We give a lot of focus and tips on decorating wedding tables at your reception because to be honest, that’s where guests are going to spending a large part of their time.
So making your tables stylish, welcoming and well-thought out is key to feeling that your wedding day is as beautiful as you ever wanted it to be.
Today we thought we’d show you five key tricks for decorating wedding tables – an insider’s guide if you like.
1. In charge of your place settings
We’re big fans of charger plates and with good reason. A charger plate is a bit like a table mat but much more decorative and sits under the serving plate. They make a table look ‘finished’, instantly create a place setting and come in a host of materials like china, metallic, glass etc. to offer a variety of looks. The ornate charger plates above used by our York stylist gave a really ‘luxe’ feel to the table and the rose gold colour toned in beautifully with the table length arrangements of rose buds.
For extra effect, a glass charger can be placed over the gold to add a different dimension.
2. Lighting the way
Don’t underestimate the effect that light has on the mood of your table or wedding venue. Don’t have bright overhead lighting. Instead light the tables individually with soft candles and ensure that your venue can dim the lights, nothing ruins a mood more than dazzling lighting over dinner, especially in a winter wedding.
You’ll often see mirrors placed underneath candelabra and tea lights at weddings we’ve styled. That’s because a mirror will reflect light upwards and also double the light available but keeping it soft. It creates a very romantic ambience.
3. Saying it with flowers
The flowers you use on your table decorations are also going to set a mood. If you want dreamy romance, then you can’t go wrong with roses. If you’d like a more vibrant mood, then opt for colourful gerberas or chrysanthemums, your florist will definitely be able to advise you on this.
4. Every napkin can be a style feature
This is an easy one to get right but we’re often amazed how often napkins are left unadorned at weddings. You can tuck flowers into them, tie up the napkin with ribbon or lace (very mood-setting for a vintage wedding) and put place names on them.
5. Name your tables
Rather than call your tables “One”, “Two”, “Three” and so on, it’s much more creative and fun to think up a name for each one. These could be just about anything. If you and your partner are sporty, then they could be favourite footballs teams, favourite athletes or favourite sports. If you both love reading then you could have the names of your favourite authors. If you have travelled widely then the names could be countries you’ve visited.