Table linens make a large impact on your reception space- I cannot stress that enough- so don’t leave your decision on them to the last minute! If you are working with an event designer, they can guide you on what colour and design will complement the centerpieces you have decided on and the reception space you are using. Alternatively, a florist can also help you with your linen choice.
A few tips on choosing your linens:
- Yesterday, we took a look at playing with textures and patterns. Note that if you are going for textured linens – like one with rosettes for example- you need to think about how the centrepieces and other table items will sit on them since the surface will not be completely flat.
- Make sure you know the size, shape and number of tables you need (including the cake table, escort card table, buffet stations etc.) before you contact a linen rental company. Measurements are also important to consider if you are using non-standard table sizes. It’s also a good idea to know beforehand whether your linens will need padding or an overlay.
- Consider renting one set of linens to create a sample table for a mock-up with a chair and/or chair décor or cover, centerpiece(s), napkins etc. to help you visualize what the reception will look like.
- If you are having a wedding which will start in the day and continue into the night, you will be switching from natural daylight to artificial light. These lighting changes can have an impact on the look of your linens so bear that in mind.
- Have a few extra linens available in case of any dreaded emergency!
- Ask the right questions- find out if the company you are renting the linens from will be setting them up and/or taking them down as well, what times the delivery and pick-up will be and the associated costs, if any, with that service. You also need to know what fees will be charged for lost or damaged linens.
- Request samples but keep in mind that the linens you get may vary slightly from the actual sample – you should find out from the company how often new linens are purchased because wear and tear is definitely a factor. Also – colours and fabric types across linen companies will have variations as well– this is another reason requesting sample swatches can be handy!