(Closed) Buying vs Renting chair covers

posted 6 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
Member
1400 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

What material are they? I used satin ones and just ran them thru the dryerfor like 10 minutes before I sold them and they were wrinkle free.

Post # 4
Hostess
8576 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I think you need to ask yourself if $250 in savings is worth maybe an hour of your or your wedding partys time to put them on.

For me, buying chair covers was a no-brainer. My venue doesn’t offer them, and the closest rental company to me wanted $4 per cover. I’ve bought all my chair covers for $1.90 each + 20% off. I’ll be purchasing all my linens.

Post # 6
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412 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@jenilynevette:  can you share where you got your chair covers for so cheap?

Thank you!

Post # 7
Hostess
8576 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

@FutureMrsRoos:  http://www.linentablecloth.com/   Chair covers range from $1.99 to $2.50 depending on what kind/cloth you get. They also have 20% off sales often [they have one right now!]. And free shipping over $50. They have really great prices on other linens too.

Post # 8
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25 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2013

im toying with this idea too of buying chair covers. it just seems like an expensive option but at the same time i want something different… i want wildflower linen type of chair covers without the wildflower linen price tag lol
And here in the UK, all the chaircover rental places i have seen are the basic universal white ones or the white spandex ones.Sigh!!

Post # 9
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1448 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

You need to also think about who is going to truck all these linens around and make sure they stay wrinkle-free before setup.  It’s a big job that I don’t think is worth saving $250 over.

How much is your time worth to you?  I know I would not want to be ironing chair covers the week before my wedding.

Post # 10
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5778 posts
Bee Keeper

Here’s my experience with buying linens and chair covers. I still have 100 ivory chair covers and 12-15 pintuck and banquet sized tablecloths, 2 1/2 years after the wedding. Those things, in larger amounts are heavy, and unless you can find someone locally who is interested in buying them (where no shipping is involved), you’ll be me having huge packed boxes taking up valuable storage space. I thought it was a good idea at the time too,compared to renting them, which I thought would be a waste.

The week before the wedding, we rented houses at the location for all the last minute things there were to do. We didn’t iron the linens prior to travelling, since we couldn’t figure out a way to get them there without having to iron them again. Having them pressed at a dry cleaners would have cost more than I paid for them, so that idea was out. I tried to divide them up with the MOG, but she threw her back out in those few days, so only did half the tablecloths. For set up, and since it was impossible to iron 100 chair covers the day of, we put them on right out of the package…and at that point, I just didn’t care anymore. We even tried steaming some, but it was too hot (we were at the beach), so we had to let it go. At the end of the night? We had to grab everyone we could to help remove them and bag them up to leave the venue, and by the time we got home with everything after the reception, we were too tired to go to the after party with everyone else. I wish we’d hired someone to do it all for us. 🙁

Knowing what I know now, I’d say to rent them and save everyone the grief and extra work.

Post # 11
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307 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@cowpoke06:  I’d say have your venue set them up. It’s worth the extra $1 a chair to not worry about it that day. My sister did chair covers on her own and it took forever and was a pain and not worth the stress the day of.

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