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Styling your tables: Top tips

Table decorations provide the perfect backdrop for your wedding, and well-placed and well-thought out pieces can really give your day the wow-factor, as well as make it a really memorable day for both you and your guests.


Before you start Adding to Basket, think about you venue and what you need to decorate. Decide on your colour scheme and then get mood-boarding… Pinterest is a great place to get inspiration and gather all of your ideas.


What will you need?


Here’s a checklist of table decorations to consider:


✅ Table runner

✅ Table cloth

✅ Placemats

✅ Plates

✅ Cutlery

✅ Napkins

✅ Glass jars

✅ Place names

✅ Menus

✅ Wedding favours

✅ Table numbers and holders

✅ Floral centrepieces

✅ Floral garlands/table runners

✅ Disposable/polaroid cameras

✅ Activity packs for children


So, how can you start planning your table decor?


Delve into your colour scheme


Once you have your colour palette, choose a main colour that you can use to tie everything together with. Once you have that, you can explore different shades of this colour to add variety and interest to your table.


Don’t clutter the tables


Take into account the size and shape of the tables before choosing decorations to make sure your guests will have enough room to enjoy their meal and the decor. Elements that add height and interest such as vases and large flower arrangements can be great to break up space, but remember not to have these at head height so that your guests can see over them easily.


Take inspiration from your theme


Going for the rustic theme? Use hessian table runners, twine and log slices. Going for the more vintage vibe? Try lace and ribbons. You can even take inspiration from your wedding stationery are there patterns or colours from them that you could tie in?


Embrace your venue


Your venue is your main backdrop take this into consideration and choose decorations that will enhance it. If you going for a tipi wedding for example, including elements that complement the colours of the canvas or pine structure would work well.


Add elements of your personality


Are you film buffs? Fancy yourselves gin connoisseurs? Have you lived in different countries? Why not include hints to these on your tables? Throw some of your own shared interests in to the mix to give the day a real personal feel – your guests will be able to pick out elements that link to you and it can also act as good talking points.


DIY where you can


Get creative and save some pennies! You could try your hand at making place names, wedding favours or drying flowers from your garden for the tables. Start collecting glass jars of different shapes and sizes (ask friends and family to save them for you too!) – these make great centre pieces if used as vases or for placing candles inside.


Looking for more ideas? Check out our Pinterest boards

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