Table Linens FAQ
|Table Linens FAQ
When you are planning your event consider the many possibilities available to you for your table linens, be sure to research well if you are considering standard round white tablecloths, keep in mind that you can also use tablecloths with vibrant colors which are exactly the same price as our white table linens. The size of your tablecloths and napkins will of course depend on the size of your table. Dressing them with beautiful Eventex linens which come in many dynamic tablecloths colors is the most dramatic way to change the look of your event space and make a statement with style, color, and flair.
Who will provide the tablecloths?
Many event planners, caterers, hotels or venues will provide you with solid color tablecloths as part of an event package. Some will refund some of your cost if you choose not to use their table linens, if they have "exactly" what you want in the color and size then you can certainly use theirs. The hospitality industry calls these table linens "house linens" or "full tablecloth" when used alone, and "under cloth" or "table liner" when a table runner or table topper is used to accent it.
Will the tablecloths reach the floor?
The critical question regarding tablecloths is what will the "drop" be, meaning the amount of tablecloth that hangs over the edge of the table. Most people at weddings and events like to see the tablecloths touch the floor, but some prefer a half-way "drop". as tableloths can be too long and bunch under the table but it is far better for them to be too long than to be too short. Check out our cheap table linens guide and keep in mind if your event budget is an issue in these difficult economic times TableclothsForLess.com will give you the biggest table linens bang for your buck with our stylish and colorful tablecloths, napkins, and chair covers.
What table linen colors are available?
You will be pleased to hear we have many vibrant colors available. Our most popular wedding colors are white, black, ivory, and chocolate, consult with your event planner, hotel, or venue and choose table linen colors that work well in the room where you will be hosting the event. Make it a fun project and consider creative ideas such as matching your bridesmaid's outfits with elements of the room decor.
Are the colors on your site the exact colors?
Viewing exact linen colors on a computer screen is somewhat subjective as the exact color you see depends on your own computer monitor settings and your computer screen resolution, but for the most part the online color will be exactly or almost exactly what you will receive when you order from us, if there is a difference it will be very slight and hardly noticable. You can see all of our available tablecloth colors on our Tablecloth Color Chart, and our table skirting colors on our Table Skirts Color Chart.
Event Venue Lighting
It is wise to consider any room lighting change that may occur during your event, many events begin when it's daylight and as the evening progresses electric lighting is switched on and this can color the room decor and in some cases can noticeably change the overall ambience and style of the room, the degree of change depends on the type of lighting so be sure to consult with your event planner or the venue staff, and if possible go to the venue and check it out for yourself.
Table runners or full length tableloths?
If your event planner ot venue will be providing tablecloths it is cheaper to just buy a suitable table runner. However, if no tablecloths are provided then you will need to buy both tablecloths and table runners or buy a full floor length tablecloth for each table. It is not just a matter of budget but also of having the "right look". Some people prefer the layered two tablecloth style while others prefer the smooth style of one tablecloth. Both ways are correct it's purely a matter of taste and style.
How many people will fit at each table?
The standard table sizes for event tables are 60 inch round tables that seat 8 guests comfortably and 10 guests not so comfortably. 72 inch round tables seat 10 to 12 guests. Ideally you seat to the lower number at the table but sometimes guest comfort can be sacrificed for other reasons, mabey a group of colleagues or sisters may all want to sit together and they would rather be seated together than separated, or sometimes it depends on the size of the event room and the number of guests, each time you add a table you will add an additional table centerpiece and tablecloth. 160 people seated at 60 inch round tables can be either 16 tables of 10 guests or 20 tables of 8 guests. Sometimes the venue will only have one size table available or a set configuration of tables due to the room size and layout. The most important thing is to make your guests as comfortable as possible with the tables and space you have available.
When choosing napkins you can be sure our napkin fabric is heavy enough to hold a fold and will be absorbent. The fabric is exactly the same 100% visa polyester fabric as our tablecloths. We would be glad to send you a sample free of charge, contact us here to request a sample napkin.
Chair Covers and Sashes
The chairs at your event venue may be suitable, however, if the chairs are unsuitable consider using chair covers. Chair covers and sashes are available in a variety of colors and styles and may easily solve any problem with the chairs. Make sure the chair covers you want actually fit the chairs your going to use and do you need folding chair covers or banquet chair covers. Chairs and covers come in different sizes and do not always fit each other, it's better to find this out well before your event, also make sure the event caterer, planner, hotel or venue has the staff and have agreed to put the chair covers (and sashes) on and take them off after the event. The alternative to chair covers is to rent a better chair, there are a wide range of chair styles and costs ranging from a basic plastic folding chair or higher end white wood folding chairs to very expensive banquet chairs. Keep in mind that the venue's existing chairs will have to be removed and stored and also put back after your event so allow for this labor cost in your budget.
The catering buffet should always be styled with additional table linens. If the guest tables have upgraded linens then the buffet should be matched with the same or very similar style table linens. If you have plain house tablecloths on the guest tables then the catering buffet should be dressed with decorative table linens that match with the room. The buffet is of course about the food on the menu, but it is also about the overall presentation of the event room.
Gift Table Location
The location of the gift table varies and the location will determine the extent that it should be decorated. If it is in the main dining area then it should match or blend with the guest tables. If it's situated outside the main dining area then it should be dressed in a single tablecloth with minimum decorations.
Head Table Decorations
A head table if you choose to have one, should be decorated to a greater degree than the guest tables, at many weddings the bride and groom have specially decorated chairs dressed with flowers, garlands, or ribbons. Many couples choose to have chair sashes with names embroidered to keep as a keepsake of the wedding.
Make a statement immediately with the decor in the cocktail area by choosing a tablecloth that is vibrant, elegant and an understated preview of the dining room, or for more adventurous tastes, decorate in direct contrast to the dining room decor. If the cocktail and dining areas are visible to each other the table linens should be matched in style and color.
When all the pieces are put together the main room should produce the "Oohs" and "Aahs" that you deserve to hear when the doors are opened to welcome your guests. You should have strong statements from your flower arrangements and the tablecloths that can be seen from a distance, and also in the napkins and favors that will be enjoyed by your guests after they are seated.
The Cake Table
Cake tables are normally a small round table anywhere from 30" inches (2 1/2ft) wide to 48" inches (4ft) in diameter. Although it should be well decorated your cake table does not need to be decorated too much so as to detract from the cake itself. The cake table tablecloth can be a little shorter as most cake tables need to be easily moveable and they almost always have wheels for this purpose.
Place Card Table Location
Place card tables are normally situated set in the venue lobby or in cocktail area and they provide a good opportunity to do a single tablecloth that is either matched with the place cards or something really special such as a large bouquet arrangement, but be sure that it does not appear "too busy" or disturb the layout of the place cards.
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