The Linen Thread…Do I rent or buy linens for my event?

You Linensare getting ready for the big event and your big box of purchased linens has just arrived.  You are as excited as getting the present you always wanted for Christmas.  As you are opening the box you think back to how much money you saved over renting linens.

Then reality hits in a big way.  The linens aren’t quit the right color.  Matter of fact it’s not very close at all.  The fabric is substandard.  You can see right thru it.  The worst is the wrinkles.  The event is in a few days.  You don’t have time to send them back.  All you need is one more thing to stress out over and it’s happening.

So you come up with a plan B.  You call your family and friends and they all bring irons and ironing boards to the event for a ironing party.  The whole day passes and everyone is exhausted from all the iron work.  Disaster averted –  well sorta.

The event is over and you get to take home all the dirty linens.  You painstakingly spend hours washing and ironing the linens with no family or friend help this time.  You try to sell them, but nobody wants your linen color.  You feel guilty about throwing them out after storing them for years but your moving or having a child and need the room.

This story is actually true.  I have lost count of the times I have showed up to setup  event rental equipment and the ironing brigade is hard at work fixing a disaster.  The customer considered renting from us, but decided to buy instead.  The question is always asked if we have time to finish ironing their linens.  I always have to sadly say no.  The fabric is more like a disposable fabric and our equipment can very quickly destroy the purchased fabric.

Please plan and think carefully about linens for your next event.  Buying linens may be cheaper than rental quality no hassle linens.  The hassle and embarrassment factor usually out weighs buying an inferior product.  The old saying “you pay for what you get” does apply here.

Making Wedding Dreams Come True

bridalshowphotoThe 10th annual Journey for the Bride and Groom Bridal Fair is taking place January 25, 2015 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at the Lawton Great Plains Coliseum Annex. Admission is $3.00 and is open to anyone who is involved in an upcoming wedding. Over $3000.00 in prizes will be given away during the fair.

A variety of local wedding vendors will come together at the 10th annual Journey for the Bride and Groom Bridal Fair. Vendors include party rentals, DJ services, wedding cakes, catering, travel, reception halls, bridal registry stores, photography, video and many others. Each vendor is contributing a gift to be given away to brides or grooms who are getting married between January 26, 2015 and January 31, 2016.

“We organize the bridal fair to provide a forum to easily get brides, grooms and wedding vendors together. It’s a quick three hour event, where a lot of decisions can be made,” Pat Reynolds, owner of Journey Productions, explained. “The world is in a hurry and this fair is here to take a little of the hurry out of the wedding experience and put some fun into it.”

This year’s fair will feature drawings for the brides and grooms to win prizes. A fashion show by Allure Bridal Boutique and Edward’s Men’s Wear. To top off the bridal fair, special drawings will be made for a $425.00 Journey Productions DJ entertainment package, $100.00 wedding cash and a Journey Productions / Adventure Travel $500.00 Honey Moon travel voucher will be awarded to one of the participating brides and grooms.

“This fair is for either a simple or an extravagant wedding and the vendor samples and selections were wonderful,” a previous fair participant explained. “It was great fun and very educational.”

Journey for the Bride and Groom provides an opportunity for local vendors and brides and grooms to meet and discuss wedding plans. In years past, many beautiful weddings have been arranged at the bridal fair. For vendor space or fair information call (580) 355-1293 or visit our website at: