The dining tables are often the first place to start when you’re choosing your wedding decorations, and you want to make a spectacular impression on your guests as they arrive for the wedding reception. There are many individual elements that work together to make beautiful wedding table decorations and here are four of them
A dramatic centrepiece
If you have a traditional table layout, with multiple tables of eight to ten guests, each one should have some sort of focal point or centrepiece. For a contemporary look, many couples are choosing centrepieces that don’t all match, but that follow a similar theme. Perhaps they are all the same colour but made of different materials, or they are made from the same flowers but are of different heights.
The most popular form of centrepiece is a flower arrangement, either fresh or artificial, but there are plenty of other options to consider. Candles make superb table centres, especially when you group a few of different heights, or float some in a bowl of water. A group of helium balloons, a decorative stand of cupcakes, a lamp to match your theme, or a miniature tree adorned with ornaments are all good choices.
Luxurious table linen
Traditionally wedding table linen is simple white or ivory to provide a contrast to the colourful flowers and decorations. However, highly patterned table linen in bold colours is becoming more common, with simple accessories placed on top.
If you have several tables, try to find different coloured table cloths in various shades of your wedding colour for a warmer effect than pure white. If an entire table of colour is too much for you, look for table runners in you wedding colour, or make them out of the same material as your bridesmaids’ dresses.
Shimmering table confetti
Using confetti to finish off your decorations adds a touch of magic to your tables. You can use traditional paper confetti, but this can get messy if drinks are spilt. Try metallic confetti instead, with horse shoes, stars and hearts to make your tables shimmer.
There is a current trend for using crystals in every aspect of your wedding, and sprinkling a few crystals on each table will really add sparkle to your wedding breakfast. A more romantic option is to scatter freeze dried rose petals on the tables to complement your wedding flowers and colour scheme.
Personal place settings
There are various elements that can be combined to create a decorative place setting and these include place names, bomboniere, disposable cameras, serviette rings, and unusual glassware. Think about the style, colours, and overall effect that you want to create with your place settings before you start to order them.
Would you like a motif, such as a particular flower or symbol, or your initials, to run through the place setting? Do you want the setting to have a modern or vintage feel? Do you want to totally personalise the setting using photos of your guests on place names and bombonieres or do you want all the place settings to look the same?