25+ Chicago Wedding Picnic Rental Ideas

A wedding picnic can be just the ticket for couples who want an informal and entertaining special day. Planning a picnic wedding starts with choosing the right location (such as one of our beautiful Chicago parks or your favorite backyard) and progresses to those logistical details that make the day a memorable occasion for everyone involved.

There are a few tips that go with planning a picnic wedding (especially with unpredictable Midwestern weather). For the best picnic wedding, use these wedding picnic planning tips:

  • Discuss whether you want your wedding picnic to be a large event or a small, more intimate wedding picnic. This decision can help as you decide on the tent size and number of wedding rental items needed, such as the number of chairs and tables.
  • To make sure you get the wedding picnic rental items you need, plan for your wedding day as far in advance as possible. Contact a rental company with a list of items. Don’t hesitate to ask for ideas for other items that can complete the event.
  • If using an outdoor wedding venue, always ask about logistical ideas. Is there a volume limitation or curfew? These details can put a damper on your desire for an epic wedding dance. Is there room for a large tent? Can the tent be staked down? Is a permit needed? To avoid any penalties, ask about the regulations that could add stress to your wedding planning.
  • Always have a plan B when planning an outdoor wedding. The weather can be unpredictable in Chicago, and an indoor venue or tent can be invaluable if the weather is hot or rainy. In the same way, consider adding sidewalls to a tent or climate control.
  • If the wedding ceremony and reception is in the same location, plan for additional food items and entertainment to keep guests entertained during photos and the cocktail hour. Guests can appreciate wedding entertainers and yard games that reinforce the wedding atmosphere while waiting for the wedding pleasantries to end.
  • To avoid duplication (or missing rental items), always confer with other vendors, such as your caterer, to find out what items are included in your contract.

Then, use this list of wedding picnic items (and this outdoor wedding checklist) to order the items that make your vision of a wedding picnic come alive.

  1. Ceremony chairs
  2. Tents
  3. Sidewalls
  4. Dance floor
  5. Food service tables (such as buffet tables)
  6. Table linens
  7. Heat or AC
  8. Lighting (event or atmosphere-see options for tent lighting here)
  9. Picnic table cloths
  10. Picnic tables
  11. Coffee service
  12. Chafing dishes
  13. Insulated coolers
  14. Portable bars
  15. Drink tubs
  16. Chill tables
  17. Chill tubs
  18. Industrial grills
  19. Centerpieces
  20. Garbage cans (with covers)
  21. Microphone
  22. Projection Screens
  23. Sound System
  24. Kids tables
  25. Kids chairs
  26. Stage

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