It’s Spotlight day, where we introduce you to Cyndi Shifrel of Orlando Wedding & Party Rentals and share the stories behind their company.
When people ask “what do you do?” how do you answer?
I help make events amazing and make one of the most important days of someone’s life less stressful.
What did you do before you did this?
Darrin was (and still is) a DJ with FunFactory Entertainment. Cyndi was a piano teacher.
How long would you say you have been doing what you do today?
Orlando Wedding & Party Rentals began in 2008 but Darrin, my husband and business partner, has been in the wedding industry for much longer. He started out, and still is, a DJ! The prototype for OWPR was actually a rental company for bounce houses, and now 12 years later, we’re serving clients all over Central Florida with tents, chairs, tables, and more!
What is your favorite thing about what you do? What’s your WHY?
Being able to make one of the most important days of someone’s life incredible and stress-free.
Tell us about your most memorable event so far and why it was.
It is impossible to pick one particular one but we love helping vendors and clients in a bind and pulling off the seemingly impossible.
What’s the best part of your job?
Working in this industry and the amazing vendors and clients that we are fortunate to work with.
What motivates you to do this every day?
We are obsessed with the pursuit of perfection and trying to make sure every event goes perfectly as if it were our own event.
What fun fact would people be surprised to learn about you?
I used to be a piano teacher!
What is the best compliment you’ve received from your clients?
The best compliment we can ever receive is how exceptional our customer service is and how beautiful our products are.
How did you decide on the name of your company?
We wanted something that said it all – what we do and where we do it.
What is important for clients to know about your company before they book you?
We are going to treat them like they are our family if we are fortunate to be able to work with them.
What is the most unique service/product you offer?
Throughout the year, we’re adding products to our inventory in response to the ever-changing trends, and also in response to what’s happening around us. We quickly added Hand Sanitizing Stations & Handwashing Stations to our inventory to help our vendors & clients maintain a safe environment for their guests.
What types of events do you specialize in?
Weddings, corporate, and social events.
What makes your business stand out from others in your category?
We make it so you don’t have to juggle a bunch of vendors for your rentals, and we provide lots of options so that your personality and design aesthetic can shine through!
Tell us about your favorite type of engaged couple.
Those that can enjoy the experience and don’t overthink things too much.
Why do couples hire you?
Many are referred to us and feel comfortable with us because of that reason.
What does your most popular package include?
Chairs and chargers / Tents, tables, chairs, and lighting.
Why do you think your business is successful?
We’ve never strayed away from the reason we started Orlando Wedding & Party Rentals back in 2008: To make the rental process easier and more enjoyable. Our clients are in an exciting time of their lives, and our staff gives 110% every day to honor our that excitement and our customers’ expectations.
Orlando Wedding & Party Rentals shares some helpful information for engaged couples…..
What are the most common questions you get asked by brides and/or grooms?
Price; are we allowed to adjust the counts of our rentals (especially in regards to tables and chairs); do we offer to put tents on reserve in case of bad weather.
What is your best piece of advice for someone that just got engaged?
I will scream this piece advice until the cows come home: hire a wedding planner! I promise that it’s worth the investment. Depending on the package you purchase, they’ll guide you through all of the best practices and handle any chaos on your wedding day.
What current trends have you seen at weddings that you personally like the most?
One trend I’ve been enjoying is muted color palettes. Lots of neutrals with maybe a pop of color here or there. The end result always looks so classy!
What do you think are the biggest misconceptions that people have about your vendor category?
That we’re *just* a chair or a table. Truth is, our rentals will live in your photo albums alongside your loved ones.
Name three unique venues that you enjoy working at and why.
Casa Feliz, The Balcony Orlando, and Art and History Museum – Maitland. Each venue has a unique architecture and incredible staff. They make our job that much more enjoyable by always being on top of their venue’s details and being flexible with our delivery schedules.
What some of their previous couples had to say….
“Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals are THE BEST!!! Darrin is so responsive and such a friendly person to work with. They have so many great products to choose from and fabulous prices. For our wedding, we used draping, Chiavari chairs, and chargers. It’s the “little” things like chairs and chargers that end up making a BIG difference in your wedding or event space.
Their set up team is always punctual and professional. Our wedding would not have been nearly as beautiful or ran as smoothly as it did without their involvement. High recommend!” – Katie D, Orlando Museum of Art
“The team at OWPR was FANTASTIC to work with for our museum’s fundraising garden party. They were so patient as we added & subtracted & added items again! Everything looked wonderful, plus it was on time, and delivered by a very nice team of guys. They have a nice selection of items for events, and we plan to work with them for any future events we have!” – Jessi V, Mennello Museum
“People don’t think that chargers and chairs could make a difference to your wedding but if they think that they are wrong! We rented the gorgeous French Country Chairs and Faux Marble Chargers for our wedding and the look of our reception was instantly brought together the look and feel of our wedding.
“OWPR has an amazing selection of rentals and made the renting process so easy. They even let us visit their warehouse when we were on the fence about our selection. Their team was awesome at communication and adjusting whatever we needed. If you need rentals or want to enhance your wedding look no further than OWPR.” – Jessie S, Lake Mary Events Center