Post # 1
just wanted your thoughts on renting wedding items out. I bought every single decor item for our wedding minus tablecloths & napkins, and now debating selling them, or renting them to other brides. Thoughts? Has anyone done this before? Any legal ramifications/practical ways of carrying it out?
Post # 2
What types of items?
Things to think about:
– Are you going to deliver and pick up the items?
– Are you going to require the renter to pay for damages/replace the items?
– Do you want to start having to deal with bridezillas? LOL. 😉
I’m renting a bunch of vintage furniture and dishes from a local business who specializes in renting out furniture, decor, dishware, etc. This is an actual wedding/event vendor, and we signed a contract with them, deposit, etc.
But, would I have done the same with just some person I don’t know or doesn’t have reviews of working with other brides? Probably not. I’m more likely to buy the items at a good deal, as opposed to having to worry about renting from a stranger.
However, I’m also not having a DIY heavy wedding. So, there might be other brides out there who would be all about this.
PS – I’m in no way passing judgement on you as a person, I’m sure you’re very nice and trustworthy, just trying to give a perspective.
Post # 3
OMGMrsW2B: thanks for your reply. I have a ton of stuff – 350 chair covers & sashes, 39 tall glass vases, 114 long stemmed Tealight holders, 75 round votives, 75 square votives, 35 table number holders, lace covered candles, and floating candles.
I guess I would expect the couple to pick up and drop off. I might charge than the original cost of the item, and then when returned in good shape, I would refund them. It does seem complicated.
I don’t mind selling it at all, I was just thinking about renting. I would rent a lower-priced then I would sell it for, so maybe this would be helpful to some brides? We’ll see 🙂
either way, you gave me some great things to think about!!
Post # 4
MrsL1012: Another idea, you might be able to find a floral company or event designer that would be interested in purchasing the items from you too.
Post # 5
I sold everything really quickly are for the same price I paid for it. People picked it up and was gone within the week. It was nice to have all that cash back and we’re planning on using it towards another trip. I think renting would be pretty complicated if it wasn’t a business.
Post # 6
MrsL1012: I am wondering what I am going to do with all of our wedding crap after the wedding, too. Firstly, we are collecting vintage china for the wedding, so I will have a setting for as many as 124 people…a bit much for every day use, no? I can’t decide if I want to attempt to open an online rental company and go through the hassle of getting that set up and then renting everything, or if I just want to sell it in one go. I feel like the vintage china is either a growing trend or a fading trend (I know many Bees who have or are doing it, but no one in real life) and there are no other companies like this in my area (which can either be indicative of the need or just because no one has tapped into a gold mine). Also, I wonder if the whole “vintage” theme that has found it’s way into many weddings will be gone, as so many trends are, in a few years. So, I am just wondering if it would be smarter to sell or rent. Rent can have the potential to keep a steady flow of money coming in, but with selling it’s one big payout and you’re done.
I’ll also have tableclothes, tea pots, vintage books (I’ll probably just keep), brooch bouquets (though no one else but me will probably like/want them), tiered cake stands made out of vintage plates, and just a slew of other vintage-y items.
Post # 7
I’d just sell it all and get rid of it to recoup some money. I would not be interested in the rental business, especially since it may be hard since you only have one set of decor so it wouldn’t be a huge money maker. It seems more like a hassle to rent imo.
Post # 8
The majority of you are saying just sell it and be done with it…I agree that’s the easier way, I guess the potential to make more money in the long run is a bit tempting 🙂