Whether you’re a design enthusiast or not, articulating the theme of your wedding through your table design can sometimes be a daunting task. There are so many details – from glassware and flatware to table numbers and paper goods that effect the overall mood of your reception. We’re here to talk through all the aspects that create the perfect (for you) table setting. First things first, we recommend sitting down with your partner to decide what design direction you’d like to go in. If you’re at a loss, you can always reach out to your wedding planner for design assistance
We recommend starting with your foundation which could be the table itself, the linen you select for your table, and your napkin choice.
Depending on the statement you’d like to make, you can select a variety of different tables that will be set without linen. Whether you go with a rustic farm table or industrial concrete table you can create an impact without table linen altogether. Another option would be to select a stand-out table linen to drape your tables of choice. Your tables of choice could be round tables, long rectangular tables, or even a mixture of both! When thinking of the overall mood of your wedding much of the tone will be set with the type of tables you choose and the linen you select, so make sure together, they make an impact.
For example, if you’re looking for a modern twist we like to pair black velvet table linen with white napkins for a bold reception statement. You can also take some mid-century modern inspiration from the table setting below, using clean lines with natural shapes and materials. Don’t forget to tie everything together with chairs of a similar style!
Next, we’ll get into the basics of your wedding table set design. The following are fundamentals because, well, you can’t eat dinner without plates and flatware. These are all items that each of your guests will have directly in front of them for a good portion of the evening so make sure you select items that make a cohesive visual impact.
The center of your table is the obvious focal point of your table design. What you place down the center of the table relies on the type and size of the table. For example, we love to add a swathed table runner down longer tables along with floral designs that are shorter and father reaching. Alternatively, with round tables, we prefer a mixture of high and low floral designs to create some depth in your reception space. Another great way to add visual interest is to add a mixture of candle sizes and heights. We just advise to check with your venue before incorporating candles into your table design, so you can stay within any regulations during the design process.
This is where your creativity can really shine. There are little details (some necessary and some a stylistic preference) where you can design something one-of-a-kind for your wedding.
Our last recommendation for a stand-out table design is to add something unexpected. Whether you add unexpected décor elements like fig, plums, or artichoke – make sure they stay within the same color scheme as the rest of your centerpiece or table top design. Even unexpected textures like velvet or hanging center pieces can become conversation pieces.
If this design roundup left you feeling more daunted than inspired, seek the advice of your wedding planner. They are there to help you through this process and want you to enjoy it as much as possible. A good rule of thumb is to always start with your venue’s options and work outward from there. Many venues have a wide selection of table options, linen colors, plates, and flatware to choose from, so select the items you like and outsource the remaining items. Regardless what may be popular now, your wedding design should be a complete reflection of both partners individually and together.