The Secret to Creating an Unforgettable Wedding Tablescape
After the gorgeous gowns, beautiful bouquets, and touching family portraits, the tablescapes and reception environment of your wedding will be the most photographed aspects of your event. When it comes to creating a setting to remember we suggest approaching the design of your reception tables like you would the design of a room. Layer a variety of interesting textures, materials, and light sources and make sure to include personal and unique touches that will remind your guests of you. Keep scrolling for our top tips for designing a show-stopping, Pinterest-worthy tablescape that no one will soon forget.
To create an interesting and compelling design we always recommend using a mix of textures to add depth and visual interest to a space. Though a tablescape doesn’t offer as many opportunities to do so as say, a living room, you can still layer your tables with contrasting fabrics for the tablecloths, napkins, and runners not to mention utilising metallics with a variety of surface finishes such as hammered, matte, and polished.
If your venus allows, bring in candle light in a variety of ways from utilising tall candelabras, medium-height tapers, low votives, and hefty lanterns or hurricanes. Casting a romantic glow from various heights in different intensities will create a warm, flattering environment that will project romance.
A variety of texture is key to creating an intriguing design but the same theory applies to a mix of materials. Wooden accents look compelling with metallic flatware, china, and crystal. If your flower vessels, candlesticks, chargers, and flatware are the same material and things are looking a little flat, switch out some elements for contrasting materials to give your tables a boost in visual interest.
Keep the table arrangements interesting and the eye moving by incorporating decorative elements at a variety of heights. If your centerpieces, candles, and table numbers all come in around the same height, the room will look flat and one dimensional. Infusing your tables with a mix of low, medium, and tall pieces will make the tables as a whole seem more unique and compelling.
Add a personal touch—after all, today is all about you as a couple!—to your tables by incorporating a unique piece, colour, or pattern to make your wedding tables unique. Perhaps you forgo flowers for potted greenery or utilise geodes to prop up your table numbers. Whatever it is, make it meaningful and use this as an opportunity to tie the table designs in with your wedding’s setting or underlying theme.
Even the most meticulously designed tables can be a bit of a letdown once your guests are seated for their meal. If your flower arrangements are too tall for guests on opposite sides of the table to see each other and converse or there are so many elements on the table that things feel crowded and movement is limited, it’s time to cut back and rethink things.
After you’ve made all of the design decisions, take a step back and see if there is anything you can remove to make the overall design stronger. Sometimes too many competing elements can feel cramped rather than layered and too busy instead of compelling.
Do you have any top tips for creating a beautiful wedding tablescape? We want to know, share them with us in the comments!