Monday, June 8, 2009

Rentable Weddings

Rentable Weddings
by: Emily Shearer

When we originally started research for this blog, we were hoping to find some websites where you could rent items such as wedding dresses for your wedding. After a week long search, we were unable to find any reputable wedding dress rental websites. However, we would still like to let you know the items you can rent.

For all of your wedding rental needs check at The Rental Place…. Ask to speak to Liz or Laura. At The Rental Place you can rent anything from tents to candelabras to all your china, flatware and glassware needs. Sure Grandma has her family’s old china but who has time to get them out of the attic or, heaven forbid, someone breaks one. The Rental Place is perfect for brides who want to have that small backyard wedding because you will need to rent all your ceremony and reception items. The caterer will sometimes provide your flatware but if you want something more attractive The Rental Place can help with that! Another nationwide rental resource to check out if you aren’t in the Atlanta area is Classic Party Rentals.

What you can’t Rent, buy used! has a boutique where a newlywed can post items from her wedding that she is willing to sell. There are wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, shoes and even crystals for accent your bouquet. EBay is another resource to find used items or even new items but at a cheaper price. Newlyweds post their used items and stores post their extra inventory for a fraction of the price. I have found dresses, centerpieces and many other wedding items on eBay. If you come across any other websites that sell used wedding items make sure they are credible and don’t seem sketchy! You don’t want to throw away money when you are trying to save!
Top 3 ways to know the website you are looking at is sketchy:
1. A poorly made website. A credible company will have an easy to use, well made website.
2. If they don’t have a detailed “Contact Us” page. Make sure you have plenty of ways to get in contact with them if your order goes wrong.
3. If they require you to submit your credit card number over a non-PayPal type of system or email the credit card number directly to them at a hotmail address. YIKES! Run Away!

Remember buying used or renting is another way to recycle. If it scares you to buy used or rent items for your wedding remember you are helping the earth. Buying used and renting is another way to go green and be eco-friendly! Also, these items have already made it successfully through another wedding and have good karma!
We want to hear from you! Where have you gotten a really good deal or been able to reuse a wedding item? Post your comments here!
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