Fall at Forest Hall

This styled shoot was our FAVORITE of the year! We worked for months making the loom below come to life. All I had to go off of was a beautiful photo but with determination and a great builder it came to life. This was our first time weaving and the best part is the loom is customizable for future brides. All of the colored sections can be removed and replaced with any bride’s wedding colors! We are also working on custom macrame pieces like the hoop above the sweetheart table here. As we move towards 2019 these custom pieces are going to be our focus. The last exciting part here is we finally got photos of our beautiful mismatched white china! Here’s a look at what’s to come!

 

HUGE shout out to all of the amazing vendors who made this shoot happen:

Photography: Arika Jordan Photography

Planning: Elizabeth’s Events / Folie a Deux Events

Florals: Folie a Deux Events

Hair and Makeup: Jessica Vargas Hair MUA

Dress: Oak City Bridal

Cake: The Crepe Cakerie

Venue: Forest Hall at Chatham Mills

Jewelry: Diamonds Direct

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Frequently Asked Questions!

How and When?

Rental selections must be made 60 days before the event at the latest. Rental requests after that date will be subject to higher fees and a more limited availability.

To book your wedding date and rentals please email us with the items you would like so we can put together a preliminary quote for you. Final selections must be made by 30 days prior to the event.

Payment:

We accept cash, check, or PayPal payments.

50% of the rental cost is due to hold your date and the remaining amount is due two weeks prior to the event.

If an item is missing or broken the retail cost of the item will be charged for its replacement.

If an item is slightly damaged a fee of 50% of the retail cost will be charged for repairs or potential replacement.

While we serve all of North Carolina, a travel fee will be assessed for distances greater than 45 minutes from our location to cover cost of gas.

Day of Event:

On the day of your event, we will deliver and setup the rented items. The timing of this will be worked out with the client or coordinator to ensure the timing works with tabletop and other setups.

At the end of the event we will return to pickup and pack the rented items. Items will be tallied with your event order and any missing or damaged items noted.

A follow up email will be sent 1-3 business days after the event to address damages, missing items, or to notify that everything was satisfactory.

If additional payment is needed a second invoice will be sent and must be paid within 48 hours to avoid additional late fees.

Additional Questions:

What costs go into a standard rental fee? – 

The cost to rent the items, setup and breakdown fee if applicable, travel fees if applicable, uhaul fees if applicable, and design fees if applicable.

Can we pickup and drop off decor items to avoid the setup fee?

Yes. Depending on the size of the order clients are welcome to arrange pickup and drop off times to avoid the setup costs.

Where are you located? – 

Our office is at 912 Paverstone Drive, Raleigh NC. Rental pieces may not always be at this location but this is where consult meetings and the bulk of items will be.

What is the pre-order page? – 

Our pre-order page is a list of items we are looking to add to our rental inventory and have already sourced and priced. If you choose on of these items we will add it to the inventory for you with 60 days or more notice.

Can we request items that are not currently part of the inventory or pre-order pages? – 

Yes! We are constantly growing and will consider purchasing other rental items for your use. Please contact us by email with these requests. These requests must be made 60 days or more before your event in order for them to come in on time.

Can you help with design? – 

Yes! We love helping brides pick and choose their pieces to fit the design of the event. If you need substantial help with this an additional 20% fee for the invoice will be added but we are happy to help with small pairing suggestions.

Do we have to clean tableware before returning? – 

Yes. Any plate or charger or glass rented must be free of food and debris. This does not mean they must be fully washed, but at the least must be wiped down so no food is left stuck on.

Do you collaborate on styled shoots?-

Yes! We love to work with fellow creatives. We are happy to rent out our decor in exchange for photos and references on social media. If you wish to use an item on pre-order however a renal fee must be paid for us to acquire it. A card must also be held in the event that decor is broken or damaged at the shoot.

 

Featured photo by: Molly Scott Photo & Video        http://mollyscottphoto.com/

To Rent or To Buy

Lots of couples face the dilemma when decorating of either renting their supplies or buying them outright and then be left with disposing of or selling the items after the event is over. While it seems like there would be an easy answer to the question of whether or not to rent your decor there are several factors that go into the decision which we will walk through together! Fear not, help is here.

Renting

Pros:

  • Setup and Breakdown Service
  • No leftover decor to sell or dispose of after the event
  • Quality items for cheaper than the cost to purchase
  • Designer to help put pieces together that coordinate well with your theme
  • Save time looking up and acquiring items instead of going multiple places to purchase

Cons:

  • Selection limited to current inventory
  • Must pay higher fee for any damaged items

Purchasing

Pros:

  • Unlimited buying selection
  • Can find and use unique items and heirlooms
  • Ability to sell back items to regain part of the money spent
  • Use of items for future events
  • No fees for damaged items

Cons:

  • More expensive route
  • Must setup and breakdown your own items
  • Must design and coordinate each aspect on your own

Overall, the decision to rent or buy largely depends on the couple. If the couple wants truly one of a kind pieces and has a very out of the box theme, it is often more practical to source those decor items on their own. Similarly, if the bride has sisters or cousins getting married buying gives the option to share pieces and lesson the amount spent.

Renting, however, is typically the best choice for the majority of brides who want to use quality items, save money, and have that aspect of their wedding taken care of so they are able to focus on other things to get done. We are also frequently willing to add items to our rental inventory that a bride may want for her special day allowing more expanded rental capabilities. We can work with budgets as well in a way that buying outright does not allow since our top priority will always be to help brides as much as possible!

Hopefully this article has reduced some anxiety about whether or not to rent your wedding day decor needs. Take everything one step at a time and consider each option. We are always here to chat if you want to reach out and discuss your individual needs!

Happy Planning 🙂

Featured Photo by: Ariel Kaitlin Photography      http://arielkaitlin.com/

Items in this photo rented from: Minted Spaces   http://mintedspacesstyling.com/