(Closed) How many plates/glasses should I rent?

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Why would you need so many extra? We had a fairly solid number of 120, so we rented 130 of everything.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Just at first glance, I’d say you need more glasses. People are prone to set them down and then go to the bar for a new one. Are you having a sit-down meal or a buffet? If it’s sit-down, I wouldn’t think you need 250 plates, maybe just 10% more than your guests. Have you asked your caterer what they recommend though? I’m sure they have an idea of what you need.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee

I would say only 10 extra of the plates and flatware sets. Unless you are planning on 50 extra for a certain reason? Glassware is a bit different. For your placesettings, I would get 10 extra as well but if you need to also provide glassware for the bar, you’re going to need a lot more.

 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Oh oh oh also, check carefully the cost of renting vs buying some of that. We found that all silverware rented for 27c per item, when we could buy perfectly acceptable ones in Ikea that worked out at 16c per item, pretty much. If you want fancy forks that obviously isn’t an option, but if you’re just renting regular stuff then it’s fine.

Oh and I obviously wasn’t reading your post properly – definitely go a lot over on the glasses, but not other things. Will you have staff to collect glasses and wash them as the night goes on?

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Some of those nicer plastic glasses are a lot dearer to buy than actual glasses, particularly wine glasses! I found nice plastic ones for I think 4 euro per dozen – I think $5 or so? and actual wine glasses in Ikea were 1.89 (ca $2.30). Guess what I’ve been giving away for the last couple weeks!!

ETA silly me, obv there isn’t a whole lot of a difference between those prices! I just couldn’t happily buy the plastic when the glass was cheaper. We did buy plastic tumblers and pint size though, they were significantly cheaper than glass.

The good thing about buying rather than renting glasses is that you’re not worrying about the replacement fee if a few get broken.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

If you’re getting them from a rental company you can usually just tell them how many people you’re expecting and how many hours your event is and they can let you know how many of each item to rent. Usually they say one glass per person per hour.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Double post.

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