Colored Linens – Will I regret them? Are they tacky?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
311 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@LoveLaceandWine:  I say go with what you like. Everyone is going to have their own opinion, and on pinterest, I’ve seen many pins of receptions done beautifully with colored linens. I would search pinterest, google images if you want, and just look at what others have done.

I will be using colored linens at my reception.

Post # 4
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I wouldn’t say they are tacky.. I think that’s a really rude thing to say about someone’s wedding!

It really all depends on how it’s done, and what type of look you are going for.

This looks GORGEOUS to me, very subtle and romantic.


I am a fan of using a base color, such as white because I prefer a more crisp look.

Can you do a mock up of your table/chairs/centerpieces to decide what you like?

Post # 6
2782 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@LoveLaceandWine:  I can’t give a good answer until I see something.  Sometime I can imagine they can be overwhelming and tacky, and sometimes they I think they might suit the venue well.

What we did was:  Ivory on the low top tables, then a textured, pewter colored draped cloth for the high tops (we did a mix) and then pewter sashes on teh chairs.  I thought it was a perfect balance and loved it.

Post # 7
666 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My only thought on colored linens is if you are trying to match a color you’re using in your wedding that maybe it is better to go with white because it is unlikely to actually match.  However, if you are coordinating the color and not matching, I think it can be fine.  

I do think white is always classy and you can’t go wrong, versus color may work or may not work depending on how it coordinates or matches or what color it is and how good you are with color.

If you have a vision with the blush then I’d say go for it.


Post # 8
6158 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i did navy and lilac crush linens, alternating on tables.  it looked amazing. i didn’t love our chairs, but i didn’t want to spend extra to rent others.  i knew no one would say, “oh my goodness, i can’t believe she used those chairs.”

Post # 9
6048 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

If the blush is subtle, like you say, I would think it would be just fine. 

Post # 10
42076 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would have difficulty dealing with an event planner who thought colored linens were tacky. Tacky is such a judgemental word.

They may not be to her taste, but thousands of weddings are held every year using colored linens. The most formal of formal events generally use white linens, but the reality is most of us don’t have full on formal weddings.

Blush and gold will be lovely.

Can your planner do a mockup using her vendors and send you a pic?

Post # 11
265 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I was just at a wedding with blush linens and the room was BEAUTIFUL. She did did blush linens and then accented the table with ivory lace in the center underneath her centerpieces. It was absolutely gorgeous!! 

Post # 12
1194 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I was having this issue but with grey linens. Our colors are purple and grey and I was afraid it would make everything too dark for what’s supposed to be a rustic garden party event. Then I found this photo that convinced me it would look good (though our chairs aren’t white): 


I’d suggest looking for photos on Pinterest of your look and if you find something that matches your vision, then go with it. It’s your wedding, it matters how you feel about it, not somebody else.

Post # 13
863 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@LoveLaceandWine: Well the event planner was kind of rude but I see what she was getting at. When you go to a wedding where the color scheme is, say, blue and yellow it doesn’t look good if blue and yellow are everywhere in every single place. It’s too much blue and yellow, you know? Your color scheme should always be mixed with some neutrals to keep it from being overwhelming. 

I think it can be easy to go wrong with colored linens because they are so visible can make it seem like you overused your color scheme. If you decide to go with the blush linens then maybe skimp on that color in other areas. 

I think it’s also important to consider that blush and gold are the colors of the moment, which means they are going to date. White or ivory will be clean and elegant, and it will help your wedding to look more timeless. 

Ultimately I think you should go with what you want, it’s your wedding. This post wasn’t a takedown of your linens, just some points I think you should consider. 

Post # 14
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@LoveLaceandWine:  What a bee-yotch.  Colored linens look awesome and photograph well.  Don’t know what her problem is.  Big wedding planners/designers rarely use white linens so she needs to shut it up and mind her own business.

Every wedding will eventually look dated, that’s what happens when you’re married for 20+ years.  Styles, colors, and decor changes.  It’s a fact of life.  In 20+ years you will cherish your wedding photos and be proud that they look dated since it’s a testament to the fact that you’ve been married for so long.

Post # 15
209 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I think it depends on how else you are using the color. If your space is already fairly neutral and you don’t plan to throw your colors everywhere it can be done in a classy way. You just need to balance the amount of colors and their intensity. Since both of yours seem soft I wouldn’t worry too much about what she said it’s her opinion. 

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