(Closed) Does it make sense to buy tablecloths?

posted 7 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
10851 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’ll give you my experience with buying tablecloths because we decided the same thing you did, it was the same price to buy as rent, and we could recoup half the cost by reselling them afterwards.

We bought from linentablecloths.com. The quality of the tablecloths was good, but I wish I had opened them up when I first got them. I just looked at the first few, called it good. A few of them had sort of red dots on them like rust stains (on white linens) but thankfully they were towards the edges so no one would see them anyways. The napkins were a different story. We ordered 17″ dinner napkins (again, white) and most of them were fine. There were about 16 (out of 160) that were either too small (15″), a different texture, or defective in some way (like a line running through them that really stood out). It was really strange. Thankfully we had over ordered, so it wasn’t a big deal, but annoying. They have a pretty strict return policy, and we had had the linens for a good few months by the time we opened it, it was too late to do anything about it. Overall, I was 90% satisfied with our order.

Secondly, remember that you have to iron all the linens. My mom did mine and then hung them on thick hangers in one of those wardrobe packing boxes so they would have few creases in them. It was a time consuming job and I’m so thankful that she took the time to do that for me.

Third, it rained at our wedding. We didn’t really think about that until we got home from our honeymoon two weeks later, opened the bags that contained the linens, and found they were covered in black mold because they had gotten damp. Omg. It was awful. My mom came to the rescue again and bleached the crap out of them and managed to salvage 90% of them. I kept a few of the others that had spots for doing crafts, etc on.

At the end of the day, we did manage to re-sell them for about half the price of what we paid for them, but when I consider the amount of time I spent weeding through them looking for defects and imperfections, my mom ironing, bleaching, and cleaning, I’m not 100% sure it was worth it!

Just my two cents.

ETA – It wasn’t hard to resell them. I listed them on Craigslist and Kijiji and got a number of responses. I ended up selling them to a guy who was opening a restaurant within 48 hours.

Post # 4
14495 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Welcome to the Hive!

I bought mine but they were way cheaper to buy then to rent.  I kept them so far, but a few friends want to use them for other events that are coming up.  I had a friend that sold hers last year on CL and they sold pretty fast.  To easily get the wrinkles out, was them before the wedding and dry them and hang them up and they should need minimum work.

Post # 5
584 posts
Busy bee

We bought our linens because it was WAY cheaper than renting! We used weddinglinensdirect.com and got full-length, colored stain tablecloths for 7-8ish bucks each. The quote I originally got from a florist for renting was like $12 for full length white tablecloths, plus $3-4 per table for colored satin toppers. I decided to cut out an extra step and do colored satin for the whole table. The quality of the linens was decent for the price; there were a few linens that had small marks on them (I’m really not sure why? they were individually packaged) but it wasn’t noticeable in the grand scheme of things.

I owned a clothing steamer already and steamed them out myself, little by little, about a month or so before the wedding. Con: a big chunk of my living room was taken up by this project because I laid the linens out straight afterward so they would stay unwrinkled. I lightly folded and hung them on pant hangers right before we left to set up our venue, and brought the steamer along for last-minute touchups. Pro: I think I would have wanted to die if I had to iron all of those linens! A steamer is like $40-50 and well worth it for linens alone if you buy them, plus it will come in handy for your dress and your bridesmaids, and really anytime!

I made sure that my parents took home all linens at the end of the wedding and washed them, so they were clean and non-mildewed once we got back from the honeymoon. I have been too lazy to try and sell them; actually they’re still in the trunk of my car. I did sell a few yellow ones dirt cheap for a friend’s wedding, but don’t know what I’ll do with the white and pink ones. I’m not worried about it because even if I never sell them, I still spent less than I would have to rent linens in the first place!

For the record, if you’re not planning to steam/iron them yourself, I don’t think it would be worth it to buy your own–dry cleaners charge a lot for large items.

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