5 Styling Tips for Wedding Reception Tables!
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If you’re planning a sit-down wedding reception, your table details will play a big role in the overall look and feel of your venue. From centrepieces to linens and glassware, a beautifully styled table can really set the scene for your wedding celebration and create a memorable guest experience.
But when it comes to curating a beautiful tablescape, what should you keep in mind to ensure the end result achieves your vision and remains practical for your guests, too? Keep reading as we share our top 5 styling tips for wedding reception tables, along with some creative inspiration from recent events!
1. Stay consistent with your styling
First things first, have you determined your overall wedding “style”? This is the best starting point when it comes to creating the perfect tablescape to reflect your vision for the day (check out our top tips on finding your wedding style here!).
It’s important to get clear on your wedding vision first, because this will influence the decisions you make when styling your reception tables. Whether your vision is coastal luxe or eclectic and bohemian, your table styling should ideally fit cohesively with the other elements of your wedding - from your ceremony furniture right down to your floral design and stationery suite. Try to draw inspiration from the existing colours, textures and details of your wedding day rather than creating a completely new theme for your reception tables.
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 ensure your day has a beautiful “flow” and consistent aesthetic between each different area.
2. Create layers
Using layers throughout your wedding table styling is one of the best tips we can give you! Layers help to give your table settings depth and detail - without them, your table settings may look flat or one-dimensional.
Think of your table as a blank canvas “base”, and build on this by layering different textures, materials and decor. Elements like charger plates, linen napkins, statement glassware and stationery work beautifully for a layered tablescape. Depending on your wedding “theme”, your layers can include everything from fresh fruits to shells, herbs or crystals.
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, using 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.
4. Keep it practical
Before you finalise the styling side of your table settings, don’t forget to think about the practical details! Along with looking beautiful, you also want your table settings to remain functional for your guests, too.
For example: if you’ve chosen a feasting style menu, have you chosen an appropriately sized feasting table with extra width? 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, you can also 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 as a focal point.
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 beautifuldining 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.