Last September, I was photographing a wedding out in the country and they had just the right touches — vintage-looking dishes, rustic desserts and a little path to a hill with a wooden sign pointing “Wedding!”
At one point during the celebration, the bride turned to me and said, “You write about budget weddings, right? I’ve got a tip for you.” And then Jasmine proceeded to blow my mind. “We borrowed all this stuff.”
Turns out it’s a real thing, although not quite as widespread as I’d hoped. Here in Portland (figures, right? You’ve all seen Portlandia) there is not one but a few lending libraries where you can check out kitchen gadgets or loads of place settings, glasses and tablecloths — even decor items.
I think it’s a brilliant idea, and it’s a lucky tip for Portland Metro-area brides and an even hotter tip for anyone in a different city wanting to start their own. Sounds like a fun and easy way to share, recycle and reduce waste — and you could use them again and again, for big holiday meals, an annual canning experiment or to test out a pressure cooker.