Wedding Design 101: Mastering the Wedding Tablescape

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We’re a week away from Canada’s first official long weekend so naturally I’ve got parties top of mind. My favorite kind? A proper dinner party complete with great food, even better wine, and loads of fantastic friends. Having planned a few in my day I know that one of the cardinal rules to a great bash, and incidentally a great wedding, is a well set and styled table. Dining tables are where your guests spend most of their time, and in the case of a wedding where table settings are in the double digits, the visual becomes all that much more important. So today I’m breaking down the five basic essentials behind a successful tablescape. And considering practice makes perfect, you’ve got an excuse to plan a few parties to test out your own skills before your big day. Bon fete!

The Essentials – #1: Show Them to Their Seat

Rule number one to being a pro hostess: manage the guest experience from start to finish. Make it carefree and effortless for them, right down to where they’re meant to sit. Marking their spot with a theme appropriate place marker not only gets the job done, it also works as an added decorative touch. To get them to their table, use a seating chart or escort cards, greeting your guests upon arrival and guiding them to where they need to go.

diy seating chart

featured here: custom diy seating chart made with equestrian love stationery collection large rectangular tags accented with horse hose charms and tied with satin ribbon in deep plum

rustic wedding tablescape

The Essentials – #2: Greet Them with a Treat

Make your guests feel special and incorporate some instant eye candy into your design with a little surprise gift waiting to greet your guests as they settle in. Repeated over every place setting it makes for the perfect finishing touch and a fantastic first impression.

rustic mini pitcher favor

The Essentials #3: Layers of Goodness

From chargers to trimmed napkins, designing your place settings using multiple layers adds dimension and interest to your tablescape. Complete the look with a dried or fresh flower in your color scheme for an unexpected touch of pretty.

rustic place setting rustic gold charger plate crochet border handkerchief

crochet border handkerchief gift

featured: crochet border handkerchief (can be personalized)

The Essentials – #4: Keeping Focus

With all the things going on with a tablescape, it’s important to have a focal point that pulls it all together. Given its central positioning on a table, a beautiful floral centerpiece is a natural choice. Use height or eye catching decorative accents to create the focus. Where budget allows, expand on the concept by creating a table length runner made of bountiful floral arrangements.

rustic wedding centerpiece

need some added inspiration?
for gorgeous simple to create diy centerpiece ideas check out our springtime centerpiece post

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The Essentials – #5: The Finer things

For a really impressive design consider setting aside some budget for lovely little unexpected details. Upgraded flatware, delicate chair backs or custom table overhangs are all surefire ways of pulling together an unforgettable and unique event design.

gold wedding flatware lace chair back

mini white lanterns

featured here: mini white lanterns (comes with stand and hanger, removed here)

Want More?

Looking for more wedding reception decoration ideas? Shop all the options by theme, color, or category in the Reception section of weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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A Girl & Her Table {The Series}: The Garden Whimsy Bride

garden whimsy wedding - bride and head table

Couple weeks ago we started sharing a new bridal style series, A Girl and Her Table, where we introduced you to our Candy Colorful Bride, a color loving eccentric girl who’s wedding style is about all things retro. We showed you how her personality translates into a wedding design and laid out some must haves for all of you who said “this is so me!”.

Keeping with the love of bold colors, today we’re featuring our next installment, the Garden Whimsy Bride, and boy is she a stunner! Her style is dramatic, elegant and the perfect blend of classic and contemporary. And she certainly knows how to accessorize!

Think this might be you? Read on to find out. And if this isn’t quite your style, then simply enjoy getting lost in the eye candy that is this bride’s lush garden wedding!

Her Style Personality

garden whimsy wedding - bridal personality

Confident in her style the Garden Whimsy Bride knows exactly what she wants for her wedding day. Like her personal style it needs to be both bold and feminine. Wow factor is a must and she knows it all comes down to the little details. With an appreciation for the pretty things in life and a willingness to be a little self-indulgent, she’s likely to wear two distinct wedding looks on her big day, taking her from romantic ceremony to dramatic reception – in style.

She Likes

The natural beauty of a summer garden, complete with butterflies and birds galore. Dramatic bold colors and unique blossoms make up her essentials.

garden whimsy wedding - bridal bouquet

garden whimsy wedding - bride holding dove garden whimsy wedding - flowers

She Has to Have

From the big picture down to the little decorative extras, the Garden Whimsy Bride takes care to tend to every little detail that goes into her wedding day. The perfect blend of pretty and dramatic leaves her guests in awe.

garden whimsy wedding - ceremony accessories

pretty petals
featured here: love bird flower girl basket and preserved natural rose petals in purple

garden whimsy wedding - ceremony aisle decorations

eye-catching aisle markers
featured here: wooden floral pomander ball in purple (medium) and glass cylinders with round pillar candles

garden whimsy wedding - mini decorative birdcage

delicate details
featured here: mini decorative birdcage (spray painted white)

Are You A Garden Whimsy Bride?

If you’re loving today’s bridal style, or need some more inspiration, check out Weddingstar’s Garden Wedding board on pinterest. To shop the items you’ve seen in this post, and plenty others, visit the complete Garden theme section of weddingstar.com.

If you still haven’t found your bridal style inspiration stay tuned for our next installment, Lost in Love – The Wanderlust Bride.

xoxo.

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