(Closed) Buying vs Renting (SF Bay Area)

posted 10 years ago in San Francisco Bay Area
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Hmmm… do you have the storage capacity?  Would the venue or caterer be ok with providing these things?  They would have to be cleaned so check in and make sure there wouldn’t be an extra fee for that on top of the cost of the materials.

We’re using some Ikea stuff for decorations, but not food service.  The only issue about reselling is that some of the stuff is cheap for a reason – the flatware isn’t great, so it may be more trouble than it’s worth to sell.  That said, I’m alwasys surprised what people buy from Craigslist. 

Good luck! 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I would make sure that your caterer is willing to do that before you buy it all.

 

I own a ton of stuff like that though. If we were doing our vow renewal here in town, I could outfit the whole party! I own 35 place settings of fantastic stainless flatware that I got on sale a couple of years ago. I also own 25 white plates, 75 stemless wine glasses (that i got for $1 at Pier One after Christmas)and about two dozen regular ones, plus 30 or so champagne glasses from Ikea, 10 boxes of small white appetizer plates from Crate and Barrel and a ton of different serving platters and bowls.

The Ikea stuff hasn’t held up really well, I will say that. The first time we washed the glasses (before we even used them) three broke, then another 6 broke after the party. 

Post # 6
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Newbee

Speaking as an Ikea-horder, we’ve got for our wedding August 15th:

68 white 9" plates, 68 white 7" salad bowls, 96 champagne glasses (0.21each=score!), 60 wine glasses(mixed red and white), and 60 fork, knife, soup spoon, teaspoon sets.  Granted, the silverware is obviously cheap…but it’s metal and ugly metal is better than plastic in my book!  We use smaller quantites of all of the above in our daily lives and haven’t had any problem with breakage even with our tile countertops and my klutziness.  We’ve even moved three times and it’s been fine! Really depends on the type of Ikea glassware though.  Some is great and some shatters at a touch, as Kate saide above.

The real issue is transport. Rental companies drop off and pick up in specialized racks designed for commercial kitchen dishwashers…Ikea doesn’t sell those!  Still, we’re making it work with a ton of secondhand milk crates, a rental truck and a dolly. It helps we’re only two miles from our venue so we’re not driving all over with them.

Wish we’d been able to find more forks and small white plates for the cake service though.   Anyone have any ideas for these?

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

i thought about that, and it just doesn’t sound like it’s worth it… also you can get cheaper stuff at L&T, BBB, etc.  We got i think over 200 glasses for candel holders from target… we’ll see if that goes… but storage is definately annoying (live in a tiny inlaw in SF).

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

By The Way, you can buy dishwasher racks like that as restaurant supply stores. You can also buy them from an actual restaurant if they’ll let you. I bought one from a friend to use to store my glasses.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

hey ladies, I just wanted to give you a heads up that there should be a ‘breakage contingency’ factored into the glassware and plating numbers. It happens at pretty much every event either before, during or especially AFTER the event when things are being cleared, washed and packed.

Post # 10
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Newbee

Yeah, I factored that. We’re only have 56 guests max, so the 68 settings should hold us.  And we bought plastic glasses for cocktail hour….just in case!

Post # 11
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: April 2009

We’ve thought about it, but there are a lot of logistics in terms of delivery and how many to buy. Our wedding is on a Sunday so we can’t bring everything to the venue because I’m afraid it might get mixed up with the Saturday wedding. Then there’s the factor of how many to get. At this time, our caterer is renting a LOT more utensils than the number of guests in case people drop their forks, need extras, etc. I just cannot justify buying all the extras so renting it is! Plus, I have no clue what to do with the stuffs afterward. I can try selling them on craigslist, but so many people are selling wedding stuffs that I’m not sure how easy it is to sell. 

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