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colors of velvet sofas in the past year.
You just never know. "
At Delmonaco's shop, she says there
is " a lot of interest in acrylic or Lucite
pieces, and the color is white, ivory and
gold, all day every day. "
" We occasionally work with clients
that like a more mixed color palette, with
dusty blue and pale pink of course, " adds
Delmonaco. " Other clients want things
dark, so there's black or some of the
more winter colors. And we have seen
a shift in furnishings. A couple of years
ago everything was lace and burlap, but
now it's more classic modern pieces than
vintage and eclectic. "
KEEPING UP WITH TRENDS
As a professional upholsterer by
trade, and with craftsmen on her staff,
Delmonaco has the luxury of making
her own inventory, she says, which
helps to keep up with the trends.
Her company started out specializing
in vintage furniture, but recently dropped
the " vintage " moniker from the company
name. While the shop still provides
vintage furnishings for weddings and for
other uses such as movie sets, the name
change better reflects the business today,
says Delmonaco.
Because of its location in northern
Maryland, which is big farm country,
Sleight says Elite rents a lot of farmhouse
tables and similar items. " It is stylized, "
she explains, " maybe covered with pretty
linen, dressed up in its own ways. We can
modernize that look really easily. "
Planners are finding new ways to
increase the functionality of the items
they rent, such as providing lounges for
the main reception, not just at cocktail
time. " Items such as centerpieces
get reused, " says Sleight. " If you have
invested the money, you don't want it
seen for only a half hour. It's a waste of
money if you don't reuse those pieces. "
Jeff Moravec is a freelance writer based
in Brooklyn Park, Minn.
While some weddings have returned to prepandemic
levels of spacing for tables and
other furniture, not all are as cozy as they
used to be. Having extra space for guests
to mingle has transitioned from required to
trendy. Photo courtesy of Wild June Photos.
WHEN THE BUDGET NEEDS STRETCHING
t's not easy to ask wedding rental houses for advice on
how couples can keep wedding costs down. After all,
as one says, " that's not really in our best interest. " But it
is in their best interest to keep customers happy, so they
do have some tips they are willing to share.
" I would encourage the people planning the wedding
to remember that, just like in other aspects of life, things
always cost more and take longer, " says Delores Crum,
president and chief culture officer at Premiere Events in
Austin, Texas. " That's how things work. When I am giving
rental advice, I tell people to place orders early. Time is
your friend and lack of time is your enemy. You won't get
what you want if you wait. And if we have to get it for you
because you really must have it, it's going to cost you more.
Economize by being planful. "
I
Then, she says, look at what you are ordering: " Maybe
you don't need that extra appetizer, or a dual entrée,
or six pieces of flatware. Decide what's most important
to you, and economize in other areas that are of lesser
importance in creating that optimum experience for
yourselves, and for your guests. "
The easiest way to cut costs is to reduce the guest count,
says Brittany Sleight, director of marketing and business
development at Elite Tents and Events, in Sykesville, Md.
But that is sometimes easier said than done. " The number
of people you invite dictates everything, but people want
to have the number of people they want to have, so that
number is hard to cut. But if it's negotiable... "
A common mistake is people choose a lavish space, and
become " venue-poor, " says Briel Delmonaco, owner and
sales director at Uniquely Chic Events in Lincoln, R.I. " If the
budget is tight, spending a lot on a grand venue is not the
way to go. It's better to keep the venue simple and then go
ballistic with vendors to upgrade the space. "
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