Post # 1
Hi Weddingbee-ers, I need help! A year ago, I picked out all of my linens with a nearby wedding rental company. They drew up a contract and I signed and paid the down payment to lock it in. They said numbers could be adjusted once we figured out guest count closer to the wedding.
Now that I’m a little savvier and fully realize how much all of this wedding stuff adds up, I see that I could buy some of the items brand new from wholesaling sites for the same amount (or less!) that the company charges to rent them. It seems silly to pay that much when I could buy them brand new and potentially sell them after the wedding. I’ll still rent all of the guest table tablecloths from them, which is a majority of the contract and more than my down payment, as I’d rather not deal with pressing them and all that. It’s the napkins and head table luxurious tablecloths that I’d like to buy myself.
My question is, do I have to rent all of our linens from that company, or can I purchase some myself and have them revise the contract? I have the same question about my florist, who also happens to be the day-of coordinator. We’re getting all of the ceremony and reception flowers from her, but I’d prefer to buy silk flowers for the wedding arbor we’re using during the ceremony. I don’t want to be insulting by not using real flowers through her, but this is also a lot of money we’re paying and want to recover costs wherever possible.
Post # 2
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
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
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
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
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
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.