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Alternatives to tablecloths - want to save money but not look odd

OK so  had every plan to have tablecloths but when it came down to it $400 just s not in my budget right now for them. Would it look odd not having them? My weddng is semi formal, buffet style. I looked at the cost of the nice disposable kind and they are about $6 each. Reantals are $8 each through the venue, and buying them are about $10 each. The logical plan would be to purchase them and offer them for resell later but there is still the upfront cost of the items.

Would it be ok to just go without? Are there alternatives to tablecloths and they still look nice? When  picture my reception the day of I picture tablecloths. I am not stressing about this, I just want to figure it out NOW and move on. So any suggestions would be great.

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Re: Alternatives to tablecloths - want to save money but not look odd

  • Sorry, can't see photos! can you try to repost..?
  • In Response to Re: Alternatives to tablecloths - want to save money but not look odd:
    Sorry, can't see photos! can you try to repost..?
    Posted by sof0830
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  • Well, I'm really just throwing this out there, but what if you used used sheets? A twin sheet thrown over the table would look just like a table cloth. At goodwill, you can find them for about $1 and some days they're half off. Even if you have 25 tables, that's only 12 dollars if they're half off! You can get all white, or look around for all different colored ones in your colors (brown, gold, sage, etc.)

    No one will know they're sheets.
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  • The only pics I had were my siggy pics and that was my invite and aisle runner. Nothing pertaining to the post itself. =)

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  • Are you sure that's the cheapest you can find?  We are getting our plastic disposable ones from a local party store for about $2 each.  You can also get them online, but they will cost a bit more because of shipping.

    http://www.codwholesale.com/Tablecovers_c_3.html

    or here you can get 24 for $26.60

    http://www.foodservicewarehouse.com/disposables/plastic-tablecloths/c12652.aspx
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  • I was thinking of going with plastic table covers too.  Budget wise it just makes way more sense- but I want a casual elegance/classy-casual type of reception.  Of course rounder ones are a bit more expensive (which totally sucks BTW) but still do-able for our budget.  To add a question onto the OP- would it be ok to have plastic table covers with fabric table runners?  Table runners are in the budget for me since I'll prob just make them using fabric I buy on sale.  Would fabric table runners fancy-up plastic covers or just seem out of place?
  • I'm having a hard time envisioning a semi-formal event without table cloths.  Most tables underneath the tablecloths are horrendous.  I'd check out Craigslist and eBay and see what you come up with. I think the suggestion of looking to goodwill may come in handy too.  Good luck with this. 
  • Dollar Tree is your best friend! Everything there is $1. Or like Christine said, use sheets. I'm sure no one will notice.
  • If you don't want the plastic look, have you looked at the paper tablecloths? I've never seen them, but I know they have them.
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  • There's someone on the Wedding Classifieds boards selling some that you might be interested in.  Pretty cheap for table cloths and she also has bolts of fabrics:

    In Response to Tulle and linen like tablecloths for sale:
    I recently hired someone to decorate my wedding.  She has all the stuff to decorate, and I had already purchased some tulle and tablecloths (linen like).  I have the following to sell: 54" bolts for $10/bolt plus shipping and handling 6 white 2 light pink 2 fuchsia pink 2 grey I have 12 tablecloths.  I'll sell them for $25 plus shipping and handling.  If you visit this link, this will explain what they are: http://www.mypapershop.com/210441.html Please contact me at wisemakr@yahoo.com if interested.  Prices are negotiable.
    Posted by wisemakr


  • edited September 2010
    How many do you need?  And are your tables round or rectangular?  If they're rectangular, Smarty Had A Party has a case of 20 disposable "linen-like" tablecloths for $74.95, which is about $3.75 per tablecloth.  I've never seen or felt one of these, so I don't know how realistic they are, but they come in a variety of colors.  Just something to think about.  http://www.smartyhadaparty.com/Category349-Disposable_Table_Linen.aspx
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  • I don't post here often, but I have to agree with bbycakes. I'm having a hard time envisioning a semi-formal reception with no linens. Even plastic table clothes seem too casual.

    I would try to find sheets at Goodwill in different autumn shades. The tables are just too ugly not to have something covering them. And if you do want a semi-formal event like you say I think it needs to be cloth and not plastic.

    Good luck!
  • I am not a big fan of plastic table covers.  I also agree, you need some type of tablecloth.  The Goodwill suggestion is a good one.  Otherwise try Ross, TJ Maxx, Homegoods, or even WalMart they may have some cheaper ones there. 

    If you know or know someone who can sew, you can try to make your own just buy the fabric and thread.
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  • Unless you're having 40 tables, tablecloths should not cost you $400 at $10 a piece.  I think a semi-formal wedding would look extremely out of place without tablecloths.
  • Your venue doesn't offer plain white tablecloths at no cost? Our does. You can rent specialty linens but I think they're $16 a piece...yikes!

    I would say look on ebay or the dollar store....or search on the nest's Trash to Treasure board. I think tablecloths are necessary if you're having a semi-formal event.

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  • my table clothes are from dollar tree and i am adding fabric table runners that i got from craigslist. making table runners (or squares for round table) wouldnt be too bad out of either flat sheets or fabric. you can get cheap sheets for like $5-$8 and cut strips and use iron on hemming tape for the runners.

    the goodwills and other thrift stores around me would very rarely have linens for $1 and if so, usually theyre not nice looking and wouldnt all match.
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  • I kept looking and just can't imagine spending that too.
    I went to Sams Club *you can order them online too* and bought the Bakers & Chefs White Table Covers - 6ct  it is item number 447606. It is tissue but it is the 3-ply tissue/poly so its thicker and stronger. It is only 5.00 for 6 & I need 24..just an idea!!!

    We tried them out in the store and everyone agree that it would go with my semi-formal.

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  • It depends on the tables. Most rental tables are either plastic or have hideous plywood tops people would stare at all night. But some rental places have nice tables with pedestal bases and smooth sort of formica like tops. You could get away with those at anything short or formal. I actually like the no-tablecloth look better if the tables are attractive.
  • I stopped reading the responses a few in so someone might have given you the answer you need.... but if not: I went to a wedding with the paper ones and I dont suggest them they melt with liquid, another wedding had thick plasic ones (not dollar tree kind) and they wer nice but crunchy sounding when people shifted. I fully agree with sheets. You did an AMAZING job on your runner maybe decorate some plain sheets up. Also keep an eye on resale. I found 25 table cloths on craigslist for 2 bucks each. They were not linen but some sheety kind of material and they work GREAT.
  • In Response to Re: Alternatives to tablecloths - want to save money but not look odd:
    I'm having a hard time envisioning a semi-formal event without table cloths.  Most tables underneath the tablecloths are horrendous.  I'd check out Craigslist and eBay and see what you come up with. I think the suggestion of looking to goodwill may come in handy too.  Good luck with this. 
    Posted by bbyckes
    This. Your aisle runner and invites are beautiful and it's going to look funny if you don't have tableclothes. Keep doing your research. Stalk Ebay and CL. You can probably find something a little cheaper than what you have.
  • If you did use white sheets or other very plain "tablecloths" you could dress them up with a wrapping paper runner:

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  • Wow, when I read the wrapping paper suggestion, I thought it sounded sketchy, but that picture looks incredible!
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  • I have to admit I am not a fan of the plastic since the other decorations you have going on look nice. Check out the sheets or scour your local discount stores, how big is your guest list/how many tables do you have??
  • Our venue has tables that are really nice and would look great with other rustic decor but they will not let us use the tables without tablecloths.  Just something to consider.
  • How about table runners? Otherwise go to a discount fabric store, start looking early and you can get a couple yrds of fabric for a dollar or so. That way you can even look for colors if you want.
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