Tin Can Alley
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Decorate with specialty linens

I attend many high-end weddings and events and appreciate well-decorated tables and rooms, along with tasty food. I also attend smaller, not-so-fancy events. To create a knock-out room on any budget, use speciality linens. The most cost-effective way to decorate your wedding reception and venue: linens and lighting, according to PJ Hummel from PJ Hummel & Co.

Your caterer or your venue will often supply white table linens (tablecloths and napkins) for your wedding reception, but your reception will be a sea of white tablecloths and it will look similar to your friends’ wedding receptions. 

“There’s more to weddings than white,” says Nems Scarim, Creative Coverings.

To create a stand-out wedding reception, request specialty linens. Some venues, caterers, wedding designers or planners work closely with specialty linen companies to provide unique linens. Ask them to show you their speciality linen samples. Or, find specialty linens in the Tacoma area, make an appointment with PJ Hummel & Co.

Linens are offered in a variety of textures and colors. There are tablecloths of all shapes and sizes, table runners to showcase your centerpieces, napkins, chair caps, chair covers and chair sashes – all to make your wedding reception beautiful and unique. Today’s linens are made in a variety of fabrics: with three-dimensional flowers that lay flat, sequins that glitter, shiny, crinkled and other textures.

“Your tables, with these linens and centerpieces, will come to life,” says Scarim, Creative Coverings.

Budget wedding decorating

If you are working with a tight budget, you can create a stunning head table and use complementary linens for your guest tables.

Request the most inexpensive linens – lamour (similar to satin with a soft, smooth texture) – for your tables. The linens come in countless colors, the texture is luscious, and it is much prettier than white cotton.

To decorate an unattractive venue, PJ Hummel says, “Turn off the lights to hide what you don’t want people to see and use nice linens.” Custom lighting will focus on your beautiful tables; ask your DJ or a lighting company for uplighting.

Custom linens made for purchase

Custom ethnic linens, drapes and more are made for weddings and events; they are sold, not rented. Fabric for chuppahs and other ethnic celebrations can be made to order for purchase.

For details, contact PJ Hummel at PJ Hummel & Co. While you are there, tour their vintage wedding venue, Tin Can Alley.

Photos by Ana Nelson, PJ Hummel & Co. Linens by Creative Coverings.

Click on a photo to enlarge.

Published on May 26, 2016.


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