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Vancity Vendor:
Absolute Events and Rentals

September 27th, 2013 by Jeannine

Vancity Vendor: Absolute Events & Rentals

Carmelle Belanger - Photo by Bennett Photography Carmelle Belanger believes that everyone should be able to afford their dream wedding. As a budget bride once herself, she says she couldn’t bear paying $25 or more for just one tablecloth. She decided to do something about it and opened her own wedding decor rental company called Absolute Events and Rentals.

Absolute Events and Rentals carries a large selection of chair covers and linens in different fabrics, prints, sizes and colours. They also have specialty decor items available like branches, candelabras, chandeliers, feathers and vases to help glam up your event. She takes pride in her customer service, as well as, affordable pricing… linens that normally rent for $25-$30, she tells me she doesn’t go above $13. For chair covers, it ranges from $1.85-$2.20 each. She also has decor packages available if you want to make sure you’ve covered all your bases.

Carmelle is inspired by her brides and is eager to meet you and create the look for your big event. To reach her, visit her website or be a fan on her Facebook page. They have also started their own floral company… in case you need flowers too ;)

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A Few Words With Carmelle…

Absolute Events & Rentals What do you have to offer for brides with lower budgets?
“We offer great packages for any bride on any budget. Our packages tailor to brides and their needs based on venues. Each package starts off affordable and basic but based on your budget you can upgrade to different fabrics, larger centerpieces, or add extras.”

What sets you apart from others in the same field?
“Customer service and the relationships I build with my clients set us apart from other in the same field. It’s of the utmost importance that my clients feel that they can trust me with their most important day. Aside from that, our inventory which is constantly growing with the trends, one minute its black and white damask the next is burlap and lace, we are always on board with the newest thing.”

Do you offer any promotions from time to time?
“We love offering promotions! We offer great promotions on our facebook page to new and pending clients. After booking you can take part in our contest for $25 – $50 off your services. We also offer early booking fees for weddings booked 1 year in advance.”

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Absolute Events & Rentals What do you enjoy most about your job?
“The best thing about my job is the clients! I love getting to know each couple over the 9-12 month span. We spend so much time chatting over email, text messages, the phone and in person, I really start to build a friendship with each couple. I love hearing how happy they were with the services, or the hug I get at the end of the night. It’s sometimes sad for me to know the wedding is over.”

What is the easiest way to transform a room?
“A room can easily be transformed by chair covers. They do miracles to a room! My second option is colored or printed linens. Switching from a traditional runner to a colored overlay really WOWS your guest when they walk into a room!”

How do you stay competitive when it comes to pricing?
“The décor rental industry is becoming very competitive. I am constantly keeping an eye on what others are providing while looking for new suppliers & opportunities. We also offer great additions just for renting with us, For instance all centerpiece rentals come with table mirrors, votive candle holders and table number stands. This completes your centerpiece but helps you stick to budgets.”

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Absolute Events & Rentals Describe a real life situation when you had to deal with a low budget bride. How did you design her wedding to fit her vision and her budget?
“Budget brides are what we do best! In the case of a low budget I often say Less is More. I also recommend neutral colors for things like linens and sashes and instead adding a pop of color with centerpieces or floral. Keeping the tables clean and clutter free and/or switching from white to an ivory often does the trick. I also recommend doing shades of one color. For instance Shades of dark purple – light purples instead of just one purple. When it really comes down to it, keep it simple.”

What kind of venue is your favourite to decorate and why?
“I love all types of venues, each is so unique, but my favorite venue is a blank slate. I love a venue that one weekend we can make into an elegant black tie affair and the next it’s a rustic barn dance.”

If you had one piece of advice for a bride and groom, what would it be?
“My one piece of advice is stay calm. Don’t let the stress of planning take away from what the day is really about.”

To contact Carmelle, visit her website.
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All photos were provided by Absolute Events and Rentals.

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