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What Rentals Do I Need for My Wedding? | Read Our Wedding Rentals Guide

Friday, June 18th, 2021

If you think of your wedding day like a blank canvas, wedding rentals are the brush strokes that bring the entire day to life and make it a work of art that feels like YOU! From your ceremony space to reception space and literally everywhere in between, chances are, you’ll be using rented items to make spaces function the way you need them to and look gorgeous to boot. So which wedding rentals will you need for your day?

Of course, this depends on your vision, your venue and your budget – the possibilities are truly endless! Below, we’re covering the basic wedding rentals to give you an idea of what types of items you can rent and where you’ll definitely want to allocate some of your budget. Plus, we’re sharing important questions to ask your rental company! Scroll on!

What Rentals Do I Need for My Wedding? | Read Our Wedding Rentals Guide

Photo // Andi bravo Photography

Furniture

Lounge Areas – couches, chairs, ottomans, poufs, coffee tables, side tables. Lounge areas give your guests a designated space to relax, mingle, sip cocktails and take it all in!

Special Ceremony Furniture – does your ceremony require a special seating area or an altar that wows? Often, your rental company can accommodate these needs and help you create a spectacular and functional ceremony space.

Any necessary or upgraded chairs + tables (dining tables, cocktail tables, dessert tables) not included by your venue.

Lighting

Chandeliers, spotlights, color wash lights, LED lights, string lights, lamps – most likely, your reception area will require multiple types of special lighting. You’ll want to consult with a professional lighting rental company (sometimes separate from rental companies) to decide which type of lights will best serve your space.

The Tabletops

These wedding rentals are the items that take your tables from boring to WOW. If your budget doesn’t allow for upgraded linens or custom place settings on every table, consider splurging for just the head table or sweetheart table.

Linens – table linens, napkins, runners.

Place Settings – china, chargers, plates, flatware, glassware – this is where you can mix and match in your dream color scheme to create the perfect, inviting spot to make each and every guest feel special!

The Big Things

The Structures – tents + stages

The Party Setup – specialty dance floors, bars, backdrops, photobooths

If your venue is outdoors and you need a space to keep the elements out, or maybe you just need additional square footage to accommodate your guests, tenting is the way to go! Your rental company can help you determine the appropriate square footage for tents and dance floors based on your guest count and venue space.

The Little Things

Don’t forget the final touches that help complete your day!

Small Decor – vases, candleholders, mirrors and more!

Pop the bubbly and serve the cake! Flutes, serving utensils, cake stands.

Questions to Ask Your Wedding Rentals Company

How much do I need of each item? An experienced, professional rental company can help you estimate the perfect quantities based on your expected guest count.

What are the fees? Be aware of any fees for setup, delivery, damage deposits and charges for damaged/lost items. Make sure you know which fees are included within your cost and which fees are incidental/extra.

How is delivery and setup handled? Are there special instructions to operate anything you won’t be setting up?

Are the items I’m viewing in your catalog or warehouse samples or the actual rental items?

You’ll also want to consult with your venue before meeting with the rental company to be aware of what’s included with your venue rental package.


Explore these Oklahoma rental companies to find the wedding rentals that will transform your vision into a reality!

Budget Friendly Gift Ideas for your Bridal Party

Thursday, June 17th, 2021

Your wedding is approaching soon and you have pretty much everything checked off your list, EXCEPT the gifts for your bridesmaids and groomsmen. Nearing the end of wedding planning your budget may be tight, but you still want to let your nearest and dearest know you appreciate them for celebrating your big day with you! We compiled a list of budget friendly gift ideas to thank your bridal party without breaking the bank. Use the links below to shop our faves directly. Happy shopping!

Bridesmaid Gift Ideas

Budget Friendly Gift Ideas for your Bridal Party

1. Capri Blue Petite Floral Jar Candle  2. Lexie Slippers  3. Monogramed Linked Chain Bracelet  4. Reflection Journal  5. Floral Bouquet Diffuser  6. Party Monogram Mug  7. Monogram Necklace  8. Monogram Makeup Bag  9. Monogram Trinket Dish

 

Groomsmen Gift Ideas

Budget Friendly Gift Ideas for your Bridal Party

1. Papyrus Thank You Cards  2. Men’s Cologne Sampler Set  3. Moscow Mule Copper Mugs Set  4. Manly Indulgence Candle  5. Home Barbecue Tool Kit  6. Waterproof Playing Cards  7. Chillsner Beer Chiller  8. Personalized Flask  9. Pirate Wine Opener


Find more shoppable products for your big day here!

Guest List Cheat Sheet | How to Decide Who Gets an Invite

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021

Wedding planning is in full effect and you’re making your wedding guest list. We get it. From budgeting, to seating charts, to children/plus-ones, to B-lists, and so on, guest lists can seem totally daunting. Drafting and narrowing down your guest list is probably one of the less exciting parts of wedding planning, but following our guide is a solid way to make things go a little smoother. Whether you’re expecting 25 guests or 300+, we’re sharing our stress-free tips to help manage your wedding guest list! Follow our guest list cheat sheet below for tips on how to decide who gets an invite.

guest list cheat sheet

Breaking Down Our Guest List Cheat Sheet

First thing’s first: are they a family member? If not, are they a friend or coworker? These initial questions are huge in helping categorize and filter out potential guests. Either way, following our 3-year rule is a full-proof way to ensure that your guests will be a long-term part of your future as a married couple.

Ask yourself if you’d be upset if they didn’t invite you to their wedding. If the answer is no, the feeling is typically mutual, and they’re likely on the same page as you.

Lastly and maybe most importantly, will they make your wedding more fun? Having guests that will enhance your wedding are key! Keeping in mind who does and doesn’t make your life more fun is sure to help cut down your guest list, crafting the perfect wedding guest list.


Needing more tips on what to do and consider when curating your most optimal guest list? Beyond our guest list cheat sheet, considering who will show up, B-lists, and other deets can get tricky. Read more about our favorite steps in making guests lists all the more easy here! Cheers!

Piece of Cake! | How to Order the Right Amount of Wedding Cake Based on Guest Count

Friday, June 11th, 2021

Trying to figure out the right amount of dessert to order for your wedding isn’t always a piece of cake … calculating the right size of wedding cake can be tricky! We’re giving all our best tips for ordering an appropriately sized wedding cake based on your guest count. Let’s get started!

You’ll want to make sure you order enough cake to adequately serve your guests, but without paying for a bunch of extra cake that goes to waste or ending up with a ton of leftovers. A common calculation for wedding cake allows for one slice of bride’s cake per guest and a half slice of groom’s cake. So if you have 100 guests, you’d need 100 servings of bride’s cake and 50 servings of groom’s cake. However, it’s common nowadays for some guests to decline a cake slice, so you can usually get away with ordering enough cake for just 80 percent of guests – remember, that includes ALL the cake you order, whether you do one cake or two (or more!). Always consult with a professional baker to get their opinion, as well!

Cake Serving Size by Tier

wedding cake size by guest count

wedding cake size by guest count

 

Wedding Cake Tier Combos + Total Servings

wedding cake size by guest count

 

Questions to Consider When Ordering Wedding Cake:

Are you having one cake or multiple cakes? Remember the 80 percent rule includes enough cake for all your guests between ALL the cakes you’ll have, not just the main bride’s cake.

Are you serving other desserts in addition to cake? If you’re planning on having a full dessert table or serving a different dessert with dinner, you’ll need much less cake. You can probably order about 50 percent cake in this case and fill in with the additional desserts for everyone else.

Do you want to save the top tier of your wedding cake? Many couples choose to partake in the tradition of taking home the top layer of their cake, freezing it, and saving it to eat on their first wedding anniversary. You could also do this with just a couple of slices if you don’t want to save a whole tier!

How is your cake being served? If you’re having a self-serve cake station, you can get away with ordering less cake than if you serve cake with dinner and definitely need a slice for each place setting.

Tips to Save Money on Wedding Cake

Serve smaller slices – Ask your wedding cake baker if smaller slices are an option. Often, cakes are sliced into huge slices that may not get fully eaten. Guests won’t mind a slightly smaller piece and it can help stretch your budget even further.

Create an illusion with “fake cake” – Some couples opt to have a layer or two of “fake cake” (made with styrofoam) so they can have a multi-layer cake for display and for photos, but don’t end up with way more cake than they need.

Utilize sheet cakes – For extremely large guest lists, or if you’re just wanting to stretch your budget, consider having simple sheet cakes hidden away in your venue’s catering kitchen to accommodate for extra servings needed, and then doing a less expensive cake on display, perhaps a smaller cake, or one with a couple of fake layers!

Keep Cost Per Slice and Intricacy in Mind

Remember, most wedding cakes are priced by the slice. Typically, cakes run anywhere from $3 to $8 per slice in this region, but that number can sometimes be $10 per slice or more depending on how labor-intensive and intricate your design may be, or if your baker uses specialty ingredients.

If you’re dreaming of a wedding cake with intricate details, sugar flowers, fondant designs, or non-typical ingredients, expect to pay more than the minimum.


Ready to let them eat cake?! Browse some of our favorite Oklahoma wedding cake bakers and get ready to savor the sweetest part of the day!

His & Hers Engagement Photo Outfits & Props

Thursday, May 20th, 2021

Nailing your engagement photo aesthetic is a MUST. From urban-chic, to effortlessly-romantic, to everything in between, we’re here to help you compile engagement photo outfits and props, sure to exude who you are as a couple. We’re sharing our very favorite engagement photo outfits for your engagement shoot styling. Our shoppable links make it easy to get these looks, props and more that’ll leave you blissful over your photos. Above all, you should feel confident in your engagement photo attire – that we’re certain will be a game changer in the results of your shoot. Keep scrolling to see our take on different aesthetics that will leave you with amazingly styled photos!

 

For the Good Vibes Couple

Good vibes are written all over this attire and prop round-up. This flirty green dress pairs perfectly with the happy stripes on his button up shirt. Certainly, with the mules and Birkenstocks bringing in the most quintessential relaxed energy – not to mention the vintage-inspired charm of the mini statement earrings and wooden record player. Bring along sleek disposable cameras, a new wave and pop vinyl and a crafted cocktail kit for all the good vibrations!

engagement photo outfits for the good vibes couple

1. Mini Statement Hoop Earrings | 2. Green Smocked Midi Dress | 3. Cream Loafer Mules | 4. Gauze Stripe Shirt | 5. Jeans | 6. Birkenstock Sandals | 7. Wood Record Player | 8. Matte Disposable Cameras | 9. Khalid – American Teen Vinyl | 10. Fresh Squeeze Cocktail Kit

For the Down-to-Earth Couple

We are HERE for this earthy-toned aesthetic – which is only right for our down-to-earth couples. For a more casual feel, check out this olive green belted romper! Paired with fringe statement earrings and mule sandals, you’re bound to be left with effortlessly swoon-worthy shots. This indigo shirt, khaki jeans and retro sneakers are perfect for all of our easy-going grooms. Up your engagement photos with a styled picnic. Nab a picnic basket and modern tufted throw blanket and and pack your favorite treats for the session!

engagement photo outfits for the down-to-earth couple

1. Beaded Fringe Statement Earrings | 2. Belted Safari Romper | 3. Beige Mule Sandals | 4. Indigo Easy Short-Sleeve Shirt | 5. Slim Khaki Jeans | 6. Reebok Club C 85 Sneaker | 7. Tufted Throw Blanket | 8. Wine & Bread Basket | 9. Cactus Chocolates | 10. Belvoir Elderflower Cordial

For the All-American Couple

Both sweet and modish, pearl huggie earrings and woven heels add sophistication to the elegance of this pleated mid-length dress. His navy suit, paired with a chambray button-up, white sneakers and classically round sunglasses add a true All-American feel. Looking to add some fun, colorful props? Incorporate some New England favorites – set up a checkerboard or play a game of croquet!

engagement photo outfits for the All-American couple

1. Huggie Earrings | 2. Smock-Waist Pleated Dress | 3. Woven Heeled Mules | 4. Slim-Fit Unstructured Suit Jacket | 5. Slim-Fit Unstructured Suit Pant | 6. Indigo Chambray Workshirt | 7. Leather Court Sneakers | 8. Classic Round RayBan Sunglasses | 9. Checkers Game | 10. Canvas Double Wine Tote | 11. Picnic Travel Croquet Set | 12. Waterproof Picnic Blanket

For the Urban-Chic Couple

Calling all urban-chic couples! This leather jacket and combat boots give an edgy feel to the attire, paired well with a softer ruffle-sleeve top and gold jewelry for a playful juxtaposition. The tonal green, grey and khaki for his look round out the edgy yet fashionable aesthetic for this engagement shoot. These nostalgic props are a no-brainer for a playful and retro vibe! Set up a boombox and jump on a pastel-colored penny board (two-on one photos are so stinkin’ cute) for a fun afternoon that will be captured forever.

engagement photo outfits for the urban-chic couple

1. Bowery Hoops | 2. Harden Necklace | 3. Washed Leather Jacket | 4. Ruffle-Strap Button-Up Top | 5. Mid-Rise Perfect Vintage Jean | 6. Black Lace-Up Boot | 7. Military Shirt Jacket | 8. Khaki Baseball Cap | 9. Grey Crewneck Tee | 10. Selvedge Jeans | 11. Recycled Canvas High-Top Sneakers | 12. 35mm Camera and Film Bundle | 13. 22″ Penny Skateboard | 14. Spalding Floral Basketball | 15. Retro Boombox


Still need ideas on what to wear and what to bring to your engagement photoshoot? See more of our favorite outfit inspiration ideas here to find your perfect his and hers engagement photo outfits and props.

A Baby’s Breath Accented Wedding on The Lawn of Gaylord-Pickens Museum

Wednesday, May 12th, 2021

Hannah and Franklin’s wedding on the lawn of Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Gaylord-Pickens Museum is oh-so-lovely! The outdoor ceremony was full of fresh white baby’s breath accented florals and minimalist decor from Mood Party Rentals, making for the most refreshing setting. We love the simplicity with tiny pops of glam. The bride, Hannah, wore stunning jeweled Badgley Mischka stilettos with a fabulous sheath lace gown. Brushed Salon and Makeup Studio added to the bride’s wedding day perfection with a luxe twisted updo. The reception was full of glamorous accents, from the ivy photo backdrop to the grand exit with sparklers. For a COVID-19 wedding, this baby’s breath accented wedding sure pulled off a Pinterest-worthy look. For more on Hannah and Franklin, check out the gorgeous gallery full of white floral from Tammy Odell Photography below, alongside a quote from the bride on her favorite wedding day memory you can easily implement into your plan. Cheers to the newlyweds!

From the bride on her favorite wedding day memory: “About ten minutes before our reception was over, the DJ (Blake O the DJ from Box Talent) directed everyone to the front steps of the building to light their sparklers and get ready for our exit. Franklin and I stayed back and had a private dance to end the night. It was so special to end the night with just us two. I wouldn’t have traded those couple minutes for anything.”

This Coles Garden Wedding is Exploding With Vibrant Pink Decor

Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

Samantha and Ryan wedding at Coles Garden is exploding with vibrant pink decor – and our all-things-girlie loving hearts can’t get enough! An assortment of fun fuchsias and blingy blush balloons made the perfect pop in this fabulous ballroom, creating the ideal backdrop for a dessert table with a fantastic cake from Amy Cakes full of fresh florals and its own assortment of pink balloons. Even with all the glamorous accents, Samantha stood out the most in her V-neck ballgown from Chantilly Couture. Her makeup by Brushed Salon and Makeup Studio brought natural beauty with a hot pink lip to tie in with the theme. Gold seating and white tablecloths added just enough simplicity to let this whimsical wedding pop! For more pink decor ideas, check out the glamorous gallery below and read a quote from the bride. Cheers to Samantha and Ryan!

From the bride on her favorite wedding day detail: “One of our favorite parts of our wedding day was Ryan’s Aunt Sally getting to officiate our ceremony.”

What to Expect when Wedding Planning with Erin Miller

Friday, March 27th, 2020

Local influencer Erin Miller (@_emiller) and her fiancé Hunter Thiessen are here to talk about the wedding planning process and their experiences as they work to plan their very own wedding! Erin studied graphic design at the University of Oklahoma and loves to be creative, so the aspect of wedding planning she was most looking forward to is designing what the space is going to look like! Wedding planning can be a whirlwind, but Erin and Hunter have learned how fast the time truly goes, and have learned more about cost and what really matters to them on their big day! The biggest piece of advice the couple would give to others planning their wedding is to enjoy the process! Finding humor and joy in the little moments and enjoying planning the special day with your significant other is the most important part, everything else will fall into place! Cheers to Erin and Hunter!

“I love expressing myself and now our relationship through an event or an experience that we get to share with people we really love!” – Erin


Read Erin’s article on the first five steps to take after getting engaged!

Tour the Beautiful Southwind Hills Wedding Venue

Monday, January 27th, 2020

Take a virtual tour of Central Oklahoma wedding venue Southwind Hills.

“Located just 10 minutes south of Norman, Oklahoma, on 60 acres, the Southwind Hills venue offers a secluded and scenic setting for celebrations while remaining close to the city. We are very proud to be family owned and operated and enjoy making every couple feel like a part of our family. We are a full service venue with on-site talent including design, floral, event coordination teams and an on-site executive chef who are all committed to providing phenomenal services that can be tailored for each couple’s preferences and priorities. Our team is unique in that we take care of the majority of aspects involved in wedding planning. Each couple receives a dedicated event coordinator who walks them through all of the elements of wedding planning, management and decision-making. Our inclusive services give us the flexibility to offer fully-crafted customization, so if you can dream it, we can accommodate it!” – Southwind Hills