Tablecloths: renting vs. buying

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

I wouldn’t ever buy. The stress and hassle simply isn’t worth the small savings or no savings if I can’t find a buyer.

My time is valuable and the time it would take me to wash, fold, box, mail the table cloths it wouldn’t be worth it.

Also what happens if red wine is spilled? Or a messy dinner stain? Then you couldn’t sell it.

It would have to be a huge money maker for it to be worth it.

But people are different and would do all the work for 50 bucks.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

We are buying our’s. You do have to factor in the effort and time versus the money saved. We are getting a killer deal on purchase price (like $5-6 a tablecloth compared to renting for $9-16). The prep work before the wedding has been delegated. Also we will be keeping a large portion of them (or maybe even all) instead of trying to sell them. Our families typically host several events throughout the year so we will be contributing them to whomever is hosting the next event and they may be passed around accordingly. However, with such a big savings, it would be worth it even if we wanted to resell them and couldn’t find a buyer.

When renting, you also have to factor in the cost of cleaning if, in fact, something is spilled during their use. Some companies charge a substanial fee for cleaning or tell you that the linen must be replaced and charge a high replacement cost. At a friend’s wedding, red wine spilled on a couple tablecoths that she had rented for $12 each but the company insisted they be replaced for $25 each. So make sure you know what you’re getting into with your contracts. Linens can be pricey either way you go.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@andielovesj: except buying is cheaper than renting regardless of your ability to sell them after since it literally costs less money to buy them than to rent them. Its nuts, right?

Rental companies in my area: Between 14-20 per tablecloth, depending on size.

Buying online? 7-16.

 

Buying it is!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

I purchased mine and I think they were definitely worth it. I paid around $8 a piece for burnt orange linens, places I looked into were charging $15 a piece.

I ended up not ironing them, I just stuck a tablecloth with a wet towel in the dryer for 20 minutes to get the wrinkles out.  It took me an afternoon to do it all. I think the saving of $7 a linen was worth the time factor, but I’m a cheap ass 😉

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

My linens are included in my catering price, so I don’t need to worry about it, but when I was looking I decided I would only buy if it was cheaper than renting. I don’t want to have the hassle of the resell the destroyed linens, etc. Also, if you have an unusual coloured linen it can be much harder to sell than just a cream, ivory or white.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Roe: I agree…no matter if you resell them or not, you’ve still spent less money in the end.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

Even at buying at the cheapest end and renting the most expensive still isn’t that huge of a savings.  ~250 bucks.  The stress of having to get them ready, wash them, pack them up either sell them or give away isn’t worth it to me.  But obviously it is to some people.

Also who is setting them up, taking them down?  I also really try to not bring stuff into my house that I can’t use within 6 months.  I don’t want to store a bunch of table cloths for  use one day. 

 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I have been looking into buying too. I hadn’t factored in the cost of caring for them before and after, but I think the savings are still worth it. I calculated that I can buy cloths, overlays, and napkins for less than just renting tablcloths alone. So even if I end up donating after (which btw is a write off) I’m still far ahead.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@andielovesj: That’s definitely worth thinking about too. We are rearranging our closet space to house all the things I’m using for the wedding. We are making every effort to not let this “stuff” overrun our living space. I also have the luxury of being allowed to go into my venue about 4 days in advance to set everything up. I had looked at a place that would only let you in the morning of, so I know I’d have a challenge if I went with that one.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@andielovesj:  Hell, I don’t have $250 bucks to throw away due to lack of closet space! Thats how much my dress cost. 🙂

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2012

 

Since it is cheaper to buy them vs. renting, savings of 65% for me, I plan to get additional use out of them after the wedding. If can resell them all, fabulous, if not, then I will cut them up into curtains, runners, and possibly apply some fabric paint or use a screen print. Now that I know I will be getting all Donna Reed on the leftover cloths, I am sooo excited shopping around for cloths.

If you use your imagination and have the necessary tools, the ‘sky is the limit’ with what you can do with loads of leftover linens (too cheesy of a line?).

Hope this helps!

 

Anastasia

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I bought.  Even if I just tossed them after I would still have saved over 50% than if I had just rented them.  That is craziness.  My fiance didn’t want the hassle but I bought them anyway.  Weddings are soooooo expensive, might as well save where you can.  If I can’t sell them, I’ll just save them for the next friend/family member who gets married.

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