One option in many communities for a wedding reception location is to rent an unfurnished hall. This usually means handling the setup/cleanup yourself. When you go this route, you’ll appreciate the help of a qualified rental store to supply essentials such as silverware, china, tables, chairs, crystal, tulle and fabrics, champagne fountains etc. It’s a good idea to find a store that specializes in party rentals. This type of store often employs trained consultants to help you plan all the details of your rehearsal dinner and/or wedding reception. They can work within any budget and give you lots of good ideas to make your dream wedding a reality.
Be prepared to give your rental specialists as many details as possible about your wedding, including the number of guests you’re expecting and how big the room is you’ll be renting. With this information, your specialist can plan seating and serving arrangements that will help the day run smoothly. This is a harder job than it sounds, so take advantage of his or her expertise.
Feel free to express your thoughts, but keep an open mind, too. Rental specialists plan more parties in a year than most people plan in a lifetime!
Read your rental contract carefully and be aware that charges are usually for time out, not whether you’ve used the items or not. Set up and knock down are your responsibility unless you make specific arrangements with the store. Have the store give you a quote for one-day use only, and clarify up front what time the next day items need to be returned. All items should be returned clean and in good condition.