Really it’s all about the welcome. When your guests arrive at their table you want the decor to make people feel relaxed and delighted to be invited to your big day.
So instead of just deciding to put standard floral arrangements on the tables you need to think hard about this one. Do you actually need flowers at all?
As always, think about the time of year in which you’re getting married, the style of the event (is it formal or less formal), the location, the mood and who is actually coming
Trends come and go, and a wedding can look very dated and dull if the table decorations have been put together at the last minute. So we’ve put together some ideas for you below taken from our weddings which show many of the decorative trends for tables that are going on right now.
There are plenty of thoughts here – using lighting, fabrics, different types of containers, playing around with different heights for decoration. You’re looking to create visual delight, interest and balance as well as a welcoming ambience.
Some key rules
Don’t choose a centrepiece that obstructs people’s view of one another across the table. You don’t want it to be a barrier. Consider having something low or something in a very tall vase (or a candlelabra) so that the flowers are up high and people can see each other.
- In hot weather remember that floral centrepieces arranged in oasis may wilt. Make sure they are sprayed with water at the last minute before guests take their places.
- Vases don’t have to be matchy-matchy. It’s very on trend to use several small vases containing flowers. You do need to have a theme going on with them though – this could be colour, texture or style.
- You don’t have to have flowers as a centrepiece, think in terms of what would be visual decoration. You could have a centrepiece of ostrich feathers, a photograph or seasonal fruits.
- Long swathes of greenery draped along the length of the table look beautiful on a refectory style setting.
- Fabric in a contrasting colour can also be used to define a table centre. Maybe a length of chiffon to match chair covers or a sparkling sequinned overlay?