I understand that when you are planning that special day you already have a lot of factors to consider like when would be the most romantic, when would please all the family members, and when would give you the best chance for perfect weather just to name a few. But have you considered picking a week that might help you save money?
My family has been in the business of operating amusement, concessions, and confections items on a rental and pay per use basis for three generations now, and the one thing we are all trying to avoid is the open hour, day, weekend, etc. When it comes to renting items like tents, stages, dance floors, bounce houses, carnival games, concessions items, or mechanical rides; the best way to get the best price is to fill one of these dead times for a vendor. Next, I’ll give you some ideas as to how to do this.
First, mark off the dates of major festivals or events that involve everyone in your city or town. In the Houston Galveston area of Texas where I live, we have two main ones. Galveston has a thriving Mardi Gras season, and Houston has its Live Stock Show & Rodeo. These events take on a gala status and everything from limos to hair dressers are tied up for weeks.
Next, you can eliminate the major holiday weekends from March through October. The weeks after these holidays are almost always open with the most dead week in the calendar being the week after July 4th. Easter is the only exception, but I can’t see most people having a wedding Easter week.
Next, make sure your city isn’t hosting a major sporting event. Here, I’m talking about events that are set well in advance like the Super Bowl, the Daytona 500, the All-Star games, and the mens and women’s Final Four tournaments. Most of if not all the best vendors will be booked for these occasions and they are usually paid a premium.
These are some suggestions on how to find that least busy week. Because if you can give the vendors a date they usually have trouble filling; then they should be in a much more flexible mood. For those of you who will plan all aspects of your own wedding, there are many providers of rental equipment on my website. I wish you all the best on your special day.
Written by: Maxwell Ivey, Owner The Midway Marketplace