(Closed) Should I buy or rent tablecloths?

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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1217 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

If they are the same exact price then keep in mind that if you buy then and want to resell them, you’ll probably need to launder them, and that takes time and money. 

Post # 4
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3000 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

The ones we wanted were cheaper to buy, so we bought them. We were able to clean them all at home in our washer/dryer so no dry cleaning costs.

I still need to post them online since I want to sell them now!

Post # 5
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65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I bought mine.    I couldn’t justify the rental price.  I plan on reselling them on craigslist after the wedding. 

I got mine at cvlinens.com

 

Post # 6
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544 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@MsVoyageur:  This.

If it’s the same price, rent.  It’s not worth the torture to buy and resell. Not only do you have to iron them before you use them, unless you resell really cheap and make the next bride do the leg work of cleaning them, you’ll have to clean and iron a second time (we are giving ours to our venue in exchange for beer/wine).

I bought b/c my linens were quoted at $3k and I was able to buy for $800.  If I could have rented for $800-$1200, I probably would have as I’ve spent every night for the last week ironing/steaming/fluff drying table cloths, chair covers, sashes and runners.  And I’m only half done. 

Post # 7
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1217 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@kimberlyr22:  Dang girl I’m sorry, that sucks! I’m starting to worry about the napkins that I bought, but they were something like $40 for 150 napkins so I guess if it gets to be too much work to wash them all and iron them I will toss them or donate them to Goodwill. I guess the silver lining is there are tons of bees who will probably happily buy your linens from you! Good luck!

Post # 9
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890 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I bought some and the creases are horrible, I don’t know how I am gonna get them out. So I was just thinking to rent them. I am gonna try and see if I can wash them and get the creases out before I make my final decsion tho. I will let you know how hard it is to do this. lol.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

RENT. You do not want to have to deal with *ironing* every single table cloth, and then having to have lots of people help set them up, have lots of people help take them off the tables, and then wash/dry/iron and sell them. Not worth it!! Just rent them. You are definitely paying for a worthwhile service in that fee!

Post # 11
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544 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Jer72:  The creases come out of polyester tablecloths really easy if you throw them in the dryer on high for 20-30 minutes.  Then fold them in half (light fold) and take a gift wrap tube and roll up the linen.  It won’t be perfectly unwrinkled, but it won’t have creases, and a quick iron or steamer over the linen at the venue during set up will make it DIY perfect.

Post # 12
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121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I am renting mine from the caterer. They are like $6.00 a tablecloth.

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