From candles to dinnerware, the perfect wedding table setting can only be accomplished with a skillful attention to detail. “Given that the wedding reception table is where your guests (and you) will spend most of your time, it pays to make a statement with your tablescape,” Marina de Coatgoureden, Head of Events for the world-renowned Quintessentially Events, advises.
From mixing textures to choosing the perfect color scheme, read on to discover Coatgoureden’s tips for creating an elegant, Pinterest-worthy table setting.
Take Your Cue from the Venue
If it is lavish and full of period detail, then contrast this with contemporary, clean linens, finishes, and accessories, or subtly enhance the space with a clean decorative scheme. Equally, if you have a really blank canvas or a marquee, for example, you can go all out with lush layers of detail and strikingly bold color schemes.
Anchor Your Look in One Theme
Either anchor your look to one statement decorative item – be it brightly patterned linen, gold mirrored table tops, or hundreds of glittering candelabra – or blend a mix of textures, floral displays, colored glassware, and ornaments to create interest and more of a maximal feel. This looks particularly lovely when working to a palette.
Think Differently About Your ‘Centerpieces’
Varied heights or clusters of bud vases and posies soften a space and aid easy conversation as guests aren’t playing a game of hide-and-seek to converse with each other across the table. You don’t have to simply dress the tables with flowers either – suspended arrangements look fantastical whilst illustrated tablecloths add an original feel. Try using unconventional containers and ornaments to add interest too – think painted china vases, oyster shells, and coral forming a runner with candles melted into them.
Keep Things Luxurious
Always opt for weighty cutlery and high cotton-count linen for a luxurious feel for your guests. For glassware, we adore Champagne saucers and etched crystal styles, but glassware in shades of modern pastels, such as lilac, blue, and softest pink, looks fresh and pretty.
Don't Forget Place Cards
Place cards are super helpful for guests (who may have forgotten by the time they get to the table where precisely they are sat) and a nice way of adding a little sense of occasion to proceedings when written in beautiful script or perched in a pretty placeholder.