Tips on choosing your linens


  • Don't buy linens. You will have to press and clean all of them and then you will have a bunch of linens to store.
  • Don’t consider just the linen itself. Also think about the napkins, flowers and how the colors of your wedding will work together.
  • Know the size of your tables before going to the rental store.
  • If you’re doing specialty lighting, keep this in mind. Specialty lighting can change the color of your linens.
  • When selecting napkins, don’t forget extra napkins for bread baskets, adding color to the food displays, and in case a spill calls for a replacement. order about 10 more than that your guests number to be safe.
  • An advantage to having a full-service wedding planner is she/he can coordinate with the vendors to show you a mock-up of a table set with the linen, plateware, flowers, etc.
  • Some rental companies have full size samples so you can see your linen on a table.
  • If you don’t have a wedding planner and live in a different city than where the wedding will be held, consider renting a single linen and having it shipped to you. This way you can get a better sense of it to determine whether it’s a fit for your wedding.
  • Popular color palettes these days include: taupe/sand, purples (eggplant especially) and charcoal. Greens are always popular.
  • Keep in mind that this will be one of the most photographed events of your life.  “Think about the ’80s — those bridesmaids with the poofy sleeves,” Mary warns. If you can, avoid anything that will date quickly. “You want to look back on your wedding in five years and say, ‘That looks fabulous!’ ” she says.