Whether you are hosting an engagement party or wedding reception, there are always a lot of details to take care of. However, while booking a location and deciding the menu are important, too many event planners forget about table linens or leave them as an afterthought.
Neglecting this detail is unfortunate, as having the right tablecloths, overlays, and other items can really bring an event to life. Not only do table linens allow you to make visually impressive displays, but they are one of the best mediums for planners and brides to infuse a unique style, mood, or personality into their event.
Here are some of the top tips to keep in mind when selecting the perfect table linens.
Incorporate Colors and Textures
Going with white, black, or ivory table linens is a classic and will always be a very traditional and safe choice. However, if magenta or aqua blue speaks to you, then go for it.
Don’t be afraid to choose colors, especially if they match the color scheme you have in mind. The same applies for textures. There are many beautiful table linens out there that will engage your guests both visually and tactilely. Some popular examples include Flamingo style tablecloths or Grandiose Rosette overlays.
If you’re not sure the colors or textures you see online are exactly what you want, make sure to order a swatch card or sample kit first.
It’s Not Just Tablecloths
Many people associate table linens with just being a table cover, but table linens are actually quite more varied than just tablecloths and overlays. Table runners, placemats, fabric napkins, and even chair covers and sashes, can all fall into the category of table linens.
With this in mind, it’s easy to recognize just how important table linens are to coordinating the look of your event. For example, table runners help accent your centerpiece designs, while placemats can create a fun visual pattern. In fact, some couples even prefer having plain, solid colored tablecloths, but with banquet style chair covers to act as statement pieces.
Know Your Table Specifications
While this is a fairly common sense tip, don’t buy your tablecloths before checking the specifications of the tables you’ll be using for your event. After all, not only will you need to know what shape they are, but the size of your table linens will vary depending on how formal you want the hang to be. In addition, some styles require padding or underlays.
Once you’ve measured your tables, calculate your needed tablecloth size or use helpful tools like Razatrade’s visual size chart.
Rent or Buy in Advance
To avoid last minute stress and setbacks, aim to buy or rent your table linens in advance. This is mainly for two reasons. One, you don’t want to decide on the perfect tablecloths a week before the wedding reception only to find out the retailer is out of stock. Secondly, if renting, some companies have a limited availability of certain table linens sets. Especially if that style or color is popular, you’ll want to get your name on that list as soon as possible.