Rent or Buy

I have been searching for linens for my reception. From what I have found it costs as much to rent as it does to buy. What did you do? I want Ivory tablecloths and napkins with Olive runners. I was weighing the pros and cons. If I buy them I can recoup some of.my money by reselling them but I dont know how hard it would be to resell.
Posted on January 5, 2014 at 4:36 pm
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missjess485
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 Does the venue offer anything in terms of tablecloths? Ivory seems like a color they would have, if they offer them at all and maybe you could save a little money that way.

I agree with your observation about renting costing as much as buying. If it was me, I'd buy them. Even if you can only resell a few of them, it is more money back to your pocket.

Posted on January 5, 2014 at 4:40 pm
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I don't know how hard it would be to resell.  For our wedding the florist vendor (which has everything!) provided our satin and specialty linens and the regular white linens the caterer provided those.  Perhaps you can negotiate to see if your vendors will pick up some of the cost for your linens. :)

Posted on January 5, 2014 at 4:43 pm
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Our venue offered linens for rental in all sorts of colors, Ivory was the standard and included free with every package so it was easy for me. I would do a small bit of research for cheap fabric and if I couldn't find something easily and for the right price, I would just rent. Poppy has the right idea, negotiate!

Posted on January 6, 2014 at 9:04 am
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Posted on January 7, 2014 at 6:03 am
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I ran into the same issue, and I ended going with throw-away 'Like Linen'...they feel like a giant paper towel but they look great! Then we bought fabric and dressed them up with runners in my colors, which wasn't too expensive. I was able to resell those.

I don't know how your venue is, but mine charged a LOT for cleaning fees if their linens got dirty (any kind of dirty, and hello - people are eating on them!) So this way the tables were covered, I saved money and it made clean up awesomely simple!

There are a few different types of the "Like Linen", and I was wary at first because people had some bad reviews, but they seriously aren't bad at all. It depends on important that aspect is to you I guess!

Posted on January 7, 2014 at 8:51 am
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to buy I would look at craigslist,  stumps party, oriental trading, amazon , ebay

then i would price compare with renting.

Posted on January 7, 2014 at 7:22 pm
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 To be honest, it just depends on the  number of guests and tables.  If you are able to find quality-looking table linens at a cost that fits in your budget, then purchase them. You just have to keep in mind that you will also be responsible for the pressing and prep of those items before their displayed at your reception. Best wishes!

Posted on January 9, 2014 at 12:38 pm

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