A wedding place setting is not just somewhere for your guests to eat. It’s a styling opportunity…
Back in your grandparents’ day, a wedding place setting was just that. Tables were generally laid with white cloths, silver cutlery, a standard flower arrangement in the centre and white linen napkins.
That was then.
Since then couples have realised that table settings are a way of showing the wow factor as soon as the guests arrive at their places, a way of welcoming people and a way of showcasing the style of the wedding and the personality of the couple marrying.
We haven’t seen the wedding place settings at Meghan and Harry’s reception dinner but we’ll bet that they were super stylish and well thought-out.
If you’ve got a theme running through your wedding day, then use that for your place settings. So if it’s nautical, tie napkins with small pieces of rope and nautical knots. Use blue and white china.
If the theme is rustic and set in a barn or in a marquee in a field, then the place setting could be styled with a simple white napkin folded square and tied with rustic string and a touch of greenery.
You don’t even have to have every place setting the same. Alternate on different tables or theme for men and women.
Have different colours on different tables, maybe go for an ombre effect in different shades of blue, purple, pink…
You don’t have to use the same place setting across all the tables. If the tables are going to be themed then base the place settings on the individual tables.
At a more formal wedding, you’re likely to want things to be relatively traditional but you can still use deep dramatic colours. The bright colours below are lively but the whole setting still has a formality about it.
You need to be thinking about every aspect of the table. The cloth, charger plates, the napkin, florals, crockery, glasses and cutlery. Or you can leave it for the wedding stylist to worry about for you!
Matching gold cutlery with a gold charger plate is super-stylish.
Ask your venue if they have any limits to what they allow to be on the tables for example lit candles.
Remember you will also need to consider practicality when designing your wedding place settings. How much room do you have on the table? Are you short of space or is there plenty of room for guests to be spread out?
Using charger plates in different colours with metallic tablecloths, contrasting napkins and canteens of different coloured cutlery are just some of the ways in which our wedding stylists can help you to personalise your wedding day. They have everything to hand, so you don’t have to spend time and money sourcing things yourself.