Vendors We Love / / Linen Effects
When thinking about decor elements for your wedding day, the options from your venue or your caterer may be more limited than what you are envisioning for your wedding day. You may not want the typical black, white, or ivory linen selection available and you may not know what your options are. When selecting your wedding day decor elements, we believe you should have access to a variety of colors, patterns, & textures to help tie in your special day’s vibes. We’re excited to introduce you to one of our favorite wedding vendors in the biz, Linen Effects. Linen Effects Founder and Owner Don Jensen saw a need for table skirting in more colors than what was offered at Marriott where he was working at the time. After purchasing fabrics in a variety of colors and styles, Don got to work and sewed the skirting himself and started his own rental company where Linen Effects was born.
While linens are in the name, Linen Effects is known for some much more than just their rental linens. Linen Effects has grown to be one of the Twin Cities’ go to vendors for rental items needed for a client’s wedding day & beyond. From table linens & chiavari chairs to tabletop decor, chair covers, and more, Linen Effects has everything you need to bring your event to life. Linen Effects is a leading choice vendor for hotels, event venues, professional event planners, and country clubs in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area. We had the opportunity to chat with Emily James, Linen Effects’ Principal Design Consultant and she was able to share with us in more detail about what makes Linen Effects so special. We know you’ll love Linen Effects as much as we do- read on to find out what makes Linen Effects the go to for our clients at buck & rose.
Q. Tell us a little bit about Linen Effects and how it all began.
A. Linen Effects began with our owner, Don Jensen. When he worked for Marriott, he noticed that there was a desire for table skirting in more color variety than the white, ivory, and black that were offered. He bought fabric in a variety of colors and styles, sewed the skirting and started his rental company, Linen Effects! From there the rest is history. In our 30 years of business, we have moved 3 times, each time needing a larger space to house our ever-growing inventory. We have a variety of rental products including tablecloths, chiavari chairs, charger plates, napkins, centerpieces, furniture, chair covers, and much more! A few years ago, we expanded to include ceiling draping and backdrops as part of our services and that part of our business has been booming!
We are a full-service rental décor business, meaning we can be as involved or as not involved with the set-up and teardown as you’d like. While clients are more than welcome to pick-up and drop off their order from our office here in Minneapolis. We also are able to deliver, set-up, teardown, and pick up the order.
In our office, we have a showroom where clients can make an appointment to come in and meet with a salesperson to help choose décor for their wedding or event. We have about 1 of everything in our inventory as well as 3 full-size tables, so that you can see exactly how a product will look on your tables. This takes the guess-work out of planning for your décor!
Q. What is Linen Effects most well-known for and what do clients love about working with Linen Effects?
A. We are most well-known for our products and our staff. We are meticulous on our quality of products. Having our own in-house laundry and dishwashing helps with quality control and we strive to have the highest quality of products for rental décor in the area.
Our well-trained staff are the epitome of perfectionists when it comes to setting up for your event. In terms of weddings, your wedding day is one of the biggest days of your life, and that does not go unnoticed. We are also extremely timely. Oftentimes, we need to have our décor down on the tables before other things can happen (i.e. setting china or placing floral) so we know how important it is to be on time, every time.
Q. Can you talk to us about the benefit of renting decor items vs. buying? What are some common misconceptions?
A. There are several benefits of renting your décor! The first benefit is that you don’t have to worry about what you are going to do with all of your décor after your wedding. We take it all back! There isn’t a storage closet or basement full of items until you can either sell them or give them away to friends. You don’t have to have the hassle of posting of Facebook Marketplace or other online marketplaces. Having to juggle multiple people wanting your items, messaging back and forth, finding times for people to come pick up your items (or worse, having to meet people just to get rid of your stuff)!
Secondly, when you rent from Linen Effects, the products you receive are ready to go right on the table. No need to iron your tablecloths and chair covers to get that perfect look that you are striving for! No need to dry clean or wash your items afterwards to have them ready to sell, we will take care of that for you!
A third (but certainly not last) reason why renting is better than purchasing is that we are a full-service rental décor company. This means that we can do the set-up and teardown for you! No need to try to gather a crew of aunts and cousins the morning of your wedding for a frenzied set-up. You can relax and enjoy your day knowing that the professionals are there to make everything look perfect! At the end of the night, when everyone is tired and wanting to go home (and sometimes intoxicated), you won’t have to worry about if people are going to stay back to help pack everything up and load it in the multiple truck beds that you need to haul everything out. We will be there to gather your rentals!
Of course, I could go on and on as to why it is really beneficial to rent vs. purchase, but those are some highlights that we hear time and time again from those that chose to purchase but have regrets in the end for choosing that path…
Q. How far in advance do you need to work with a client in order to put together their wedding decor order?
A. We operate on a first-come, first-serve basis so you can really come in anytime to start working on your décor! We do ask that you have a date set and a venue chosen prior to discussing rentals. A date is needed to make sure that the rentals that you are interested in are going to be available for that day and a venue is needed as there are lots of factors that determine what is needed for rentals based on your venue. It also helps to know your approximate guest count (you of course won’t know your actual guest count until much, much closer to your wedding date).
When assessing a time to discuss rentals, a factor of what products you are looking to rent may determine when you start working with Linen Effects. For instance, Chiavari Chairs are a hot commodity (especially when you have our price point of $6.75 each). If you know you have your heart set on Gold Chiavaris for your wedding day, it is best to contact us sooner rather than later to get those booked! You can always add to your order as long as the products are available. So if you book the chiavaris that you love and down the road want to come in to add on linens and charger plates, that is totally do-able!
Q. What is something unique about Linen Effects? (a la carte rentals, minimum quantities, etc.)
A. Linen Effects doesn’t work in packages. Therefore, you are not tied to items that you don’t need/want for your décor! Everything is a la carte, so you are only renting the items that you truly want!
Additionally, we don’t have any minimums on the products that you can rent! Want a sparkly cloth for your head table? Sounds great! Looking to add in some napkins in an accent color for your guest tables? Fantastic! Want to rent a loveseat for just you and your fiancé? You got it! We are happy to accommodate for any size order and we treat all orders equally – no matter how big or small!
Our showroom is also super unique! Though it is touched on earlier, it definitely deserves a second mention! We love that we can show clients full-size linens on full-size tables to really give them a feel for what their décor is going to look like!
Q. What does Linen Effects stand for?
A. Linen Effects stands for excellence! We achieve this by our creative style, quality products, large selection, outstanding service, high standards, and competitive prices!