(Closed) Renting vs. Buying Linens

posted 5 years ago in Decor
Post # 2
434 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

We originally were renting a few thing and changed our minds. We could cancel 5 days before the event so it was no big deal. So just check your contract. We too found buying was cheaper. We might even be able to sell the lot afterward.

Flower, It is common for brides to change there mind so I would not worry about hard feelings. Plus it should all be in the contract. It’s your day so get what you want.

Post # 3
104 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I agree; check your contract. But with them saying that you can adjust the numbers later on, it should be no big deal. 


We did kind of the same thing: originally put in for no napkin, yes chargers, chair covers, etc… then changed to yes napkins, no chargers. No biggie! We found the chargers online to buy for less! So we’re going to try and sell them after the wedding (after keepig a few, of course! They’re cute!). 

Post # 4
109 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

Keep in mind that it’s actually hard to sell linens (and other items) after wedding.  I belong to this wedding swap/sell group and these 5 women have been trying to sell their linens for almost 2 years now.  

Also, most decorators will NOT organize anything that you have not rented from them so you’ll need to ensure someone will be setting things up at the venue.

Maybe buy a couple that you know that you will use after the wedding and rent the rest.

For me, buying (not just linen but other stuff as well) was a savings of $200 but for ease of convenience, we opted to rent instead. 

Post # 5
3419 posts
Sugar bee

Just read the contract to see when and if you can cancel items.

I agree with Kat99 – I bought our tablecloths and napkins online and then resold them. Yes, it was less expensive than renting. However, it was a pain in the butt to wash, fold, transport and sell. I would have rather just spent the money on rentals, AND I was trying to not spend a lot of money on the wedding.

Post # 6
3026 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I bought instead of renting. I figure it will be easy to use for future events. Or we’ll just give them away as I’m not stressed about getting money back from selling them.

The only person that can advise how to alter your contract, if possible, is the company themselves. I would ask them.

Post # 7
1118 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

We found our linens for 75% less than the rental company was renting them for so we bought them. We are going to try to sell them but if we aren’t able to we still saved money by buying them. Check the contract and see if you can change it or get some money back if you don’t want to rent anything anymore. 

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