- 5 years ago
- Wedding: September 2012
For the past year- I took it upon myself to buy luxurious expensive decor and rent it out for EXTREMELY low prices so that other brides could afford it. This was not in anyway a profit gaining scheme. I was simply trying to break even on my decor (so that I could break lower than rental cost) and help like-minded brides have their dream weddings. I had my family lawyer draft up a contract that protects both parties so that everyone is safe- however I only required a 50% (of total rental invoice) refundable deposit just in case of damages. (Which doesnt cover product cost if not returned!!)
It has been a TOTAL nightmare.
I purchased Belmont glass Charger Plates, Chiavair Chairs, Beauitful Lace/Bling Overlays, Satin Linens, High Quality Vase, Bling and much more.
I have to say that I am so disappointed from renting these out- I now understand why vendors have to charge more. When wanted to purchase the Belmont Glass Chargers, I thought I could rent them out for a dollar, however after paying for shipping cost and purchasing them- I realized that was in no way feasible. So I started at $1.50 and after a few rentals I had to change my price to $2. Why? These are expensive, high quality and it takes HOURS to inspect each plate before and after each rental. Along with cleaning them. I did start offering delivery- and charged $100 for that. Because it takes atleast 10hrs to set up, wait for dinner and then clean them. I usually had to take my (Now husband 😉 with me to help carry them. The sad part? Brides were haggling me for lower prices as if I was trying to rip them off. (When I’m the one who spent thousands of dollars to help out this sweet little bridal community). Weddings are expensive, if you have champagne taste on a beer budget- expect to splurge a little bit!!!!!!!! Or if you find a good deal- appreciate the vendor and respect their prices!!!!
Brides were supposed to return the plates cleaned and in the same condition they were when they were delivered. I had girls return the plates with cake, salad, and yes there was even a piece of steak on them. Because of the irresponsibility of other brides, and the headache, I am now only offering to rent these for LOCAL brides, and they are $2.50 a plate with a delivery fee. Yes- these are no longer available for pick up. For the chairs, they are $4.75 a chair and if you need delivery it is a $1 per mile. I had to raise the prices on these because they were getting returned with stained cushions. I had one bride call and say she was only going to offer $2 per chair and needed free delivery- Seriously???!!! I told her that was not an option for renting my chairs and she is more than welcome to look elsewhere. She called back a week later willing to rent from my prices, however I had another bride book her date. She hung up on me- unbelievable.
The last bride who rented from me, was seriously a nightmare. She wouldn’t return any phone calls or text after the wedding was over. She rented 12 linens, 12 overlays, 24 vases, and 135 chargers.( I had them rented out to another bride that next weekend, and she was in tears because she could not rent them. I felt terrible, and immediately refunded her deposit.) I finally heard back from my bride (lets call her Alex) and she said sorry that she would bring them that night as soon as traffic dies down. After 4 hours of waiting still no Alex- she sends me a text saying she will bring them in 2 days. I told her no, they needed brought back today and she never responded. It took 6 more days of haggling, a letter of demand from my lawyer. I cashed her deposit for lost rentals (which barely covered any of it) and she finally brought them back 2 weeks late. However she didnt bring the vases. 2 chargers were broken and 14 of my linens/overlays were stained!!!! The deposit didnt even come close to covering this. It took her another 3 weeks to bring back my vases (and of course more haggling).
At this point I am so fed up with brides haggling me for lower prices. Please do your research and when you see a good price take it! There is a lot of hard work and money behind those great deals, and I really just want to help you. So APPRECIATE IT!!
For my love of weddings, and this sweet little weddingbee community- I really just want to help. This is not by any means a “job” for me. I work full-time elsewhere and just love weddings. So please, before you message any vendor, or someone renting/selling be considerate of the time/money that was put into their product. There are a lot of outrageous rental prices out there, I completely understand, but if you see a great offer take it 🙂 Appreciate the hard work that goes into that quality, and understand the quality you are getting for the price.