Everything You Need to Know About Wedding Reception Tables

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Whether you’re serving a sit-down meal or a relaxed buffet, both you and your wedding guests will spend a considerable amount of time seated at your wedding reception tables.

These tables obviously have a very practical part to play in your wedding breakfast. They’ll also take up a lot of space and have a huge impact on the overall look and feel of your reception. Clearly, they need some serious consideration, so here’s everything you need to know about wedding reception tables and ideas on how to style them…

•    Tables

Although tables come in a variety of shapes and sizes, those used at weddings and events tend to be round or rectangular and of a standard size.

The number of guests you plan to invite, the layout of your venue and the type of atmosphere you hope to create will help you determine the best configuration.

•    Chairs

Often overlooked, the right chairs can really transform a wedding reception. If you’re not happy with the seating available at your venue, consider hiring something different. Nowadays, there are numerous alternatives to traditional chair covers too. You’ll find a range of inspiring chair styling ideas here.  

•    Table Linen

Some tables are too beautiful to hide beneath a tablecloth, but most will benefit from some stylish table linen. Whether you opt for pure white or something more luxurious like sequins or silk brocade, your chosen cloth will serve as a backdrop for everything else.

wedding reception table ideasGina Shoots Weddings via Bridal Musings

Don’t forget to consider the colour and fabric of napkins, skirting and table runners too.

•    Cutlery, Crockery and Glassware

When it comes to place settings, the options are endless. Once you’ve chosen between a formal or informal setting for your sit-down dinner, think about the colours, patterns and materials you’d like to incorporate. For example, gold and copper cutlery is very popular right now.      

•    Centrepieces

Your florist should be able to help you choose the right style of centrepiece for your wedding reception tables. Whatever flowers and foliage you opt for, make sure the arrangements match your overall theme and don’t block your guests’ view of each other or the top table. 

•    Lighting

Nothing transforms the ambiance of a room like the right lighting. Lanterns, candles, fairy lights or festoon lights will all add a touch of magic to your tables and help create the perfect atmosphere at your reception.   

•    Stationery

Beautiful place cards, table names, numbers and menus all add detail and interest to a table. You can keep these pretty paper touches super subtle or use them to add serious impact.

wedding table stationeryIgor Kovchegin and Romanova Photography via Fab Mood

If you’re in need of some inspiration, you’ll find three stunning wedding stationery trends here.    

•    Surprises

Add a hint of fun to your wedding reception tables with thoughtful wedding favours, conversation ice-breakers or even wedding speech bingo cards. Providing a few toys or an activity pack for children is also a good idea.

Until next time,

Happy planning!

Val x     

Top image photography credit: Andrew Brannan Photography via Love My Dress

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