and MRS sign, backdrop, pearl scatters and setting up my lolly buffet

Post # 5
2503 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We rented the majority of our items, but mostly because it was easier or cheaper. The linens were easier since we didn’t decide on what we wanted until about a few weeks out and by then, I was DIYed out. The chivaris were cheaper since the catering company owned them.

I would buy things that you really think you can re-sell, so things with mass appeal. For example, orange ostrich feathers would be a tougher sell since that’s not something a lot of brides are looking, I think. On the other hand, simple clear glass vases are probably an easy re-sell. I would also consider your local market and how many local brides are looking to buy versus rent. Some of the stuff gets very heavy to ship (e.g. glassware, papergoods) and after the cost of shipping/handling, your potential customers may back out so it’s best to have local brides that would be interested and would pick it up from you.

Our linens were SUPER expensive and unfortunately, we fell in love with them before finding out the cost. We went with dupionique table cloths and napkins and the tablecloths were like close to $30/table (luckily, we didn’t have many tables) and the napkins were like $6/each. The regular polyester blend ones were like $5/table or something way cheaper. We wanted chargers, but those were $6/person so we nixed those. I think you can definitely buy those from other brides and they don’t “usually” get broken. If you do buy linens, be careful about stains. We had a huge sticky orange stain from one of our dessert on one of the table cloths and honestly, I don’t know if that would’ve come out. If you are reselling, that can be a problem since now you are short one.

Our glasses/silverware were essentially comped by the catering company or reduced to probably a dollar or two a person for the either setting. In all honesty, I think it would be tough to re-sell glasses and silverware because you have to wrangle all of them by the end of the night and wash them for your next bride. That’s assuming you have a full set and don’t lose forks or break glasses.

Of course you have to rent the big pieces, like chairs and furniture. I think it is unrealistic to bring them all yourself, unless it is a very small wedding and you are talking about folding tables/chairs and you know people with big trucks/vans.

I would also not commit to re-selling everything pre-wedding because sometimes, you just don’t get it all back or not in a good condition. For example, I think a Bee posted that she pre-sold her napkin rings, but then she lost a lot at her wedding from people taking them or breaking them.

Post # 6
17 posts

You may want to check out http://www.rentalcompare.com before you make a decision.  You can look at what is available to rent and compare the prices.  I think renting is the way to go because it will be less expensive and you don’t have to deal with reselling items.  I would definitely do some research first.  Good luck!

Post # 7
654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I was talking with my planner asking her if we should buy the linens and she basically said it wasn’t worth the hassle because they’ll need to be steamed, cleaned etc. 

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