Bees who bought linens: Ironing?

posted 8 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I don’t know the answer- but I’m wondering as well.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

And also- how early before wedding can one iron them?  I’m wondering if maybe I might actually iron mine at the church (which is where I need them) and put them straight on the tables. I think If I enlisted a few people to help it might not take too long, but I’m not sure. (I don’t have quite as many as you though, I have like 20)

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We plan on ironing prior to the ceremony. Since the wedding and reception are in the same location, we will be hauling irons and steamers to the site and putting things on the table/chairs as we iron them. Since we are only using half the room for the wedding, we will be able to cover all the tables and then push them to the unused half of the room which will be closed off until the reception.

We have about 30 tablecloths and 150 chair covers and sashes to get done…although we should be able to do the sashes in advance.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

I used pintucks and kind of refused to iron them. Once the table was set they looked fine. When my mom washed them after the wedding they came out of the dryer looking great.

You could also trying ironing them as close to the wedding as possible and then try folding them and hanging them over a pants hangers. I picked a stack of tablecloths up from the dry cleaner for work one time and they just had each folded neatly over a hanger.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I’m not going to have time.  We’re just going to keep our taffeta linens neatly folded.  While crumpledness would irritate me, I can handle neat fold lines.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I find rolling does help to reduce wrinkles, plus it helps to save packing space.

For the napkins are you folding them a special way? I folded ours so that they made a “pocket” for the silverware and needed some crisp edges, therefore I used some spray starch. We aren’t using them till October so the stiffness of the starch will wear off but they are still going to be folded perfectly.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Is there anyway you could bring a steamer to the venue?  I think that may be the fastest and easiest way to get out any wrinkles in your linens.  Good luck!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@lampshade127:  I had to buy my pintuck overlays because I couldn’t find anyone in my area to rent them from in navy.  What a relief to hear they don’t really winkle!

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We had access to our reception hall on Friday, so we put them on the tables Friday afternoon, and then took a steamer in late Friday night to get out whatever wrinkles were left. They really weren’t that bad on Friday evening (like, it took my mom maybe 20 minutes), even though they’d been in a box since we ordered them 3 months before.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I don’t have a great solution, just a “don’t do what I did.”  I didn’t realize that I needed to iron the tablecloths.  The website said they would be pre-ironed, and I took them out of the box the day before while supposedly setting up the reception site.  We had 16 tablecloths that needed ironing.  I freaked.  My mom went home and rand them through the dryer while damp to help, and my mom, her friend, some of the groomsmen all brought irons (some from their hotel rooms).  The groomsman I didn’t understand why FH chose told me, “You’re the boss.  You tell us what needs to be done, and we will get it done.  Don’t worry.”  He got his iron from the hotel and started ironing.  I understood why FH chose him.  We had six people ironing at the same time.  now it’s a funny story and it’s awesome to have people in my life like that.

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I would bring some downey wrinkle release, lay those bad boy on the tables, and spray the crap out of them. No wrinkles! lol

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 1990

OK Ladies, I own a linen and chair cover rental business.  The time it will take you depends on the type of fabric the tablecloths, chair covers, runners or sashes are made of and how they have been stored.  Satin sashes and runners can be pressed prior to the event and stored flat.  It is easiest if you put sashes in groups ( ex. 8 people per table so group them by eight.) Practice tying bows or knots in the sashes prior to the set up day.  Make sure you have at least 2 people to tie as it does take a lot of time and can be hard on your back.  We use stools on wheels so we just scoot around the tables and are at the level to tie the sashes.  We keep our chair covers on hangers which reduces the wrinkles.  You can use skirt hangers for the chair covers. We take ironing boards / irons as well as a professinal steamer to the event site.  Even though our linens have been pressed prior to the event there will still be ceases or some wrinkles.  Chair covers take a very long time to press if they are the cheap poly that cost around $2-$3 each.  Use steam–even take a spray water botttle to help get the wrinkles out. Plan the set up out and have enough people who are willing to help.  We use teams and everyone knows the order things are to be done and who is doing what. If you can, set up the reception area the day prior to the event.  This will take the pressure and stress off of you on your wedding day! 

Good Luck!

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 1990

Be careful with aerosol spray on tablecloths as if not done properly you may get spotting and it makes them more flamable.  Also consider if you are having guests that have breathing issues such as asthma, COPD….  Aerosol spray may casue them problems.

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