When it comes to Vintage Crockery Hire there are a number of aspects to consider. I have lots of customers who come to me having collected lovely pieces themselves and so they only require top up items. It is fun to hunt the car boots and flea markets for your own vintage treasures, but I know from experience that it can be hard work too. Therefore a vintage crockery hire company is definitely the way to take the strain out of finding 120 matching cups and saucers in excellent condition or 30 teapots that aren’t stained , crazed or cracked.
Websites are a great way to gage a companies style and taste as they are your visual shop window. If you don’t like 60’s crockery (which personally I don’t) then keep your eyes out in the gallery images for pieces that suit your palette. The chances are if they have a style of crockery pictured in the gallery then you’re likely to get a good proportion of it in your order. Also be aware that most vintage china hire companies can’t usually guarantee to stick to a colour theme. The nature of vintage china for hire is that it’s usually fairly eclectic and unless a company has an enormous stock they probably won’t be able to supply you with just pink and turquoise cups for example. It can be useful to try and make an appointment to view examples of the sort of thing you may receive in an order. We happily do this at Pretty Vintage, and it’s lovely to meet potential customers in person. It also gives us a chance to show clients ideas and items that they may no have previously considered.
My final point is that it is terribly easy to set up a vintage crockery hire company. All you need is some time to trawl the car boots and a bit of spare cash. However, be warned, this doesn’t necessarily make for a successful hire company. An eye for beautiful detail and an ability to see how pieces in the collection hang together as a whole is essential. A vintage crockery hire company supplying a customer with random crockery because it’s over 30 years old is not going to make your wedding day perfection. Look carefully at the company and what they offer. If the photography looks exquisite then it’s likely the crockery will be of a high standard, and the person that chooses it has some style and creativity. It also may be that you have to spend a little more, but if the company is worth their salt then you get what you pay for.