By Leah Binkovitz
Wedding estimates don't typically include a giant bird cage, dozens of milk jugs, or beat up farm tables. But for brides seeking the vintage look, these details can add up quick.
Amanda Ryan made that realization while planning for her wedding in May. "I was looking for lots of old things and realized that there was nowhere I could rent it, so I'd have to buy it all," says Ryan. And she figured, if she was wondering what to do with all these knickknacks, chances were other brides were stumped as well.
Thus was born Lime Canary Vintage Rentals. With a warehouse in St. Paul, Lime Canary has a whole range of items available for rental to help make your walk down the aisle a trip down memory lane.
"I do lots of hunting around rural Minnesota," Ryan says of her growing collection and she particularly recommends checking out Stillwater for inspiration. Once she's found the perfect item, Ryan blogs about all the different ways it could be used. Like the old library card catalogs she got recently that she wrote could be turned into a candy bar, escort card holders, or even used in floral displays.
Popular now, Ryan says, are old couches and chairs used to create a lounge space for guests to mingle. But Ryan, who studied interior design, has done all sorts of things and even found a use for an old tool organizer that held wrenches and screwdrivers repurposed to display jams and other treats.
Ryan's favorite projects involve mixing heirlooms from the bride and groom's families with pieces from her collection. One bride, for example, was looking for a way to incorporate vintage linens from her grandmother. Ryan helped add vintage details throughout to give the party space a cohesive feel that complimented the linens.
Whether you're looking to rent a couple old books for the sign-in table or a whole room of furniture, Ryan can work with any budget to make an event special.
And best of all, you don't have to wonder what to do with 10 faded suitcases and 15 vintage cake pedestals when you're done.