Getting married is expensive enough without wasting money on buying items you can rent instead. You can rent just about any type of wedding supplies you’ll need from dishes and tablecloths to a popcorn machine. The trick is to make sure you don’t forget something that is easy to overlook. Take advice from the supplier or your wedding planner when it comes to what you’ll need based on the number of guests you expect. That will help avoid surprises at the last minute. Here are some other things to know that will prepare you for booking your wedding rentals.
Check The Venue
The first step is to check the venue to see what comes already supplied. You may be given tables and chairs or you may be given a bare event hall. In addition to obvious things like tables, dishes, chairs, and tablecloths, you also want to think about what you might take for granted. For instance, you may need to rent coat hangers if your event will be in the winter. You might need mood lighting, a temporary dance floor, and a stage for the band. You may even need to rent cooking and serving supplies for your caterer to use. Find out what supplies are stocked in the venue kitchen and main hall. Then figure out what you can borrow or buy inexpensively. After that, you’re ready to make a list for everything else you need to rent.
Arrange For Delivery
If you’re trying to save money, you may need to pick up and return the wedding supplies yourself. Otherwise, you’ll have to pay a delivery fee. If you are getting married in a remote location, you could have to pay mileage too, along with lodging fees for the driver. Be sure the delivery fees are calculated into the initial estimate, so they don’t wreck your budget when it’s time to pay the bill. You may be able to arrange for a friend or relative to handle the delivery as a wedding gift to you.
Understand The Return Policy
Once your wedding and reception are over, the rental supplies will most likely be in disarray. The dishes will be dirty and the tablecloths stained. Find out your responsibility for the return items. You may need to enlist the help of your friends to wash and clean dishes throughout the night so everything is clean, packed, and ready to return at the appointed time. If you leave the cleanup to the rental company, you can expect to pay a lot more. Also, be sure you understand other policies too, such as how much you have to pay if something is damaged, if you return the supplies late, or if you have to cancel the order.
Don’t wait until the last minute to place an order. Plan on taking your wedding planner with you to the rental company a few months in advance to get a price list and estimate. Then you’ll have plenty of time to finalize what you need and get your rentals locked in.
For more information, contact Alex Party Supplies or a similar company.