That’s because Randall Moore deals not with the traditionally glamorous side of staging a ceremony — flowers, food, photography, the bride’s dress — but because when he goes off to work as the owner of Robert’s Rentals, his goal is to ensure the couple’s guests have a place to sit down and enjoy the scenery. Or dance, if they want to.
Of course, there’s more than that. For one thing, while weddings are far and away the bulk of Moore’s rental business, family reunions and corporate events are also part of his company’s repertoire.
“I pretty much won’t turn anything down,” he said. “We’re always there, always on time, always available.”
And he supplies not just tables and chairs and tents, but portable dance floors, heaters, misting coolers, air conditioning units — even arbors and candelabras for a touch of elegance.
In the past eight months, the company has also started selling and renting men’s formal wear. It’s a colorful, trend-setting product line he’s recently been telling local high school boys about so they won’t be sartorially clueless come prom time.
The business Moore now owns was for many years on Noble Street under the ownership of Robert Smith, hence the name. It’s now at 6th and Quintard in space previously occupied by an automobile sales lot.
He likes that location not only for its visibility but because it symbolically shows his support for other Anniston businesses, some of which have their own parts to play in weddings or other functions.
“I just want to be able to work together” with them, he said, and promote the Anniston business community.
Of course, any couple can supply tables and chairs to their own wedding, so what Moore provides has to go beyond the article itself and into the intangible realm of service.
“We have a motto: Make it happen. I don’t answer to ‘no’,” he said.
And by “we” he means his wife and, in peak season, eight employees and another dozen or 15 temporary workers who provide much of the physical labor of setting up for events and taking down afterwards. Consequently, much of his job is like that of a field general, making sure his troops are where they’re supposed to be over a wide territory, from west Georgia counties into much of Alabama.
“You’ve got to make sure you’ve got enough people,” he said.
His company furnishes at least five weddings a weekend from April through August, he said.
When Moore is on the job, one of his daily duties might include talking to a prospective bride about what she wants at her wedding and/or reception.
“We’ll give them a vision,” he said, noting that special lighting and drapery effects are popular now.
Moore said he tries to stay around the business office as much as he can so that he can assist potential customers, but that’s not always possible.
“At high-dollar weddings, they want to see my face,” he said.
He said his prices are competitive — he doesn’t have to charge as much as Birmingham or Atlanta event companies do.
“I’m the middle guy,” he said.
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