Ok people, what’s the deal? Why the boring white table linens at every wedding and party? Sure, they’re usually the cheapest standard option, because most venues have ample supplies, but that doesn’t mean they’re the best…or that you can’t find a better option yourself.
Here’s the deal: your average tablecloth costs about fifteen dollars to hire, which means for a wedding of eighty people you’re spending $150 just on tablecloths. Then you’ve got runners, napkins, and chair sashes and/or covers—most of which you can hire in run-of-the-mill shades to match your (yawn) white tablecloths. Rough estimate, you’re looking at close to $500 for a standard package.
OR…you could take that $500 to a nearby fabric store, find some pretty fabric that goes nicely with your theme, and get a seamstress—possibly a craft friend who would work for free—to whip you up ten tablecloths and matching runners and sashes. Unless you’re shelling out for silk (in which case you can probably afford the crazily-priced rentals), you’re probably unlikely to spend more than a couple hundred on materials, and you’ll immediately add some zing to the tables. Add the fact that you can garner some cash back post-wedding by selling your pretties on to another party-thrower, via eBay, and there’s really no reason not to, is there?
Oh, and don’t worry, just because you now have pretty table linens doesn’t mean you can’t accessorise them with lots of pretty things. Here are a couple of my absolute favourite non-white linen settings: