Tips & Advice
Do party rental companies offer discounts for self pickup?
No, party rental companies don’t usually offer discounts for self pickup. However, most of them charge a delivery fee, so if the renter is able to pick up their order in person, it can save them paying the fee.
Do party rental companies deliver?
Many party rental companies deliver, but they all have rules around delivery, and many also have a delivery fee and/or a minimum rental order in order to get delivery. Some party rental companies only deliver to the first floor, and most will not remove their shoes if delivering inside. For some types of items (i.e. tents) set-up is a standard part of the delivery service, but for others, it’s an extra service.
Do party rental companies require a deposit?
Yes, party rental companies almost always require a deposit.
What is the length of the usual rental period?
The length of rental period varies depending on type of event, but one industry standard is 48-72 hours, which allows rental item pickup/drop-off the day before the event and return the day after. Some companies, however, have a 24-hour rental period, unless another length is stipulated at the time of booking. Others will allow as much as one week for items to be returned, especially if the event is scheduled to take place over multiple days. If you require special arrangements, it is important you discuss terms with the company at the time of reservation.
How far in advance should party rentals be reserved?
How far in advance party rentals should be reserved varies according to the size and scope of the event. Experts advise that expensive or high-demand items for major events (i.e. tents and AV equipment for weddings and corporate functions) be reserved as far out as six to eight months in advance, with three months being the minimum window. Commonplace items (dishware, chairs) for small events can typically be secured within weeks or months of the event, if it’s happening off-peak season, but still, rental companies advise “it’s never too early.”
Do beauty salons offer gift certificates?
Yes, many beauty salons offer gift certificates, which allow the holder to purchase goods and services. Beauty salon gift certificates typically have a cash value that indicates the amount of the goods and services that the certificate can purchase. For example, a $50 gift certificate can be used to purchase $50 of goods and services at a salon. The certificate can also be purchased for something specific, like a hairstyle or manicure.
What is the proper amount to tip at a beauty salon?
The proper amount to tip at a beauty salon is 20 percent. This holds true for all services provided at a salon, whether it's a manicure or a haircut. If you've been assisted by more than one professional, you can break the tip down so that everyone you've worked with is compensated. In cases like this, you'll need to specify how much cash goes to each person, or you can simply put the cash in separate envelopes. A tip of $2 to $5 is appropriate for assistants who shampoo and/or prepare your hair for coloring.
How often should hair be cut?
If you want to keep your hair at a set length, it's best to get a cut every four to six weeks. If you're growing your hair out, you can space your haircuts at four- or six-month intervals. Haircuts can help address unsightly split ends, so if your strands have this kind of damage, scheduling a cut may help improve your hair's appearance.
Should customers wash their hair before arriving for a haircut appointment?
Washing your hair before arriving for a haircut appointment might be a good idea if you want the salon to provide a cut and not a wash. In this situation, washing your hair beforehand will eliminate tangles, and this will make it easier for the stylist to work with your hair and give you the cut you desire. Many salons include a wash with the haircut, and, in cases like this, washing your hair before arriving for a haircut appointment might not be necessary. If getting hair colored, it is best to not wash it before the appointment, the color clings better to slightly dirty hair and the dye or bleach might burn your scalp since it won't have the natural oils to protect it.
How far in advance should a beauty salon appointment be booked?
If you want to guarantee a spot on the schedule, it's safest to book your beauty salon appointment days or weeks in advance. This is especially important if you're working with a stylist who has a busy schedule. However, many salons offer same-day appointments. If you're making a same-day appointment, it's best to call first thing in the morning.