These days you can find almost anything to hire for your wedding, from canopies to chair covers and cherry blossom pew ends to sparkling chandeliers. Obviously you’ll want to hire a marquee instead of buying one, but for smaller decor and accessories like lanterns, cake stands, glassware, table plans and more, should you buy or borrow? For many the main reason to hire is cost, and given that you will probably use your items for only one day, getting and giving them back for just a fraction of the cost of owning them out-right seems like the logical thing to do. The other reason is convenience; there are a couple of really great decor hire companies dotted around Ireland with literally everything you can think of to hire who can help you with your planning, deliver the items straight to your venue and pick them up again, no fuss no muss!
Today the top event stylists and planners in Ireland are transforming the most basic spaces into rooms that are just out of this world with an array of gorgeous furniture and decor pieces. In fact there are so many great wedding items for hire today that we’ve had to split our guide into two – So make sure to check back next week for part 2 of our complete guide to wedding decor for hire where we’ll be covering some awesome new items like Giant Letters, LED Dancefloors, Chillout Areas, Lawn Games and more unique accessories to make your wedding decor pop! For now, here’s a run down of some of the most popular pieces couple look to rent for their Big Day.
Alternative Marquees for Hire: The Stretch Tent by Extreme Structures
Extreme Structures specialise in the coolest marquees, perfect for a stylish, laid-back backyard wedding. Their stretch tents – which originate in South Africa – create the most amazing look and atmosphere, and are super versatile so you can configure them to suit any size or ground levels. Stretch tents are a really striking setting for a wedding and can be a cost-effective alternative to a traditional tent. They can hold from 50-300 people. Click here for more details.
Hardwall Marquee System | Photo by Marquee Weddings in Ireland
Hardwall Marquee Systems & Soft-Sided Marquees: Marquee Weddings in Ireland
Marquee Weddings in Ireland are long time providers of the ever-popular soft-sided marquees, which are a great option for those looking to put their own unique touch on a terrifically elegant setting. For those looking for something even more solid, their Hardwall Marquee System, which has much of the same feel as a soft-side, can offer a more solid setting in the case of very bad weather. Marquee Weddings in Ireland also provide an all-inclusive service which covers everything from decor to dessert (you might have to pick the dress yourself) so if you want a marquee wedding without the headache, these are the people to talk to.
Luxury Wedding Marquee & Equipment – Marquee Marvel Ltd
Marquee Marvel Ltd provide soft-sided marquees of varying sizes to suit every part of the wedding day. With a concentration on customisable packages to suit every budget, they’re the people to call if you’re looking for something different at a competitive price.
PSST! For an in-depth guide to marquee wedding and hire, we suggest you jump to our article Marquee Weddings: Where to Start, 8 Ways to Decorate your Marquee and for info on Irish wedding venues with their own marquee onsite, click here.
Chiavari Chair Hire
Chiavari chairs are a gorgeous option particularly for marquee ceremonies and receptions although many people opt for them in place of the seats provided by their venue. Chiavari chairs come in several different shades from striking gold and silver to stunning natural lime wash and do wonders to enhance any room. Chiavari chairs can be hired from Chiavari Chairs (part of the Wow-Weddings Group) based in Louth, Audrey’s Chiavari Chair Hire based in Limerick, and Atmosphere Displays, CaterHire and Event Central all based in Dublin. When enquiring about Chiavari chairs make sure to find out the full cost plus VAT plus the cost of delivery.
Chameleon Chair Hire
For something a little different to the Chiavari chair, have a look at the Chameleon chair collection from Caterhire which can be left as is (and look super) or decorated with a multitude of covers to suit your wedding style.
Chair Covers for Hire
Many venues these days provide chair covers as a package deal for their wedding couples, but if they’re not your style, or you’re planning a completely bespoke day, you can get your hands on lots of gorgeous chair covers for hire. We’re loving this beautiful bronze look by Frog Prince Weddings & Events, the perfect mix between old world and new, and for more ideas and chair covers for hire, check out the chair cover for hire section over on the weddingsonline directory.
Floral Arches for Hire
Floral arches provide a magnificent entrance to the church, they look amazing as a backdrop to church photos and give guests a real feeling of romance even before they’re indoors. Floral arches come in full size or half sizes and can be made with fresh flowers of your choice by a wedding florist, or you can hire artificial arches from All About Weddings in Wicklow (pictured), Dee’s Wedding Flower Hire in Wexford, Audrey’s Wedding Occasions in Limerick, Frog Prince Weddings in Dublin (who specialise in fresh flower decor & bouquets) and To Have & To Hold in Cork.
Pew Ends for Hire
There are so many gorgeous ways to decorate your walk up the aisle today, from magical candlelit lanterns to fabulous fresh-look flowers and vintage birdcages and you can get your hands on them for hire too. We love these Cherry Blossom Tree Pew Ends from Atmosphere Displays (pictured) which would look so magical at a spring wedding, definitely one of our top looks for 2016. For dozens of pew end accessories for hire, visit our Wedding Decor & Event Styling section in the weddingsonline supplier directory.
Statement Backdrops for Hire
One piece of decor that wows us every time is the statement backdrop. Whether it’s a hopelessly romantic flower wall, a fantastically kitsch silver sequin drape or twinkling fairy lights, every wedding needs a brilliant backdrop. We’re very much in love with the White Peony, Rose and Hydrangea Flower Wall from &FÊTE (pictured) which makes the perfect backdrop for gorgeous prom-style photos outdoors and in (their glittery backdrop above is another fab option too). A glittering fairylight backdrop at the top table can be hired as part of a full draping package from many decor hire & wedding stylist specialists and will transform any room into a wedding wonderland. Check the Room Decoration section of the weddingsonline directory for suppliers.
Room Draping & Entrances
Room Decor & Draping
Room draping is one of the most impressive decorating wedding professionals do, transforming even the most basic of spaces into a magical setting. It’s also something to really keep in mind when viewing venues – if you love the setting but aren’t mad about the room itself, check out some of the amazing things stylists can do to create a space that’s out of this world. Room draping is provided by most of the big decor specialists in the country – see a list of the best companies for the job in the Room Decoration section of the weddingsonline directory.
Red Carpets & Entrances
Most venues will roll out the red carpet for the newlyweds entrance but if you’re looking to hire your own, head here on the weddingsonline supplier directory. For a more unusual entrance to your reception room, try something like this fairylight arch from Audrey’s Wedding Occasions (above), or transfer those gorgeous Atmosphere Displays cherry trees from the church to your reception room doors.
Main image: Room styled by Frog Prince Weddings
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Former editor, current contributor, (she just can't let go!) Karen enjoys writing fashion but is known to dabble in decor from time to time. Her favourite section on the site is the Real Wedding section, followed closely by the Health & Fitness forums.