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?