Planning a big party or event often means party rental equipment, but how do you know what to rent, who to rent from and when it is cheaper to buy?
What You Can Rent
Party rental companies can provide just about anything that you could need to make your party a success. This includes, but is not limited to
You can also get more heavy-duty event equipment rentals, such as
How to Choose a Party Rental Company
When choosing a party rental company, it's important to make sure you're dealing with a reputable company. Here are three things to look for:
How to Make the Party Rental Process a Success
As soon as you have the party date, have a list of the following information ready before you even contact the rental company:
Knowing this information will help the company to make recommendations that meet your specific party needs and save you a lot of time.
Making Your Selections
A good company won't just agree to deliver tableware and chairs on the appointed day, they'll actually let you pick out the party rentals that will be delivered. Expect to be given a catalog featuring the company's inventory or to visit a showroom that's set up with all of the options. If you make your selections out of a catalog (or off a Web site), request to see a sample to ensure that you're really getting what you want. Spend some time considering each option before making your final decision. Some rental companies have a relationship with local party planners, florists and caterers. This can make coordinating all aspects of your event easier.
Questions to Ask Before Signing a Rental Agreement
When It Makes Sense to Buy
Renting can be an affordable (and convenient) way to secure the equipment that you need for your event, but sometimes it's cheaper to buy. Instances where this might apply:
If you're thinking about purchasing equipment, be sure to consider:
On the Day of the Party
Expect to pay in full prior to delivery, and make sure you're available to inspect equipment when it's delivered. To avoid disputes, request written documentation of any damage before accepting delivery.
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