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Paper vs Linen Table Napkins

Catherine, on June 13, 2018 at 2:07 PM Posted in Do It Yourself 1 11
Hi! I’m trying to decide if I should buy nice paper napkins or go with linen. I am already planning to use nice disposable plates, glasses, and silverware. I am also planning on doing a buffet style dinner, with my plates at the buffet line and cups at the bar. What I am mostly struggling with is give and take for presentation and money. I would like to save some money but I don’t want to give up the look of the tables, as my tables will already be pretty bare without plates on the settings. Any ideas, comments?


Latest activity by Derby, on June 14, 2018 at 10:13 AM
  • LB
    Champion November 2016
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    I'm not a fan of disposables at weddings, but since you're already doing them for everything else, I'd prob just go paper napkins. I think it'd look off to have linen and then disposable everything else.

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  • Mrs. H
    Master September 2019
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    I don't see anything wrong with going the paper route - especially since all of your other silverware is going to be paper/plastic as well. Adding linen napkins into the mix might look out of place.
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  • MrsD
    Legend July 2019
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    I think if you are doing disposable plates, paper napkins are totally fine!

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  • Future Mrs M
    Super June 2018
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    I would second this.

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  • muriel
    Champion June 2018
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    Cloth napkins are so inexpensive, it would be a shame to settle for paper. Cloth does a much better job of protecting your guests' clothes and blotting lips, without getting all damp and shredding.

    You can also use the cloth napkin to fill in the space where the plate would be in the place setting, in a way that you simply can't, with paper.

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    linentablecloth.com has napkins for just over $3 per dozen for the luncheon size (13") which is better than paper. The dinner size (20") start at 50 cents each.

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  • SRD
    Devoted June 2019
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    I would say paper napkins because the rest of everything you are using is disposable.
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  • Happy Hedgie
    VIP September 2018
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    Generally, I would say cloth napkins since I don't like paper ones. However, since you are using disposables for everything else I think cloth napkins will look out of place. I'd also worry about them mistakenly ending up in the garbage since everything else will be trashed after dinner.

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  • Neffe
    Master July 2020
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    Hi Catherine! Welcome to the WeddingWire Community! Smiley ring I think paper napkins would definitely be okay since the dinnerware is also disposable. You can actually find high-quality paper napkins from Amazon, which would be a great alternative! Do what works best for you. Good luck!

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  • PBiazinha
    VIP May 2018
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    I agree with the majority, I would go paper route so you keep everything the same style.

    As a suggestion - not sure if you are doing favors, but maybe placing a favor in front of each person would work as a table setting for you, since plates and everything else will be on your buffet station. Check out pinterest, they have cute ideas.

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  • T
    Devoted August 2022
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    It depends on if the napkins are on the table or at the buffet. If they are at the buffet, go for the paper napkins. If they are on the table, definitely do the linens. A beautiful plastic plate will look fantastic with a linen napkin. Search online. I'm sure you can get some pretty cheap.

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  • Derby
    Devoted October 2018
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    I second that!
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