Linens & Dishware – How to avoid getting gouged?

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 3
632 posts
Busy bee


All our rentals on this front (including tables and chairs) were just over $500 +tax based on 90 people attending. I’m starting to think this stuff is way more expensive out east because someone else in another thread posted the same thing and they were in Montreal. 

However, look around at regular party rental places, not wedding rental places or the more fancy/upscale rental places – this will make a price difference. I shopped around and found one that has free delivery and pickup (woohoo!).

That said, I’m going to buy tablecloths because it’s cheaper than renting (and, it’s also cheaper in that you can sell them afterwards and recoup even more money). A good and affordable places to do this is To give you an example, they are $17 to rent (each) floor-length rectangular tablecloth, but they are as cheap as $11 to buy, plus I can resell them. 

I would encourage you to rent dishes and glassware because it’s so much easier to just put them back in the containers they arrived in dirty (you don’t have to clean the rentals!). Trust me, you don’t want to be doing dishes for 100. It sucks. The dishes I’m renting are nice square plates for 55 cents each.  If you end up having to buy dishes, it’s not the end of the world, just make sure you have big rubbermaid bins to carry them to and from the venue in (not cardboard boxes!), then you can run them in a dishwasher the next day. I’ve also heard of people going to the salvation army and getting all mismatched dishes and I thought it looked pretty cool in the pics!

We also decided to save a bit of money by having cheaper chairs (black plastic ones – not totally crummy looking but not fancy at all). I waffled on this one for a while but I looked back at pics of my sis’ wedding last summer and she had those, and I didn’t even notice AT ALL until now, it didn’t even register during her wedding. Even in the pics now, looking back, it looks fine (and they weren’t uncomfortable or anything either). These were $1.20 each for me to rent versus about $4 for the nice white wooden chairs which makes a big difference when you multiply it by 90.

Tables were $8.75 for an 8’x30″ table. I just rented the cheapest wooden tables – no one will see them underneath the linens anyway.

We got free shipping because we hit the $300 mininum spend for free shipping within greater vancouver, so call around and see what places can do for you. I found a good rental place in a nearby municipality (20 mins away) and they were cheaper and had the free delivery, and I liked their stuff better, so look around on google, yelp, and other sites.

Hope this info helps! Also, I just re-read that you already have tables and chairs included in your rental, so apologies for that info – I’ll leave it in in case it’s useful to someone else.

Post # 5
288 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Moranar: is running a sale right now.  Check out to see which one is cheaper.  I’ve ordered from both and the quality is similar. 

Post # 6
1498 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Moranar:  I bought tablecloths off ebay for very reasonable.  I think the seller was called elegant linens or something like that.

China rental from our caterer is $4 per person.  We’re planning on about 100 people so it is pricey.  But I wasn’t willing to not have real plates.  Thought about purchasing them and then trying to resell after the wedding, but I decided it wasn’t worth the hassle, plus having to gather/clean everything after the wedding.

Post # 7
42117 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Moranar:  Remember to check out   You might be able to buy your linens from another bride depending on what color and size you are looking for.

You can do a search, then narrow the results on the next page to Canada or Northeast (then narrow again to Vermont)  to reduce shipping charges.

Post # 8
160 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

another bee mentioned on her wedding recap



Post # 9
260 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I had about 120 guests, and I bought wine glasses in sets of 12 for $10 in Burlington  Coat Factory. I bought 11 sets for $110. They did the job, and was much cheaper than renting them.


You could also get white dinner plates at the dollar store, but you’d have to call ahead and make sure they have the amount you want.


Post # 10
1981 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Moranar:  Check out bed bath and beyond!! I just bought glass champagne flutes for my sister’s wedding (we are also using them for her champagne brunch bridal shower). For 9.99 you get 12 wine glasses (cheaper and probable better quality than dollar store). We ordered 10 sets and the shipping was free for orders over $50. They also have red wine glasses and white wine glasses for the same prices as the champagne flutes. Then you could probable re-sell them or give a dozen to family/bridal party members.

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