Published at Sunday, November 10th 2019. by Hyo-Sonn Jeon in table_linens.
Renting custom linens can run into big money, but there are a few minor changes that a bride can make to her tables that will not cost an arm and a leg. The best way to add style on a budget is to keep the standard white tablecloths, then dress them up with specially chosen accessories. A square table topper can be placed over the white cloth on a round table to add color and even texture. Renting table toppers will be far less expensive than comparable tablecloths in the same fabric. In fact, since they are simple squares, they can be very easy for the diy bride to sew herself. When you make them yourself, you will be able to use a very unique fabric, such as a shimmery organza with embroidery for an evening wedding or a cheerful gingham for an afternoon reception.
Another easy addition to your wedding table is fun napkins. Whether you choose to rent special tablecloths to match or to combine interesting napkins with the basic white linens, they can easily add a burst of color to your reception. Select napkins that tie in with your centerpieces and other wedding details in some way. Let is say that the bride has chosen to fill the vases of her centerpieces with faux pearls to coordinate with the style of her pearl tin cup necklace; napkins delicately beaded with seed pearls would be gorgeous. Or perhaps you are trying to match not your pearl tin cup necklace, but the fabulous hot pink of your roses. Napkins in the same hue would be a lovely accessory. If your primary wedding color is a bit too bold for napkins, look for a pattern which has that color mixed with another.
To store your linens, make sure that you let them get some air. You can install a hanging rod high up in your linen closet and hang them on specialty linen hangers, large pants hangers, blanket hangers, or comforter hangers. A non-slip bar is preferred. If you fold your linens, store them in a pillowcase or other breathable bag. Never store linen in an airtight container or plastic.
When thinking about buying your first set of table linens and you begin your search, it immediately becomes apparent that there are two approaches. The first is to simply go out and buy whatever is available. This may work in the short run, but beware; you may soon regret your purchase within a few washings. The hem may begin to pull out. The cloth may pull out of shape. The color may fade and change to a hue you can no longer tolerate. Unless you are going to use the linens for a picnic or two this is a waste of time and money.
This means when it comes to choosing the custom linen rentals that you need for your function, you will have a variety of different options to choose from and you can easily find selections that will coordinate with the theme of the rest of your event. If you have already chosen a theme for your special event, such as a party, or a graduation event, or even a wedding reception, then it will be easier for you to select the linens you want because they will be the quality, theme, style and color you and your planner desire.
If budget permits, replacing the basic white tablecloths for your reception will gain you the maximum impact. Think how much more elegant champagne colored tablecloths in an opulent brocade would look than plain white. Or how much more cheerful yellow linens would be. Do not overlook the possibility of tablecloths with an appealing texture, like a rich dupioni. The attention to detail you give your table linens will have a huge effect on the overall style of your wedding reception.
While this may seem unnecessarily complex, it is not. A little thought, a bit of careful selection and an eye for creative atmosphere, and you will have a successful table which should last. Who knows, even your children may be able to use the tablecloth when they have children. What memories this will create.
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