Planning your wedding yourself, as opposed to working with a wedding planner, means that you will need to work with rental companies on your own. It's easy to overlook some key components of a rental agreement simply because you aren't experienced in what to expect. When it comes to place settings, cutlery, and glassware rentals, there are a few specific things you need to ask. The following list can help you.
What does the caterer provide?
This is the first thing you need to know before talking to any other rental company. Some caterer's provide everything from placing settings to chafing dishes and linens. Others only provide serving implements. Then there are those that provide plates but no cutlery or glasses. Make sure you know exactly what to expect from your caterer so you don't end up missing a key item or with twice as many glasses as you need.
Will the rental company deliver?
Rental companies that only provide place settings may not deliver, especially if you are hosting a smaller wedding. In this case, make sure you have the ability to transport everything safely to and from your venue. Often, the glassware is stacked in special plastic crates on rolling racks, and this means the easiest way to transport the glassware is via a rented box truck and a ramp, so make sure you figure this into the total rental cost when comparing companies.
Who is in charge of cleanup?
Dishwashing is an important consideration. Some companies will take back dirty dishes because they plan to run them right through an industrial dishwasher upon return anyway. Others will charge you for washing, giving you the option to clean the dishes yourself. Still others expect everything clean upon return. For these companies, you need to find out whether your caterer will wash the rental place settings or if you will need to make other arrangements.
What all will they provide?
Often, the least expensive and easiest option is a rental company that provides for all of your place-setting needs. This includes linens, cutlery, glassware, and dishware. You may even be able to find a company that provides all the party rentals necessary, including rental tables and chairs, decorations, and even centerpieces. It's often the case that the more you can rent from one company, the more cost savings you can realize.
Talk to a party-rental company for more help in finding the perfect place settings for your wedding.