Organize DIY Wedding Prep with Self Storage
Weddings are joyous occasions, but preparation for this big event can spoil the fun with frustration, stress, and confusion. Not only is the lovely couple having disagreements with each other, but with family, venues, and event planners. In addition to that, if you’re going to DIY all or even a little bit of your floral arrangements and decor, you’re going to need to find space to store all the goodies. No, the trunk of your car won’t work, but we have you covered at Universal Storage Group.
Whether you need a small unit for a few items or a large unit with lots of space for organization and even a comfortable work area, we have the right size, climate-controlled unit to fit your needs. Your belongings will be in one convenient place and your stress level will be under control.
Before we get to some tips and tricks to simplify and organize your wedding prep, here are some fun wedding facts from The Pearl Source Blog.
- The wedding industry registered a revenue of $72 billion dollars in 2016 (Market Research)
- 2019 registered a total number of 2,126,126 weddings, which means an average of 5,825 weddings took place each day (Wedding Report)
- In 2020, the average cost of a wedding was $28,000 (Wedding Wire)
- The average amount couples spend on décor, favors, and stationery is $2,460 (Wedding Wire)
- In 2020, brides paid an average of $1,631 for a dress, including alterations (Brides)
- The average couple has a budget of around $23,000 when they begin planning, but end up spending an average of $30,000 (Wedding Wire)
- The average age at the time of tying the knot in the US is 27.8 for women and 29.8 for men (Census)
- October is the leader when it comes to the most popular time to get married (16%), followed by September (15%) and June (13%) (The Knot)
- Surveys reveal that love is the most important reason why the vast majority of Americans (88%) choose to get married (Pew Social Trends)
- The average wedding hosts 131 guests (The Knot)
Simplify and Organize Your Wedding Prep
Organization is the Key to Sanity
Being organized is a big factor in staying calm. If you’re purchasing large quantities of flowers, candles, and other decorations, keep them stored in bins and baskets. You can add shelving to your storage unit to keep everything you need in one place. Sorting through huge plastic bags of tiny objects from the craft store is not fun.
PRO TIP: If you’re storing a significant amount of items, don’t forget to label your containers. Then, make a quick map so that you can easily locate items in your unit. It doesn’t have to be fancy – just a pencil sketch. Hang it on a clipboard inside the doorway, and keep it up to date as you add and remove things.
Buying in Bulk Saves Time and Money
If you’re creating floral centerpieces, bouquets, and other party items for a large wedding, buying in bulk will save you time and money. This is where self storage saves the day. If your space needs exceed the size of your current unit, no problem! Most facilities offer month-to-month leasing. You can easily move to a larger unit for the timeframe that suits your schedule.
PRO TIP: Rent a climate-controlled unit to keep your purchases in good condition and to keep you comfortable.
A Space to Store and Create
Will you really be happy with supplies and decorations stored in every corner of your home? If you’re creating significant amounts of wedding decor, you need a suitable place for your stockpile. Lease a self storage unit that is large enough to accommodate work tables for helpers. You’ll not only have a place for storage but a spacious work area.
PRO TIP: If you’re going to be using glue guns or computer-controlled cutting machines, double-check that you have power outlets in your storage. Don’t forget adequate lighting.
A Place for Alcoholic Beverages
Depending on the size and type of your wedding, you may be purchasing large amounts of alcoholic beverages yourself. In that case, look for a facility with a high level of security.
PROTIP: Keep in mind that storing wine and other alcoholic beverages for more than a few months may require specialty storage.
Wedding and Formal Wear
If you’re currently living in a very small home or apartment, you may not have the space for your wedding gown and accessories. If these items are delivered early, they can be kept in a well-maintained, climate-controlled storage unit away from prying eyes and dirty hands. This is also the best way to be sure that no one sees your gown before the wedding.
PRO TIP: If you’re going to store formal clothing in your unit, use garment racks and high-quality garment bags and coverings.
Pre-Wedding Table Presentation
If you’re a hands-on bride that wants to be involved in every detail, a self storage unit can give you the extra space to preview your wedding-day tablescapes. Set up a small table in a corner of your unit and rearrange centerpieces, glassware, flatware, and china until you’re satisfied with the presentation.
PRO TIP: Instead of using dishes and flatware you have at home, ask your wedding venue if you can borrow one or two place settings so that you can “play” with them for a week prior to your wedding.
Along with the pre-wedding festivities, you will be receiving duplicate gifts that you won’t even be able to think about returning until after the wedding. These items can be stored until you’re settled in your new home and can determine what stays and what gets returned.
PRO TIP: Your unit should be climate-controlled to prevent deterioration or damage to your gifts. Place sturdy shelving in your unit so that you don’t risk breakage by tripping over items that were placed on the floor.
You’ll make as many memories preparing for the wedding as you do on the day itself. Give yourself peace of mind by using a convenient self storage unit. There’s a strong chance that you’ll want to keep it after the wedding.