Wedding Wednesdays Q&A: Floor Length Tablecloths

Wedding Wednesdays Q&A by Jamie Chang Destination Wedding Planner of Mango Muse Events

Q: Ok, so in all the pictures I see of weddings, the tablecloths always go to the floor.  But, I’m having my wedding at a hotel that doesn’t have floor length tablecloths.  They only have the tablecloths that go about half way to the floor.  Is that ok?  Or will that look ugly? 

Great question!  I totally understand your quandary especially if you don’t really know what it will look like.  Or what the difference is.

So, most wedding planners or designers will tell you that floor length linen (tablecloths) is much nicer.  I agree with this statement and let me explain why.  Floor length tablecloths go to the floor (duh!) which means they cover the table legs.  Most of the time, table legs aren’t very attractive unless you have a cool wood or metal table.  So, the floor length tablecloth already makes the room look nicer because it covers things up.  In addition, they also make ugly chairs look better.  Because when you can see the table legs, you can also see the chair legs.

With that being said, halfway tablecloths aren’t horrible.  Some designers wouldn’t go near one, but I don’t think they’re ugly.  They just aren’t as nice.  And they can work for the right kind of space.  And more importantly, if you’re trying to save some money or you’re on a tight budget, it makes sense to use the in-house linen.

So, to answer your question, it is ok to have halfway tablecloths.  But, depending on your situation, you may want to consider floor length tablecloths.

Now, the best way to assess whether you should consider renting floor length linen is to ask yourself a few questions:

1. Are your chairs ugly?  If your chairs are ugly that is a bigger case for floor length linen.  Renting a few tablecloths will be cheaper than renting new chairs.  And don’t cover the chairs, that is never worth it.  Renting linen is a much better use of your budget.

2. Is your space one where people won’t really be looking down?  Do you have beautiful ceilings or an awesome view?    Then you may not need it as much because people won’t be looking down.  But, if your floor or carpet is loud or attention grabbing or there isn’t anything else to see, then it will catch the eye along with your halfway tablecloths.

3. Are you thinking about bringing in any lighting?  Or plan on having really bright or big or interesting centerpieces?  If so, you can draw your guest’s attention away from the floor and to the top of the table or upward.  And then your halfway linen isn’t as noticeable.

Ask yourself these questions and see where you come out.  What you need to know is that you absolutely don’t have to have floor length tablecloths.  But if you are concerned about the look then you should consider renting floor length tablecloths.  It will always look nicer.

Wedding reception tent with floor length tablecloths for a rustic Sonoma destination wedding by Destination wedding planner, Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Arrowood Photography)

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