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The Dos and Don'ts of Rental Linens: A Few Important Things to Keep in Mind

Your wedding, graduation, or corporate event is just weeks away, and the only thing you've done so far is rent a banquet hall. While it's easy to get frazzled in these types of situations, you need to keep a level-head and start with the basics.

The first step in any party planning process should be to acquire rental linens that "wow" your guests without busting your budget. Before you ever order food or decorations, you'll need rental linens to bring the entire room together. Renting linens for an event is important, but that doesn't mean the process can't be fun. However, you need to avoid a few common pitfalls to get the most out of your party linens rentals.

As is the case with most things in life, there are certain "dos" and "don'ts" that you need to abide by when renting linens for an event. Here is a brief overview of what you need to do (and not do) when looking for rental linens:

• Don't: Worry about cleanup. One of the biggest (and most inexplicable) misunderstands about rental linens is that you are in charge of cleaning, folding, and maintaining your linens. While you obviously shouldn't be careless with your linens, your rental company will protect you against normal stains to the linens, in addition to cleaning them after the event.

• Do: Mix and match colors/textures. Everyone loves a nice blend of colors when they walk into a room, and finding the right match of colors/textures will leave a fantastic first impression on your guests. Colors such as blush pink, peach, and gold are a great way to create a vintage and timeless look. Also, pastel colors make it easy to mix and match your linens to create a stylish look.

• Don't: Forget the chair covers! You can find the most stunning specialty linen rental in the world, but your event room will look "naked" without matching chair covers. Chair cover rental is particularly important for weddings, though they are strongly encouraged for any event with rental linens.

• Do: Play around with tabletop designs. Many party planners go the extra mile to find the best linens possible, only to realize that the tabletops look bare without more decoration. Tabletops offer a fun way to play around with design elements. Florals, linens, centerpieces, and even handmade trinkets can all help to make for the perfect reception table.

You may have procrastinated up until this point, but that doesn't mean you still can't plan an event for the ages. Keep these "dos" and "don'ts" in mind when looking for rental linens so you can have the time of your life!

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