wedding planning from a man's perspective

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wedding planning from a man's perspective

As a man, I know next to nothing about planning a wedding. My fiancée and I agreed that we would work together to plan our wedding. She provided me with a long list of things that I was to do independently, a list that she was going to take care of, and a list that we would work on together. The minute she handed me these three sheets of paper, I knew that we were in for a long six months. That was when I started talking to her about hiring someone to help us with the planning of our wedding. Visit our blog to find out how we worked together with a planner to make our day the best it could be.

Rent, Don't Buy: 3 Pieces Of Wedding Furniture You Shouldn't Get For Keeps

When it comes to you and your future spouse's perfect day, you don't want to leave anything up to chance – that's why it's important to check with your venue about furniture they have that can be used in the wedding and reception. However, depending upon things like the number of guests and any special physical accommodations, your venue might not quite have everything you need to make your wedding go off without a hitch. In cases like that, renting furniture is a good way to make sure that everyone is happy and comfortable without blowing your wedding budget on buying 250 identical lilac chairs – so if you're wondering what furniture pieces it might be better for you to rent for your wedding, then here's what you need to know.


A wedding arch comes in many, many different styles and by many different names (chuppah, canopy, trellis, and more) but is generally standard for exchanging vows underneath – and makes for immediately framed and pretty pictures of the ceremony. If you have any friends who are more woodwork-inclined, you may be tempted to ask them to make one for you, but it'd probably be easier to rent it in the long run. Renting means that you can pick one out that fits your theme and aesthetic perfectly, often that the rental company will both deliver and receive it before and after the wedding, and – most crucially – that you don't have to find a place for it somewhere in your new home after the wedding.  


No matter what the theme of your wedding is, if your venue's chairs don't fit it you may be tempted to try to purchase some, especially if your wedding has an especially small, intimate guest list – but you'll want to rent instead. No matter how small the number of guests is, it's almost certainly more chairs to seat everyone than you can store in your home, and definitely more than you're going to want to pack up and take with you once the ceremony ends. Chair rentals are fairly common and usually quite inexpensive when compared to purchasing them – and once the wedding's done, you can let the rental company pack them into a truck rather than spending your wedding night surrounded by chairs.


Even if your aesthetic must be followed down to the type and size and height of the tables, you're going to want to save yourself a headache by renting them out. Purchasing a bunch of tablecloths is a great way to hide any imperfections on the tables that you choose to use (scuff marks, scratches, and the like), so don't worry if the rental tables look a bit worse for wear. Once the wedding's over, you'll be able to find room for and even use the tablecloths again, but you're not going to need a dozen or so tables for anything, so let the rental company handle them as well.