Written by AJ Durtschi

Finding the Best Wedding Linens

Austin Linen Wedding Linens

It’s the middle of the summer wedding season and many couples and families are already preparing for fall weddings. Though there are many considerations that go into planning a wedding and reception, among the items that cannot be overlooked are the wedding linens for the reception, which include tablecloths, napkins, chair covers and overlays. Wedding linens can have an important impact on the design and ambiance of your event. They serve as a base for the decor of a pre-wedding dinner, wedding and reception, as they cover not only all of the tables, but the serving table, as well as the reception and gift tables.

Here are a few ideas to get you started on your search for the best wedding linens.

Wedding Linen Ideas

White is the go-to color, but there are many additional options to making your table linens pop while not taking away from the overall ambiance of the reception. Wedding linens can range in style from bold and beautiful to simple and elegant and everything in between from vintage to frilly and over the top.

In terms of style, there are a few options you can pick from when choosing your tablecloths.


A solid color table cloth will allow your placemats and table decor to stand out. Though the first thought when thinking solid is to go with white, any color will do, especially in fall when shades of red and orange can compliment the seasonal decorations.


Layering tablecloths is also an option that can help make a table stand out. Seasonal colors can be combined to go along with the table decorations and flowers or centerpieces as well. The general idea is to use a soft, basic color such as white, cream, grey, or black, and then overlay with a striking or contrasting color.


Though patterns are rare, using a patterned overlay can create a unique look to a table in a wedding setting. Themes can cover anything from romantic to retro, though cluttering a table with too many table settings and centerpieces can ruin the look a patterned table linen can present.

Renting Your Wedding Linens

The price-tag of any nice linens can quickly add up, especially with the number of linens that must be acquired for even a small wedding. It’s much more economical to rent your wedding linens and save the money or use it on another facet of the wedding. Following are the steps you should take to acquire your wedding linens:

  • As soon as the date is set, begin your search for a linen service that can supply your wedding linens.
  • Ensure you’re aware of the scope of services provided by the company you are looking at, such as delivery and drop-off, pick-up, types of fabric and colors of linens available.
  • Viewing a sample tablecloth or napkin is important, as it can give you a feel for the right style and color for your wedding and reception. See a color in person before you make the choice.
  • Arrange for the linens to be delivered a few days before the wedding to have them completely in place before other decorations begin to arrive.

It’s also important to order extra linens to have available to cover any problems that may arise. Don’t forget to include extra linens for additional tables as well, such as the reception area and guest book table. For more information about our services, check out our blog and be sure to read our manifesto, Setting the Table to find out who we are and what makes us different.