It’s no secret that getting married is one of the biggest expenditures many of us will face in our lifetimes.
In many cases, having a wedding can cost more than purchasing a new car. In 2012, the average wedding cost a stunning $26,951 — with wedding receptions costing approximately $13,106. Between 2011 and 2012, the number of couples with wedding budgets that exceeded $1 million actually doubled. And while opting for tent and chair rentals can help cut the cost of having a wedding, it’s still shockingly easy to overspend on these rentals.
Your wedding and party rentals should never have to break your budget. To save a little more money on your wedding rentals, here’s a look at three of the most budget-friendly tips and tricks:
Avoid package rental deals
Package deals might make it seem like you’re saving money on the surface — and these deals can often save couples money on their wedding rentals. However, if the number of guests at your wedding is lower than the number of chairs, tables or place settings included in the deal, you’ll likely be wasting money on unused items. In many cases, substitutions come with extra costs, as well. If a package deal doesn’t fit with your guest list number, it’s best to just rent what you need on an as-needed basis.
Order a properly-sized wedding tent
If you’re having an outdoor wedding, it’s important to rent a tent that’s properly sized for the amount of guests you’ve invited. With a tent that’s too large, you’ll end up overpaying — and your wedding will look strangely empty if people are too spread out. By renting a tent that’s too small, however, your guests will be uncomfortably packed together. Many tent and chair rental companies offer free evaluations to determine what size tent you’ll need.
Consider less-expensive chair options
While having wood chairs at your wedding sounds elegant and luxurious, these chairs are also not cheap to rent. Few guests will pay much attention to the chairs on which they’re sitting. As a result, switching to less-expensive plastic chairs is a great way to save money.