I’m trying to figure out linens right now, and it’s giving me a headache. As a frame-of-reference, my wedding will have approx 100-120 guests (inviting 150ish), be largely outdoors (outdoor ceremony, dinner and dancing are under covered areas with open sides), with a laid-back yet elegant vibe (at least that’s what we’re going for.)
The venue coordinator sent me this diagram of dinner tables for a wedding of approximately 120 guests. We will have just one 6′ “head table” for a sweetheart table instead of what is pictured in this diagram, but otherwise this should be approximately what the tables look like for our wedding. (sorry the picture is big, if I shrink it you can’t read the table sizes because of the poor quality of the file)
I’m having a hard time figuring out table cloths, due to the mix of table sizes. At first I was going to get 6′ floor-length table cloths for the 6′ tables, and 8′ floor-length table cloths for the 8′ tables. These are $22.50 and $28.50 each respectively though! Then I saw that the rental place also has “standard banquet tablecloths” that are 72″ x 120″ for $9.50 each. This change would save us over $400, which will nearly pay for the chair covers that I’m insisting we get to cover up the ugly metal folding chairs… These standard tablecloths would overhang on the sides 21″ on both the 6′ and 8′ tables, however, on each end they will overhang 24″ on the 6′ tables and 12″ on the 8′ tables…
Do you think, given the configuration of tables in the diagram, we can make the standard tablecloths work and not look ridiculous by “cheating” them a little in one direction or the other so the exposed ends are evenish on the long tables made up of 6′ and 8′ tables joined together? Or will anyone even notice if one end overhangs longer than the other end 14′ away?…
If we did “cheat” them to make the ends overhang 18″ on both sides of the long frankentables, then there would be a 6″ overhang on the inside of the 8′ table, and a 30″ overhang on the inside of the 6′ table (which would hang lower than the 21″ side overhang – though so would the 24″ overhang if you have the standard tablecloth centered on the 6′ table…) Could maybe that 30″ overhang be pinned up a little so it’s less obvious?
I’ve been looking at the table pictures on the venue’s website, and none of the pictures have floor-length tablecloths at all, so maybe the standard ones will look fine??? (then again, this venue tends to attract somewhat more casual weddings… The venue coordinator seems to be pretty laid-back about this sort of thing as well. I did email my wedding planner to get her opinion though, since she’s detail-oriented)
Here are some pictures of the dinner area. Again, I will be getting chair covers, and I will also have table runners for each table (which I’m DIYing, so I can figure out the length they need to be when I figure out all th
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Thanks in advance for your expert opinions! 🙂 I’m feeling a little bridezilla-y about this. I talked to my fiance and he thinks we should go the less-expensive route. We aren’t on a strict budget, but the cost of the wedding is starting to escalate (and we’re moving and buying a new house etc etc), so saving $400 wouldn’t be a bad thing, though $400 might be worth spending if the less-expensive option is going to look silly (especially given the fact that we’re spending a fair amount on decor aside from the linens, in order to achieve a classy look)!