China Pop: Renting Vintage China For Your Wedding Reception

Two local companies are now renting eclectic pieces of dishware.
From: Fall/Winter 2013 edition

The decision to use rental companies for everything from chairs to tables to silverware is a no-brainer, but that doesn’t mean you have to go traditional with your tabletop choices. Take your pick of two local companies, Rad Crockery and Vintage Dish Company, which rent a variety of antique and vintage china, some in sets and some mismatched, for those couples who desire a slightly more eclectic look. Rad Crockery’s Lisa Malcolm offers 1,200 pieces—from plates to gravy boats—from the 1920s to the 1950s in a variety of styles, although she confesses to an affinity for “embossed plates, gold filigree, floral patterns, scalloped edges…and charming square luncheon plates.” Vintage Dish Company, owned by Lisa Mayer, offers flowery mismatched china place settings for as many as 200, as well as vintage damask linen napkins, vintage champagne coupes, candleholders, vases and an assortment of serving pieces, most of which date before 1960. “Most requests focus on a reception theme or style, such as rustic romance, garden party, timeless elegance or afternoon tea,” says Mayer, who calls saving these orphaned pieces her “passion.” Rental prices start at $1 per piece per day.