Post # 1
I was going to rent table linens and still might, but $35/$45 per round table linen seems a little high especially when I don’t even get to keep them to try to sell to gain back some of my money. So, did any of you bees make your own table linens? Was it really more cost effective or is it worth the money to just not have to deal with it? Help me out! Thanks!
As a side note, my mother has been sewing for years (even has a sewing room in her house with multiple machines) so it wouldn’t be a problem for us to do this. I just want some input before going down this path. Thanks in advance!!!
Post # 3
My mom is making my table topper cloths as the church already has the white linens. I say do it that way you will always have them.
Post # 4
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
I didn’t make mine– but I did buy them for cheaper than that!
Amazon sells everything you need for way cheaper. I paid $14.99 each for the table clothes and $6.99/12 napkins. All lovely and professional quality. $270 for all, then sold for $200 after the wedding.
Post # 5
I’m buying mine, then reselling later. It’s the cheapest route possible.
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Post # 7
- Wedding: September 2012 - Bailey's Palomar Resort
We bought our table cloths and my mom made our table runners, everything came out perfectly!
Post # 8
I made our table cloths. (well, ok, my mom did most of them – I was busy!)
I didn’t like the options that my venue offered, and DH really liked the idea of colorful table cloths. We bought a ridiculous amount of fabric (something like 56 yards) – We couldn’t even find that much online, we had the fabric store order bolts for us!
Our tables were long & rectangular, so it was easy to hem the edges and be done with it. DH was appalled that we spent about $350 of table cloths. – but we had ours laundered afterwards and his grandmother is using the fabric to make us a quilt. (I’m very excited about it!)
If we’d been at a venue that offered a better selection of linens, I wouldn’t have bothered to make ours, but it did work out well for me.
My only concern about your tables is – are you certain that you’ll be able to find fabric that’s wide enough to make your table cloths? Even a 60″ round will require extra wide fabric, and it can be challenging to find 84″ or 120″ wide fabric in something that you’d want to use for a table cloth. (I also hate to hem circles, but that’s just me)
Post # 9
A friend of mine, and her mom, made 30 tablecloths … took two days and she sold them all for a profit.
Post # 10
Well, before I found my caterer (who includes linens and table squares), my fmil made my table linens. She used a really pretty patterned type fabric and made the squares also. It was cheaper than renting and she plans to rent them out to re-coup some of her money back. Also, we entertain a lot so now we have nice table linens (she used them for my bridal shower to cover the tables).
Post # 11
@julies1949: Thank you so much for those links! I hadn’t heard about some of those sites before, so maybe those will help me save some money! woohoo!
Thanks again everybody for all the remarks……..I’m going to check out some of those sites to see about getting the linens cheaper or at least where I can buy them and have the ability to resell them rather than just rent if they end up being the same price. Thanks again everyone!!! = )
Post # 12
@txrodeo: You could also check craigslist and http://www.recycledbride.com to see if someone is selling the linens you want.
You can check all Craigslist sites at the same time by going to
then add what you are looking for e.g 120″ round white tablelcoths
Post # 13
I considered buying or making my own (mostly buying), as I could do it for about the same cost as renting or even slightly less. But I realized what I was paying for with the rental wasn’t so much the linen as it was the labor – transporting it to the site, coordinating with the venue to make sure they get on the tables before they start getting set, ironing & cleaning them all/hanging them up, taking them all off at the end of the night.
If you have a lot of people helping, I think buying them can be an awesome option! But for me, I don’t have a lot of people going to do setup the day of, so that’s more what I’m paying for in the linens. I knew that ironing 22+ enormous table cloths would be more than I could handle (especially since my wedding is a couple of hours away and I’d have to transport them). I didn’t want to have to worry about tear down at the end of the night.
Just food for though 🙂 I’m all for people buying & making, just be sure to think of day-of logistics.
Post # 14
I bought my table cloths but i’m considering making napkins if i can’t find it for cheap. Or maybe i got slightly cheap and just use paper napkins. 😛