The answer to this question is actually really simple: the impact of specialty linens on your overall aesthetic is substantial. I’d even dare to assert that linens are just as significant as centerpieces in making your reception tables pop.
Nothing weighs down a table like a plain white or ivory linen (like the ones that might be provided by your caterer or venue). Even solid colors (black and ivory are common generic substitutes for white) can feel drab or boring (or both). Specialty linens with patterns, textures, or even an unexpected solid color can bring the visual impact of a wedding reception space to the next level.
There are some amazing local vendors in California who offer linen rentals for a fraction of what it might cost to purchase specialty tablecloths, runners, and napkins. A few of our favorites:
If you have lovely furniture rentals you don’t want to cover up, Hostess Haven‘s selection of runners (and napkins!) come in a variety of unique prints to dress up your tabletop.
La Tavola Linen
Probably the most well-known purveyor of specialty linens, La Tavola is based in Napa Valley but has locations throughout California, as well as in Arizona and Texas (and representatives in the midwest and eastern United States). Their showroom in Santa Barbara is like a playground for wedding decor enthusiasts. So much pretty!
We borrowed sequin linens from Party Pleasers for our holiday shindig last year. They have all kinds of other rentals to offer, too, so they’re a pretty great one-stop shop!
Here are some more images with specialty linens so you can see how dramatic the impact can be!