(Closed) Linens!!?? Rent vs. Buy, what did you do?

posted 6 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
8 posts
  • Wedding: December 2011

When I got married we ran into similar problems. We found that it was a lot cheaper to buy some of the things rather than rent them. We did end up renting the linens though, we found a great deal in the city we got married in that we just couldn’t pass up. But, I looked and looked for a good but inexpensive place to rent them from. In my opinion, if you can get them for cheaper if you buy them you should do that. Lots of places have packages (at least here) where you can get like, the linen, overlay and 8 chairs for $35. I would shop around if you haven’t already. 

If you’ve already looked as much as you can and you’ve found some for the same price, I think I would still go with renting, just because it’s easier– they might be higher quality from an event planner also. Just my opinion, though. I hope this helps! 

Post # 4
290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Our caterer provided white linens, but we wanted navy so we looked into renting. 

It was going to cost us $17.50 each for 60″ rounds and $25.00 each for 72″ rounds. We purchased them for less than 1/2 the cost of renting them. Ideally, we’d be able to sell them after the wedding, but we still come out ahead if we aren’t able to sell them.

Post # 6
516 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I found that in some cases it was cheaper to purchase linens as it was to rent them.  My venue has white linens and so I will use the white linens and napkins with colored overlays for the dining tables, ceremony table, and cake table.  I bought the overlays from cvlinens.com this weekend.  They are having a 10% off sale and free shipping for orders over $75.  Plus the overlays in my colors were on clearance for $10!  I was able to get nicer linens for a abouth half the price of renting! 

Post # 7
1715 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Our venue provided white linens so where using the table cloths and renting chair covers at a great price through someones home business however we are making all the table scarves and napkins as well as buying charger plates oh and making chair sashes.

Post # 8
796 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I actually scoured the classifieds section here on the bee. Somehow I found a bee near me with the colors I wanted and was able to get the linens at a fraction of the cost. Bonus, she had more guests than me, so I’m able to re-purpose the chair shashes into decorations and fabric flowers 🙂 

Post # 9
10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

We rented. Have you thought about the fact that you have to wash and press all thoe hundreds of pieces of linens? In manpower and laundry usage alone, renting is worth it! It was such a small part of the budget that we really felt all the extra work of buying wasn’t worth it.

Also, consider how much stuff you will need to set up before the wedding. WHo will be doing all of it? Since you aren’t renting, you’ll have to have someone (who isn’t you – you won’t have time, I promise) lat out every single table cloth, put on every single chair cover, fold and place every single napkin. It could take hours if you don’t have a lot of people helping at once!

Post # 10
141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We bought AND rented.  Sometimes it’s much cheaper to buy, especially with runners, chair covers, and sashes.  We rented our table cloths.


We were given this website to check out by a friend, and it really is excellent.




We saved a lot of money using this site.  

Post # 11
11 posts
  • Wedding: October 2012

I know I’m definitely buying my napkins. It was going to be .60/ white napkin (extra for color) to rent. At http://www.tableclothesfactory.com I can get yellow and green (which are my wedding colors) for .52 a napkin! I’m still deciding on the table clothes.

Post # 12
525 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m buying everything!  Even the salt and pepper shakers but my area has a Brides to Brides sale every year and I’m going to get a table there to try and off the stuff.  I’ll be happy to get a third or half what I paid.

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