Ideas on How to Decorate Wedding Tables

Top your table with these decor ideas

By Trisha Berendt

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When guests arrive at a wedding reception, they spend a large portion of their time at their tables. A guest will recognize the beauty of their table long before she notices any other decorations. When you're planning your wedding reception, pay close attention to how you set up the guest areas. These decorations will set the mood for the entire evening. By focusing on color, lighting, season and party favors, you can have a memorable wedding reception table design.

  • What You Need to Know
  • Consider the season when thinking about table decorations.
  • Colorful accents can personalize the wedding reception tables.

Step 1:

Seasonal decorations are often the most festive for wedding table decorations. Orange and red leaves and tiny pumpkins are perfect for an autumn wedding, while sunflowers and daisies are great for a summer wedding. Bring nature onto your tables, and feature plants of the season as eco-friendly, living centerpieces.

Step 2:

Incorporate the theme colors of your wedding in the decoration of your wedding reception tables. Table runners are a great way to include the theme color. Also try napkins or napkin rings that match the colors you chose for your wedding. Using these colors as accents against a neutral tablecloth may be more visually appealing than covering the entire table with your signature color.

Step 3:

Provide party favors for your guests. Leave a favor at each place setting to surprise your friends and family members. Consider favors that celebrate the occasion, such as complimentary wine glasses with the bride's and groom's names on them. Chocolates and other candies are also a big hit, especially if you are expecting children among your guests.

Step 4:

Use lighting to create a warm ambiance at each wedding reception table. Tea lights in clear or milky white votive candle holders cast a yellow glow over the table. Also consider adding votive candles to variously sized mason jars in the middle of the table. Make sure that there is enough light for guests to see their food and their table mates. Column candles of different sizes grouped together can also create a striking centerpiece.

Step 5:

Save money on wedding reception table decorations by spending frugally and decorating the tables on your own. Purchase your own fancy ribbon to tie up floral centerpieces rather than using the expensive ribbon supplied by the florist. Fruit can also be a visual, less costly decor element. Float cranberries and floating tea lights in a low glass bowl or fill tall glass vases with oranges, lemons or limes for a vibrant punch of color.

  • Tips & Warnings
  • When choosing plates, glasses and silverware, white or clear place settings look elegant, clean and sleek and blend with any color scheme.
  • Flowers can run up the cost of centerpieces. Use them sparingly if you want to save money.

About the Author

Trisha Berendt is a freelance writer and professional wedding photographer.

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