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Finding the Right Table Linens for Your Big Day!

There are many different small decisions that go into making your big day come to life. One of these decisions is what kind of linens you’d like for your guest tables. You have many different options, some more standard than others. I’ve listed a few for you here with some benefits of each!

Beige linen on table with white plates and fun pink and red floral arrangements
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1) Linen - These are great for spring or summer weddings where the theme and colors are often on the lighter side. With their durability, breathability and luxurious feel, linen tablecloths are an excellent way to add a touch of elegance and sophistication to your wedding reception. (Pictured on left)

2) Polyester - Tried and true. These are, more often than not, your most cost effective choice which means they're also a pretty standard option for many couples. These are great if you don't want the table linen to take any attention away from what's on the table, you're not looking for anything fancy.

3) Patterned - Go non-traditional and choose a linen with a fun pattern! Patterned tablecloths can help create an atmosphere of warmth and comfort for guests at your reception. They are also a great way to tie in a theme or allow for more minimal decoration on the tables while keeping them interesting. (Pictured below)

Outdoor table with wooden chairs and gingham tablecloth
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4) Cotton - Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, but they are durable, easy to clean, and come in a wide variety of colors and patterns that can match any decor. They can be used for both indoor and outdoor events, making them a great choice for any wedding or special occasion.

5) None! - Maybe you’re going with wooden farmhouse tables and they’d actually be more beautiful without linens. Don’t feel like you have to put linens over them just because. Feel free to embrace the natural look and opt for a table runner, or no linens, instead.

A note about linens: It’s always good to make sure you’re clear on who is providing the linens and for which tables:

  • Are the caterers providing linens for guest tables or just their food ones?

  • Does the venue provide or include linens?

  • Do any of your vendors have a rental company they recommend for renting linens?

  • Would it make sense to purchase linens and resell them after the event?

Lastly, check out this awesome resource from that helps you make sure you get the right size linens!


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