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How To: Choose the Right Linen Size

Need to dress up your table? Cover up those legs? At A&B we offer a variety of linens to meet your decorating needs.

The size of linen will depend on the size of your table and height from the floor you would prefer your linen. You can use this quick guide to find the perfect linen for your table.

Dressing up a custom table from home? All you need is the width (W), length (L), and height (H) of your table to find the best linen for your needs.

Example: Floor length linen

Width of linen = W + (2 x H):  30″ + (2 x 30″) = 90″
Length of linen = L + (2 x H):   72″+ (2 x 30″) = 132″
Total Linen Size: 90″ x 132″

Example: Linen that will fall part way down to the ground

Width of linen = W + H:  30″ + 30″ = 60″
Length of linen = L + H:  72″ + 30″ = 102″
Closest Linen Size: 60″ x 120″

If you’re still unsure about which linen would best suit your needs, you can always give us a call at our office; our sales team would be happy to help!

~ Genevieve Ayukawa

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How To: Calculate Pipe & Drape

Figuring out pipe & drape for your event may be a little daunting. With this tutorial, we hope to make your planning process a little easier!

Here are the parts of a pipe & drape section:

Part Price Measurements Options
A Base $10.90 18”x18”
B Upright $10.90 Extendable from 7’ – 12’

Diameter 2”

Black or Silver
C Crossbar $10.90 Extendable from 6’ – 10’

Diameter 3”

D Drape $6.38 Width: 4’

Height: 8’ or 12’

Black, White, or Navy Blue

 

*The number of drapes you need depends on how much pleating you’d like.

Specialty Drapes Varies Width: varies

Height: varies

Black velour (4’ width x 12’ height; $17.50)

Barn yard (9’ width x 12’ height; $26.50)

Sheer (9’ width x 12’ height; $26.50)

Silver sequin (9’ width x 12’ height; $26.50)

3’ high black banjo (12’ width x 3’ height; $9.00)

How to calculate how much pipe & drape you need:

  1. Draw out the entire width of coverage that you need for the pipe & drape.
    Example:
  2. Divide the total width into sections that are 6’ to 10’ in width (because each crossbar can only extend from 6’ to 10’).
    Example:
  3. Figure out how many drapes you’ll need. The number of drapes that you’ll need will depend on how much pleating or “fullness” you prefer. For reference, we generally recommend 3 panels of drape per 10’ section which will create a slightly pleated look.
  4. Figure out what height you’d like for your drapes – 8’ or 12’.
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  5. Now count all the parts that you need to get a total list of all the items you need for your pipe & drape!
    Example:
    4 x bases
    4 x uprights
    3 x crossbars
    8 x drapes (8’ high, black)
    .
    Example #1: 10’ wide and 12’ height section

    You’ll need:

    • 2 x bases
    • 2 x uprights (black)
    • 1 x crossbar
    • 3 x 12’ drapes (black)
    • Total Rental Cost: $73.64 (before taxes)

    .
    Example #2: 16’ wide and 8’ height section

    You’ll need:

    • 3 x bases
    • 3 x uprights (black)
    • 2 x crossbars
    • 6 x 8’ drapes (black)
    • Total Rental Cost: $125.48 (before taxes)

Of course, if you’re still unsure about determining your pipe & drape needs, you can always give us a call at our office; our sales team will be happy to help. We just need to know (1) the width of each area that you’re looking to cover, (2) the height that you’d like, and (3) the colour of drapes, and we can do the rest!

~ Kim Co

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A & B FAQ’s: Requesting a Quote

A & B gets a lot of quote requests throughout each year.  Our Event Specialist, Angela, will take you through some of the most common customer questions and will offer some tips to make your experience a smooth one.

What is the best way to request a quote?

This really depends on your preference!  You can call our office (604-879-5281), email our general inbox ([email protected]), or submit a quote request through our website.

Keep in mind that we do get a lot of requests.  If your event is within the next five business days, do not submit an online request or send an email.  The fastest way to get a quote or place an order is to call our office and speak with someone directly.

How do I confirm my quote?

You’ll need to call our office to confirm your quote to a reservation.  We require a valid credit card number, expiry date, and CVV code.

What is the difference between a quote and a reservation?

A quote means you just receive pricing on the items and services you are interested in.  All the items you inquired about are subject to availability until you confirm your reservation with a credit card.

A reservation means that the items you need are booked and no one else can reserve them.  Don’t forget: all online submissions and email requests are classified as quotes until you confirm the reservation with our office!

Is your pricing online for a 24-hour period only?

All the pricing listed online is for a 1-to 3-day period.  This means that if your event is on a Wednesday, you can have the rentals from Tuesday to Thursday at the same price.  This is also applicable for weekend rentals from Friday to Monday.

What if I need the rentals for more that 1 day?

We offer weekly and monthly rates for rentals.  If the items are available, you can book an order for an extended period.  The final rate will depend on the length of time for which you need the rentals.

Can I pick-up the order or have it delivered?

If you have a vehicle that can accommodate the rental items, you are welcome to pick up and/or return your order to/from our office Delivery and pick-up services are available during our regular business hours and pricing varies depending on timing and location.

If you are sending an email for a quote or submitting an online quotation request, please indicate if you require a delivery and/or pick-up.  Please include the event address so we can make sure that we quote you the correct pricing.

Do you carry any other inventory aside from other than what’s listed online?

Other than a small selection of disposable resale items like paper napkins and tealights, our entire rental inventory is listed online!  We’re constantly updating our website when new items arrive so check our homepage to see what’s new.  It’s always a good idea to browse through our site to see if we carry what you are looking for before you send an email inquiry.

Do you have any other tips?

The more information you can include in your email or online request, the better!  Providing billing information, event timing, and delivery/pick-up timing and location, will help up put together a comprehensive quote for you.

Once you’ve sent your request in, it may take a few days to hear back depending on the volume of requests that we have received.  We prioritize the requests by event date and will do our best to touch base with you as soon as we can.

If you need to make changes to an existing quote, do not submit a new quote request online since that will just generate a duplicate quote and could lead to errors.  If you are already communicating with one of our Event Specialists, it’s best to email or call them directly.

Occasionally, there may be a technical glitch where we may not have received your request.  If you haven’t heard back in a week, make sure to double-check your junk mail and then follow up with us!

Happy Planning!

~ Angela Cruz

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How To: Request An Online Quote

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.

Remember that some items can be rented by the dozen, the pair, or individually!

 

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.

3 business days notice is ideal for placing orders but you can book as early as you want!
Don’t forget to let us know your event date as we contact customers in date priority order.

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.

Happy Planning!

~ Jackie Torres

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Greenery: A New Neutral

 

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.

Linens

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.

A&B linens, clockwise from top left: Lime Taffeta, Light Olive, Olive Crush, Green Bohemian

Centrepieces

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.

Photo Sources (clockwise from top left): Unknown; Weddingomania; Unknown; Weddingomania

Backdrops

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.

Photo Sources (clockwise from top left): Weddingomania; Pinterest; The Permanent; Pinterest

Accents

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!

Photo Sources (clockwise from top left): Pinterest; Design Love Fest; Trendy Bride; Southern Weddings

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.

~ Kim Lam

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Photos from Summer Events

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Summer is one of our busiest event seasons, and this year was no exception! Take a look at some of our recent client events from this summer in the gallery below.

A rustic and elegant backyard wedding in Langley, featuring the following A&B rental items:

  • Coupe China
  • Gold Flatware
  • Gold Charger Plate
  • Riedel Riesling Wine Glass
  • Riedel Champagne Flute
  • 12 oz. Rock Glass
  • 15 oz. Highball Glass
  • White Napkin
  • Vineyard X-Back Chair
  • Harvest Table
  • White Plexi Bar
  • Oak Dance Floor

Vendors: Event Planning by Vaela Weddings & Events, Photography by Povazan Photography, Tent by Phoenix Tent & Event RentalsCatering by Austin Gourmet, Dress by Champagne & Lace

A private birthday function, featuring the following A&B rental items:

  • Coupe China
  • Mirror Flatware
  • 10 oz. Wine Glass
  • 12 oz. Rock Glass
  • Platinum Burlap Linen
  • Silver Chiavari Chair
  • 8×40 King Table
  • Hobnail Votive Holder
  • Natural Linen Napkin

Catering by Savoury City

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Event Photos: #PermanentLove & OpenRoad Audi Grand Opening

#PermanentLove Open House Event

Last week, A&B Partytime Rentals was a sponsor of the #PermanentLove Open House event. Held at the historic Permanent venue in downtown Vancouver, over 400 people attended to check out the stunning space. From table designs, decor, food, and much more, the event showcased some of the industry’s very best. View the gallery below for photos, including the A&B rental items that were featured. (Photography: Butter Studios)

OpenRoad Audi Boundary Grand Opening

OpenRoad recently held their Audi Boundary Grand Opening event. A&B Partytime Rentals provided a variety of rental items for the event, including Couple Plates, Black Cocktail Table Spandex Covers, and Evolution Stoneware. (Photography: Kim Bellavance)

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Wedding Inspiration: RoseGold in Perfect Wedding Magazine

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Perfect Wedding magazine’s latest Blossoming Issue features a stunning editorial shoot that has us inspired! Co-produced by Perfect Wedding magazine and Filosophi Events, the colourful design pairs one of the hottest colours of the year Rose Gold with Pop Art. A&B Partytime Rentals provided Vineyard X-Back Chairs and Crown Gold Flatware that helped tie the whole look together. We especially love the floral detail added to the chairs! Shot on location at The Pipe Shop at the Shipyards, a heritage venue on North Vancouver’s waterfront.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BF7iGJ9o3NP/?taken-by=perfectweddingmagazine

Take a look at the feature film about the editorial shoot by Life Studios Inc. For even more wedding inspiration, also see our recent blog post: Rose Quartz in Real Weddings magazine.

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5 Vancouver Hotels with Outdoor Event Space

Recently on the A&B blog, we showcased Vancouver’s New & Renovated Event Spaces. Today, we have highlighted outdoor event spaces offered by some of Vancouver’s top hotels.

Wedgewood Hotel & Spa: The Wedgewood Hotel & Spa‘s beautiful Chelsea Terrace is a hidden gem in the heart of downtown Vancouver. The space is perfect for private parties, receptions, and weddings, and has been recently refurbished.

Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver: By downtown Vancouver’s waterfront is the Outdoor Pool Terrace at Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver. The terrace offers 2,100 square feet of event space against incredible water and mountain views.

Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre: The Fountain Square gardens at Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre offer a unique event space for both small and large functions up to 1,000 people.

Sheraton Wall Centre

Rosewood Hotel Georgia: Located in the inner courtyard of the Rosewood Hotel Georgia‘s 4th floor is Reflections: The Garden Terrace. Filled with foliage, soft lights, and natural elements, the space is a sophisticated urban oasis. Private events can be booked during the fall/winter season.

Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver: On the 6th floor of Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver is a contemporary Terrace. The event space is canopied and ideal for intimate gatherings.

Selected a venue? Talk to us about event rentals that will you require.

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Wedding Inspiration: Rose Quartz in Real Weddings Magazine

A&B Partytime Rentals was thrilled to be a part of a recent editorial shoot for Real Weddings magazine Spring/Summer 2016 issue. Produced by Debut Event Design and photographed by Union Photographers, the breathtaking design uses 2016’s Pantone Colour of the Year – rose quartz. Shot on location at The Permanent, a heritage gem in downtown Vancouver.

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Our table, linens, glassware, plates, and flatware were featured in this shoot, including:

Blush Sequin Linen
Diamante Charger Plate
Golf Filigree China
Crown Gold Flatware

Pick up a copy of Real Weddings magazine Spring/Summer 2016 issue, and visit Union Photographer’s website for more behind-the-scenes photos. Contact us directly for more information on any of the featured rental items.