5 Things You Need to Know When Choosing Wedding Tablecloths
If you are planning a wedding, chances are this is the first time you have planned an event that size. The amount of decisions to make and the options out there can be very overwhelming! When trying to figure out your decor and determine what type of tablecloths you should order, here are a few things to keep in mind:
This if often the most important factor you need to take into consideration when choosing tablecloths. Because there is such a wide variety of fabrics and styles, table linens range greatly in price. Floor length tablecloths can range from $10-$150 or more. So when working with an event designer, it is best to be upfront about your budget so they can make the best recommendations. Linens don’t have to be expensive and if you look at how much bang for your buck you can get, many peole will opt for floor length tablecloths. (For a 150 person event, with 8 people at a table, you could rent any color floor length tablecloths from us for only $225. That’s only $1.50 per person and it can really make a large impact!)
To Rent or Not to Rent
You may have found a way of purchasing really cheap linens or borrowing them from a family member or friend. For people who are very concerned about the bottom line, this can be a great thing! However, there are a few things to keep in mind: Stains, Wrinkles, Quality and Time. If someone is giving or loaning tablecloths to you, they were probably used to eat on and then washed with regular laundry detergent. This can mean that they may have stains. And often, these stains can be extremely difficult to get out without heavy-duty commercial laundry products. Also, whether you are getting tablecloths from someone you know or buying them cheap online, you will need to iron them. It is often easy to overlook that part. And I can tell you from personal experience, ironing a 10′ long tablecloth is difficult and time consuming, especially when you don’t have the right equipment. You can expect to spend about 15 to 20 minutes at least per linen. If this is the route you need to go to make it work, that is totally understandable! But before you commit to this, just make sure that you understand what is involved. And keep in mind, that if you are finding them really cheap on some website, they are probably not very good quality. We don’t want to see anyone stressed out before their big day because of these unforeseen challenges. You may find that it is worth a little extra money not to have to worry about it.
Size and Shape
120, 132, 90×156…What do these numbers mean?? Tablecloths typically come in two shapes, round and rectangular, and in a variety of sizes . When you ask for a quote on tablecloths, you will need to know what size and shape tables you have and how many. Here’s a quick guide for floor length linens (which we always recommend!):
Cocktail Tables-These tables are usually either 30″ or 36″ wide and 42″ tall. A standard cocktail tablecloth is a 120″ round but if you would like to tie it, then you would need a 132″ round tablecloth.
Guest Tables-Standard tables at a reception are typically 60″ (8 top) or 72″ (10 top) rounds. When I say 8 top, I mean 8 people per table. You can squeeze in up to 10 people, but 8 is optimal. A 72″ table can fit up to 12, but 10 is recommended. Smaller 48″ tables are commonly used for cake tables or sweetheart tables. (A table that only the bride and groom are sitting at)
48″ Tables- 108″ Round Linens
60″ Tables- 120″ Round Linens
72″ Tables- 132″ Round Linens
Banquet Tables-Often used for buffets, sweets tables, head tables, gift tables, placecard tables and sometimes for guest tables, these are normally 6′ or 8′. When planning seating, assume 2′ of space per person. So 6′ tables can seat 3 on each side, 6 total.
6′ Tables-90″x132″ Rectangular Linens
8′ Tables-90″x156″ Rectangular Linens
Fabric, Patterns and Color
Polyester, satin, sequins and more! The options are endless! As I mentioned before, the basic fabric for tablecloths is a polyester. This is very versatile, a great budget choice and still can make a big impact! If you would like to add some more elegance at a still more moderate price range, look at a satin or a pintuck. Beyond those, you have taffetas, faux burlaps (which sound rustic but are actually a beautiful, soft, natural linen), jaquards, lace, sequins and more. Typically, your highest priced tablecloths will be certain types of lace or embroidered cloths and those that are covered in sequins. Love the look but are concerned about the price? Then use these linens for your specialty tablecloths such as head tables or cake tables. It’s a great way to add a beautiful focal point! it’s important to remember that the color and fabric of your linens should reflect the style of your wedding. The linens can really set the tone for the wedding so choose carefully and with purpose and make them work for you!
Once you have the basics figured out, play around with napkins, table runners, chair covers and tableskirts! These options can all add a lot of variety to the decor and you can mix and match colors, patterns and fabrics. Using a basic polyester tablecloth but want to add ever more visual interest? Top it off with an eye-catching overlay, runner or add complimentary colored napkins. Chair covers can really finish it off. Have some fun with it!
I hope I have shown you that table linens don’t need to be intimidating, complicated or break the bank. They are the number one thing I recommend to spice up your decor. Setting the tone for your event, they really can express your style! So check out all the great options out there and hopefully now you will be a little more prepared as you do your search! Contact us to learn more about the tablecloth options we offer (there are a lot!)