Everything You Should Rent for Your Northern Michigan Wedding (and Even What You Shouldn't)
Updated: Mar 16
One of the biggest questions a couple planning their weddings here in the Petoskey and Charlevoix areas needs to answer is how to manage the decor. "Do we rent the decor or do we manage it ourselves and DIY it? Or a combination of the two?"
I have created a list of the various items it really pays to rent and those items it's better to buy. Because what the question you really need to ask is "What is my time worth?"
What to Rent:
1) Table Linens (Tablecloths, Napkins, Runners, etc.)
So you've found linens online that are WAY cheaper than rentals. Well, here is the problem. Those "bargain" linens are not designed to be used more than once. Wash and dry them and the seams will fray and most home washers are not designed to clean linens very well. Most stains (especially anything greasy like gravy), will not come out. So you've just plunked them down on the FB Marketplace so someone unsuspecting buys them, because what a deal!
If you decide to buy more expensive linens in hopes of getting higher quality, know that they are also time-consuming to clean, iron, hang or fold and then store. Renting linens is the way to go. You won’t even have to iron or steam the linens beforehand, since rentals arrive ready to go. After the wedding, the rental company comes and picks them up. And done!
2) Candle Holders and Vases
Buying candle holders and vases may seem like a great idea, but think realistically about what it means to have dozens—or hundreds—of glass and/or metal items post wedding. You likely won’t be using wax-covered candle holders again, and cleaning them is very time consuming. Try baking small batches of wax covered candle holders at low temp for a while and then cleaning out the melted wax... And then there's packing them up and storing them in hopes you can sell them or maybe a friend will get married soon?
The same holds true for vases. Heart works with your florist to make sure you have the exact vases that you want for all of your flowers and greenery.
We handle the delivery, set up and tear down, meaning you won’t have to haul boxes of vases out of the venue that night or the next morning. (Seriously, tear down just takes away from the "high" everyone is still on at the end of the night. Don't ruin that!) It’s generally not worth the minimal savings, or sometimes no savings, that buying can offer over renting in this category.
3) Charger Plates
If you’ve decided to use charger plates for your tablesettings, keep in mind the management of them. First of all, who will collect all of the dirty ones after dinner? While they are not for eating from, food does get spilled on them. And who will collect them all after the wedding? Charger plates are a big hassle to wash, as they can't be popped into your dishwasher. They have to be hand washed and hand dried to prevent spots. And where will they be stored? These plates are heavy and take up a lot of space! Charger plates are one of the best ways to create a beautiful table. Just be sure to rent them instead. And acrylic chargers are just as pretty as glass, but for much less!
4) Lounge Furniture
Please don't even THINK of buying lounge (or any other) furniture! Who will manage all of it, including the set up? It will have to be packed up and transported after the wedding. Where will it go? Heart provides so many different styles of rental furniture, from boho to vintage to modern. We manage it all!