Post # 1
- Wedding: September 2016 - Bridgewater Place
Ok guys. I’m in a pickle. The venue that we are thinking about using has red banquet chairs that we would need to cover. The venue offers cover rentals for $2.50. They put them on, wash them, take them off – everything. However: I have a friend who bought her own chair covers and will sell them to me for $1.50. We’re having about 125 guests so here’s my thinking.
125 covers at $2.50 to rent = $312.50 in rental cost
125 covers at $1.50 to purchase = $187.50 – but we can sell them after, even if it’s just for $1 a piece. So we if the covers resell at $1 a piece (less than half of what my friend paid to begin with) then overall we spent $62.50 on covers instead of $312.50.
My mom is worried it’s too much work to set them up ourselves because they will need to be ironed, set up and taken down. We can set up the day before so that’s no biggie. We can assign some folks to pull them off at night – again no biggie – so the only pain is the ironing.
My question is: is it worth it? did other bees iron and set up their own covers? The reception is costing about $1500 more than I really wanted (but is still doable) so I’m trying to cut back in other places. Is it worth saving $250? I’m thinking it is to me but I don’t want to be overwhelmed either.
Post # 3
What material are they? I used satin ones and just ran them thru the dryerfor like 10 minutes before I sold them and they were wrinkle free.
Post # 4
I think you need to ask yourself if $250 in savings is worth maybe an hour of your or your wedding partys time to put them on.
For me, buying chair covers was a no-brainer. My venue doesn’t offer them, and the closest rental company to me wanted $4 per cover. I’ve bought all my chair covers for $1.90 each + 20% off. I’ll be purchasing all my linens.
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2016 - Bridgewater Place
@Robin_Sparkles: I thought of maybe running them through the dryer. Good to know at least the satin ones will work like that. I’ll have to find out from my friend. I’m willing to put in time to save. Just like adding in a $100 here and $200 there can quickly throw a budget over…saving money here and there like that can keep a wedding from being so crazy. I think I’m leaning toward buying them.
Post # 6
@jenilynevette: can you share where you got your chair covers for so cheap?
Post # 7
@FutureMrsRoos: http://www.linentablecloth.com/ Chair covers range from $1.99 to $2.50 depending on what kind/cloth you get. They also have 20% off sales often [they have one right now!]. And free shipping over $50. They have really great prices on other linens too.
Post # 8
im toying with this idea too of buying chair covers. it just seems like an expensive option but at the same time i want something different… i want wildflower linen type of chair covers without the wildflower linen price tag lol
And here in the UK, all the chaircover rental places i have seen are the basic universal white ones or the white spandex ones.Sigh!!
Post # 9
You need to also think about who is going to truck all these linens around and make sure they stay wrinkle-free before setup. It’s a big job that I don’t think is worth saving $250 over.
How much is your time worth to you? I know I would not want to be ironing chair covers the week before my wedding.
Post # 10
Here’s my experience with buying linens and chair covers. I still have 100 ivory chair covers and 12-15 pintuck and banquet sized tablecloths, 2 1/2 years after the wedding. Those things, in larger amounts are heavy, and unless you can find someone locally who is interested in buying them (where no shipping is involved), you’ll be me having huge packed boxes taking up valuable storage space. I thought it was a good idea at the time too,compared to renting them, which I thought would be a waste.
The week before the wedding, we rented houses at the location for all the last minute things there were to do. We didn’t iron the linens prior to travelling, since we couldn’t figure out a way to get them there without having to iron them again. Having them pressed at a dry cleaners would have cost more than I paid for them, so that idea was out. I tried to divide them up with the MOG, but she threw her back out in those few days, so only did half the tablecloths. For set up, and since it was impossible to iron 100 chair covers the day of, we put them on right out of the package…and at that point, I just didn’t care anymore. We even tried steaming some, but it was too hot (we were at the beach), so we had to let it go. At the end of the night? We had to grab everyone we could to help remove them and bag them up to leave the venue, and by the time we got home with everything after the reception, we were too tired to go to the after party with everyone else. I wish we’d hired someone to do it all for us. 🙁
Knowing what I know now, I’d say to rent them and save everyone the grief and extra work.
Post # 11
@cowpoke06: I’d say have your venue set them up. It’s worth the extra $1 a chair to not worry about it that day. My sister did chair covers on her own and it took forever and was a pain and not worth the stress the day of.