Rent or buy table cloths?

posted 3 years ago in Decor
  • poll: Did you buy or rent tablecloths?
    Bought - glad we did! : (13 votes)
    50 %
    Bought - wished we wouldn't have : (2 votes)
    8 %
    Rented - should have bought : (0 votes)
    Rented - worked out great! : (11 votes)
    42 %
  • Post # 3
    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @208bride:  If they’re a standard color then you should be able to buy them and resell them after the wedding.  If it’s a trendy or uncommon color, it may be more diffcult to sell.  Buying and reselling them is generally cheaper than renting.

    I bought poly-lined paper which looked great in pics and cost less than $3 per tablecloth.

    Post # 5
    5697 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    10.00 more total or 10.00 each?

    Post # 6
    8680 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    It depends on what kind of tablecloth you are getting. If they are standard satin or poly… you can buy them super cheap, I paid about $10 each for mine, in white satin.. table runners were another $15 each but they were the rosette ones.

    I’ve found it’s usually cheaper to buy, as you can resell at a later date.

    Post # 7
    237 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Buy and resell! Check ebay. You can probably get them even cheaper than Amazon.  Just be sure to assign someone to launder them after the wedding.  We waited until after our honeymoon and food stains were set in on some of them.  🙁

    Post # 8
    2449 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    We rented and paid for installation. It was awesome, they came, set them all up (steamed/pressed them) and then took them away at the end of the night. it was very hassle-free and nice not having to think about them at all.

    Post # 9
    855 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Depends on how you’re coordinating the set-up and take down of the venue.  Part of the rental fee we paid was to not have to deal with setting up up before the caterer and having to beg friends and family to help collect dirty linens, then wash, and pack away after the fact.

    I have zero regrets about renting because to me the time savings was more important than a potential savings of few bucks per table.  If you want to put in the time and effort to get them there, set up, take down, and list for selling, go for it!

    Post # 10
    537 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @208bride:  The cost for me to buy my tablecloths was SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper than renting. I used and they had the cheapest prices I could find for what I needed. What type of tablecloth (sizes, shapes, etc.) are you looking for? I couldn’t find any that were cheaper on amazon than on linentablecloth (I am using white polyester, and various sizes but primarily 120″ rounds)

    Post # 11
    245 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I bought all mine on ebay and and got my overlays on tradesy…got my lanterns on tradesy, parasols..etc. I have a wedding planner and an additional day of coordinator. The servers we hired will help pack up and will clean up at the end of the night. The boxes just have to go into the cars. I’m on a budget so…buying and reselling works for us..I got my tables cloths for $8 each shipped…same as renting and my overlays for $2.50 eachshipped, renting would have been $5 a piece…

    Post # 12
    59 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I had the same question. Ended up finding a lot of 50 brand-new ivory-colored cotton tablecloths for a little over $100 shipped. And they were the pefect size for the picnic tables we are going use. Check ebay and start early so you have time to watch for a good deal. 

    Post # 13
    945 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Savannah, GA

    @atlbride2013:  Could you tell me what company you used?  That sounds perfect!

    Post # 14
    2449 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @dancindavinci:  We used I do linens. Great selection and prices can’t be beat!

    Post # 15
    1311 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 1994

    It depends on how many IMO.

    Post # 16
    351 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I’m glad we rented our simple ivory polyester tablecloths. My mother made the runners, because it was cheaper to make them than to rent, and because I wanted unique fabric. Now they’re taking up space at home, and a significant number were stained at the wedding and are not resellable. So I’ve been too lazy to list the few that are still nice for sale. Bummer.

    But oh, it was pretty!


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