Style Edit: Banquet Style Dining

May 09, 2020

Think back to the Medieval times when banquet tables were laid out and adorned with candlelight and enough food and drink to last a life time! Huge gatherings of people and a room full of laughter. They certainly knew how to throw a party and this sociable form of dining is currently a huge wedding trend, we’re so pleased!

The look is essentially made up of trestle tables positioned together in a row with chairs lined up either side of the table. Dependent upon the size of your wedding party then you might need several rows whereas if you’re having an intimate wedding breakfast of say 30-40 guests then this could be achieved with one.

When it comes to thinking about your wedding decor and in particular your centrepieces and table decor for banquet style dining then you need to consider the space you have to work with. Sociable dining is a must, nobody wants a huge arrangement sat directly in front of them limiting their ability to talk to the person on the opposite side of the table. Therefore we recommend keeping your centrepiece design low level and this can be something that extends the full length of the table such as a rolling tablescape made up of florals, foliage and greenery, candlelight, fairylights and tealight holders.

Alternatively if your venue has high ceilings and you need a centrepiece that creates more impact then carefully position tall floral arrangements that will inject colour at height along your wedding tables or perhaps use tall silver, gold or cut glass candelabra that will provide flickering candlelight both at a lower and higher level. You may need to space out your chairs and place settings to achieve the sociable feel and ensure that the taller centrepieces aren’t obstructive.

Dependent upon the chairs that your venue has then you might want to consider adding decor to these. Chiffon drapes accessorised with elegant brooches, greenery stems, flower heads or ribbon ties look very effective with chiavari chairs or cross backed chairs. For a more impactful look then chiffon weaved through the chair back looks amazing!

Top tip – If you’re having one long banquet table for your wedding or event then consider how this will be positioned in the room and whether you will see one or both ends of the table. The foot of your table will be completed by styling it out with a continuation of your table decor whether this be candles, an extended foliage or floral runner or perhaps a mix of floor standing floral arrangements and floating candles! Statement neon signs are another fantastic choice!


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