Table linens are as beautiful as they are functional, conveying the theme of your event while protecting tables and creating inviting visual appeal. The linens you select for your wedding set the creative tone, style, and theme of your special day. One of the most underappreciated benefits of cloth table linens is that they reduce background noise by absorbing and softening sound. This is especially helpful with small spaces. Using table linens instead of single-use tablecloths and napkins is an eco-friendly choice as single-use items usually end up in the landfill. Purchasing specialty linens is expensive, especially when you add in the cost of storing and laundering them. Many brides consider table linen rentals, allowing them to choose from a linen vendor’s inventory of countless fabric types, colors, and textures. Here are some things to keep in mind when considering table linen rentals.

Material Type and Color

Table linens are manufactured in a variety of materials, including cotton, polyester, satin, damask, taffeta, and linen. For formal events like weddings, consider a specialty fabric such as silk or organza. Linens can also include decorative elements like lace, sequins, and tulle. Consider your wedding theme and personal preferences when choosing a material for your table linens.

The color you choose for your linens should be finalized after you have decided on your décor and chair rentals. There are a variety of ways you can use your linens to represent your color scheme, and your linen vendor can help you with this. Since your table décor will be the first thing your guests see when they enter the room, go bold with a variety of colors, textures, and patterns and choose something that reflects your personality as a couple to create a memorable impression. Consider other popular linen rentals such as runners or sashes, ribbons, cushions, and covers for your guest chairs.

Size Matters

When it comes to tablecloths, creating the perfect drop and drape depends on selecting the correct size table linen for your tables. Drop is the distance from the top of the table to the hem of the linen. Drape is the way in which the linens fall or hang. Generally speaking, the more formal your event, the longer drop you should plan for. If you are considering table linen rentals, the linen vendor you choose should be able to order the correct size linens for your tables to accommodate the drop and drape you desire. In order to do this, however, the linen vendor will need to know how many tables you will need linens for, the size and shape of the tables, and the drop and drape you prefer. Follow the steps below to prepare a complete list of every table you will have to share with the linen vendor:

  • Finalize your guest list.
  • Find out what guest table size(s) and shape(s) will work best in your venue.
  • Select the right number of tables to seat all of your guests.
  • Include a table for your cake, gifts, guest book, and all food and drink stations.

The little things, such as a lovely napkin fold, can have a big impact on making your wedding tables picture perfect. Your linen vendor can help you select the right size for the fold you choose.

Plan Ahead

Try to pin down the specific color and design as soon as possible and reserve your table linen at least four to six months in advance in order to get what you want. If you find that your local vendors can’t provide the linens you had in mind, you will still have time to rethink your design. Choose a company that manufactures their linens in-house. If they are sold out of the color and design you want, they may be willing to manufacture it for you at no additional charge. Be sure to review the contract thoroughly and be on the lookout for hidden fees. Make sure to ask about the vendor’s delivery and return policy.

Table Linen Rentals at Parties To Go

Parties To Go can help you with table linen rentals! Our consultants can assist you in choosing the right linens for your wedding, combining your vision with their skills and access to a large inventory of linens in a variety of colors and patterns. We are confident that your wedding will be the event you have been dreaming about. Please give us a call today to request a quote in time for your big event!