There comes a time in the wedding planning process where you realize how much all that fancy, cute stuff costs from the rental company.
This is a very contradictory situation for me. I want to save money, but I also don’t want to be wasteful.
There were two main pieces I wanted for the reception: cake stands and lanterns.
I checked around at some vintage rental companies and found that renting a single cake stand can range from $15-$50.
For one cake stand!
Overall, it is cheaper to buy a couple cake stands, and then re-sell them as a set to another bride, all while keeping my favorite(s) for myself.
So, that’s what we did. We scoured garage sales and Homegoods to come up with our own set of vintage looking cake stands.
We did the same thing for the lanterns. The perfect lanterns happened to be at Target and all on sale as outdoor summer items were moved off the shelves to make way for fall. These lanterns were only on sale in stores and in small quantities, so there were plenty of trips to Targets all over the Chicagoland area. (Sorry you got roped into that dad!)
Once the wedding is over, I plan to keep these items in the wedding rotation by re-selling them to another frugal bride. There are a couple options for that:
- The Great Wedding Recyclery is an event put on every April by the Green Wedding Alliance in Chicago.
- FancyFlip Wedding Resale travels around the country hosting resale events
- Bridal Garage Sale lets you list your items for other brides online
- Wedding Recycle also lets you list your items online for other brides
- Craigslist, obviously…
Here is more information on where to buy and sell used wedding materials online.
The whole thing definitely is more work on our part, but I am okay with that. I know my purchases will be put to good use.