Are Wedding Reception Rentals Worth It?

A table at a wedding reception with rented blue cloth napkins and lush flowers.

Let’s face it: when it comes to planning your wedding, there are seemingly endless items to check off your list. Dream bridal gown? Check. Cake tasting? All set. Band or DJ? Taken care of! Truly, the list goes on and on! One more thing that’s frequently added to the list is the debate over whether or not to delegate money in your budget to spend on reception rentals. While this isn’t even on some brides’ radar and it’s top of mind for others, it’s certainly something to think through when it comes to setting your reception decor and finalizing your budget. Below, we discuss different points surrounding whether these rentals are worth it or worth skipping altogether.

What Wedding Rentals Are Available?

A wedding reception lounge area with rented furniture and a large sign that says

Before discussing whether these rentals are worth investing in, let’s cover what kinds of rentals even exist. There are quite a few. First, there are commonly different kind of chairs that can be rented and used in a reception. These are more fancy than regular banquet-style chairs, which is what most venues keep on hand. Rental chairs can be gold chiavari, a sleek plastic, or almost anything in between.

Another common reception rental is furniture. It’s become trendier to include couches and love seats, accent tables, and other types of furniture to adorn the wedding reception space and make guests more comfortable.

Another major genre of wedding rentals is linens. From napkins and tablecloths to overlays and chair sashes, there are endless possibilities when it comes to linens and how they can be used in your reception. Finally, it’s common for couples to choose to rent plates and chargers that give guest tables a sense of flair at receptions.

The Case for Reception Linen Rentals

Linen rentals top the list of the best bang for your buck when it comes to wedding reception rentals. While some of these can be on the pricier side, many of them tend to be more reasonable than other rental options. Plus, there are endless options in the world of linen rentals, making it easy to find rentals that fit your vision and preferences.

Something as simple as tablecloths and napkins may not seem like they’re enough to make a difference in the overall look of your reception, but nothing could be further from the truth. These accents add color and texture to the space, which makes a huge difference in the look and feel of the room. A shimmery gold tablecloth could take the room to the next level as opposed to using the plain white linens that your venue provides.

In considering renting linens for your reception, also keep in mind that you don’t need to go “all out” with these items in order to create the aesthetic you’re aiming for. To stay on track with your budget, you could always opt for overlays rather than full tablecloths, which tend to be cheaper. Alternatively, you could rent tablecloths for only half of the tables to cut down on costs. Finally, you could decide to rent linens for only your head table to really make it pop.

There are many easy and convenient ways to rent linens online, have them delivered directly to your venue, and then have them easily picked up or shipped back to the rental agency after your wedding. The convenience combined with the ease of choosing your spending with these rentals and their ability to transform the space makes them a strong contender in the rental game.

Splurging on Chair Rentals

Rental chairs with ribbons tied onto the back at a wedding ceremony.

Renting the more upscale chairs for your wedding guests is certainly tempting to many in the thick of planning. And, depending on your budget and priorities, investing in these chairs may be the right choice for you. There are several pros to renting the more special chairs for your reception. First, and most obviously, are that they look great. Rented chairs can definitely make a big difference in the room and can tie together the aesthetic that you’re going for. Additionally, there are many options on the rental market, making it easy to find chairs that perfectly suit your tastes and the look you’re going for.

There are a few things to consider when deciding whether to spend the money on chair rentals, though. Keep in mind that it’s rarely just the cost of each chair when it comes to renting them. While these rentals usually range from between $2 to $8 per chair, there will likely be delivery and set-up fees associated with renting the chairs. Some companies will also charge extra to include a cushion with each chair.

Overall, chairs are a great addition to a wedding to create a beautiful space, but not necessarily vital to doing so. If you opt to skip the chair rentals, you can alternatively consider adding sashes or covers to the chairs your rental provides to jazz up the space for less of a splurge.

Furniture Rentals

Furniture rentals are another occurrence for receptions, although they’re not as common as the previous two genres discussed. These are also the most expensive rentals of the bunch, also likely incurring delivery, setup, and breakdown fees on top of what it costs to rent each piece for your event. While these can be a very unique and cool feature at your event, they’re definitely not a necessity to a great party, making them easy to skip if you’re looking to put more money into the guest experience or to just save the money altogether.

Whether or not you decide to invest money in reception rentals, creating a beautiful reception and bringing your vision to life is a fun and exciting process. These rental options can certainly enhance the aesthetic of any reception and are something to consider in the planning process!

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