Buy vs Renting Linens

posted 3 years ago in Decor
  • poll: Buy or rent table linens??
    buy : (15 votes)
    71 %
    rent : (6 votes)
    29 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    431 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I have bought all my linens. I could buy them for cheaper, so I did!

    Post # 4
    Member
    80 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @kansas_nurse:  We were having the same debate. One thing we considered is that if you buy the linens, you would then be responsible for ironing them and setting them up. Not sure if this matters to you but it’s something to think about. 

    Post # 5
    Hostess
    8680 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I bought all my tablecovers, skirts, runners, napkins & chair covers. It was cheaper than renting for me.

    Post # 7
    Hostess
    8680 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I can’t edit my post but I wanted to add that most of the time buying is cheaper, the only time I haven’t found it to be cheaper is when you are looking into specialty linens [like those rosette tablecovers, SUPER expensive!].

    Even if you pay a few more dollars per table over renting, you’ll make some or most of your money back once you sell them.

    Post # 8
    Member
    720 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

                     Where I live, I don’t think there is anywhere to really buy linens so we are renting them. I think the only place to buy would be to go online and order something. I don’t really want to go to the hassle of having to try and resell them when we are done. Yes it seems like a lot of money for rental but really in the end, I can just give them back and not have to worry about it later. I don’t want to stress out about buying online and not getting enough linen or buy too much or the colours don’t fit my scheme. 

    Post # 9
    Member
    225 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I just got my linens in yesterday, bought them from an ebay company for $12 a piece , new, and they are VERY heavy, great quality, I was shocked! They wanted $18 a piece to rent the same linens so I bought them and will sell them on craigslist after the wedding and make back a lot of my money! Win win! PM me if you want the link to the company I used, they also had free shipping which was great because the box that arrived weighed over 40lbs lol

     

    Post # 10
    Member
    1248 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    We needed a lot of linens for our DIY wedding, so I purchased them all second-had from classifieds for really cheap (about $5 per cloth, $2 pere overlay).  

    When they arrived, I put them in the dryer a few at a time with a wet towel to de-wrinkle.  I laid them flat on the floor, stacked on each other and then rolled them up using a cardboard carpet roller (free from HomeDepot -or anywhere they sell carpet probably).  I wrapped the whole thing in plastic wrap and they have remained 98% wrinkle free while I wait for our big day.

    For the table runners, I did the same thing but used a cardboard wrapping paper innard.

    I will still bring a hand held steamer with me the day of. But basically the cost will come out to a fraction of what it would have cost to rent, even without reselling.

    Post # 11
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    1768 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I bought our “basic” linens, but we’re renting fancy (either stripes, or pretty shiny with sequin accents) ones. We are using basic floor-length white cloths on our big round tables and cake table, with a square black overlay. Those I bought from Linentablecloths.com on their cyber monday sale – it was about 1/3 the cost of renting anywhere near me.

    We’re renting fancy cloths from a local place, just because it’s cheaper to rent those than buy them. Any of the fancy linens I liked were $30-80 to buy, but only $25 to rent.

    Although, my mom has been dealing with the rentals for us (we live in Philly, wedding/family is in St. Louis), and apparently one rental company lady was super sassy when she heard we bought some of the linens and was like “they may be cheaper, but then you have to deal with them after the wedding!”….we still can’t figure out why that’s a bad thing, but whatever, ha! 

    Post # 12
    Member
    5 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @jenilynevette:  Hi! I also live in Indiana and plan to buy table linens for our October wedding.  Where did you find the best deal?

    Post # 13
    Hostess
    8680 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @alnhende:  I purchased mine from linentablecloth.com, they are the cheapest site I have found, and they often run 20% off sales… and for larger events [normally before holidays], they run 30% off sales, with free shipping over $50.

     

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