Friends Offer Up Something Borrowed for Brides – Flagstaff Business News
Rachel Duncan and Laura Hicks recycle gently used wedding props.
In the last two years, Rachel Duncan was a bridesmaid at five weddings and Laura Hicks had her own wedding. While considering the age-old problem of what to do with post-wedding decorations, the two best friends created Something Borrowed: Wedding and Event Rentals.
“Laura had purchased a lot of items for her ceremony and many of our friends stated they had no idea with to do with all the leftover wedding items,” said Duncan.
The two also noticed wedding rental companies were underrepresented in Northern Arizona.
“Because wedding items are only gently used, it is a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly choice to rent items that can be utilized for multiple weddings,” said Duncan.
“The wedding industry is a passion for both of us,” said Hicks, who has known Duncan since their Yavapai College days. “We wanted to offer a service that could help make the wedding planning process simpler and more streamlined.”
Duncan and Hicks are both Prescott natives and have known each other for 12 years. “After Yavapai College, I transferred to Northern Arizona University and Laura transferred to Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego,” said Duncan. “We’re excited to open a business together.”
The Flagstaff-based Something Borrowed: Wedding and Event Rentals serves areas all over Northern Arizona.
Rosebud Designs owner Kayla Eastman says she is happy to see the business take off. “There are very few vendors that offer brides the option of renting items so they can plan a wedding economically yet also unique and special.”
Eastman has partnered with Something Borrowed and will be offering her custom rental floral arrangements for arbors, bouquets, centerpieces and other wedding adornments.
With a “you name it list,” Duncan and Hicks will be providing decorative signs, drink canisters, string lights, table décor, centerpieces and arches. “We are currently stocking an array of wedding arches, including hexagonal and circular, but we have more styles on their way,” said Hicks.
“As a wedding and event planning business specializing in Pop Up Picnics, when Something Borrowed first came to my attention, I was so excited,” said Indigo Productions Owner Raphael Temple. “Most rental companies focus on the larger aspects of weddings like chairs and tables, whereas Rachel and Laura offer so many options when it comes to the smaller details. Their selection of arches fit every style. Their customer service blew me away. I already have an order in.”
“The ordering process for rentals is easy,” said Duncan. “There is a contact form requesting items of interest on our website or we can take inquiries by phone or social media. Our response time is 24 hours or less.” Estimates are then sent to the customer’s email for review.
“I know how difficult it can be for couples to find the right décor for their wedding,” said Arizona Photo and Video, Sedona Wedding Films, LLC Shannon Nolan, “especially when we see a lot of couples coming from different areas across the state (and the country) to get married in our beautiful Northern Arizona. Transporting items just for a day isn’t feasible, so Something Borrowed fills that need.”
Both Duncan and Hicks enjoy spending time with family and friends in their off time. Duncan enjoys camping, cooking, day trips and hanging out with her black Labrador, Henley. Hicks likes to bake and read, and looks forward to traveling with her husband, Brandon. FBN
By V. Ronnie Tierney, FBN
Something Borrowed Wedding and Event Rentals can be contacted at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 928-235-5759.