5 TOP TIPS FOR STYLING YOUR WEDDING TABLESCAPE
We understand that planning your tablescape can be difficult, and often one of the last things on your mind when planning such a huge celebration, so thats why have created the following 5 top tips for bringing your vision to life. All of the details such as linens and stationery may seem small but together will create some ‘style fluidity’ in your day.
Follow our top tips below for creating a visually captivating, yet practical tablescape!
1) Table shape
Have you decided on the shape of your tables, or spoken to your venue about the options they have? This is a great starting point for working out the ‘feel’ of your reception. Remember to take into consideration things like the number of guests to seat, the space to fill, and even your menu style.
Your venue or structure company will most likely have layouts to choose from, however if not, here is a handy resource we often recommend to our couples.
2) Linens, layers and textures
Texture is a huge part of creating a visually captivating table, but can often be tricky to envisage to start with. Listed below are the items you may need.
-Linen or wood
A great way to create a consistent style is to bring in elements of the rest of your day. Why not repurpose some of your ceremony décor to your reception or even bring your florals to accessorise your reception space
This one can be dependent on your caterer and their tableware supplier, BUT:
We highly recommend exploring the tableware upgrades available to you. Switching out your white napkin, to a coloured napkin or changing your glassware to a premium style- can make a huge statement on a table- sometimes for as little as pence! We would always recommend seeing if there is a higher quality tablecloth on offer too, this will help give your table a luxury feel and will most likely have less chance of creasing!
4) Your menu and safety!
Coming from a team of caterers, we understand the practicality and comfort requirements behind creating a beautiful table.
Here are a few mini tips we have for you:
- Open flames and dried flowers should be used together with care. Dried flowers are often sprayed with hairspray to preserve their looks, so that + a flame can be a recipe for disaster! Why not explore a closed flames option, such as pillar vases or tealights?
- Table space. If you have chosen a sharing board menu, it is important to check that people will be able to a) reach the board and b) not knock anything over in the process! We recommend clustering your décor in 2’s and 3’s around your tables to create impact and also more space.
5) Ask for mock-ups.
The only way to know if you like something is to try it! Ask your stylist if they have any samples, or if they can create a mockup
This is something we love doing alongside mood board creation, to ensure consistent styling and tones throughout the day.
BONUS TIP: Get some help
On the morning of your wedding day, the last thing you need to be doing is laying your tables and put out décor items. It is important to check what your venue/ caterers are contracted to do and hire someone to do the rest. Our OTD styling package would allow you to breathe easy and enjoy your morning, whilst we are working through our list of tasks set by you.
Suppliers for the images used:
Fairy-tale marquees – Structure and festoon lighting
Island Hall- Venue
Alfresco Hire- Ceremony benches, Reception chairs and Rustic Bar
Mike & Ollie- Catering
Lex Flemming- Photography
CMA hire- Glasses and tableware
Wren Ark- Amber glasses, crockery, Cutlery
88 Events- Linens
Park Light- Lanterns and external uplighters
Flowers by Hall and Co- Floristry
Cambridge Shisha- Shisha lounges
Stories event hire- Styling and lounges
Hall & Co Event Design- Planning, co-ordination and staffing
Lou paper- Stationery
Miss Carslyle & Co- Candlesticks and outdoor tables
Mohammad Jaberi- Entertainment