When setting tables at an event, a planner needs to coordinate the decor to match the theme of the event. Well-coordinated decor results in a stunning look at a wedding.
A wedding is a special event, and every couple wants theirs to be as unique as a fingerprint.
A wedding that stands out creates lasting memories.
But how do you know which unique details to include and how do you come up with them in the first place?
Don’t worry, we have it covered!
Here are ten out-of-the-box ideas that a wedding planner can incorporate in a table setting:
- Display escort cards
- Hang air balloons
- Place lampshades
- Display coloured glassware
- Hang flowers
- Create a photo backdrop with paper flowers
- Hang lots of paper lanterns
- Decorate with lights
- Set tables with unique shapes
- Place table linen with popping colours
1. Escort Cards Display
Planning how guests will sit at a wedding is not an easy task. You can end up with a match made in heaven or causing feuds.
Escort cards direct guests to their seats at the reception area.
When coming up with escort cards, you should factor in the following:
- Ditch the tradition! Create seating charts using free online sites such as WeddingWire and AllSeated. They are fast and efficient.
- Mix up your guests. You want people to enjoy chatting at their table as they deepen existing friendships and build new ones.
- Consider your guests’ special needs. Place guests with physical challenges and the elderly next to the door. It allows them to get in and out of the venue with ease.
- Cater to guests who are bringing children to the wedding. Set some seats for children. It allows parents to enjoy the wedding without worrying about their kids.
N.B: Don’t place children next to the music system and photography equipment. They may end up causing distractions and destruction.
Once you’ve sorted out the seating arrangement, place the escort cards on a display board at the entrance of the reception area where they are visible to everyone.
2. Use Air Balloons
Balloons are not only meant for children’s parties. They are also great for outdoor wedding settings.
They reflect a sense of adventure, fun and freedom!
A bride’s walk down the aisle becomes more beautiful with air balloons hanging above her. They bring unmatched elegance to the reception area.
Select the balloons in various colours. Colours help to create fun and happy vibes.
Personalise the balloons with a sweet message from the bride and groom, such as “Love is in the air”.
You can also use the balloons to create a backdrop for photos.
3. Place Lampshades
If you want the wedding to shine, use lampshades. They add a touch of sophistication to the reception and can be the focal point at a wedding.
There are many ways to incorporate lampshades as decor in a table setting. Begin by choosing a design that blends with the theme.
Create height on your dinner tables by using tall lampshades placed as centrepieces. Change the shade of the lamp to a colour that matches with the rest of the wedding decor.
4. Display Coloured Glassware
Glassware on a table setting includes water goblets, wine glasses and coffee cups. If you are serving both red and white wine, place different glasses for these.
Place the glassware at the top right of the dinner plate, above the knives and spoons.
Make the glassware part of the decor. Add a splash of colour to your dinner table by setting glassware with a mixture of colours. It makes the dinner table pop.
Next to the glassware, place a candle. Its reflective shimmer will add some nuance to the setting.
5. Use Hanging Flowers
You can do a lot with flowers apart from setting them on the dinner tables as centrepieces.
Hang them from the ceiling to mimic chandeliers. If you want to create a luxurious look, put the flowers in a pot and hang them a few metres above your dinner table.
You will keep your guests looking up!
Also, consider adorning the reception with flowers in mason jars hanging from above. Place the flowers in mason jars painted in warm, bright colours.
6. Create a Photo Backdrop with Paper Flowers
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Every couple wants to see beautiful photos of their wedding, even years later.
Don’t go for the same old white backdrop photo. A bold and colourful background will make photos pop.
Paper flowers are beautiful, simple and affordable.
Combine paper flowers in pastel colours such as white, peach and pink. Add a touch of gold to it for extra elegance.
7. Hang Paper Lanterns
Paper lanterns are a versatile and cost-effective way to decorate a wedding setting.
Decorate either the entire space or selected parts of the venue using paper lanterns. For instance, you can choose to decorate only the reception area with paper lanterns.
Often, the lanterns have a small metallic insert or hook that makes them easy to hang.
8. Decorate with Lights
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Lighting can revolutionise a wedding setting. The right kind of illumination will make decor shine and enable great photography.
Use natural or artificial lights. You can even use both, depending on your setting. For instance, if your setting is indoors and the venue has large windows, it’s best to use natural light.
Hang coloured lighting from the ceiling to add a new dimension to the reception.
9. Set Tables in Unique Shapes
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The way you set tables is important because it directs how the energy will flow at the event.
Break the rules! Ditch the long tables that are popular in many wedding settings. Go for breathtaking ways of setting tables.
Setting tables in a U-shape gives room for an intimate wedding. It also makes it easy to strike up a conversation.
Style the venue differently. Mix round tables with rectangular ones.
10. Place Table Linen with Popping Colours
Tablecloths provide both a functional and aesthetic value in a wedding setting.
Give the dinner tables some extra protection by placing tablecloths on them. Go for linen tablecloths. They are durable, absorbent and exude class and elegance.
When selecting tablecloths, consider the shape of the table.
Australian Linen Supply sells tablecloths of various shapes and colours. Here are some samples.
Place table runners and placemats with popping colours. You can place the table runner over the tablecloth or by itself on the table.
Consider the theme of the wedding when deciding on the colours of the table runner. You will want to achieve a harmonious look.
Always go for quality and affordable table linen, such as those from ALS.
They stock quality table linen in a variety of sizes, shapes and colours. They also deliver within Australia.
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