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I am having a hard time agreeing to pay .90 a napkin just to RENT. We are less than 3 weeks out now so I don’t have a lot of time. We are having a rustic type wedding that will be outdoors and we are having BBQ so I feel that I have a little more wiggle room with napkins. I don’t really know if I feel comfortable having paper napkins unless I roll them up with the utensils and tie it with twine or something. I have seen pictures of people using what appears to be wash cloths and such, but where can I buy such a thing w/o breaking the bank? I don’t know if I am searching under the right terms.
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oh I love the bandana as napkin thing and you can get them 3/1.00 in most colors
Post # 5
@julies1949: SO helpful, thank you!!
Post # 6
My sister is doing rustic too and we’re thinking of buying some unbleached muslin from the garment district in downtown Los Angeles, so it should be screaming cheap (but even Joann sells it for like $2 a yard I believe and you can use a 40% coupon if you can get one).
It has a nice rustic look to it and we’re going to cut it with pinking shears so we don’t drive ourselves crazy with sewing. Depending on how big you want your napkins, you can probably get 2 to 4 napkis per yard! You might even be able to sell them afterwards.
OR depending on your decor, you could even do some material with a little pattern in it, to make it extra special if you want. We’re debating on using pattern or plain. We’re wating to do a mock set up of the table and see if it’ll be too busy or not.
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This is another cute idea, you can get paper napkins in the colors you want in your wedding and just place them inside the glassware like in the photo below. Sorry the picture I took is not too good (it was taken with my husband´s 3 pixels camera). In some outdoor rustic weddings they even use plastic cups (the clear kind of plastic, not the colored one) and I can assure to you that the napkin inside the cup look just as cute as they do in the glassware.
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Love the muslin and/or fabric idea DaphneDescends
It should definitely be easy to cut fabric with pinking sheers. Good luck!
ETA: then maybe you can resell them here, too!
Post # 9
Just remember that if you buy or DIY the napkins, you have the time it takes to make them (if you DIY) but more importantly, think about trying to clean all those cloth napkins after the event. With BBQ you may have to spot treat them individually before washing them. And honestly do you want to gather and haul all those napkins home, and then clean them? If you’re okay with that you can definitly save money on them. I’d rather pay the .90/napkin and not have to worry about clean up!
Post # 10
Some of us just plain don’t have the money to pay $.90 a napkin! Let’s say your guest list is $100, then that’s $100 (I’m rounding up after tax). For us, $100 is something we just can’t afford for napkins, but we want cloth ones, so this is the best solution for us. I really don’t mind gathering the napkins and such. Even if some of them are stained beyond help, we saved a lot of money towards something else. I don’t mind putting in the time to help my sister save money, but I know everyone’s needs are different. 🙂