Post # 1
Buying linens is more cost effective than renting in my area. However, the color I want (silver gray) is a tad more pricey. If I can resell, then I would definitely purchase the color i want but if it’s a crapshoot, then I’d rather go with white or ivory (less expensive). Anyone had any luck reselling their linens?
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Post # 2
mrslionheart: I was debatting this as well… however, the thought of having to press/iron all of them is making me lean towards renting from the venue.
Post # 3
Yep, like the PP said, I looked at buying them too, and it would have been slighly more cost effective even without reselling them (but obviously I would try to resell), but then my coordinator made the point that the ironing of them right before the wedding is the tricky / annoying part. And so I think I’ve decided I’ll just rent and let someone else worry about the wrinkles. I am curious to hear if other people bought, and if so, how they handled the wrinkles / ironing.
Post # 4
Posting to follow! Thanks!
Post # 5
I bought 3 from an inexpensive place online, to use for showers for my daughters. After the first one, I gave them to my mother to clean; she loves doing laundry and has always been an ace at stain removal. When I went to put them on the tables for the 2nd shower, I noticed that they were spotty – they looked like grease spots. Luckily all the plates and servingwear covered them.
I had my Mom clean them a 2nd time and my goal of donating them to my familys’ church social room went out the window. They’ll now be used for housepainting drop cloths.
Post # 6
BrideK2Wings: MelissainNC: I agree with you ladies that having to worry about wrinkles was a concern of mine but I will have a ton of help that day, plus I’ll be saving nearly double the cost vs. renting.
Post # 7
Mine are still sitting in my spare room waiting for me to post them online… I’ll get around to it eventually!
As far as the wrinkles go, I bought polyester linens (they were way cheaper and didn’t look bad at all!) and just stuck them two at a time in the dryer on high for 15-20 mins, then draped them over the spare sofa and stacked them up. When we took them to the venue we rolled them up in one giant roll for the 30 min drive and then draped them over a table as soon as we could. It took a coulple days since we could only do it while we were home and were out of the house and busy a lot that week but it was worth it!
Napkins were folded the way I wanted them placed on the table as soon as they came out of the dryer and put in a box.
I saved a TON ($8-12 /tablecloth instead of $15-20) and I figure I can eventually make someone’s day by selling them for $5 a piece, easy. I bought them from Smartyhadaparty.com and Linentablecloth.com if anyone is interested.
As long as you pick a common color it shouldn’t be too hard to sell them in a decent sized area. (Like navy, ivory, grey, etc will sell much faster than a specific shade of say orchid or turquoise)
Post # 8
Unless the rental company includes steaming and setting up the table cloths they’ll still have creases and possibly some slight wrinkles. The ones I ordered were sage green ($8 to purchase vs. $20 for an ivory basic rental as we wanted floor drop) and came with no wrinkles just the creases from the fold. Nothing a steamer can’t get out. I haven’t tried to sell mine yet but if I can’t I’ll give them away to family members who were eyeing them up at the wedding.
Post # 9
I bought my tablecloths and chair covers from another bride, and had my sashes (green/purple) and overlays (green/purple) made for me in downtown LA’s fashion district. I was able to sell everything to other brides after my wedding in North Carolina.
Post # 10
I think another thing to consider would be that a color is probably going to be harder to sell than ivory or white, which will have a large potential buyer pool. Maybe do a basic color, with silver gray runners or centerpieces?
Post # 11
mrscali13: Geesh, I just came back to this thread to read the follow ups, and I have to say, I would have loved to purchase purple overlays in NC! Ugh.
I’m still undecided on what I’ll do. I was leaning toward renting, but now some of the PP are making me rethink that.
Post # 12
How was the wedding? In the end what did you decide to do? Any tips you could share?