How to Open a Wedding Chair & Linen Company

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Most brides plan their weddings so that no detail is left undone. When it comes to paying attention to the wedding decor details, popular items for brides to rent include wedding chairs linens such as tablecovers, overlays, napkins and chair covers. A wedding linen and chair business can be a lucrative venture. With a small amount of time for planning and a small monetary investment for supplies, you can open a wedding chair and linen company to fit the brides' needs in your area.

Things You'll Need

  • Wedding chairs
  • Linens (table covers, overlays, napkins and chair covers)
  • Obtain a business license. Most counties in the country require that you have a license to operate a business. Contact the county clerk's office of the county where the business will operate. Typically, you have to complete a business license application and pay a processing fee, which varies by location. Once you have the business license, you can legally operate your business in the area.

  • Select a storage location. A wedding chair and linen company does not necessarily need a storefront, but you need a space where you can store the chairs and linens when not in use. If you have a garage in your home or a large shed on your property that is weatherproof, then you may be able to operate out of your home. If not, check into renting a storage space at a local storage unit company. You can also speak with a real estate agent who specializes in warehouse or commercial rentals. A real estate professional can help you identify property types that fit your space requirements and budget.

  • Order supplies. Buy wedding chairs and linens from wholesale suppliers. If you can sew or know someone who can, then you may also wish to buy fabric and make your own linen table covers, overlays, napkins and chair covers. You also need a small box truck to deliver and pick up the event chairs and linens on the day of the wedding. You can rent a small delivery truck or van from companies such as U-Haul and Ryder when you need to make deliveries and pick-ups. You may want to consider buying a delivery truck as a more cost-effective option once you have enough business to justify owning a truck.

  • Develop a relationship with venues. Get in touch with local wedding venues and negotiate a partnership with them to offer brides who book the venue your chairs and linens as options for the wedding. Some venues have preferred vendor lists you can be added to so brides can contact you directly. Other venues include your items as part of the venue wedding packages. The venue pays you a wholesale rental fee and charges the bride a retail price. In many instances, you may be able to negotiate so that your company has an exclusive contract for the chairs and linens.

  • Find clients. You can also promote your products directly to couples getting married in your area. Build a website to showcase the variety of wedding chairs and linens brides can rent from your company. Consider attending bridal trade shows, where you can showcase your products and talk directly with brides who are planning their weddings. Trade shows also offer opportunities to meet potential referral sources---other wedding vendors---such as event planners, florists and venues.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be sure to check for state requirements for operating a business, which vary by state. Contact your state department to inquire about state laws.

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