Wedding Hire – To buy or not to buy for your big day?

Wedding hire has increased in popularity in recent years with brides preferring to rent items like chair covers, table details and reception decorations instead of blowing the budget on things they’ll never use again.

Unusual items for wedding hire

Bonne Fete

The vintage real wedding trend has seen more unusual items like birdcages and wicker hearts making their way into wedding photos. But really, what are you going to do with them after the big day? The same goes for votives, jugs and candleabra. If your budget is tight, companies like Lovely Favours can help out with those last-minute finishing touches. From stone columns to sweetie displays, they have a number of fabulous touches that can be yours for just the day. Sabine at top UK florist glily also has an excellent hire service with everything from hurricane lamps to glassware. Hiring items for your wedding also enables you to create a strong theme in an instant – just check out Theme Traders to see what we mean. We love the Christmas wedding hire items the best – complete with reindeers and polar bears! So what are the benefits of hiring instead of buying for the big day?

What are you options?

“Brides who choose to hire products for their wedding clearly benefit from huge cost savings but there’s added value to hiring too.  It saves time, it’s stress free and it’s green, too!” says Amanda Plester from Bonne Fete. “We’ve done all the hard work for you by putting together a range of fabulous collections for you to choose from. No more trawling the High Street, select from the comfort of your own home.” Lydia Carmichael-Brown from vintage china hire company Eclectic Bliss agrees:

Ecletic Bliss

“The benefits of hiring a professional service for your wedding are huge. It’s an investment that will save you time, money, effort, and your sanity! Brides need to hand over to professionals where they can because it can be very stressful to juggle lots of plates – which is the last thing you need while planning your wedding. Even if you have years to plan, it will all come to a head a few weeks before your wedding and that’s the time when a Bride to be needs to be focusing on herself – looking and feeling the best she can and letting the professionals work their magic in the field they know inside and out. The best thing about hiring is the piece of mind. If things go wrong, get broken, lost or stolen it’s covered by insurance and it’s someone else’s problem! Also, if you buy, you have to think about storage and what to do with whatever you have bought after the wedding! At Eclectic Bliss we’ve spent years collecting beautiful pieces of vintage china to hire out for special occasions. Each piece has been hand-picked for its charm, elegance and vintage authenticity and I add to the collection almost every month so no two weddings are the same.”

Sadly, we have heard some stories from brides who have hired items that weren’t up to scratch. Chair covers were dirty, votives were chipped… so do check that you’re hiring from a reputable company and go with personal recommendations if you can.

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About Rachel Morgan

Editor Rachel is Wedding Ideas' big cheese, which is appropriate as she absolutely adores the stuff. When asked what was her favourite, she simply drifted off into a haze of cheddary thoughts. Now that's true love.