Post # 1
So our reception will be at a firehall, so needless to say the tables need to be covered. Im estimating we will have anywhere from 12-15 round 70in tables, and maybe anywhere from 6-8 long tables for everything else. We would like chair covers too, just so everything looks pulled together. Would it be cheaper to buy or rent linens? If you rented, how much did you spend?
Post # 2
The first step is to get a local quote for the rentals you need. Then you will be able to compare costs of purchasing.
You do need to be prepared though that you will have to iron your linens before the wedding, have a place to store them wrinkle-free after they are pressed, launder them after the wedding, then find a buyer. The additional cost when buying is your time and labor.
Despite all that, it is often less expensive to buy than rent. You will be able to sell them more easily, if you don’t pick too odd a color.
You can save even more by purchasing linens that have beeen used just once by another bride.
Post # 3
We purchased our table linens, and are considering purchasing chair covers. The tablecloths for 15 tables was $95 (linentablecloth.com) vs. $16 per tablecloth rented. This is in the Greater Seattle/Vancouver BC area
The downside is that they are not cotton, but the bright side is that they seem to be wrinkle resistant since I pulled a few out over Christmas weekend and they lay beautifully without ironing.
Post # 4
Just want to add that at this price point, I will likely donate to a charity shop afterwards instead of finding a buyer. However, I have heard from a few people that some venues will buy them off you.
Post # 5
I second linentablecloth.com !! We ordered a TON of our wedding stuff from them over their pre-black Friday sale. It actually turned out to be cheaper to buy them from there than rent them! Plus you can always resell them after the wedding to get some money back.