Sugar & Spice Rentals was just a twinkle in my eye last year as I was busy preparing for my own summer nuptials. I started planning the way every bride does - checklists, blogs, magazines, advice from friends, etc. But I quickly became overwhelmed by the endless options, high prices, and industry red tape. ("What do you mean I can't use things from 4 different rental companies?!") I had no idea that there would be issues with competing contracts and that finding what I really wanted would be so hard. Turns out, some of the bigger rental companies won't give you a popular rental unless you give them the WHOLE contract for your wedding. But then they may not have another big item you're looking for and suddenly you're hearing a lot of "NO's" after you've just said "YES"!
Enter my solution, which probably wasn't the EASIEST path, but definitely worked for me and developed a newfound passion that I'd been yearning for. Instead of renting, I decided I would buy or build the things that I wanted. I had time on my side and a flexible schedule that allowed for plenty of trips to source and procure inventory. And if I was savvy, I could purchase or build it for almost the same amount as what it would take to rent it. And so it began..... Only I didn't stop at purchasing only things for MY wedding, I purchased things for lots of weddings. It was hard to say no when I came upon beautiful stemware or china for a good deal! I also love big projects and building things in my garage was therapeutic throughout the whole process. It kept my mind off of the more stressful parts of planning for the wedding. As many of you well know, there are just certain things that can't be DIY'ed or negotiated and you just have to find a way to make peace with that.
After everything was said and done, my husband and I said our 'I DO's" in a magical place with the wedding of my dreams. (I'm not so sure he ever dreamed of 38 layers of 'so white' tulle or a suspended cake or two different dance floors, but I did... and he loves me anyway!) And it was perfect and special and worth every minute of time and every dollar spent. But then I came home from our honeymoon to two storage units full of product and I was faced with a tough decision - had it been a hobby? Something to entertain and challenge me for several months? OR was it the first step toward owning my own business and finding real fulfillment in a job I love?
From the title of this post you can probably assume what the answer was. So here I am, one year later, officially registered as a business in the state of California. I have more product, more knowledge, less money, and a whole lot of determination. Am I nervous?! Yes. Every single day. And it's kind of scary to be new to such a huge, established industry. But I have a keen eye and a strong work ethic and the support of so many loved ones. So here we go, guys - I'M REALLY DOING THIS!!!