Being inspired by Pinterest, wedding magazines and blogs, you’ve probably got a good idea of the sorts of decorative items you  really want to include on your big day.

When you go to start organising them, it’s actually quite easy to get caught up in buying lots of things, thinking you’re saving heaps of money by doing it yourself.

Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case, and in your quest to save money and find the perfect decorations and props, you can not only spend more money than you anticipated, but you waste a lot of time that you could be directing elsewhere in your wedding planning  – or spending with your other half, family and friends!

Have a look through the wedding buy, swap and sell pages on Facebook or on Gumtree. and you’ll see that many couples, after their weddings, are left with lots of decorative items they have no further use for… and often struggle to resell.  And you’ll spend even more of your valuable time dealing with trying to sell these items (think hagglers and time wasters!)

When you go to buy items for your wedding, think about whether or not you will have any practical reuses for them.  Do you think you could easily sell them? Will they cost you a lot of money?

With the answers in mind, think about hiring rather than buying your decorative items.  There are lots of companies out there that will hire you just about anything you need, from chalkboards, signage, ladders and a variety of rustic props, to vintage furniture and tea sets.

Hiring your items will save you time and money, and you won’t be turning your house or garage into a storage facility before the big day and afterwards when you’re stuck with a heap of stuff.

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