Things to Consider When Hiring Catering Equipment

From weddings and parties to corporate functions and festivals, hiring catering equipment is the perfect solution to save you time and money. Hiring also provides the ultimate convenience of having everything you need delivered, set up, packed up and taken away by professionals. Pages Event Hire is the leading choice for high quality catering equipment hire in Sydney, Newcastle and surrounds. If you are looking to hire catering equipment for your next event, here’s a few things to consider.

Choose a Reputable Catering Equipment Hire Company

Look for an event hire company that has a reputation for providing high quality and clean equipment at the right price. Look up reviews online, request references or testimonials from the company or ask for recommendations from friends or family who have previously hired catering equipment. Select a company that answers calls professionally and replies to queries promptly, delivers goods on time and has a guarantee in the case that equipment fails to perform its function as expected.

Check The Rental Company Can Provide Everything You Need

The last thing you want to do is to source different catering equipment form different places. For convenience you should be able to hire your glassware, crockery, cooking equipment and fridges all from the one event hire company. Some rental companies specialize in high-end events, while others may focus on children’s parties. Be sure that the event hire company you choose has equipment tailored to the type of event you are hosting.

Spend Time Planning

Depending on the size of your event, you may need to spend quite a few weeks planning out exactly what equipment you will need and the exact quantities. You’ve probably already thought about the basics, such as glasses, serving ware and cutlery but there are other items you may forget about if you don’t properly plan. Such equipment might be:

  • Gas and Electrical Cooking Appliances – you may need additional hotplates, ovens or barbeques to ensure all your food is cooked on time. Microwaves and warming ovens are also necessary for most events. It would be a disaster if you could only feed half of your guests at a time or if guests receive food that has gone cold!
  • Bar Accessories – you may have the cocktail glasses and champagne flutes covered, but there are many things such as ice buckets, bottle openers, water jugs and cocktail shakers that are also essential tools for ensuring a seamless event.
  • Table Linen – tablecloths, placements and napkins are often overlooked but they are an important part of most functions. Bare tables make for an unfinished look, so ensure you think about table coverings to tie in with any theme or colour scheme for a chic and cohesive aesthetic.

Request to See the Equipment

Before agreeing to any rental agreements, it’s important to physically view the equipment you will receive. Images online may differ greatly from what is delivered, so check that glasses are spotless, silverware is polished and appliances are in good working order. Marquees should be top condition and furniture clean and sturdy. Inferior or unclean catering equipment can significantly impact the success of your event so ask to see a sample of what you’re hiring to ensure you are paying for good quality and reliable equipment.

Beware of Hidden Costs

You must ensure that the quote you get from the event hire company you choose includes all associated costs such as delivery to your exact location, set up if required and pick up. Also be aware of any fine print such as costs for broken glasses or damage to any equipment. Only sign the agreement when you are satisfied all of the fees you will or may incur are included.

No matter the size or style of your event, Pages Event Hire has a longstanding reputation of providing affordable, premium quality catering equipment hire for any type of function. With over 60 years’ experience, we understand what you need to make your event a great success. Contact us today and let our friendly team help with all your catering equipment hire needs.