Some venues are all inclusive and have all of the items you will need for your wedding and reception. However, if they don’t or you would like something different than what they offer, you will need to meet with a wedding rental company. Before you meet with a rental company, it’s helpful to have a list of items you will need (be sure to check with your other vendors to see what they will need (i.e. tables for the caterer), an approximate guest count, and information about your venue. The more info you can give about your event the more accurate your quote will be. Here’s a list of questions we have put together for when you are discussing rentals with the rental company.
What rentals do you offer?
Some companies have a niche market like only offering mix-matched china and no other rentals. While others may offer everything which can often help make the day go smoother and save money on delivery and set up charges.
Have you worked at my reception location before?
This can be very helpful especially if your venue has specific windows for delivery and pick up but it is not a reason not to hire the right rental company for your event. Make sure to hire the rental company that completely understands your vision.
Do you have a price list for your rental items or do you have an all-inclusive package?
Any company you consider should be able to fully explain their pricing and various packages.
What is your delivery area?
This is important. Some rental companies have a limited delivery area while others are happy to travel to Timbuktu (for an additional fee of course!).
What is the cost of delivery?
It is important to know what the delivery costs are.
Can I pick up items to save on the delivery fee?
This is a good question to ask and can save you a little money, especially if you only need a few items and can easily transport them.
Do you provide set-up and tear down? Is this included in the cost or is there an additional fee?
If you are only getting a few items, this may not be important. However, if you are hosting a soiree for 200, it could be worth an extra fee to have the rental company set up and tear down, so you and your family don’t have to.
Can I hire you to flip the room?
A flip is typically done when the ceremony and reception are held in the same space. Some rental companies will flip the room for a fee.
When will the items be delivered and picked up?
Some rental companies provide a window for delivery and pick up while others may give a specific time. Get this written out in detail in your contract. This is very important especially if your venue has specific load in and load out times. Also check with your other vendors who will need to use some of the rentals to be sure everything will be ready and available when they need them. Also, if your guest count increases be sure to add items to your list so you have the correct number of items you need. Be sure to keep your vendors in the loop.
Are there additional costs for special delivery requirements (i.e. specific delivery/pick up time) and difficult installs?
This is something that often gets overlooked. For example, if your florist needs to deliver and set your centerpieces by 10 AM and your table linens have a delivery window of 10 AM – Noon, you may need to ask for a specific delivery time so that you ensure your tables are ready for the florist to set up.
If tents are needed, can you recommend what size I will need for my guests and location and what will it cost?
Different sized tents have different costs. Different locations require different sizes. Keep in mind, you may need more than one tent to accommodate your guests and the location.
What is your policy on damaged or missing items?
Accidents happen and linens/napkins are notorious for getting misplaced. Knock on wood that doesn’t happen, but don’t forget Murphy’s Law. Have them go over their damage/missing items policy and what the costs will be if that happens. Also ask if there’s a charge if it is an Act of Mother Nature.
Who will be my contact on the day of the wedding?
Make sure you have a contact name and cell phone number for someone that WILL be available the day of. This person should have a copy of your rental list and be able to help with any issues.
How far in advance must I book your services?
During popular months, vendors can book as far out as 1-1.5 years. Even if the company can handle multiple events on any given day. they do have limits on the number of events they can service. So be sure to book early.
What is your cancellation policy?
No one wants thinks to change but unfortunately things happen. Be sure to ask what their cancellation/date change policy is just in case you need to make changes or cancel. Just keep in mind that wedding vendors reserve your date and turn down thousands of dollars in business to set aside their services for you.
Is a deposit required?
If so, when and how much? Is it refundable if I need to cancel or change my date? More times than not, your wedding vendors will ask for some kind of deposit and signed agreement as a sign of commitment. This fee is typically 50% of the total, it is also common practice for the remaining balance to be due at least 2 weeks prior to the wedding day.
Can you recommend ways to keep to me within my budget?
Your rental provider has worked with all types of budgets and will be able to provide some tips for where to save your money, and what to splurge on!