Post # 1
I know this topic has surfaced a few times but I wanted a fresh opinion. I am going to have about 20 round tables and buying cheap linens (smartyhadaparty.com) versus renting locally would end up being at most about a $200 difference. I think the quality would be about the same but I am worried about the stress of ironing/steaming the purchased linens. On the other hand, renting the linens would require pickup and returns (unless I want to pay another $100). I am stuck!
P.S. If you bought your own linens and had a good or bad experience please let me know!
Post # 3
Hmm.. well, I actually found a venue that provides the linens for a small charge. Includes the tablecloths, overlays, and cloth napkins in any color I choose. $50 fee!
Not sure if that was really much help.. but I think it’s really cool that there are venues that do this!
That being said, if this wasn’t an option for me I think I would be sort of nervous about purchasing. I think with a little homework though that it could be rewarding. Perhaps only order one just to see how it looks? Then maybe try to find something for an overlay to get the full picture? Who am I kidding, I’m just a sucker for mock-ups! 🙂
Post # 4
I purchased mine from linentablecloth.com (or something like that) when they did their 11/11/11 25% off sale. I think they still have a TURKEYDAY code that’s 10 off. Ended up being *almost* the same price as renting, and I plan to put them on craigslist or something like that after. If you’re open to selling them afterward it might be worth purchasing. Otherwise, maybe you could find a bride in your area w a similar sized wedding and split the purchase?
Post # 5
I bought. The prices were the same with transportation costs and I couldn’t justify not selling them afterwards- be aware that is an option. Just go look at the classifieds section of this website! Where, I found everything. 🙂
We do have to iron them, my mom suggested that gma might like to help with that. 🙂
Post # 6
I did both. We rented the table cloths/napkins via my caterer and I bought table runners from Linentabelcloth.com. In the end, I would suggest renting if it is full service, talk to your caterer and venue and DOC if you have one, chances are they can recommenda linen rental that they often work with. My caterer owns the linens in ivory and if you are fine with ivory they charge $5 per table cloth and $0.50 per napkin which was cheaper than anything else I could find and explained to me as the cleaning fee. They work with a rental company for other colors and I think this is pretty typical.
As far as buying, I can not stress enough DO NOT COUNT RESALE VALUE INTO YOUR COST. I now speak from experience as we were unable to resell out table runners unless we wanted to have them cleaned and remove candle wax. You don’t know what state they will be in at the end of the night and the effort needed to clean them may be just as much as you would earn from selling them. My mom thankfully volunteered to steam and hang our runners but I’m not sure it would have been worth it to iron and store full size table cloths.
Renting was, in my case, cheaper and way less hassle. I had to give up color selection but didn’t have to worry about anything and it’s better for the environment 🙂