Renting Table Linens….Or Consider Buying Them Cheaper

by admin on September 7, 2011

Linens such as chair covers, tableclothes, napkins, overlays, sashes and runners are either available through your caterer or reception facility or you can rent your own.  For the standard, usual rental linens, your local party rental store is the place to go.  BUT if you want really different linens, sometimes you have to go outside of your hometown to get the variety you crave.

Linen Hero is a unique online business which rents unusual and beautiful linens to its online customers.  You choose your linens from their online product pages, they are shipped to you in time for your event and they have a very specified way of arranging return of the dirty linens.   It’s definitely a creative way to get the creative, upscale linens suitable for your theme.

Renting even standard color and fabric linens can be expensive.  A typical rental fee for renting a tablecloth can start at $13.00 and go up from there.   But you do have a less expensive alternative…buying your linens!

During the planning stage for my daughter’s wedding last year, I found that I could buy round, floor length tablecloths to fit a 48″ round table for less than I could rent them.    So, I purchased 18 floor length, round, white tablecloths for about $13.00 each  from LinenTablecloth.com.  Compared to the $16.00 per cloth my local rental company wanted to charge me, this was a bargain.  I chose to keep mine and have since rented them out to friends for $4.00 each.  They got a bargain and I got a nice return on my money.   You could also resell them on Craigslist or eBay.  Man, I love this web business!

SmartyHadAParty.com and TableclothsFactory.com both also sell tablecloths at great prices but they do not currently have the 27 color choices that LinenTablecloths.com has.

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essie September 22, 2011 at 10:56 am

You may consider this tacky. In that case, don’t post it.

When I married the first time, my parents (per tradition) hosted it. At that time, my father’s business was not going well, so we (my family and I) did a lot of the work ourselves. I never even considered marrying anywhere else BUT the church I was brought up in and my natural choice for reception venue was the church dining hall. We held the wedding at 2 p.m. and prepared a buffet (finger foods) for the reception. Instead of buying or renting “real” tablecloths for the buffet, we went to the bedding department of a local store and bought flat sheets. Cheap, easy to clean, and “recyclable”. True, they didn’t have the rich shine of damask linens, but when you’re only on front of them long enough to pick up a nibble or two, does it really matter?

Another big money-saver? I wore my mother’s wedding gown! (Actually, I was the 4th bride to wear it; she had loaned it to 2 of her cousins who each married not long after she did.)

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Mabel October 5, 2011 at 11:45 pm

That is a great idea. If it’s for a buffet table, you can just put them over and put flowers or other decorations on the table!

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Wink-n-Smile November 7, 2011 at 11:07 am

I like this idea. Who said table cloths have to be damask?

And you can get such pretty patterns, too. Most tablecloths are solid colors.

Actually, you can even get flat sheets in silk or satin, so if you’re using rectangular tables (rather than round), this seems like a super idea, to me!

Did you know, you can use a flat sheet for the bottom sheet? It doesn’t have to be fitted. Fitted is just more convenient to put on the bed, but if you know how to tuck it properly, a flat sheet will do just fine. And a few safety pins works wonders.

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Adica September 24, 2011 at 9:01 pm

I felt I had to comment on this post because I actually used to work for Linen Hero in the sash department and in linen pressing. So if you rented chair sashes or linens during the summer of 2009, they could have been lovingly (not really, it was so hot) put away or pressed by me! But I definitely can attest to their having any kind of linen you could hope to find, including neon colors, cow print, and burlap (we never could figure out why anyone would want some of the ones they had). Oh, and just so you know, ball point pen doesn’t come out of white napkins as easily as you’d think it would, so I don’t really care how cute your cartooning skills are, keep them to yourself unless you have paper.

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Rei November 7, 2011 at 9:08 am

This is why paper bar napkins are for doodling, not linen napkins!

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Barbara October 6, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Actually there is an online store that has more colors, check out… TableclothsForLess.com

Tablecloths For Less

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