How to Decorate a Gift Table for a Wedding

Decorate your gift table to complement the rest of your reception

By Jen Whitten

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Sure, most of your gifts will be delivered to your home these days. But some will show up at your wedding as well. You need to have a table for those gifts and to keep it from seeming like it's not part of the reception. So decorate it!

  • What You Need to Know
  • Even if you have requested that guests donate to a charity instead of giving you a gift, be prepared for gifts to be given to you at the reception. Have a spot designated for them.
Gift Table Decorations

Step 1:

Get the dimensions of the reception venue. This is critical if you must rent your own tables for the wedding day. Make sure you do not get a table size that will look out of place or too large for the space.

Step 2:

Order extra table linens. One way to tie in your gift table is to cover it with the same tablecloth used for the guest tables or the cake table.

Step 3:

Use the standard elements in a different way. If you use puffs of tulle under the cake, consider tying bows out of extra tulle. Fasten them to the front corners of the gift table. If the table is in the corner, secure tulle to the wall to cascade like a tent over the table.

Step 4:

Add sparkle to the gift table. A quick way to dress up a table is to use a dark tablecloth with glittery tulle in a light shade ruffled on top. To save money, buy plain white tulle and spray-paint it with silver or gold glitter paint. Sprinkle a little wedding confetti on the table to complete your look.

Step 5:

Whatever you do, keep your theme in mind. If you have a seaside theme, starfish and shells may do the trick for gift table decorations.

  • Tips & Warnings
  • Remember not to go overboard. The gift table is for gifts. There should be plenty of space for them.
  • Use a small box or hanging bag for envelopes.
  • Don't forget to ask a member of the wedding party to collect the gifts at the end of the wedding and hold onto them until you return from your honeymoon.
  • Avoid candles because open flames on a table potentially overflowing with gifts is a bad idea. However, sconces on the walls can cast delicate light over the table if your venue allows it.

About the Author

Jen Whitten is a freelance writer and worked in the event and wedding planning fields.

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A decorative element where fabric is draped to form a curve between two points. Often seen on the skirts of tables or as an effect to create the ceiling of a tent.

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