If you’re planning a sit-down wedding reception, your table styling will play a huge role in the overall look and feel of your event.
Wedding tablescapes are the perfect opportunity to create something truly beautiful that your guests can enjoy and appreciate too! From your centrepieces to your glassware and even your cutlery, a well-styled table can really set the scene for your entire celebration.
We’ve helped hundreds of couples bring their wedding receptions to life with modern and creative table settings, so today we wanted to share a few of our top tips and expert advice! If you’re currently planning a sit-down event for your own big day, keep reading for 5 key things to keep in mind for beautiful (and practical!) wedding table styling.
Images via Ivy Road Photography
1. Stay consistent with your styling
Have you taken some time to determine your overall wedding vision? This is the best place to start when it comes to creating the perfect tablescape to suit (you can check out our top tips for finding your wedding style on the blog!)
Your wedding table styling should be consistent with the other areas of your wedding, such as your ceremony furniture, floral design and stationery suite. Draw inspiration from the existing elements of your wedding day, rather than trying to create a whole new theme for your reception settings.
For example, if the rest of your wedding styling is minimal, modern and elegant, you’d want to continue this feel for your table settings, too. This will help you create a cohesive aesthetic that flows nicely throughout each area of your day.
2. Create layers
Using layers throughout your wedding table styling will help to give your settings depth and detail. Without layers, your wedding table settings may look flat or one-dimensional.
Consider using layers and mixing different textures and materials to create a visually appealing setting. Think of your table as a blank canvas base, and build on this with elements like tableware, centrepieces, florals and textiles.
For example, you may choose to build on your wedding tables with a textured charger plate topped with your dinner plate, a linen napkin and then your menu or place card. Don’t be afraid to get creative - your layers might include elements like fresh fruits, shells, herbs or foliage, depending on your overall wedding vision.
Images via Ivy Road Photography
3. Incorporate different heights
Another way to help your tablescapes feel lush, full and interesting is to incorporate different heights. Try to use varying heights or “levels” with your table styling, with details like your floral centrepieces, candles, table numbers, favours or votives.
If all of your table details are at exactly the same height, the overall look of your reception space might feel a bit static or bare. These varying levels on each table really do help to make the entire room feel fuller, and will also photograph better in your reception snaps.
Images via Ryder Evans Photography
4. Keep it practical
Before you get too carried away with your table settings, take a moment to think about the practical side of things, too!
For example, if you’ve chosen a feasting style menu, have you chosen an appropriately sized feasting table? Will the placement of your table decor allow for platters of food in-between? Are your centrepieces at an appropriate height so that your guests can still chat across the table?
If you’re worried about the amount of room on your tables, think about ways that you can free up some extra space. For example, instead of spreading your centrepieces across the entire table, consider having just one or two smaller clusters.
You’ll also want to make sure you’ve actually covered all of the essential items for food service. You’d be surprised how many of our couples make last minute additions for things like entree cutlery or napkins. We have a great reception hire checklist that you can refer to and ensure you’ve ticked everything off your list!
5. Don't overcomplicate things
Our final tip - don’t overcomplicate things! If you’re feeling overwhelmed with your table styling, consider investing in statement pieces like gold cutlery, crystal glassware or coloured napkins, instead of stressing about the smaller details.
Using statement tableware or a beautiful dining table as your base means you can spend less time and money trying to enhance your tables with other decorations - sometimes it’s best to keep things simple with just a few key pieces, instead.
Images by Figtree Wedding Photography
We love helping couples create the perfect table settings for their big day! You can check out our full range of reception hire items online, or touch base with our team for a copy of our latest hire catalogue.