Post # 1
I’m confused with how things work with rentals and caterer. So I’m currently talking to a caterer (more like a restaurant) BBQ all the way! and though they don’t provide chair and kitchenware rentals, they do work alongside with two rental companies. So who do I deal with first? Do I deal with the caterer and rental company separate? Or can they also work together? Also, who contacts our wedding venue? The caterer or rental company or me? I’m sooo confused!
I’m getting tired looking for caterers, ahhhh! This caterer is affordable and good food! I’m just not sure with how all these things work. Help is much appreciated. Thank you much.
Post # 3
i would talk to the caterer about how they do things, they should be able to explain it to you best. we’re doing that too, first we talked to our caterer (who is our venue), and then we went to the rental company. our venue works with them all the time and offered to do the talking for us, because really we don’t know what they need or what we’re doing. we told them the basics of what we want, our colors, the kind of chairs we like, and the lady from our venue will take it from there.
Post # 4
Our caterer is going to take care of all the rental details for us with the exception of payment, which we do directly to the rental company. She laid out all the prices, offered us her 10% discount, and will pick up and drop off for us. We just tell her what we want. I think it depends on your caterer.
Post # 5
If you work with the rental company directly, you can avoid the caterer mark up. But, if you are paying the rental company you may already be avoiding it.
Post # 6
As far as contacting the venue, I believe you need to let all three vendors know who they will be working with, and ask if they have worked with each other before. (i.e. has your caterer ever worked an event at your venue?) They should be able to take it from there, but it doesn’t hurt to do an introduction.
I think you could work with them in any order, but I’d recommend getting everything set with the caterer so you’ll have a better idea of what you need to rent from the company.
Post # 7
Since we have to rent lots of different stuff for our wedding (i.e., not all of our rentals are related to catering/food), we have dealt with them separately. However, our caterer indicated that she works with our rental company all of the time and volunteers to call the rental company to make sure they we’re all good with any food-service-related rentals, like salt and pepper shakers, water carafes, serving spoons and dishes, etc.