17.3.09

the "L" word...

Let's talk about the "L Word".....
no, not 'love'- LINENS!

And how my potential rental company thinks they can charge 30 to rent a plain white tablecloth, can't I actually purchase them at that price? No, you can't- you can actually purchase them for much cheaper, like $17. Hello? That's almost half off and I would own it! But what would I do with 20 tablecloths after our wedding, storage is key in the Glossy household and apparently tablecloths en masse weigh a ton. I've never held 20 tablecloths but they must be pretty beefy if people are looking to charge me $140 for shipping and handling.
So, in true Miss Gloss fashion, my mind immediately jumps to 'How can I make this work for less $$$'.

Option #1: Rent from a linen rental company. Cost- $9.99! Seemed reasonable until they tacked on $140 for S&H (to and from included).

Option #2: Make them. I can get a 15yd. Bolt of muslin at Jo Ann fabric for $107, if I waited for a 50% off coupon that would be around $13/table. And maybe I could do 'in-store pick-up' to avoid S&H charges. I don't think muslin would look terrible with our design scheme, but it might need to be tested.

Option #2.5: Buy 45" wide fabric and have a seam down the middle. We will have runners down the centers of the tables so you wouldn't see the seam except at the ends hanging down, which would be drape-y anyways. I would just need to locate some fabric for like $.99/yd. (which hasn't happened yet) putting each table at around $9, around $14 if the fabric was $1.50/yd.

Option #3: Give up on floor length tablecloths. The smaller tablecloths are only $7/8 to rent from our rental company. Would you really notice if they didn't go to the floor with all the chairs pushed in? Also remember we are outside- maybe it would be normal to have shorter ones?

What do you guys think? How important are floor length linens?

4 comments:

Christy said...

I think floor length is only as important as you make it. Especially if you are going to be outside, shorter linens might be more comfortable for everyone. It's all about what YOU want and are comfortable with!

Amber said...

We have a local rental company so I am avoiding the S&H charges (thankfully) and because we are on lawn not flooring we are only doing 3/4 tablecloths. When the chairs are set you don't notice that they don't touch the floor.

My mom did buy the tablecloths we used for my brother & SIL's wedding. In fact we reuse them all the time for family dinners, baby showers, birthday parties, ect.

AmyJean said...

This is a good question. I don't think i'd notice it unless it was pointed out to me. Why are linens so expensive? I think we're looking at about $13 a pop too...
RelentlessBride

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