If you’re planning a seated wedding reception, your table styling will definitely play an important part in creating the overall look and feel of your event. A little stuck on where to start? We have put together a few simple styling tips to help you achieve the desired tone and look of your wedding reception.

Without a doubt, table settings are an integral part of your reception styling and the perfect opportunity to create something really beautiful and memorable for your guests to appreciate and enjoy. When looking at creating a stunning tablescape, there are lots of options to consider from your floral centrepieces, crockery, glassware, cutlery and table linen.  A thoughtfully styled table is the easiest way to set the scene for your special day!

Here at The Wedding Shed, we have an ever growing range of table setting pieces. We’ve styled an array wedding receptions, helping our couples bring their wedding themes to life from modern, formal to a more relaxed and bespoke feel. With this, we want to share with you our expert advice and top tips to creating beautiful and practical table styling for your special day.

Here are some examples of our favourite table settings for your big day.  

Ivy Road Photography

Ivy Road Photography

Ivy Road Photography

Ivy Road Photography

  1. STYLING

First up, it’s a good idea to take some time to work out what you are visualising for your overall wedding theme. We recommend creating a Pinterest board and start pinning your fav inspo pics and checking out the ‘Looks’ page from our website.  There are some great ideas for creating the perfect tablescape to suit your wedding style.

Bear in mind you will need to keep your table styling consistent with the other areas of your wedding - such as your floral arrangements, ceremony furniture, and signage. For example, if the rest of your wedding styling is simple and romantic, then create your table settings to also reflect this theme. In doing so this will ensure that you create a wedding style that will link back to each area of your day and create a connected and easy flow of your celebration.

Fig Tree Pictures

Fig Tree Pictures

Fig Tree Pictures

Fig Tree Pictures

Captured by Inga

Captured by Inga

Captured by Inga

Captured by Inga

2. FUNCTIONALITY

Try to plan the table setting to match your menu selection.  If you’ve chosen a feasting style menu, make sure you have an adequate size dining table to facilitate all the elements that will go on the table.  Is there enough space for the platters amongst all the centre pieces and décor on the table?

If you chose a more formal style menu, remember to book in enough cutlery for your entrée and desserts. Also remember that the place setting will not have plates set to begin with, so consider using a charger plate and a napkin laid on top with a menu sitting on top.

If you’re concerned about the amount of space on your tables, consider ways that you can create some extra room such as creating smaller clusters of floral vessels and candles in various sizes and heights.  You can afford to have less florals on the tables if you opt for hanging floral installations and lighting above. This can really balance the overall look.

Important Tip - Check your centrepieces are not to high where they will be blocking your guests from being able to chat across the table!

Carly Tia Photography

Carly Tia Photography

Shane Shepherd Weddings

Shane Shepherd Weddings

Van Middleton Photography

Van Middleton Photography

Asher King Photography

Asher King Photography

3. STYLE COMBINATIONS

Treat the table as your base to build on – a blank canvas. After that you can begin to play with elements such as centrepieces, linens, florals plates and glassware. We love to play with lots of different layers when creating a beautiful tablescape. This creates interesting elements of depth and detail to your setting. If no layering is used, your wedding table setting can appear quite flat and boring. By mixing different textures, shapes and tones, you can create an extraordinarily, visually appealing setting!  

When building your table setting consider the table colour and texture. Will it be bare timber or clothed? You could add a place mat or charger plate, then a dinner plate, crystal glassware or linen napkin to match your florals . Then you’ve got your menu or place cards. This is really your chance to get creative and play with all the elements. We love floaty linens, shells, crystal chunks and marble. The choices are endless and depend on your styling vision for the day. The Wedding Shed has combined many options for you to create different looks i.e. our Sea Mist range, Desert Rose or Modern Luxe.

When styling a beautiful tablescape to create a feeling of fullness and abundance, we recommend adding different levels of style elements. By adding pieces such as candles, varied glassware shapes, table numbers and floral vessels etc. a fuller and aesthetically pleasing tablescape is created, and will look absolutely amazing in your reception photos.

Carly Tia Photography

Carly Tia Photography

Possum Creek Studios

Possum Creek Studios

Captured by Inga

Captured by Inga

4. MAKE A STATEMENT

Don’t sweat the small stuff. If you prefer to keep things simple and not too fussy, then consider using bold statement pieces. Our crystal cut glassware, gold cutlery, raw linens and stand out florals can simply add the WOW factor to a clean and simple table setting. 

Captured by Inga

Captured by Inga

Ivy Road Photography

Ivy Road Photography

Amelia Fullarton

Amelia Fullarton

Amelia Fullarton

Amelia Fullarton

Asher King Photography

Asher King Photography

Check out the new ranges and enquire about our new table setting packages.  We can’t wait to style up a storm and help you create a stunning table scape for your wedding celebration!

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