Post # 1
So, I decided to buy my own tablecloths to save some money, but I have a quick question for those who have done the same. Did you throw them in the dryer or iron them before using them? They just arrived last week, and they’re very nicely packaged, folded and wrapped in plastic. I haven’t opened any yet (they would immediately be covered in dog hair, ha). They are made of polyester. Maybe I could use that spray wrinkl release the morning of the reception? I didn’t think this part through when I decided to get them myself! Thanks for any tips!!!
Post # 3
- Wedding: July 2012 - Catholic Church
I bought my own and we tossed them in the dryer for about 10 minutes…it didn’t work. Try a few things. We didn’t do it until the night before and I said screw it and put out wrinkled tableclothes. No one said anything about it.
Post # 4
We specifically did NOT buy our tablecloths because we did not want to have to deal with ironing them – which you will really, really need to do – and deal with transporting them without wrinkling them back up again. It’d take a small army of people to set up, as well.
Post # 5
People exaggerate a lot (see above) about how hard it will be. Its really not, if you are smart about it.
We didn’t wash them, but we ironed the creases from folding out. We transported them by hanging them on hangers that we attached curved styrofoam to (the kind from swim noodles we cut up.) Worked great! Totally worth the savings.
EDIT: Our venue was over an hour and a half away from our home. They still held up.
Post # 6
@Roe: has the right idea. I wouldn’t want to plan a nice wedding then use wrinkled cloths.
Put them in the dryer with a damp bath towel. It will get most of the wrinkles out.
Iron them and hang them on wide hangers to which you have added a length of pool noodle or a cardboard tube from wrapping paper or food wrap. (slit the pool noodle or cardboard roll down one side to slip it over the hanger).
Post # 7
We ironed them the night before in the hotel room. We only had 13 tables so it wasn’t too bad.
Post # 8
@Roe: Haha, thanks for uplifting reply! I like the noodle idea, and those should be on clearance soon (even though summer has just begun in my mind)!
@ScottishMrs: Yeah, I’m glad I thought of it now rather than that week, so I shoul dhave some time to test things. I am thinking that between runners, place settings, centerpieces, etc, most people would have no idea. Or at least not care if they DID notice.
@crayfish: Ironing and transportation may prove to be more than I bargained for, but at least the caterer is setting them up ($50 handling fee, but we still saved $200 AFTER that fee was considered). Thanks for the warning!