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5 top tips when you need to need to hire tableware for events

May 12, 2022

5 top tips when you need to need to hire tableware for events

Tableware for events is a huge sector of the hire industry in the UK, with almost every temporary catering event such as weddings, gala dinners, corporate hospitality occasions, awards ceremonies and society balls, for instance, all needing to hire tableware in large numbers.

When we talk about tableware, we're talking predominantly about chinaware, cutlery and glassware.  In other words, everything you need to create table settings.  At the same time, you could also probably include water jugs, salt and pepper pots, butter dishes and other equipment into this, but in the main, it's crockery, cutlery and glassware hire.

And there's certainly no shortage of options when it comes to tableware hire choices, with companies up and down the country offering their ranges of tableware for hire.  So, how do you choose?  And what are some top tips when it comes to event tableware rental UK?  Hopefully, our tips below will help you when the time comes, and will save you time, money and effort, and set you on your way to creating some fabulous, memorable table settings at your particular event or occasion.

Go matching!

This might sound obvious, but if you're hiring wine glasses, you'll probably want a white wine glass, red wine glass and Champagne flute.  If this is the case, then hire all these glasses from the same range.  You could go one step further and try to match your glassware up with your crockery and cutlery, for instance - yes, this is a thing!  At Event Hire UK, for instance, you can hire gold cutlery, gold charger plates and even gold rimmed glassware, creating a wonderful finish.  And why not go all the way and choose to hire gold banqueting chairs such as Chiavari chairs or Napoleon chairs - an opulent look that will live long in the memory!

Spend more for the best look

As with anything else in this world, you get what you pay for. Yes, there are basic, affordable ranges of tableware for events and occasions, and these certainly serve a purpose, especially when you are catering for thousands of guests.  However, everyone likes to feel loved, and what better way to do this than spending a little more on luxury tableware for events.  Why not choose coloured water glasses, charger plates or gold beaded plates, gold or copper cutlery and so on.  Yes, this is slightly more expensive, but the finish you can achieve is second to none, and will definitely be appreciated by your guests or corporate client!

Look after it

This goes without saying, but when you hire tableware, you are borrowing it.  As a result, if you or your guests break or lose anything, then you will be charged.  Always aim to return exactly what you hired - OK, so this is sometimes easier said than done, but at least take care when packing and unpacking your items from the crates.  The most obvious chance of breakage comes with glassware, so maybe consider hiring reusable pints and reusable wine glasses, for instance, as an alternative - these are unbreakable, meaning that you will not have to pay any replacement charges, unless you lose them of course!

Wash before sending back

Again, this might sound obvious, but if you send your tableware back unwashed, the chances are that you will be charged a return dirty fee.  As part of a hire company's terms & conditions, items need to be returned in the same condition that they arrived in - ie washed and clean.  OK, so sometimes, you might not have access to any washing up facilities, or simply might want to save yourself a job at the end of a busy event, in which case it's money well spent!

Work with a reputable company

The importance of this should never be underestimated.  A professional tableware hire company will deliver your order in the right quantities, to the right place, on the right date, at the correct time, and in table-ready condition.  This is the very least you should expect - after all, the last thing you need in the lead up to a busy event is to be worrying about when, where and if your tableware is going to arrive!  And, likewise, with collection at the end of your event.  The best event tableware rental companies will go the extra mile to ensure that your order is reliably checked and counted, to avoid any mishaps or issues down the line.  Always work with the best, even though they might not always be the cheapest.  Remember - you get what you pay for!

Hopefully these tips will help you when the time comes to rent event crockery, cutlery and glassware for your special occasion.  And when it does, we'd hope that you'd pay us a visit here at Event Hire UK, where we can offer you an unrivalled range of event tableware to hire at great prices.

Don't hesitate to browse and place your secure order online 24/7 with the experts - you won't be disappointed!

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