The internet is a sea of threads weighing the pros and cons of purchasing linens versus renting tablecloths and linens. Which is ultimately better? The answer can vary depending on an individual and their event. The great news is we’ve read the articles so we can help you plan and make the most of your big day! Rental tablecloths and linens have similar price points as purchased linens. The decision to buy or rent becomes a matter of value rather than strictly dollar for dollar.
We’re happy to present the most complete, exhaustive, at-a-glance guide to help you make an informed decision!
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Although it can be only the matter of a few dollars, purchasing tablecloths and linens is the more economical choice if you’ll have any reason to reuse in the future. From family birthdays to a family member’s future wedding, You never know when they may come in handy. Purchased linens can also resold to recoup expenses; from eBay to wedding forums, there are many resources online to resell linens. A benefit to rental companies, is they usually take care of setting up the tablecloths and linens and cleaning afterward. This alleviates the party planner of the burden of cleanup. If you’re purchasing your own linens, be sure to have friends willing to help set up and break down!
Quality is often the determining factor for what linens are used on your big day, which usually falls in favor of rental companies. It’s important to do research on the company you intend to buy from, or rent from, and find key information out. When browsing other sites to purchase linens from you may notice that their GSM is lower; the lower the GSM, the more the fabric of a product is tone to tearing, ripping, snags, and they’ll overall be more lightweight and less opaque. At CV Linens, we only sell high GSM products that have truly set the industry standard, and are actually used to supply to several rental companies. There is a good chance you could end up renting a tablecloth that originated from CV Linens!
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When you rent linens, you are at the mercy of the selection offered by the rental company.You may have seen a Satin Rosette on Pinterest that you love, but chances are it may not be offered in the color or sizes you need, let alone that they may already be rented out for the day you need them. The options for customization are limitless when you purchase linens! You have the option to purchase additional items a rental company may not have; if you want Glitz, a rental company may only have tablecloths and runners, but with purchasing through CV Linens you’ll be able to find napkins, chair covers, chair bands, backdrops, and table overlays in addition to the tablecloths and table runners. With a multitude of colors, patterns, and material choices, you can create the exact look you’re trying to cultivate!
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Who doesn’t like getting money back? Resale is absolutely an option when you purchase linens! Keep an eye on our blog to learn how to sell your used linens and wedding decorations with our resale guide. We recommend resale sites like Ebay, Tradesy and OnceWed. As we mentioned earlier, purchased linens can also be used again and again for several occasions. This will give you a fantastic return on your investment! Never underestimate the potential of the linens from your wedding to be repurposed for baby showers, birthday parties, or to bring a touch of style to any event! This will give you one less thing to worry about.
A lesser known cost of rental linens includes cleaning. Like all other rentals, linens need to come back in the condition you received them in. Yikes if you’re working with white linens! If you’re not worried about cleaning fees, rentals are definitely still an option for you. If you think cleaning may stress you out during your event purchasing tablecloths and linens may be a better option. You can relax knowing a spilled drink or cake disaster won’t cost you an additional charge. Cleaning purchased linens falls under the responsibility of the owner. Don’t let that deter you! Our care guide makes cleaning a snap. We’re always happy to answer a call or email about how to specifically care for your linens.
By addressing these concerns from forums and sites, it appears that purchasing linens is the better choice. If you’re looking to save money, cop the style you crave, while worrying less; purchasing is your best bet. If you’re not too stressed on pricing and cleaning, and want the ease of someone setting it up, renting may be the more viable option for your event. No matter what path you choose to take, at CV Linens we want to help ensure you have the best options to suit your needs!