When you are planning your big day, impulse may get the best of you and you may end up going over the top. How much could it possibly cost? According to the BMO investor line, the average cost of a wedding in Canada is $18, 300. However, CBC found that this number is inaccurate. After surveying 2,309 newlyweds, the figure including the cost of the honeymoon was found to be over $31,000. It is not surprising that the wedding rentals Toronto field is a 5 billion dollar industry. With such high numbers, numerous party rental companies have popped up. After all, weddings require numerous rented items and services such as:
- Chairs, tables and other furniture
- Glasses, plates, cutlery in general
- Tents (Outdoor wedding)
So how much will each of these items cost you?
Furniture: Simple plastic folding chairs will cost around $1.25 a chair; a complimentary 4 foot long rectangular table will cost around $6 each. This is the cheapest dinner seating arrangement available. Most people consider this look to be tacky and prefer the wooden chairs and tables. A wooden chair, or a classy bamboo chair with padded cushions usually go for $3 each and the corresponding circular wooden table with a 48 inch diameter cost around $7. As seen on many wedding rentals Toronto websites, the 60 inch table which seats around 8 people will go for $11 each, the pricier seats are straight-backed ball room chairs which cost about $8 each. There are options party rental companies have that will really break the bank, if you are looking for period piece, decorative chairs, you can get them. Just be ready to shell out a minimum of $75 per chair. Linen is usually considered to be part of the furniture package and a tablecloth will cost 0.25 cents per napkin, $5 for a tablecloth and 20$ for the banquet version. These are the basic costs of the furniture which will be similar for every party rental company but when hiring such a company watch out for additional costs. A lot of companies, will charge a deliver cost, like 0.25 cents per unit, or will charge gas or in some instances for labour. When renting furniture, go with the company that gives the best deal based on bulk. Most companies will offer a deal, based on how much volume you are looking to rent.
Cutlery and flat wear: A lot of people will argue that you can easily use disposable cutlery or purchase them for cheaper rather than renting. In all honesty, if you have a big wedding, what will you do with all those plates and glasses afterwards? As for disposable items, unless you are strapped for cash, you do not want to serve your guests wine in bright red beer cups. The costs of plates, forks, spoons and glasses all depend on the type of merchandise you want to use. Expensive dinner sets start at $10 per piece and can be as high as $25 per piece. The cheaper stainless steel forks and simple plates will cost as little as $5 per piece. Again, similar to the furniture, a party rental company will offer discounts depending on the volume.
Decorations: Most wedding rental companies specialize in supplying unique wedding decorations which leave a lasting impression on the guests. In fact renting wedding decorations often involve the highest rental costs. Flower arrangements start from $70 per arrangement. Fake flowers are much cheaper and range between $5 to $10. LED lighting arrangements range from $1 to $3 per arrangement. The thing with wedding decorations is, rental prices depend on the type of theme and style you are looking for. Depending on your aesthetic preferences the whole set can range anywhere from $1,200 to $35,000 dollars.
Venue: Renting a venue usually accounts for around 1/3 of the cost of the wedding. The cost of renting a venue all comes down to the capacity of the wedding. Whether you are having an outdoor wedding for which you need to get tents or renting a community centre, it all comes down to the size of the set up. For tents you can chose between either a pole or a frame tent, the rental depends on hours and includes environment control equipment like fans and heaters, lighting and sometimes labour. Small tents cost as little as $500 and it can be as high as $5,000 depending on type, size and add-ons. The flooring for tents range from $1- $2.50 per square foot, and that is if you chose to have a type of flooring rather than going natural and just having grass. For community centres, location is everything. You can rent a small space and cover your catering separately for anywhere between $300 to $900. If you are looking for a water front venue which includes in-house catering, it can cost as much as $50,000 for the event.
A wedding rental company can practically offer you anything you want, and it’s important to know when you should use one. You can rent a wedding drone for $300 an hour to take aerial wedding photos. You can hire a social media specialist for $3000 to supplement your social media with live tweets and Facebook status updates. The advantage of having such a wide variety of services is that you will find a party rental company that meets your financial needs. If worse comes to worse and you cannot wait to be tied to your one, true love, you can always take a 100 dollar bill and run down to city hall.