Tablecloths & Napkins: Is buying them really worth it?

posted 7 months ago in Decor
Post # 2
2069 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

Our venue includes tablecloths, but we are buying the napkins, as it was cheaper to buy over rent. The way I look at it is if we save them and resell them, we can recoup some of the costs, if they are destroyed or pitched, we still saved money over renting them. Our DOC’s agreed to gather them up for us and just put them in a large garbage bag at the end of the night. We will attempt to wash and resell. 

Post # 3
749 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2019 - Country/barn

Our venue charges $2 per table so were renting from them. We’ll only have 12 tables and I couldn’t find them for that price or cheaper online to buy. 

Post # 4
212 posts
Helper bee

When I hosted my sister’s baby shower, I looked into renting tablecloths but ultimately decided to buy them because it was cheaper. It turned out awesome. I say go for purchasing them, since it’s cheaper than what your venue charges to rent. See what their return policy is incase you’re unhappy with them. I’m sure you can have them dry cleaned after to re-sell, and even if they’re left in poor condition and you’re unable to sell, you’ll still have saved money.

Post # 5
745 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - City, State

youmaysayimadreamer :  I read a blog post from a wedding planner that tried to do this with her own wedding,. She stated the reason renting is better than buying is because when you buy them yourself, you will need to wash, iron and fold all of them yourself which can bevery time consuming and the ironign can be exhausting depending on the type of fabric. Then you’ll need to do the whole process a second time if you intend to sell them after.

I am DIY-ing most of my weddign decor, so I was thinking of doign the same, purchasing and re-selling. However after looking into I decided aginst purchasing the tablecltohs and only purchased the napkins second hand from another bride.For those I plan to host a little wine and dine party for my bridesmaids and have them help me fold them all and insert my DIY menu cards.

As well, I am located in Canada, so in my searching I actually found is was cheaper to rent them than buy them! Buying them would cost me around $16 each and renting is only $11.

Post # 6
2493 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

We spent $2600 on linen rentals and IMO, it’s so much easier than buying.  It wasn’t worth it to me to try and re-sell 34 tablecloths, overlays and 300 napkins.

Post # 7
812 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Farm

youmaysayimadreamer :  We purchased our linens from It was worth it to me. We will be reusing the table cloth for an anniversary party for his parents in November. We purchased linens with the thought we would save and reuse them and we will. 

Post # 8
2527 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

We rented ours but for the 3 highboy tables we rented we ended up buying the tableclothes because our caterer didn’t have the correct size. Was it worth it? Hell no. It was a pain in my ass trying to steam/iron them to get the kinks out. I would definitely pay more to not have to do that! lol 

Post # 9
930 posts
Busy bee

youmaysayimadreamer :  Buy for half the price to rent? Youre already at a win. And if you sell most of them and not all of them, youd be alsready saving more money than renting them out. I think a few tablecloths/napkins will be sirty, but easily cleaned. I cant imagine them all ruined. 

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