Tips From our Friends at Bustld
Rentals can quickly become a very overwhelming task to tackle. Where should you start and how do you get that final look to come together on wedding day? Read our top five tips for all things rentals!
1. Make an appointment 6-8 months out.
While some showrooms allow walk ins, it helps to have an appointment scheduled. This way you can have a representative/stylist from the rental company available to walk you through things and help with your vision. If you have a planner, be sure to bring them with you!
Obviously, inspiration photos are important so your stylist and planner can see your vision and help match specific rental items to the overall style you want to achieve. If you have swatches of bridesmaid’s dresses or your dress those are also helpful things to bring so you can create one cohesive look throughout the wedding. Also, pictures of your venue will help you, your stylist and/or your planner visualize how the whole thing will come together.
5. Plan for wedding day weather rentals.
It can be easy to forget about the essentials when they aren’t the prettiest things in the room. We’d rather look at pretty linens and chargers opposed to tents and heaters, too! But it is important not to forget those sorts of wedding day weather essentials if you are planning any outdoor aspects to your wedding. Whether that be an outdoor ceremony or cocktail hour, consider any tents, rain walls or heaters you might need for wedding day.
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Draping the ceiling!
Ceiling draping adds the room in ways you would not expect! Draping the ceiling creates a fuller look at a more reasonable cost than draping the entire room! You can choose different fabric colors to drape the ceiling of your venue or use white for a cleaner, elegant look!
All That Glitters is Gold!
Bring the room to life with a little sparkle and shine! Using sequined linens, décor, and accents can give a simple venue or space a dazzled look! Choose a color that best fits your theme to complete your dream wedding day look!
Lights, lights, and more lights!
Whether you want string lights, Chinese lanterns, or chandeliers we’ve got you covered! Lighting creates a more intimate atmosphere for you and your guests!
On the outside looking in!
Our floral or simple ivy helps break up the dinner tables! Your head table can stand out with a touch of greenery!
Vintage is the new Modern!
Vintage weddings are the latest trend! Mixing our vintage china with our modern chargers creates a unique look! No wedding will look the same with this style wedding! And to tie your wedding together, vintage wedding dresses are so in!
The short answer is YES! YES! YES!!!!!
I want to try to turn a negative into a positive for others. We recently had a client that I met with to discuss decor for their wedding. Meeting at the event site was pleasant and informative. I listened to what their needs were, quoted a price and went back to the office. The client stopped by a couple of days later to look at colors but did not place an order with our sales staff. Most event professionals meet with multiple clients every week. A typical week for us is to quote 15 - 20 persons what the items or services would cost. Of these, we probably hear back from 5-6, the rest are price shopping or just getting ideas. So when I did not hear back from this client, I assumed that they had decided to go another route.
3 months later, I get an email asking, "when we are delivering the decor items for the wedding?" My response back to the day of planner was, "what wedding?" She replied back with a name. I replied back with a "I don't have anything on the schedule for that person or event location." Next email is "I will have the client contact you." I say, "OK, great."
This email discussion happens on Monday- the same week as the wedding, the Sunday of a holiday weekend. I have no deposit, no contract, and I really don't remember what the client wants. So, I put in a partial order for the item I can remember so we can get it scheduled on the calendar for delivery on a Sunday of a holiday weekend, in hopes that the client will contact us before the week is over.
The client calls on Saturday to make payment for the items. Our sales staff person goes over the order with the client, who then disagrees with the amount but pays for the items anyway. At this point we are set up for failure as a vendor. We brought exactly the items on the invoice to the venue and set up, then get a call 15 minutes before the wedding from the day of planner that the setup was wrong. DO NOT pay for something without knowing exactly what you are getting!! The client had expected many specialty items that we were not aware of because no mention was made of it while discussing the order and paying the day before. Now we have a client that is unhappy, a planner that is unhappy, and no time to install what they truly wanted.
We want clients and planners to be happy with our work. Without an agreed to contract, nobody within this scenario can be assured of what is being delivered. Talk to you vendors early and often, work out all details prior to the event, settle on the price and exactly what you want. Make sure it is spelled out on the contract that lights are added, ties are added, personalizations are added etc. so there are no surprises on you wedding day.
Picking a venue is one of the first items you need when hosting an event. A lot of thought needs to go into this selection. When is the event? Is the venue available on that date? Will the venue hold the number of people coming (invited) to the event? What does the venue include?
Hotel ballrooms are great places to host an event. Rooms for guests are available so they don't have to drive. Most hotels include almost everything you need ; food service, tables and chairs, clean up. We recommend Embassy Suites, Hyatt Regency and Marriott Grand as our favorite hotels. Great service and well trained staff.
Private Event Facilities
Greenville is loaded with some great event venues to fit different events. Zen Greenville offers a modern feel with great spaces, soft seating, outdoor area, bar service and the opportunity to bring in your own caterer. The Old Cigar Warehouse offers a lot of the same with an old rustic feel from the brick walls, Eidison light chandelier and large event deck. the Cannon Center in Greer offers a clean slate of a space with a deck overlooking a pond in Greer Park. The Davenport in Greer is quaint with large chandeliers and hardwood floors. Midtown Artery is a classy art gallery with great lighting. When checking with these and other event venues, ask about caterers they have on their approved vendor list, bar options and how many tables and chairs they offer. Also ask about capacity. Event the best facility doesn't work if they can't hold all your guests.Check our list of vendor partners for more choices for a private event venue.
Back yard party
Plan your back yard party with parking in mind and a rain plan. Tents are really cool in the back yard and companies can provide shuttle service from a nearby parking lot(ask permission before parking 200 cars at Bi-Lo).
where ever you host the event, Upstate Event Services can provide you with the items you need to round out the party. Additional tables and chairs, tents, china and glassware, DJ's Floral, Photography etc. we can help to bring it all together.