You are planning your wedding and you just found out some unfortunate news. All of the items that you thought were going to be provided by your reception venue or your caterer are not going to be provided at all. This was very disappointing news, but at this point all you can do is find a solution. Obviously, one solution would be to purchase all of the items that you will need. This is not an option that we recommend. Simply ask yourself if you need all of these items and if you have space to store them. Your best option by far is to rent all of the items that you will be needing from an event rental company. So, your first move should be to make a list of the rental items you will need to pull off the activities of your big day. For instance, you are going to need quite a few tables. You will also need tablecloths, napkins, chairs, plates, forks, knives and glasses. There are quite a few rental companies in the Richmond area. And you need to know that the major difference between them is is not price but quality. You definitely do not want to see stained linens or chipped plates or glasses at your reception. Because of this, you must be very vigilant in your investigation. This guide was devised to help you do just that and if you follow the instructions below, we are confident that you will send up with quality rental items from a professional vendor.
First things first, let's find some event rental companies in your area. We suggest that you start by harnessing the power of the Internet. Do a Google search for “event rental companies in the Richmond area.” Scour the list of links that you get back and start reading about each company. When you find a company that you feel confidence in, jot their name down on a list of potential vendors to check out. Another source that a lot of people do not think about for some reason are the people that they are around on a regular basis. Talk to your family, friends and coworkers about any experiences they may have had with event rental companies. This can be a very fruitful source especially is someone you know has had a great experience with a rental company. Another possible source is any wedding vendors you already have a relationship with; sometimes companies have the best recommendations for other companies. Once you have a nice working list, call each company and ask when would be a good time to come by for a site visit.
As you arrive at each site visit, have your list of items at the ready. The first thing that you want to do is provide them with your list as well as a guest count. Make sure the event rental company has the specific items you are looking for. Based on the list you provided and the number of each that you will need, find out what the rental fee would be..Do they offer any kind of package deals? If you are looking for a discount, event rental companies usually offer them if an event is at an off time. So if that is an option to you, it is something to consider. Ask them if they are familiar with your reception venue. Do they charge a delivery, set-up and tear-down fee? Find out if they own the items that they rent. Usually the quality is much higher if that is the case. Ask the staff to take you on a tour of their facility. This is a great opportunity to see what kind of condition their items are in. You have to ask about their damage policy. What constitutes damage that you will be charged for? Will the company provide anyone on your wedding day to make sure any problems are taken care of? When you are more than satisfied with the quality of the items that you see and with the answers to your questions, you will have found a company to rent your essential wedding items from.