While some venues might provide everything you need for your dream wedding, it's more likely that you'll need to rent at least a few items to pull off your perfect event. Even at venues that provide the basics, you'll often find they're just that: basic. Renting items gives you more flexibility to match items to your color scheme and theme. Here are some of the best San Francisco party rental vendors.
Classic Party Rentals
With 25 locations in the U.S., three of which are in California (including the Bay, Napa, and San Jose), Classic Party Rentals is one of the most well-known party rental options. The San Francisco outpost is actually located in Burlingame and carries a massive selection of just about everything you could need. From tents and lounge furniture to lighting and electrical, outdoor heaters to dance floors, chairs, and tables to plates and glasses, they have it all. They also carry cooking and service equipment such as chafers, charcoal grills, and refrigerators.
Serving Northern California since 1947, Abbey Rentals offers all of the standard equipment—chairs, tables, dinnerware, tents, dance floors and more—and their services include setup and breakdown of furniture and larger equipment, free site inspections, and free event layout design. They also have a 72-hour cancellation policy.
Gussy Up Decor
If you're looking to add a vintage touch to your decor, look no further than Gussy Up decor, which offers a wide selection of vintage bars, settees, buffets, and vintage doors, plus decorative elements like wine barrels, vintage suitcases, and antique typewriters. They can custom order based on your needs and will stage your event for a small extra fee. Items can be picked up or delivered (for a fee).
When Archive says they are a "specialty" rental company, they mean it. Where else can you rent items like a decorative rowboat, Airstream trailer, teepee, lemonade stand, or vintage vespa? In addition to these wow pieces they also provide vintage-inspired lounge furniture, beautiful tableware, arbors, and other decorative elements. They can also help with floral design and professional day-of styling services; their San Francisco showroom is by appointment only.
Encore Events Rentals
Encore Events Rentals has been serving the Bay Area and wine country for more than 30 years. In addition to a wide selection of chairs, tables, decor, dinnerware, and serving equipment, they offer tents, dance floors, and other staging. Their signature service is a CAD design of your space; they'll create a virtual model so you can see exactly what your completed event will look like. They also include a free site visit with tent rentals to make sure you reserve the best tent for the size of the space.