Lake Oswego resident rents out wedding decor from her home - allowing local couples to entertain with her eclectic style
Even with her own 'I dos' said and done, Lake Oswego resident Rebecca Logsdon is spreading her love of vintage, rustic wedding décor, renting pieces to local couples out of her home in the First Addition neighborhood.
Logsdon's venture - a business known as Affordable Wedding Décor - began when she began planning her own wedding, which was held in September 2010.
'As I looked into buying versus renting, I was finding that most local rental companies only carried 'traditional' wedding décor, and I was going for a 'vintage shabby chic' theme with fun, older flair,' she said. 'I ended up searching high and low for unique, one-of-a-kind, vintage items… and thought it would be nice to share my great finds with other brides.'
Because Logdson's wedding wasn't held until the end of the Oregon summer wedding season, she had plenty of time to rent out her decorations to other couples - and offset some of her own costs.
The demand didn't stop there, however, and Logdson's rental services are still going strong with clients from throughout Oregon along with Washington and California.
Logdson said she's always adding new items to her inventory - all of play into her own rustic style.
'I love elements from the '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s and '60s,' she said. 'Often times when I'm collecting inspiration or buying new inventory, I draw from all of them.'
From shepherds' hooks with matching wire-hanging mason jars, to galvanized watering cans and beverage tubs to strands of outdoor globe lights, Logdson said she stocks enough items to outfit weddings with up to 250 guests comfortably. She also carries multiples of many of her rentals.
Some of her most popular items include a custom-built arbor with white hanging vintage windows, vintage suitcases and even a handmade photo booth, complete with a fabric backing, frames and old-time mustache props.
She also stocks hundreds of mason jars in a variety of colors and sizes.
'They make wonderful drinking glasses, vases, votives, utensil holders (and more),' she said.
For her own favors, Logsdon made homemade strawberry jam in four-ounce mason jars with lids, matching fabric squares and hand-dyed custom tags typed out using a vintage typewriter.
Logdson also used this typewriter - a 1930s Underwood her grandmother used in high school and college - as her guestbook and said it is her favorite item she rents.
'It was my No. 1 inspiration at my wedding and shaped many of the elements that went into my big day,' she said. 'This style … reminds me of both my grandmas' knick-knacks that I remember seeing as a kid in their homes and playing and falling in love with.'
Lodsgon carries hand-painted banners and signs and will create custom moss and burlap monogram letters, cake toppers, runners and more for her clients as well.
So far, Logsdon, who has previous experience working in the wedding industry, said she's come in contact with her clients through word-of-mouth, networking with other businesses, Craigslist and Facebook. She said a website is also in the works.
And, aside from her day-of set up and coordinating services, Logsdon also rents out décor for bridal and baby showers, family gatherings and other at-home entertaining events.
True to her company's name, Logsdon offers rentals a la carte - starting with tea lights at 15 cents a piece.
'Oftentimes brides want more flexibility to pick and choose the décor that best suits their theme,' she said. 'I pride myself on my affordable prices, (because) I know, more than ever, we're all on a budget.'
As for her advice for couples planning a rustic weddings: 'Don't be afraid to be creative and do some do-it-yourself projects,' Logsdon said. 'Be resourceful… Search your families' homes for hidden old treasures, borrow when you can and make frequent stops to places like Goodwill, Stars Antique Mall and Craigslist for great finds.'