I am having a very colorful, whimsical wedding with lots of citrus tones and just general boldness and fun. I come from a family of sewers. I thought it would be great to make custom cloth napkins for guests out of beautiful patterned fabric that is within my color family. Coral paisley, pink on pink damask, geometric shapes with grapefruit and tangerine, and so on. My grandmother, aunt and cousin all have sewing machines with the ability to monogram as well. So I could easily put names on each napkin. These would then serve to add color to the table, as place markers, and as a favor for guests.
Here's my question... is it worth it? I'm not sure if guests would appreciate monogrammed linen napkins as a gift. It will cost me about $400 ($2.60 per place setting) to do this plus some hard work from myself and my family. My venue provides linens (and they have them in my colors too) so I won't be forgoing any costs. I figure I save some money by removing the need for place cards, but that's a small cost. Maybe I'll add some candy or something small on top of the napkins to round out the favors.