I decided to go ahead and buy the tablecloths for the reception instead of renting them. Even without reselling them later, I'm saving hundreds of dollars by doing this thanks to Craigslist (lower prices, no taxes, and no service fees). The big negative to buying my own linens is that I'll be in charge of making sure they're wrinkle-free and ready by the wedding. Although it will be a bit of work to make this happen, I chose to take it on because it's something I can do well in advance of the wedding (unlike preparing the food, making the cake, etc).
As you might remember, I'm making my own cake stands based on the blogger-favorite candle stick/ plate trick. Lucky for me, I didn't have to go through my plan of searching at all the thrift stores in my neighborhood for a collection of candlesticks and plates that would work- Dollar Tree happened to have everything I needed!
I'm kinda liking the airy glass look, but I could also spray paint the bases with white or another color so that they jump out from the table a bit more. Here's what white dishes would look like on the tablecloths (which seem to photograph as a different color in each picture- they're blue-green):
What would you do- spray paint the glass or leave them as-is?