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Posted: Thursday, Apr. 02, 2009

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As in planning any celebration, you’ll want to create a certain ambiance for all your wedding festivities. If you are working with a caterer or party planner, many will take care of every detail, from the menu to the music. However, if you are planning your own wedding, or simply want to add some “extra touches,” look to the party rental store.

From tables and chairs to fine china, elegant serving pieces, gorgeous linens and romantic lighting, everything imaginable is available to create a wedding that is uniquely “you.”

When selecting a rental store, look for quality, dependable service and expert advice. You should put as much consideration into choosing a rental store as you would in selecting your cake decorator or photographer. After all, the service and the quality of the items they provide will play a major role in the look and feel of your event.

Take time to meet with a service representative well ahead of your wedding. They can show you the many items available and perhaps make some suggestions you might not have considered. For instance, the beautiful assortment of tents available today could convince you to have an outdoor wedding.

While looking around, be conscious of the mood and style you want to create. Something as simple as table linens can make a tremendous impression as your guests arrive at the reception. You can carry out your color scheme by choosing from solids of every color in the rainbow, or add a bit of the outdoors with beautiful floral prints. For simple elegance, select lovely lace, damask or organza cloths.

No one thing can create mood and atmosphere more than lighting. Dramatic candles or strands of tiny white lights can transform a regular reception room into a beautiful, romantic setting. Hurricane lamps or luminarias can do the same for an outdoor wedding.

There are numerous other items you can rent for your festivities, such as champagne fountains, candelabras and ice sculptures. You may find you want them all, but keep your budget and practicality in mind. The items you rent should add to your festivities, not distract.

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