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This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

With virtually limitless options of wedding rentals, deciding what items you need for your big day can be overwhelming. Here we break down all the event rentals you may need for your wedding, from ceremony all the way to the end of the reception.

Wedding Rentals You’ll Need For The Ceremony

Ceremony seating

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Seating

At the bare minimum, you will need some form of guest seating for your ceremony. Your wedding style (and budget) will determine if you opt for chairs, benches, sofas, or any combination of those. Depending on the size of your guest list, chairs are generally the most cost-efficient option. And since almost every rental company has a considerable inventory of chairs, be on the lookout for sales and offers at your local company. Since you know you’ll need them, it doesn’t hurt to reserve your chairs well in advance if it means locking in a great deal.

Ceremony Decor

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Décor

The next step to creating your perfect ceremony space is décor. From a wedding arch to an aisle runner, decide what’s important to you and what you have room for in your budget. It’s also important to consider the features of your ceremony venue to determine what decor you might need. For an outdoor ceremony, you can try draping sheer fabric over tree branches for a makeshift arch and lining the aisle with lanterns or bunches of flowers. For an indoor ceremony, you can experiment with hanging decor (fabric swagging, string lights, lanterns, or chandeliers) and a variety of backdrops in place of a traditional arch. If you plan on doing a unity ceremony of some type, consider what you’ll need for that, whether that means an extra table, a single standing-height table, or a wine barrel for a rustic look.

What You’ll Need For The Reception

Recepton Cocktail Hour

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Reception Cocktail

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Cocktail Hour

As soon as the ceremony ends, your guests will likely start looking for where they can get a drink. Whether that means water and lemonade, wine and beer, or a full bar, make sure there’s a station where guests can go for a beverage. A bar with a bar-back offers the most space for a bartender to work, while glass beverage dispensers and buckets full of ice are perfect for a self-serve bar. Adequate signage will also help direct guests in the right direction and let them know what their beverage options are for the night. Providing a space for guests to set down their drinks or have a seat will be appreciated as well, especially if the cocktail hour includes appetizers or is planned to last the full hour or longer. Plus, with so many available styles and options, a couple cocktail tables with barstools can add a lot of flair to the reception area.

Reception Dining

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Dining

Your dining tables are likely where you will find most of your rental items. You’ll need to start making decisions on what items you need, including tables, chairs, linens, napkins, chargers, plates, glassware, and flatware. This is also when your personal style and budget is a big consideration. It can be difficult to pin down what look you and your partner want for your wedding, but luckily there are tools to help. Pinterest is a great starting place to find the style you like or check your local rental company’s social media for some completed looks to inspire you. Some companies will even have online table planning tools or reserved space inside their showrooms where you can experiment with different looks until you find the one that’s perfect for your big day.

Cake table

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Reception Cake Table

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Cake Table

While it seems obvious, it is easy to forget to add an extra table to your rental order for your cake or dessert table. If you’re cutting a traditional wedding cake, a cake stand will elevate it off the table and create a clear focal point. You can also rent special stands for cupcakes or tiered trays for other single-serving desserts. For the more unique dessert options (like ice cream sundaes, candy bars, popcorn mixers, or dessert waffles), you may need several smaller containers for treats or toppings. Your local rental company should have a wide variety of different trays, bowls, jars, and ramekins. Make sure to check out all your options until you find the items that you need and that fit your style.

Reception Dance Floor

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Dancing

While after-dinner activities vary from wedding to wedding, some classic staples include toasts, dancing, a bouquet toss, and a garter toss. Once you decide which activities you plan to include in your reception, consider what extra rentals you might need for them. Dancing is a very common after-dinner activity, and a dance floor may be a necessity at your venue, not to mention a beautiful statement piece. You may also need a sound system with a microphone for toasts, or an extra chair on standby for the garter toss. It can be easy to forget these extras, so it’s helpful to go through a timeline of the evening with an eye out for any rental items you will need.

Reception Dance Floor

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Reception Lounge Indoor

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Lounge

Reception lounge areas are becoming an increasingly popular way to invite your guests to stay a while. They offer a much more comfortable space for people to sit and chat well into the night. For an outdoor reception, fire pits and patio heaters can provide heat if the night gets chilly, while market umbrellas can offer some shade against a sunny day. Indoors, a lounge area can turn an ordinary corner into a cozy oasis where good conversation flows all night long!

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Bio: Celebrations! Party Rentals and Tents is a full-service event rental, linen rental, and tent rental company, primarily serving California and Nevada since 1991.

As a leader in our field, we realize that our products are only as good as the people behind them. Our high level of service extends to all of our departments, including administration, warehouse, delivery, and installation. As your rental provider, we strive to help you create a memorable and successful event by focusing on selection, style, customer service, and satisfaction.

Visit us online at www.CelebrationsPartyRentals.com or give us a call at 916-773-2133.

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Google rankings for wedding vendors

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime…

If you are a wedding service provider or a wedding blogger today, you probably understand why it is so important to have a good Google ranking. Unfortunately, achieving a good ranking doesn’t come easy and takes a lot of skill and hard work. If you would like to achieve a high Google ranking, follow the 10 tips below.

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10 Tips For Wedding Vendors & Bloggers

1.  Select & Use Keywords Carefully

Google cannot rank your blog or website if it cannot figure out what you do. Keywords are the best tools for helping Google determine what your blog or website is all about. So, choose your keywords carefully to ensure that your website appears among the top results when user enter keywords relating to the wedding industry.

2.  Develop Quality Content

Content is king when it comes to SEO and website rankings because it can be used to position your blog or website as an authority on weddings. It is thus important to create quality, original, and engaging content to achieve this. If your website or blog becomes an authority, Google will reward you with a higher ranking.

Use backlinks

3.  Using Backlinks

A link to your blog or website from another website or blog is like a advertisement for the quality of your blog or website. This is why links from other vendors’ blogposts showcasing your work are so important. If done right backlinks can catapult your blog or website to the top of the search engine rankings, but be careful because if it is done poorly, it may result in Google penalties.

4.  Answer Questions Online

On the Internet today, you will find hundreds if not thousands of questions about weddings. Since you are in the wedding niche, you are qualified to provide relevant answers. Answering questions online is an excellent way to position yourself as an authority in your industry. It is also sometimes a great way to link back to your website. Both of these are guaranteed to improve your ranking on Google.

Use images properly

5.  Use Images Properly

Images are a great tool for showing visitors to your blog or website what you have to offer but you can use them for SEO purposes to improve your ranking. Google loves user-friendly websites and images are an excellent way to support your website copy. So, use images whenever possible and ensure that you optimize them properly to boost your rankings on Google.

6.   Increase the Page Load Speed

Google is now using the page load speed as a ranking factor for websites and blogs. It is the reason why faster websites tend to rank better on Google. Google has realized that users often lack the patience to wait for websites to load after they click on search listings. So, the search engine has decided to encourage webmasters and website owners to increase the page load speed by rewarding those with the highest speeds with higher rankings.

7.  Mobile Friendliness

Google now focuses on the usability of websites and it currently uses a similar layout for both mobile and desktop searches, which is why it wants your website to be suitable for both. If your website is not mobile friendly, chances are high that your blog or website will perform poorly in Google’s ranking. Fortunately, Google has a provided a free tool to help you see how your website or blog ranks and will even offer tips on how to improve the mobile-friendliness of your website or blog.

Use social media

8.  Use Social Media

Social media is an excellent platform for driving traffic to your website and widening your reach. Today, it is widely considered to be a ranking factor in SEO. If your content is shared, linked to, and commented on, and liked on social media, Google determines that it is interesting to users and rewards it with a top ranking. So, if you are not active on social media platforms, make it an effort to do so today.

9.  Use Google My Business

Google My Business is not only a ranking factor but a great way to control how your business is listed on Google. It ensures that when people search for your brand on Google, your business displays on the right-hand side of searches along with the search results. All local businesses should take advantage of this powerful dashboard that Google provides if they desire better rankings.

Create product videos

10. Create Simple Videos

The ranking power of simple videos is often ignored in the wedding industry. Take advantage of the situation by creating simple videos to promote your business and expertise in the wedding industry. Instead of writing blog posts, you can create short videos on the same topics and use the video transcript as the wording for the page.

The Bottom Line

The 10 tips for getting higher rankings on Google can be implemented immediately. All the tips are very effective and are guaranteed to work if used the right way. If you are unable to implement any of the tips, you can get in touch with a trusted, reputable professional to help you out.

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Bio: Marketing specialist Tom Johnston offers advice to wedding bloggers and event planners about how to rank high on Google and more effectively promote their services. The blog was written by Epic Events of New Jersey, which offers full-service event planning to make your event stand out.

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