A couple of weeks ago, I shared some tips with you about making sure you understand an event rental company’s cancellation/date change/item change policy. As promised, this post will hopefully help you protect yourself against damages that may occur to items you rent for your next event.
- Please don’t assume that none of the rental items will get damaged during the event. Accidents happen. Guests with the best intentions spill wine on chair cushions, break glasses, knock centerpieces over on linens, and the list goes on and on! You need to know if there is a damage deposit required when renting items, and how much must be paid to the company for each item that gets damaged or needs to be replaced. Most rental companies invest a lot of money in their inventory and they need to ensure it is protected. Make sure you’re covered and understand all damage/replacement costs.
- Oftentimes, we want to include children in our celebrations, so you may consider hiring a professional event sitter who is highly qualified to keep children not only entertained during the event, but one who keeps them supervised in a more kid-friendly environment and away from items that could get damaged. (Check out Elegant Event Sitters in the Atlanta area for more information http://www.eleganteventsitters.com)
- Ensure that your lighting is adequate during evening events. I was recently at a restaurant for dinner where the outdoor lighting was very poor and a lady tripped over an ottoman and crashed into the table next to us, knocking over plates, glasses, food and beverages onto our clothes. Fortunately no one was injured, but it was truly an avoidable mishap, had there been more lighting on the patio.