The Great Debate: To Rent or Buy?

RC Special Events aims to make your events as stress-free and seamless as possible! While there are plenty of options  a person planning an event can look into for ways to buy items for their gathering, we are here to tell you that RENTING is the way to go!

A hot topic of debate in the event supply industry is whether to rent or buy. We have heard time and time again that we have allowed an ease of use that is unmatched. Even when borrowing from friends! This is due in part to the convenient way we send our products out. For example, we package all of our dinnerware and glassware and do not require you to wash the items before returning.

If you were to purchase large quantities of glassware and dinnerware you are then required to rinse, wash, and store them. If you’re like many, you do not have an industrial strength dishwasher, that can wash and dry large quantities in minutes.


We know many of our clients have entertained the idea of buying linens instead of renting. While weighing the pros and cons, consider this:

  • You will have to Iron, Launder, Store and fix any discrepancies when your linens arrive.
  • You will also have to find a way to transport the linens to your venue in such a way that does not cause wrinkling or dirtying.
  • Your venue may not allow the time you would like to allow for your own set up/take down.
  •  It is important to be realistic about the time you and your family members will have the day of the event.

When renting, your biggest decision will be whether or not to have our crews set them on the tables for you. This way, you don’t have to commision your family and friends to work for you on your big day.

 DIY projects are increasing in popularity lately and for good reason. Sites like Pinterest and other blogs showcasing people’s abilities make it easy for everyone to tap into their creative abilities. Just make sure you don’t get in over your head! Sure making your own fabrics seems like the way to go when you’re a year and a half out, but what happens when you realize that you have bitten off more than you can handle and the big day is less than 6 months away?

We even offer event furniture and decor items that will make planning your event effortless.

In 2013 our Lounge seating was incredibly popular for events. We have since added to our inventory for lounge seating. We now offer this black leather lounge furniture and coffee tables along with our 4′ x 4′ lounge seats. All are pictured below.


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new coffee table

If you are interested in our lighting options, please check here.

Consider visiting with RC Special Events and allow for one of our fantastic Sales Associates to sit down with you for a ‘Modern Consultation’ so that we can help give you some creative solutions options that will help alleviate  some of the ‘stressors’ that can potentially come with planning large events.  Our goal here at RC Special Events is to find ways to reduce the potential stress levels for our clients and allow for them to “Own the Moment… and Rent the WOW!”

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Visually Unforgettable: The Importance of Event Lighting

The importance of lighting at any event, especially a wedding, is often underestimated. We are here to tell you that it is definitely one of the most important planning decisions.

A fellow event planner once said, “Setting an atmosphere and creating a dramatic first impression is why mood lighting is so vital to any event. Get the lighting (and sound) right and you are well on your way to creating a dynamic event.”

With all the time spent planning your special day, you want to be able to show off your hard work. You won’t be able to do that if your lighting isn’t right!

Our lighting professionals are available to make your dreams a reality. They have transformed even the most unlikely venue spaces and have created fantastic visuals to enhance walls and dance floors.

It is important to make sure that the bride isn’t the only thing beaming in the room! Let us guide you along while illuminating ideas for your perfect lighting design!

Among the lighting techniques that can be used is LED uplighting, which can enhance a venue’s internal architecture. In this example, we used LED lighting behind the liner of a Navitrac tent to provide a color wash effect.

led lighting

In this picture you can also see a few paper lanterns (Also called Fabric Globe lights) that we can offer for your event through a lighting package. In these lanterns, you can use LED lights to illuminate them or 110W light bulbs, or stick to basics and go with the traditional look. These lanterns have become a unique way to decorate a venue and the best part is, they are customizable! If these are your lighting option of choice, we can definitely help you determine the amount needed for your venue.

fabric globe lanterns

Similar to the round paper lanterns are the Grapevine Orbs wrapped with twinkle lights.

They are a really great fit for rustic events and can complement our Napa tables. The lightweight quality of these orbs allows them to be installed in any tent or venue.

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Theatrical lighting is another customization technique that has always been a special type of lighting for corporate events and weddings alike. Gobo lights, or “Go Between”/”Goes Before Optics” light add just the right amount of special touch. Here at RC Special Events, we bring in our lighting expert to make sure they turn out just right. This lighting style involves manipulating the light that is cast over a space or object from the light source. To do so, a piece of material with patterned holes, through which light passes, is placed in the beam of light to allow only the desired “shape” or pattern through while blocking the rest of the light and casting a specific shadow/light into the space.

Check out these examples of Gobo lighting that RC has used!

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wedding gobothere with care gobo

A member of our operations crew took this while on site at an event we were able to work with in Vail. You can see the event name being projected into the pool.

Having the right lighting at your event can make the whole evening, but imagine the effect a special moniker or symbol could bring to the night. Definitely an exciting way to spice up your event.  imageimage_1image_2

Another popular lighting technique that is hung from the ceiling is chandeliers. We offer a large crystal chandelier and mini chandeliers to suit your event.

Crystal Chandelier

crystal chandelier

Mini Chandelier

mini chandeliers

Mini Swirl Chandelier

mini swirl chandelier

In this picture, you can see our mini chandeliers combined with our silk drum lights.

silk drum lights

A form of lighting that doesn’t involve low hanging items from the ceiling are Twinkle Lights. These strands of electric lights are the most versatile of all the lighting that RC Special Events can provide. They can be used to illuminate the ceiling of a clear top tent, or they can bring life to the center poles of a pole tent.

Festoon twinkle lights

These lights, commonly referred to as Par lights or can lights, can be rented with or without a stand. These lights are popular because of the color gels that can be placed over the light to create a cool color effect on a wall or item you wish to illuminate.

par lightpar lights with stand

These are just a few of the Event Lighting techniques that RC Special Events can offer. Talk to our lighting professionals about what you want to achieve and let them guide you to get this all-important aspect right.


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