Post # 1
Is anyone doing rentals for their reception?
I am getting married at Smack Mellon and it is a blank slate and while that is great, i have been getting sticker shock looking at rental prices for tables/chairs, etc.
Are any other Bees going through the same thing?
I really need some advice.
Post # 3
This is one reason why I prefer to use a catering facility because I like the one stop shop. We are still looking for a venue. I’m curious about this as well.
Post # 4
Yeah it has it’s pluses and minuses, catering halls can be a hit or miss. Been to so many of those weddings.It does save you a lot of headache.
We are finding rental places that are competitive. We are learning as we go along.
Post # 5
Hi! Just had our NYC wedding at Ramscale Studios on June 12th! Boy did we ever have sticker shock with the rentals… our first caterer, with whom we parted company only a few short weeks before the wedding (largely OVER the rentals)! — you know what, I am finally going to say their name out loud — no, maybe not, but if anyone wants to PM me, I’ll do it that way — anyhow, I found out they were charging me 2.5 times on just about each rental item. Can you imagine, over already insane NYC rental prices! And this was for fairly basic stuff, let me tell you. Our next caterer, Nova Caterers, was sooooo much better. Not sure who he used for rentals but he was fair and square.
Here’s what I’d recommend: go through your caterer of Smack Mellon (not sure what/where that is exactly; pls forgive) but tell them you’d like to go to their recommended party rental place with them or by yourselves… and pick out the stuff and be billed directly for it… but have the arrangements go through the caterer. In other words, let me, I think the term is “load out” or roll out your wedding the day of at your venue. If you are not going through your caterer or your venue for the rentals, then try Atlas Party Rentals just outside the City, 914 area code (Westchester)? They’re a bit more reasonable, will negotiate price actually; talk to Gary there. You can look at line and if you google party rentals nyc you can actually see which stuff you like best… though i don’t think you can see prices! a lot of these prices have a minimum, etc. but you’re right as you begin to wade through the rental craze, it’s a bit of a nightmare and possibly the most expensive item on your ‘catering/venue’ budget, which amazed me — I naively thought it was food or bar but not even close! g’luck. let us know.
Post # 6
Westside rentals…they are in the Bronx, but whatever, we visited their showroom and not only were they nice & friendly but their prices were 30% lower than those in the Manhattan. The delivered & picked up on time. I highly recommended them.