DIY Wedding Wednesday: Place Setting 101

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Whether you’re planning your wedding on your own or working with a professional wedding stylist, there are certain wedding design principles that you’re going to want to get familiar with to help ease the planning process. And one of the most important no doubt involves the setup of your guest tables, beyond the centerpiece, focusing on the details that make the difference between an average and a stunning wedding day look. To help you guide your way through the structure of your personal tabletop formations, for today\s how-to we’re sharing our top place setting tips, all easily executable and applicable to any wedding day theme. Happy Planning!

The Place Setting How-To

Tip #1 – Placement is Everything

The first thing to remember when designing your place setting is that no matter what you’re planning to include, all pieces should serve a purpose, logistical or decorative (or ideally both!), and all should work together to create a balanced big picture.

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Tip #2 – Layer on the Lovely. Plate Top Details.

Add instant eye candy to your set up by incorporating layers of useful details onto your guest plates. Consider a menu card to get their taste buds going and include their takeaway at their marked spot for a more personalized approach to a guest favor display. And of course there’s the must-include floral detail to finish off the look.

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Tip #3 – Mark Their Spot

It may take a lot of work to plan out your wedding day seating plan, but it’s all worth it. Assigned seating not only leads to a more pleasant overall event experience for your guests, taking the guess work out of their hands, it also gives you another opportunity to personalize your affair. Go for a unique choice for your place card holder to up the interest factor.

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Tip #4 – The Unexpected

A napkin is a straightforward place setting must, but how you go about displaying it comes with plenty of creative possibilities. Go the extra step and think through a way of incorporating yours in such a way that provides for another excuse to add detail to the overall look. A napkin ring, both traditional and DIY’d like we used here, is a natural choice.

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featured here: oval tin tag

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Tip #5 – Go for the Upgrade

Your venue will likely provide you with all the place setting staples required for dinner service. But if budget allows it, consider upgrading the options for a look more suited to your specific event design. At the very least make sure you review the standard offering to ensure all your service needs are indeed covered.

Star Players – The Stationery

What’s the easiest way to incorporate personalized details into your place setting and event as a whole? A custom stationery line with pieces that subtly shape and elevate the specifics of your wedding day design. Here’s a recap of the pieces featured in today’s post.

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Have a Seat: Place Setting 101

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If I had to narrow down what makes for a jaw dropping wedding into just two words I wouldn’t hesitate for a second to say “the details”. (It’s not a coincidence that’s the name of this blog.) It’s the events pulled together by couples who have put their personal touch on every component of their wedding that stand out amongst the rest as unique and truly swoon-worthy. And although I can’t tell you exactly how to personalize your celebration, I certainly can break down which elements to focus on. And what better area to concentrate your efforts on than one that’s repeated by potentially the hundreds, your guest table place settings. From top to bottom, here’s how to personalize yours.


Consider what beverages you’ll be serving and arrange for upgraded stemware to serve each in. Consider your wines (separate glass for red and white), water, champagne and any signature drinks. And don’t be afraid to mix and match designs, like something ornate with something simple.

Have a Seat

Take the guessing game out of the equation for your guests and mark their spots with a stylized theme appropriate place card holder. Finish the look off with a fresh floral accent for an unexpected extra.

On The Menu

Get your guests’ taste buds going and add another layer of dimension to your place settings with customized dinner menus.  Incorporated into each setting they act as the perfect plate accessory and bring a sophisticated level of formality to the overall look.

Tiny Treats

Show your appreciation up front with a thoughtful token of thanks. Feature your guest favors at each place setting to ensure they don’t go unnoticed.

mini birdcage guest faovrs

featured here: mini birdcage favor (spray painted white)

Every Last Detail

To really impress leave nothing as standard. Upgrade to a customized set of flatware to complete the decorative visual of your table set up. Keep with the design of all your other setting components for a cohesive overall presentation.


Pull Your Look

To start pulling together your own customize place setting details, shop the full collection of wedding accessories and day of stationery pieces on And come back to the blog this Wednesday for a place setting how-to that should not go missed.