So here’s the situation:
The impending nuptials are coming up soon, and we’re renting tables, silver wares, plates, etc from a company near our venue. I really liked them because they had a price list available when you first walked in, and got kind of sketched out by other rental companies in the Cap. District since they refused to give me prices without knowing the exact details of my event (and y’all know that I only know exact details, oh, a week before any event, especially a wedding).
So I booked the nearby place. Paid the rental amount in full, and asked about how we handle plates, etc for returning. Like, put them in a box, leave them stacked up in certain amounts, things like that. The person there said that they expect them back clean. As in, we’re just renting the food serving items and need to wash them before we return them.
So this threw a bit of a wrench in the plans, since I’m not even sure if this venue has a sink to wash dishes off in. I wanted to rent plates (etc.) so we wouldn’t have to do dishes. After talking, they essentially wanted a fee that Albany John and I thought was really off the mark to include washing. Now it’s “only” 27% of the total things needing washing, but still, this is a 27% mark up I was not expecting. The fact that this news is coming so soon to the wedding, and after we have fully paid, well, it leaves a bit of a bad taste in my mouth about the company.
Now, to be clear, they don’t sound like they’re trying to add another fee because they hear “wedding”. It sounded like everyone somehow forgot to tell us their policies on rentals, even though Albany John and I made it clear when we first walked in that we’d never, ever rented plates (etc.) from anywhere, and they showed us all around their store.
In later talks they have explained that this fee was because of an unfortunate experience with someone returning a large rented piece of equipment (IE, maggots in something left with gobs of food in it). I can completely understand that, but at the same time, I feel we might be getting the short end of the stick because this policy is not listed on their price sheet, nor anywhere in the store. A friend who has worked in the rental field in the past has said this is not normal in her experience, and has also brought up the idea of hygiene. How clean can these be if someone else is left to clean them? This of course has made me concerned about cleanliness as well.
I also understand that washing does include time and effort by someone else, and if it’s not included in the price, well, yea, it would cost someone something. I’m kind of just chalking this up to the ‘meh’ mentality that some places can have. They slipped by not telling us, and thankfully I remembered to ask at the last minute.
But of course, the show must go on. We are going to be married, and we are stuck with this company at the moment. Hopefully we do not get the plates that someone let their dog lick off to “clean” them. heh heh
On another note, though – my father had started what I am calling “The Great Shrimp Debacle” where he was adamant that the party would not be festive if we didn’t have shrimp. Shrimp simply must have been had, or else the wedding couldn’t properly be celebrated.
We’d talked about this before. About how I hate those shrimp cocktail rings in the store that taste like coldness and little else. Or about how much a pain in the ass it would be to make sure the shrimp wouldn’t get overcooked if served warm.
But no, Albany Jane. NO. We must have shrimp. SHRIMP. SHRIMP. WEDDINGS NEED SHRIMP!
In wandering around the ‘fjord (Hannaford) I actually bought some of the pre-cooked, peeled shrimp to test out.
And my goodness. They will do.
I am not going to sing their praises like I would for some salt and pepper shrimp, but holy crap. They’re better than a lot of other cocktail shrimp I’ve had. They weren’t mushy, weren’t bland beyond belief (a little cocktail sauce wouldn’t hurt either) and actually had a shrimpy flavor.
And best of all, this makes me not have to go crazy worrying about shrimp. Now our guests won’t have to worry about peeling shrimp, the only prep they need is keeping them cold, and The Great Shrimp Debacle is closed.
Now I’m off to go let my local ‘ford know that I will need a deluge of shrimp.
How much are we getting? Right now it looks like we’ll have 60 people and we’re getting 20 pounds of shrimp. For appetizers. We are going to totally stuff our guests.
I will let you know in my next post about our planned menu, and all the awesome people helping us out.