Post # 1
Getting married in July in Vancouver, and am trying to cut costs. Renting linens costs $15-20 (depending on whether I get them directly from the rental place, or through the caterer). I was thinking of buying them off E-Bay for $10-15 each, then reselling them after the wedding. Two questions: first, it’s an afternoon reception (2-6pm), so I was wondering if I could get away with 90" round linens on a 60" round table (15" overhang). I’m not crazy about the formality of the 120" round, and 90" round are much cheaper. I’d still plan to go with the ‘to the floor’ linens on the stations, cake, and bar tables
Also, will the catering staff still set them up for us?
Post # 3
I think using 90" round linens would be fine, especially since it’s an afternoon reception. It’s kind of like "tea length" dresses that girls wear for an afternoon party. Also, we bought our linens for about the same price as the rental fee in hopes of reselling them. I think it’s a good way to recoup some of your expenses!
Post # 4
Somebody posted the other day about http://www.dovelinen.com, you might try them. As far as whether your catering staff will set them up if they don’t provide them, you will have to ask them. I don’t see why not, if they are setting up the tables in general, but our venue staff is doing everything for us (even setting out all the favors) and I gather that’s not necessarily standard.
Whether a shorter tablecloth looks okay or not sort of depends on your tables. I don’t think they have to go to the floor, depending on the look you’re going for. You can probably google photos of venues and see what different lengths of linens will look like.
Remember that you will need napkins too!
Post # 5
I had a formal evening indoor reception, and I think we only had 90" linens on our 60" tables. Just think, there will be chairs all around the tables, blocking the view of the sides anyway. And then people will be sitting in them, and won’t see the sides either. You’ll be fine.