I hear a lot of people wondering which is more cost effective…renting or buying supplies and décor for their wedding. To be honest, it all depends. One can save you valuable time while the other might save you some money in the long run. How about we break it down comparing linens?
Especially around the holidays, you can find amazing deals on buying tablecloths (check out www.linentablecloth.com) Quite often you can find linens for as low as around $5 a piece for a basic white or black. Normal, non-holiday sale pricing is closer to $12 a piece. A couple of things to keep in mind with linens would be the shipping cost as well as washing and drying them and de-wrinkling them.
I would definitely recommend that you wash, dry and hang your linens up before your event. Hopefully that will save you the hassle of trying to iron all the obnoxious creases and wrinkles out of them the night before your wedding like I did.
If you were to rent your linens, most places in the Portland area run right around $7-$12 a piece for basic white or black, depending on size and shape. You’ll most likely have a refundable cleaning/security deposit to pay to cover any damages to the linens, but those should be the only fees coming up. They’ll come already cleaned and ironed, so all that you have to do is worry about returning them to the rental place after your wedding.
To buy (on sale): 10 - 90” white rounds @ $4.55 a piece= $45.50 + $10 s/h = $55.50 + 4 hours of laundry total
To rent (from us): 10 – 90” white rounds @ $8.50 a piece = $85.50
So while it’s less expensive to buy linens at the extreme sale price than it is to rent, you also have to ask yourself how much is your time worth?
I could go on with various rental items like place settings and décor. But it’s all going to boil down to the fact that you might find a better deal if you buy, as long as you take the time to do your research for the best deal. Rentals will definitely save you time and energy, which can be just as valuable as money when you’re busy planning a wedding.