(Closed) Renting or buying linen?

posted 4 years ago in Decor
Post # 2
982 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: City, State

No, it’s not worth it. Save the money somewhere else.

Post # 3
106 posts
Blushing bee

I would highly recommend renting. Potentially you can save Money by buying and selling later, but frankly it is going to be tricky reselling that many used table linens. Most people don’t want second hand linens, unless you find another bride who might be interested. But if you really want to sell I’d use the app offer up. I use it all the time to sell anything I don’t use any more.

Post # 4
2107 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

We bought the lace table runners for our wedding and rented the napkins and few tablecloths we needed. The main dining tables where guests sat were beautiful wood so we just needed the lace runners, not whole tablecloths. It was significantly cheaper to just buy the lace than it was to rent it, and it wasn’t a hassle because we didn’t have to iron them. I would not have wanted to be the one responsible for ironing all those tablecloths and napkins. We folded all the napkins because I wanted them a specific way and that was enough torture!

Post # 5
2829 posts
Sugar bee

We rented.

I didn’t want to put up with the hassle of reselling 30+ sets of tablecloths, overlays and 300 napkins afterwards. yell

Post # 7
1349 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek

I also vote for renting. I was originally going to buy and resell our linens, but our caterer works closely with a rental company, and they were able to bring our linens to and from the venue for us. I don’t regret that decision at all! We had so much other stuff to pick up/return, and I didn’t have to deal with the hassle of trying to iron out the wrinkles.

Post # 8
4927 posts
Honey bee


Yes, you can buy cheaper than renting sometimes.  And you can hope to resell them.  But then you’re responsible for picking them up in them up off the tables at the end of the night, laundering them (many of which will likely be very stained with food and drink and require extra effort on your part or paying for professional laundering), and then hoping that someone wants the exact number you happen to have or risk never selling a few leftover or losing a sale because you don’t have enough.

When people talk about saving money, they often forget to factor in the cost of their time and stress.  If I can make the same amount of money that I could potentially save in fewer hours at my job than whatever DIY or buying/laundering/reselling project would take, then I’m going to work OT at my job and let someone else take care of that other stuff.

Post # 9
1258 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I bought them the first time around cuz renting was crazy compared to buying off of ebay. I ended up donating them to my florist as a thank you for her to use at other events.

Post # 10
9388 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

we purchased, as it was cheaper.  

I felt like crap throwing out the ones I couldn’t wash clean–felt SO wasteful.

Donated the ones we could clean.

Kept the ones we didn’t even open and use them as our napkins aroudn the house and tablecloth at big meals (when we rent a table or two to fit everyone).

Post # 11
464 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

The hassle of reselling for less than you bought just sounds like a headache to me.

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