Summer has arrived in Vancouver and so has our new inventory! Some of the latest additions include porcelain serving cups, wood platters, and sheer drapes. Browse our catalogue to check out our new items and more.
Did you know you can request an online quote on our website? Jackie takes you through the process and offers tips along the way!
Browsing the Catalogue
When you first visit our website, you’ll want to browse our extensive catalogue to see all of your options. Using the easy drop-down menu, you can view all of our inventory categories. By selecting a sub-category, you will see the available options; for example, selecting “China” will display the seven styles we carry. Clicking on a style will reveal all of the specific pieces we carry in that particular setting as well as current pricing. Inventory pieces are priced by the dozen, the pair, the foot, or individually, depending on the item and style. Keep this in mind when selecting quantities so that you receive an accurate quote.
Adding to your Cart
Once you’ve decided which items you need, you can add them to your “Quote Cart.” Select your quantities, click “Add to Quote,” and each item will appear in your card on the right hand side of the page. If you need to delete or modify your quantities, select “View Quote Cart” to make your changes.
Completing & Submitting you Quote
When you’ve selected all of your required items and are ready to submit the quote, click on “Request Quote” to add your event and contact details. Please remember that submitting an online quote does not guarantee or confirm a reservation. When your request is received by our office, we will follow up by phone or email to discuss any issues, missing details, and confirm your payment details. Because we receive a high volume of online requests, it is important to note that we require a minimum of 3 business days for all bookings. If your event is happening within this time frame, it’s better to call our office to make sure you get what you need for your event.
All fields marked with an * must be filled out in order to submit the quote. Please ensure that all of your information is correct before submitting. The “Additional Information” section is essential to fill out if you need delivery and/or pick-up service. You can also use the “Other Notes” field to share any other important details; i.e. needing a delivery the day before your event day, specific delivery or pick-up time windows, or even the fact that the event is a surprise party so please do not contact you by phone.
The last two required fields will let us know if you require delivery, pick-up, both, or neither. If you do not select an option, your quote will default as a Customer Pick-up and Return. If you need the order to be delivered and/or picked up by our team, use the drop-down arrows to select your delivery zone and time window for arrival. If you are unsure about which zone you are in, you can scroll down to check which zone your location is in. Additionally, you can check our “Delivery & Pickup” page for more details about delivery and pick-up options.
After you’ve filled out all of the necessary fields, you have a chance to review a summary of your items including your total cost before taxes. Click “Send Quote Request” and you will receive a confirmation email that your quote was submitted. Someone from our office will contact you within 3 business days to finalize the booking.
Because of its ability to unite a myriad of colours, seasons, and mediums, Greenery is the 2017 Pantone Colour of the Year. Greenery can be the focal point or a calming tie-in for your event.
Recalling freshness, energy, and lushness, there are many ways you can incorporate this colour to evoke different moods at your event.
You can punctuate greenery with colour accents. Use it as a base linen and then go bold with rich hues and pops of bright florals. We have a range of green linens that can work as a base for your bright ideas.
Greenery pairs beautifully with bright colours, deeper shades, jewel tones, and metallic pieces. By bringing foliage to the forefront, you can add a dimensional luxury and invigorate your aesthetic.
Incorporating greenery in your backdrops is a way to add volume amidst a monochromatic scheme. Its versatility means you can achieve whatever suits your mood: playful and vibrant; minimal and calming; or moody and romantic.
Especially with white and neutral shades, Greenery can add a burst of freshness and vibrancy without overpowering your scheme. You can use large leaves as your place cards, tie garlands around balloons or cocktail tables, or drape greenery over chairs. Take a look at our selection of chairs to kickstart your imagination…the possibilities are endless!
Whether you use Greenery as a base, centrepiece, backdrop, or accent, be prepared for a stunning visual. This year’s Pantone colour also has a sunny aspect to it; creating warmth and hope. By bringing in an element of nature and unity, you encourage your guests to not only connect with the environment; you are inviting them to connect with your event.
Checking over your rental contract is an essential part of preparing for a successful event. By taking a few minutes to review your rental contract in advance, you can avoid last minute problems and unnecessary stress closer to your event date. And since we have recently switched over to a new rental system and our rental contracts look quite different, we have decided to create a guide as to how to read your rental contract.
Part A: A&B Contact Information
This is where you can find our contact information. This includes the address of our showroom and warehouse for pickups and returns.
Part B: Customer Information
Your contact information will be here, including billing address, phone number, and event name or description. You should check that this is all correct in case we need to contact you.
Part C: Delivery & Pickup Information
If applicable, this is where you will find information regarding your delivery and pickup. This includes delivery and pickup dates, scheduled time windows, address, and specific delivery instructions. Make sure to check that the date and time window is correct for delivery and pickup. You wouldn’t want us to come a day early for a surprise party or a day late for a wedding!
Part D: Rental Items
This is a complete list of your rental items. It goes without saying that you should check this carefully to make sure nothing was accidentally omitted or added. This is also where you can see the price breakdown for your rentals, delivery and pick-up, and retail items.
Part E: Contract Status and Number
This is where you can quickly find out whether your contract is a “Reservation,” “Quote,” or “Cancelled.” This is also where you can find your contract number. Pro tip: when calling or emailing us to inquire or revise your order, it is very helpful to have your contract number handy.
Part F: Event Dates and Sales Representative
This is where you can find out when your items are booked out and due back. If your rentals are being delivered, these dates should match the dates in Part C. The sales representative that last revised your order is also noted here.
Part G: Total Charges
This is where you can find a summary of your total charges.
Part H: Hours of Operation
These are our hours of operation. For pickups and returns, please arrive at least half an hour before closing to avoid the end of day rush.
If you have any questions about your contract, you can always call our office to speak with our sales staff. Happy ordering!
Meet the people behind A&B that make all the magic happen! Our blog series, “5 Questions with…” introduces our team of event experts. Today’s post features our owners, Dan and Malcolm Sebal. Since taking over the family business from their parents in 2010, they have worked hard to make A&B Vancouver’s premier event rental company.
What does your typical workday look like?
Dan: I am in and out of the office all day in between fielding calls and keeping brides and clients calm and happy.
Malcolm: Trying not to panic! This is much easier now with our all-star staff.
What are some of your favourite events that you have worked on?
Dan: Diner en Blanc. 2016 had us building the largest onsite kitchen of any event we’ve ever worked on.
Malcolm: A wedding that took place right at the far end of Canada Place. It was logistically very challenging but turned out perfect!
What are some new rental items that you are coveting right now?
Finish this sentence. They key to a successful event is…
Malcolm: Prep, prep, prep, then relax
If you had an unlimited budget to plan the ultimate event of your dreams, what kind of party would you throw?
Dan: A carnival themed party for my kids with all of their favourite food, games, and pony rides.
Malcolm: A private outdoor concert with Pearl Jam and The Who on a small Gulf Island accessible only by helicopter or seaplane for 500 of our closest clients, suppliers, family, and friends with unlimited booze and food by Anthony Bourdain!
I have a confession: I’m not a fan of Valentine’s Day. I’m all for celebrating love and togetherness but I hate the pressure of making everything perfect on this one day. I have a lot of respect for anyone willing to brave the crowds to put a smile on their loved one’s face. This year, to take the some of the pressure off, we have three easy options that you can set up anywhere!
Surprise your partner with a romantic dinner for two. Here, one of our A&B drivers transformed a warehouse space into a dining area by using silver sequin and white banjo drape to surprise his girlfriend with a home-cooked meal. Lush linens, silver cutlery, and sparkling glassware combined with lots of candlelight and rose petals completed the look that brought tears to her eyes.
For those that love glitz, glamour, and sparkle, this setting is sure to wow! This table, designed by Debut Event Design and photographed by Union Photographers, makes a statement with blush sequins and gold cutlery and china. It has an old Hollywood feel that is fit for the leading lady (or gentleman) in your life.
Sometimes a party with friends is the best route to take. Get your girlfriends (or guy friends) together for a Galentine’s Day party to celebrate the day, regardless of your relationship status. Whether it’s a long table dinner or a casual cocktail party, we’ve got looks for every setting. For a full breakdown of the items used in these photos, check out our Pinterest board!
The important thing is to make sure your plans are full of details that mean something to you and whomever you are spending the day with. They’ll love whatever you came up with regardless of what look you pick as long as it comes from the heart.
A&B Partytime Rentals has reached over 1,000 followers on Instagram! To celebrate, we are taking a look at the most popular photos we shared this month. From weddings, editorial shoots, and more, our Instagram feed is full of inspiration from our clients and vendors. Make sure to follow us at @abpartytime.
On the evening of August 18th, 6,000 Vancouverites took part in Dîner en Blanc Vancouver at Concord Pacific Place. The chic, all-white outdoor event is in its fifth year in Vancouver and continues to grow in popularity every year. A&B Partytime Rentals had five fully-loaded trucks for the event. Our industry table was organized by LeLe Chan Designs, The Flower Factory, Debut Event Design, and The Cake & The Giraffe.
Our featured rental items for Dîner en Blanc included:
10 oz. Wine Glasses & 12 oz. Rocks Glasses
White Linens & Natural Linen Napkins
White Chiavari Chairs
White Cake Stands
See behind-the-scenes and highlights from the magical evening by clicking the photo below.
With Vancouver’s most complete event rental inventory, we thought it would be fun to put together a list of our Top 10 Event Rental Items. Can you guess what some of our most popular items are? Some may surprise you! For example, mobile kitchen items like convection ovens. See the full list below, and click on each item for more information.