Doing Wedding Linens Right

Level up the look of your wedding with the perfect linens!

Weddings are all about the finishing touches — the perfect DJ with your ultimate playlist, a mouthwatering menu, and blooming florals that dance as much as your family does — and even the linens play a role in the fine details of wedding planning. 

You have the wedding tent, now all you need is to decorate what goes under it! Signature Event Rentals is serving up wedding bliss in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia areas for all the essential wedding reception rentals you need. Explore the importance of linens in today’s post!

The Secret Is In The Linens!

You’ve rented your favorite crossback chair and chosen a nice mix of round and square reception tables, so now is the time to tie everything together with the right assortment of linens. What other wedding reception element can bring cohesiveness and immerse your guests in the overall theme of your wedding? It’s always the linens that help bring your dream day up a notch. 

The tables — and what go on the tables — are where most of your guests will spend the majority of their time, so choosing the best linens is crucial to the overall details of your wedding reception, and this is the time to make a statement. 

What Exactly Are The Linens?

Linens include napkins, tablecloths, and runners — they’re the essentials that cover the tables and chairs to help customize your wedding reception. Linens are typically rented and are available for a wide variety of table shapes and sizes. 

What You Need To Know About Renting Linens

Like renting anything else from a wedding rental company, you’ll need to have an exact count of the linens you’ll need, so first things first, you’ll need to know how many tables and chairs you’ll have, including any cocktail tables and even the wedding cake and gift tables.  

Planning Your Linens

Before settling on a color for each table, consider your surroundings. What will your flowers and centerpieces look like and what colors do they incorporate? If you have a lot of bright colors with the other decorations, you may want to choose a neutral color instead of picking a bright pink or yellow as the table cloth color — linens are the canvas of the wedding reception area that you can build from and implement either a focal point to the tables with the linens or as pieces that complement your other decorations. 

Get Familiar With Color Patterns

When planning out linen colors, you may want to consider mixing in threes. With any good design, you’ll have a dominant color, a subdominant color, and a neutral color. Browse what linen options the wedding rental company has and play around with how everything looks. 

Staging Colors

If your wedding has more than just a reception — such as a cocktail hour and formal dining hour — you could coordinate the colors accordingly. Use your more neutral colors for the cocktail hour and make a big impression by staging the dominant and subdominant colors for the formal dinner and reception time. 

Make It Formal

No matter how formal your wedding is, floor-length tablecloths make everything polished and create a more formal look, so always choose the right length! Your napkin selection can also help make things feel more formal. Instead of having cocktail napkins on the tables, upgrade to dinner napkins that have a complementing color to the table cloth or a nice trim, or an unexpected fabric or texture. 

You Don’t Have To Have White

Although white linens are very neutral and versatile, if you’re not a fan, choose a different color. Keep in mind, you can always use a table runner of a different color on top of a white table cloth or a sheer colored fabric that is more than just white, or even use colored napkins to add a splash of color.  

You could also opt for alternating tables with different color tablecloths to break up the white, for example, white and black or white and pale green.   

Add Dimension

There are so many linen fabrics to choose from, you don’t have to stick with just one. Mix and match a couple of different linen materials to create depth and a unique table setting. Choose between satin, damask, organza, taffeta, velvet, sequins, polyester, faux leather, lace, etc. 

Not only can you entertain new and exciting color combinations, but you can incorporate different textural elements for a fun tactile experience for your guests. 

Highlight The Special Reception Tables

You’ll most likely have a cake table, a head table, and family tables — distinguish these special tables with added color, a different pattern, or unique texture. 

Choose The Perfect Linens With Signature Event Rentals

If you’re ready to create tables that represent your style and theme for your wedding, begin planning with Signature Event Rentals!

Browse our linens today!