(Closed) Linens: Buy vs Rent

posted 6 years ago in Decor
Post # 2
4037 posts
Honey bee

If you’re putting on and taking off the chair covers, it is really time consuming. Is the rental place doing that for you? (P.S. If you buy, white would be easier to sell).

I bought tablecloths for my daughter’s baby shower online. They were having a clearance sale. I’ll also use them for her sister’s future shower, and then she can use them for her annual picnic. They were $13.15 each to rent locally and $6.09 to buy at http://www.linentablecloth.com/

  • This reply was modified 5 years, 10 months ago by  2XMOB.
Post # 3
1066 posts
Bumble bee

I will be buying my tablecloths from smartyhadaparty.com for 8.99 each and shipping will be free since I’ll be spending over x amount (napkins from here are super cheap too). The least I found to rent in my area was $12 each so at these prices it’s a no brainer to buy. I also think it’ll be easy to sell either on craigslist or in the classifieds here, I know I combed them looking for what I needed before choosing to buy!

Post # 4
47430 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think it is an individual decision on what is best for each couple. The cost isn’t the only factor though. When you buy, you do have to iron everything before use, transport to the venue, place everything yourself or get someone to do that for you, take everything away from the venue (many venues want it done the same day, some within one hour of the end of your reception), launder and press everything again.

Post # 5
382 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: Cottage on the Creek

buying is cheaper but:

1) its way harder to sell things online than people think. it may take a LONG time and a low price.

2) you have to trasport, iron, put out, wash, and clean up. 

Post # 6
319 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015 - Old Mill Boathouse

Because the hashtag for my wedding is elbowgreasenotgreen I decided to buy, used, off of Craigslist.  Now this was a challenge in that I hadn’t picked my colors but when I found a deal that was really good, I jumped on it, and my colors were chosen for me.  (Grey and Ivory…I’ve decided to add Navy to that). I got a ton load of table cloths, and while some are stained I plan to open them up and spot treat all the used ones (some weren’t even used) and wash them again as well as spot treat the napkins (Maybe 40 out of 168 of them…).

I got all of my linens three huge boxes of them, for 300 dollars (she originally paid over 600 for them, with the receipt to prove it) as well as a ton of wedding decor I may or may not use.

I don’t mind putting in the work to save the money but there are some perks and some negs to doing it DIY, for sure.

I plan to sell them after washing and spot treating again for likely around 200 – 250 dollars depending on if I add more decor to the bundle.  I’m hoping somebody will want them as long as I keep them nice looking.

Post # 7
149 posts
Blushing bee

I just wanted to add that even if you do rent your linens, our rental company charges for table/chair set up and take down in addition to the cost of renting the linens. Just something to add to the calculus. 

Post # 8
1754 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I would probably buy the table clothes, but rent the chair covers. You don’t want to carry around all those chair covers, and I imagine they’d be hard to fold without wrinkles if you didn’t know what you were doing. But tablecloths are relatively simple, and I feel like way more people might buy tablecloths, whereas chair covers are only used for weddings really (at least in my experience), and only some of the time. 

Post # 9
205 posts
Helper bee

In bought linens for less than $7 per table, so even if I donate them instead of selling I save money compared to the $10 rental fee.

Post # 10
446 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

You could always contact a smaller venue, like a B&B that hosts events, to see if they’d like to purchase them after your wedding. If you rent there’s delivery and pick-up fees and if you ask them to set them up there’s a fee for that too. But if you buy then you have to clean them and get them off of your hands. But, if you have a great wedding coordinator, your venue is willing to include it in set-up, or you have friends/family that will help, putting purchased linens in place won’t be a big deal. My personal opinion is that for simple linens, it’s probably smarter to buy, but that’s only if you can get rid of them on the back end.

Post # 12
928 posts
Busy bee

I rented because our caterer gave them to us at cost. Table clothes were like $1.25 to rent and napkins were like 13 cents. We did have to put them out ourselves but I was able to do that the Monday before our wedding. It was much cheaper for us to rent than buy.

Post # 13
47430 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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MexiPino:  It depends on where you rent. Some venues rent linens and the fee includes set-up and removal. Some don’t.

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