Your guest tables are one of the most important things at your wedding! Why? This is one of the only things that your guests look at and observe for a long period of time. It shows off your personal aesthetic. It gives them a hint of what the remainder of the night will look like and it should be very welcoming for your guests! A wedding tablescape can go wrong very quickly and I want to explain to you how, and how to not make those simple decisions for your big day.
One of the biggest things to take into consideration when designing your wedding tables, is to not overcrowd the table. Depending on what size and length the table is, depends on how much you can actually put on the table to make it all fit. I have seen table runners be too wide on tables, making them run over into the dinnerware and looking disproportional to the complete layout. It is important to bring in very meaningful elements but not too much to make the tables look busy.
For example, florals play a huge part when it comes to wedding tablescapes. Floral designers should know the size of the tables in comparison to the scale of the floral design. Vines, long branches, or too tall of arrangements can get in the way of the dinnerware, cause the guests to not see the other person in front of them, or just plainly get in the way! Nobody wants jasmine vine in their french dijon chicken (LOL).
After being a part of a wedding a few years back, I noticed how important it is to have the floral story match the aesthetic of the decor, dinnerware, napkins, etc. One of the colors in the wedding was a dusty blue that gave a southern-feel and made the outdoor wedding magical! The florals had touches of dusty blue that went along with the color that was a main detail of the wedding.
When I attended the reception, I noticed that the napkin was a completely different color. It was dark navy blue. It threw the entire reception off, in my opinion! The florals gave off a light, airy, and southern vibe but when paired with the navy blue napkins, the entire wedding tablescape gave off a different message. SO IMPORTANT!!
Okay… this might be the touchiest subject for me when it comes to the wedding tablescape (ha!). And this is also a big reason why I encourage my brides to have me do their wedding styling. The table numbers inside of the floral arrangements… MAKE IT STOP! It absolutely ruins the entire look of the tablescape and the arrangement that the florist worked so hard on. I have seen some pretty cool designs for table numbers, but in my opinion table numbers don’t work.
I have designed some weddings that have a bit of a different twist to numbering guest tables and it is amazing!!! In my opinion, having table numbers need to be big enough for your guests to see them and find their table which then takes away from the florals and the entire design of the table. But if you kept them small to where it was not taking over the entire table, the guests wouldn’t be able to see them. See?? I think we should all just leave them out and use the ideas that I have created for my brides! It’s a win win!
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